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Volunteer at BDF 2024

If you’re over 18 and have an interest in supporting the festival and creative events in Birmingham then volunteering is definitely for you.

Applications are now closed for 2024.


Thank you so much for your interest in volunteering at Birmingham Design Festival 2024.

This is your opportunity to be part of the BDF team, engage with incredible designers and tell people you were part of something awesome.

To volunteer at BDF 2024 we need you to be:

  • Over 18
  • Available for at least 8 hours during the festival (6th-8th June 2024)
  • We may also require some volunteers to be available on the day before (5th June) and the day after (Sunday 9th June)
  • Be able to attend a training session in May (dates TBC)

We see volunteering as a great opportunity for students but equally this gig is for anyone who wants to be involved and has a good work ethic.

As part of the experience you’ll get a kick-ass goodie bag, hang out with some top design pros (not just the BDF team) and make great friends with your fellow volunteers.

So that we can process your application please complete the form below in as much detail as you can, and we’ll get back to you soon with more details.

If you have any questions please email the team at or tweet us @designfestbrum

Apply to be a BDF Volunteer

Applications are now closed for 2024

Frequently Asked Questions

What does volunteering involve?
Depending on the day you could be packing goodie bags, helping decorate the venues, welcoming guests, supporting speakers and generally helping the BDF team run an awesome show.

Who else will be volunteering?
Our volunteer team typically consists of students and friendly local designers looking to support the festival, plus the BDF team and friends.

What does training consist of?
We get everyone together to meet for the first time and talk about how the festival runs, important things to remember for this year, codes of conduct and important safety information.

Will I get to watch the talks?
There will absolutely be space to watch the talks either passively whilst working a shift or when you’re not ‘working’. We try to accommodate any requests to watch particular talks in the programme if you think you may be unable due to your placement.

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