International Fantastic Film Festival in Brussels
Brussels April 2 - April 17, 2017
Volunteer project: Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival is a 13-day film festival featuring horror, thriller and science fiction films. 2000 artists and industry professionals are invited to share their passion and experience about cinema in a fantastic atmosphere. More than anything, it is a unique concept. This is one of the most important festivals for genre films in the world. It welcomes more than 60 000 spectators every year. More than 100 films from many different countries are shown, ranging from Fantastic, Thriller, Science-fiction, Horror and Cult to Underground cinema, and special screenings such as the Fantastic Night and Midnight X-tremes.
The festival is composed of international film competitions, make-up and body painting contests, many creative workshops and master classes, a special day dedicated to Japan Animation, a Zombie Parade, and many more crazy events !
The international volunteers will join the local team of more than 100 volunteers. They have to be prepared to work at least 5 hours a day. Different tasks will be given as the festival goes, but volunteers will mainly work with the public: ticket control, public circulation, general information… Volunteers might also have some manual tasks before and after the festival.
The project takes place in the Palais des Beaux-Arts and in the Cinematek of Brussels, in the very center of the city.
Volunteers have to be extremely motivated, flexible, reliable and enthusiastic. And most important, they must love cinema and particularly the fantastic genre!
Possible free time activities: After work, you will be able to enjoy the films and events of the festival. There's numerous cultural sites and events in Brussels and the region. There's also opportunities for sports and outdoor activities.
Accommodation: The international volunteers will be welcomed by local volunteers who have been involved with the Festival for many years. You will be hosted “couchsurfing” style in order to facilitate the intercultural exchanges, to create new friendships and to spread the motivation among the participants! All the hosts will be located in Brussels. You need to bring a sleeping bag.
Age range: 18 - 35 years old
Extra fee: 120 Euro
Esperanzah Music Festival
Abaye de Floreffes July 31 - August 12, 2017
Volunteer project: Esperanzah! is a festival for dedicated, nomadic and varied music styles that invites you to a world tour with new voices, different sounds and foreign and inventive rhythms. The line up includes about twenty concerts of famous as well as new artists. This 3-day world music party features artists faithful to their musical roots from across the globe in a program that strives to be international, mixed and full of surprises.
Esperanzah! takes place in the magical setting of Floreffe Abbey near Namur in the south of Belgium. Esperanzah! invites you to dance, to dream, to travel, and to meet other people. The festival showcases social and green alternatives in collaboration with a wide network of actors engaged in civil society.
The volunteers will be in charge of keeping the festival site clean and tidy. The team will collect and recycle the waste so that the festival-goers can attend the concerts in a welcoming and safe atmosphere. Some other manual tasks will also be assigned to the group. The volunteers will also help raise awareness about environmental protection among festival participants and visitors.
Volunteers in this project are expected to be flexible and interested in the environment.
Special requirements: A basic level of French is required.
Accommodation: The volunteers will sleep in a dormitory. Please, bring your sleeping bag and a mattress.
Location: Floreffe Abbey is a former monastery, situated about 11 km southwest of Namur.
Closest airports: Brussels Airport, Brussels South Charleroi Airport
Closest train station: Namur
Age range: 18 - 35 years old