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Volunteer or Intern With Us

Gain work experience
by volunteering with one of Wellington's most exciting and original summer events!


The Performance Arcade seeks volunteers to join us for the 2025 season!

The Performance Arcade is an established annual arts and music festival that engages 60,000-90,000 art lovers and passers-by on the waterfront of Te Whanganui-a-Tara. Working with the Arcade can help you upskill in a range of arts and events categories, from arts programming to music production to stage management to spatial design. Our interns and volunteers go on to careers in the arts, music, and events sectors, and often return to join our team on future projects. The Arcade provides references for volunteers and is happy to support you in developing your arts events careers. 


We seek curious, enthusiastic volunteers who are willing to get stuck in, try out new skills, and contribute to the success of a vibrant festival in a fast-paced, fun environment.

We seek the following volunteers:

  • Audience metrics volunteers

  • Art minding volunteers

  • Bookstore minding volunteers

Event volunteers will need to be available for a couple of days during the festival period in February 2025 (get in contact with us at to find out exact dates). There will be a training session and health and safety briefing to ensure you’re fully equipped.

We seek the following interns:

  • Artist liaisons / artist assistants

  • Programme assistants

  • Mana whenua rangatahi interested in working in the arts within tauiwi arts organizations

  • Event assistants

  • Production interns

  • Music programme interns

  • Stage management interns

  • Social media interns

  • Spatial design assistants

  • Arts writers and reviewers

Our internships are unpaid. They can be tailored to fit with the specific goals of the intern and are designed to help emerging arts practitioners learn about the industry. Internships can range from a couple of weeks to a few months, depending on the role, availability and interests of the intern.


Expression of Interest:

For a chat about what this roles involves, email our volunteer team: 


To apply, please send us a short email (a paragraph or two) outlining your interest in the role and relevant background (don't worry if you don't have any direct experience in the arts or festivals, you're still welcome) to: Please state in your email what kind of internship or volunteer role you are interested in.

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​​​Why intern or volunteer with us?

Volunteering with us is a great way to learn or develop skills, meet new people and have a great time! You become an essential part of the team and get valuable insight into how our event works. A great addition to any CV if you are interested in working in the arts or events - not to mention the opportunity to do all that watching world-class performing artists in the sun! 

Who are we?

The Performance Arcade is an acclaimed live art event that has attracted 40,000 people every year to Wellington Waterfront since 2011. Audiences come for an engaging, diverse and FREE programme of art, live music, and performance spanning two weekends. Our award-winning festival features work installed within a special architectural arrangement of shipping containers, stacked and arranged together to create innovative new spaces for performance and arts presentation. This festival offers new and exciting encounters between artists and the public.


Email to register your interest today!

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