Laura’s Reviews: Being a Volunteer at Junction Arts Festival

August 28 2012

I had the opportunity this year to volunteer with Junction Art Festival, as a guest blogger. However if you are reading this, then you already know that.

I spent my time at the Festival visiting performances and displays and writing blogs about what I thought. I found blogging a good way to debrief and share my festival activities with anyone that was keen to hear my voice.

After hearing about Junction when I was undertaking a Community Services Course at Tasmanian Polytechnic, I knew it was something I wanted to get involved in. After not being able to fit volunteering in with other commitments last year, it was my aim to set aside time and get involved this year.

To be honest I didn’t really know what I would see at the Festival but I jumped in with an open mind - and I think that’s really the only way to do it. I’m not going to lie. Looking at the program timetable not everything appealed to me, although a lot did. I remember reading the program while eating lunch one day and thinking – that sounds good. Oh i’ll defs see that! Which is always a good start, I guess!

Not only is Junction a creative environment, it has brought something back to Launceston that we didn’t know was missing.

It brought artists out in to the community, it brought families and young people out from their own little worlds and gave them the opportunity to interact in a fresh Festival. It brought new ideas, new thoughts and a new attraction.

The best part of Junction is that most events are free, accessible and actually fun. And to think that it is only in its third year, what will Junction delivery next year?

If you were thinking of volunteering then I recommend it! If anything it’s a great way to meet new people, artists and generally a great experience.

I just wanted to say a huge thanks to the team at JAF for the experience and all the work that goes into such a great festival. It will be something that I would like to be involved in again!