Festival making is what we do – and our mission is to be inclusive. To involve young people in our programming, we offer a range of ‘festival maker’ projects across the year that put young participants in the driving seat, helping to create stimulating and exciting festivals and events for our visitors.
As a Festival Maker you will learn about the specific festival you’re working on, and also develop a core festival skill, such as producing, programming, curating or performing. You will work alongside both our festival team and top artists.
Some former Festival Makers have been involved in programming and running our WOW (Women of the World) and BAM (Being A Man) festivals – being a voice for young people, welcoming visitors and even appearing on panels. Others have been instrumental in programming for WHY?, our children’s rights festival. While those with a particular interest in poetry have become Young Poetry Producers for National Poetry Day Live and have performed live in the Clore Ballroom.
New opportunities arise throughout the year.
We recruit Festival Makers ahead of each Southbank Centre festival, through an application process that varies for each particular project.