From performing with Cirque Bijou to working in the festival office or running an information desk, there is a wide range of volunteer opportunities as part of this year’s Reading on Thames Festival, which takes place between 6 – 16 September 2018  across Reading town centre and its waterways and canals.


Internationally renowned show-makers Cirque Bijou are creating a new event to close the festival – an immersive evening of contemporary circus set against the beautiful backdrop of Caversham Gardens.  They are inviting local dancers to volunteer to be part of this new performance, which will involve learning a short section of simple choreography using Cirque Bijou’s famous colourful LED Umbrellas. Just a love for dance required!

Cirque Bijou are also looking for local choirs to volunteer as part of the Circus Soiree event. Established choirs are invited to form part of a massed choir to perform as part of the spectacle performance. Participants must be 14yrs +, under 18s must be accompanied by an adult.

Non-performing volunteer roles

The Festival is also looking for volunteers to help with a range of activities, from providing information to festival goers; helping in the festival’s main office in the run up to the festival; helping to promote the festival through supporting the creation of marketing materials; helping look after and invigilate at exhibitions and installations and researching what the audience like about the Festival and much more.

Why volunteer?

  • Gain free entrance to this year’s festival
  • Make new friends whilst volunteering
  • Gain experience, contacts, and a reference for your CV
  • Be part of unforgettable events
  • Most importantly have an amazing time you’ll never forget

Anna Doyle, Festival Director said: “Volunteers will play a big part in creating the amazing atmosphere at the Festival; by joining the team or becoming part of an event you can help us to make Reading on Thames Festival one of the best festivals in the UK!”