Join the crew!

Many volunteers are helping out before, during and after the festival. And everyone is priceless! We are always looking for positive people to join our crew and help us making Nordic Light a success. 


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. We can guarantee a wonderful experience and that you will meet new and exciting people in an inspiring environment.


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!


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 more, you 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.

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volunteer groups

Below is a description of our most central groups and the tasks you can expect as a volunteer. 

Photo: Ronny Strand

Photo: Ronny Strand

Festival office crew

The festival office is the heart of the festival, so you should love to work in a busy environment. All festival visitors comets the office to collect their festival passes, buy tickets, buy books, posters and art cards, or to ask all kind of questions related to the festiva. Also, the book signings after the letures take place here. This means you need to be able to stay on top of things, know the program and where the exhibitions are. 

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

As a festival host, it is your job to help 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 languages (we also have Norwegian speaking guests, so this 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: Odd Inge Teige

Photo: Odd Inge Teige

Krogvold Café Crew

Are you 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. 

Krogvold Café is the meeting point of the festival. 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. Here, our guests can sit down, have a chat and a good time.

At times, there is a lot to do, but there will also be time for 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:

  • creating a good atmosphere for the guests

  • selling food, snacks and drinks in Krogvold Café

  • selling drinks during evening talk show in Caroline

  • cash settlement in the evening

Photo: Gunveig Wanvik

Photo: Gunveig Wanvik

Exhibition crew

Do you like being a part of a project from the beginning to the 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 will be 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 crew

Are you outgoing and smiling, and do you like to be where it happens?

As an event staff, you are the first one to meet our visitors when they come for a lecture or talk. You work 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

Photo: Tommy Rustad

Photo: Tommy Rustad

Gallery crew

Do you enjoy talking to people and would like to learn more about the different photographers and the works they exhibit during the festival?

As a gallery staff, you work in 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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