What is it like to volunteer for On The Rocks?
Last year I applied to be an On The Rocks volunteer. After receiving my box office training, picking up my free t-shirt (which, during On The Rocks, becomes a major fashion trend, not to be missed), and having felt the enthusiasm of the committee, I couldn’t wait for OTR to begin!
Spanning eight days and featuring over 50 art, theatre, film, fashion, photography, community workshops, dance, music and comedy events, there is always something for a volunteer to be getting on with! One of my duties throughout the festival was working at the box office. Along with two other girls, I sat at Rector’s (which was duly decorated for OTR) and sold tickets to plays, musicals, exhibitions, comedy nights, music events, Big Top Ball and more. Selling so many tickets lets you see first-hand just how popular On The Rocks actually is!!
On the Saturday morning it was time to embrace a different element of my role. I met up with the merchandise volunteers at the Union, grabbed a ton of OTR goodies and sorted it into the festival’s custom tote bags. Then, with my partner, we distributed it to both locals and students at the Farmer’s Market. It was fun to share the enthusiasm for art in the community with the people we met and one of the best mornings I have had in St Andrews.
I still wear my first On The Rocks t-shirt and think about the fun I had volunteering last year, and how great OTR 2015 is sure to turn out! So if you have thought about getting involved in OTR, volunteering is a great opportunity to get to know the festival better and get involved in the largest student run art festivals in the UK! With a great goal, enthusiastic people and an exciting energy, On The Rocks is truly a unique event and something which is a privilege to be a part of.
Applications are now up on the On The Rocks website for both volunteering and venue manager positions.
Pictures courtesy of Emily Rogers.