Volunteering at Nordic Light

Our volunteers are one of the most important pieces in the puzzle needed to make Nordic Light International Festival of Photography happen every year. We have a lot of great people helping us out before, during and after the festival, but we’re looking for even more helpers to assist us in making the festival a success.  Do you want to join our crew?


Join the crew

We need people of all ages and backgrounds, with all types of skills and levels of work capacity. Becoming a member of our crew, does not mean that you are obligated to work during the festival.

 benefits

By volunteering with us, you get several benefits, in addition to being part of a wonderful event. Among other things, you get discounts on books and the possibility to earn a volunteer festival pass. 

About the work

We need volunteers to all kind of tasks. We organise the work in different groups, such as exhibition, festival office, event staff, hospitality staff, food and beverages, photo/video and so on.  

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Join the crew – we need you!

 

We have a lot of great people helping us out before, during and after the festival. Everyone is priceless! We are looking for even more helpers to join our crew and help us making Nordic Light a success. 

 

We need people of all ages and backgrounds, to all kind of tasks. As long as you are outgoing, service minded and solution-oriented, we have no special requirements. Training will be provided. Some of our volunteers work a couple of hours during the day, some work during the weekend and others take time off work to be able to be present as much as possible. It is up to you! 

Being a part of the volunteer crew can be a nice way to get to know new people, especially if you are new in town. We can guarantee a wonderful experience and that you will meet new and exciting people in an inspiring environment. 

We host regular events for our volunteers, so that we all can get to know each other and share experiences. 

We meet at the Nordic Light House in Konsul Knudtzonsgate 4B (by the Caroline cinema) in Kristiansund.

Everyone is welcome!

 

Join the crew

Are you already excited and want to join our amazing crew? Click the button below to go to our registration form. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible. 


Questions?

Try our Q&A or contact us by email.

→ Read our volunteer Q&A

→ Send us an email

Volunteer Benefits

Being a volunteer at Nordic Light means taking part in a beautiful adventure, meeting old friends and making new acquaintances, but also, we offer you other attractive benefits.

 

General volunteer benefits

All volunteers that work before/during (and in some cases after) the festival, receive the following benefits:

  • the opportunity to earn admission to the festival according to given guidelines
  • Nordic Light CREW t-shirt
  • 5% discount on books by this year's festival guest photographers (Nordic Light Gallery Shop) 
  • 15% discount on other books (Nordic Light Gallery Shop) 
  • invitation to the Volunteer Party on Sunday evening, incl. food and 1 drink (registration required)

Join our crew

Already excited? Register here to join our crew! We will be in touch with you as soon as possible. 

Volunteer Q&A

Do you have any questions about being a volunteer?
Check our Q&A for volunteers!

 

Admission to the festival

By working a said amount of hours, all volunteers can earn admission to the festival according to the below guidelines:

Volunteer Festival Pass

By working 20 hours or more, you receive a Volunteer Festival Pass. This gives you access to all festival exhibitions and day time lectures, as long as there are seats available after paying guests have found their seats. This pass also gives you access to the evening talk show "Ansikt til Ansikt" as long as there are seats available.

 The Volunteer Festival Pass is personal and can not be shared with or transferred to others. 

Volunteer Day Pass

By working 10 hours or moreyou receive a Volunteer Day Pass to a festival day of your choice. This gives you access to all festival exhibitions and day time lectures the given day, as long as there are seats available after paying guests have found their seats. 

The Volunteer Day Pass is personal and can not be shared with or transferred to others.

Group specific benefits

Ticket controllers in Caroline cinema

When you work as a ticket controller in Caroline, you have access to the lecture/talkshow after all visitors have found their seats.

To sign up for ticket control, you must also sign up for duty at a gallery, the festival office or Krogvold Café. 

 Krogvold Café volunteers serving during evening talk show

Volunteers in the Krogvold Café group, who are responsible for selling drinks in Caroline cinema during the evening talk show "Ansikt til Ansikt", will also have access to that specific talk show. 

 
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The volunteer groups

Below a description of our most central groups and tasks available for volunteers. We also have ambitions for other groups, information will be updated. 

 
  Photo: Omar Sejnæs

Photo: Omar Sejnæs

  Photo: Ronny Strand

Photo: Ronny Strand

Festival office crew

Do you enjoy a busy work environment? Are you service-minded? Do you love answering (or figuring out the answer to) all kinds of questions? Our festival office might be the place for you!

The festival office is the heart of the festival, so you should like being in a busy environment. The festival visitors come here to collect their festival pass, buy tickets, buy books, posters and art cards, or to ask all kind of questions related to the festival program, the exhibitions and the city. Also, the book signings after the letures take place here. This means you need to be able to stay on top of things, know how the program looks and where the exhibitions are. Speaking English is a big advantage. 

Example of tasks you can expect: 

  • handing out of pre-bought festival passes etc.  
  • selling tickets to lectures, talk shows, exhibitions etc.
  • selling art works, books, posters etc.
  • answering questions from the public and photographers
  • organizing book/poster signings in the gallery shop 

  Photo: Odd Inge Teige

Photo: Odd Inge Teige

Festival host

Are you an outgoing person? Are you flexible, smiling and helpful? Do you have a driver's license? Would you like to get to know one or more guest photographers at a more personal level? Being a festival host might be a task for you! 

As a festival host, it is your job to follow up our official guests throughout their stay in Kristiansund. You meet them at the airport, bring them to their hotel, show them around the festival area, answer any questions they may have and ensure that they are in the right place at the right time. The festival hosts also take care of the information desk in Caroline cinema. 

To be a festival host you will need to be familiar with Kristiansund and the surroundings, and keep yourself up-to-date on the festival program. You should be flexible and able to work both day and night. It is an advantage if you speak fluent English and/or other Scandinavian and European languages (but we also have Norwegian speaking guests, so it is not a requirement). 

Example of tasks you can expect: 

  • picking up and bringing guests to the airport
  • being available for questions or issues arising during the stay 
  • making sure the guests get the information material and food vouchers provided by the festival administration 
  • making sure guests are where they are supposed to be (lectures, gallery talks etc.)

  Photo: Omar Sejnæs  

Photo: Omar Sejnæs 

  Photo: Odd Inge Teige

Photo: Odd Inge Teige

Krogvold Café Crew

Are you patient and service-minded? Do you enjoy meeting new people? Do you get a rush out of rush hours? At Krogvold Café, we serve the guests with a smile. If this sounds like fun, the café/bar group might be for you!

Krogvold Café is the meeting point of the festival – from early to late. This is where people come for a short break in between lectures and festival events. This is where people come for coffee, something to eat or a drink. They sit down, they have a chat and a good time. They meet old friends and make new acquaintances. 

At times, there is a lot of action, but there are also times for good conversations with festival photographers, guests, the staff and other volunteers. A duty lasts usually 4 hours. 

You must be aged 18 or more. 

Example of tasks you can expect:

  • selling food, snacks and drinks in Krogvold Café 
  • creating a good atmosphere for the guests 
  • keeping the café and kitchen area clean and tidy
  • selling drinks during evening talk show in Caroline 
  • cash settlement in the evening  

     

 


  Photo: Gunveig Wanvik

Photo: Gunveig Wanvik

Exhibition crew

Do you like seeing a project through from beginning to end? Do you want to know how an exhibition is planned, prepared and finished? Do you enjoy seeing visual results of your work? Working with the festival exhibition might be the perfect job for you!

In close collaboration with Nordic Light's exhibition manager, you take part in setting up the festival exhibition.

Examples of tasks you can expect: 

  • preparing galleries for exhibitions (small repairs, skimming, painting, cleaning etc.) 
  • unpacking and hanging art work 
  • preparing the galleries for the opening night
  • taking down, packing and preparing art work for sending

 


  Photo: Omar Sejnæs

Photo: Omar Sejnæs

Photo/Video Crew

Are you a skilled photographer? Do you love capturing the special moments? We might have the perfect job for you!

Our Photo/Video staff documents everything that happens during the festival: lectures, exhibitions, book signings, excursions, portfolio reviews, talk shows and other events – and equally important, the special and intimate Nordic Light atmosphere. The images/videos are used for documentation and marketing of future festivals. You must have your own camera and know how to use it. 

Example of tasks you can expect:

  • documenting a broad range of festival events 
  • storing images according to given guidelines to make them easily searchable

  Photo: Odd Inge Teige

Photo: Odd Inge Teige

EVENT staff

Are you outgoing and smiling, and do you like to be where it happens? You can assign for tasks during our events!

As an event staff, you are the first one to meet our visitors in the door when they come for a lecture or talk show. You are placed at the entrance to check that the participants have a valid festival pass or ticket. After the event, you will take part in tidying up the theatre and prepare it for the next event. A duty usually lasts for 4 hours.

Example of tasks you can expect:

  • control of festival passes
  • electronic scanning of tickets
  • tidying up/preparation of premises
  • make sure that all photographers and/or paying visitors have taken their seat before any volunteers get access

As a ticket inspector in Caroline cinema, you can go in and listen to the lecture / talk show after all visitors have found their seat.

NB! To sign up for ticket control, you must also sign up for duty at a gallery, the festival office or Krogvold Café.


  Photo: Tommy Rustad

Photo: Tommy Rustad

Gallery staff

Do you enjoy talking to people and like to learn more about the different photographers and the works they exhibit during the festival? You should sign up for duty in one of our galleries!

As a gallery staff, you participate in staffing up our galleries during the festival and the following week. The galleries usually open at 12 and stays open throughout the evening. A duty usually lasts 4 hours.

Examples of tasks you can expect:

  • keep the gallery tidy
  • make sure visitors have a valid admission pass
  • note the number of visitors in a form
  • assist in selling art works (information about routines and completion of sales form)

 

Join our crew!

If you want to be a part of our volunteer crew, you can register by following the link below. We will be in touch with you as soon as possible.

 
 
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