In the next response to ‘Events/Festivals are…?’ Dr. Linda Wilks, a researcher who has published widely on festivals, ponders the reliance of volunteers in the sector:
Events/festivals are…..often heavily reliant on volunteers to organise and steward them. But how much ‘fun’ is festival volunteering, is it really worth the effort for organisers, and how sustainable is a reliance on volunteers in the long run?
Is this a question of ethics? A question of economics? What is the role of emotional labour in the sector and is this managed effectively?
Come along to the symposium to explore this with Linda!