New Festival volunteers being recruited for the City

Lothian supports new Festivals Edinburgh summer initiative

We are supporting a new Festival initiative to recruit volunteers from across Edinburgh to welcome people to the city’s festivals during it's 70th anniversary year.

The forty volunteers will become the face of the Festivals throughout the City Centre advising visitors on the range of events that are on, helping them to plan travel to venues as well as offering advice on buying tickets.

During the festivals the team will benefit from access to major events such as the opening curtain-raiser to the Edinburgh International Festival and a preview performance of the Tattoo.  They will also receive  behind-the-scenes access and guided tour of venues, and discounted ticket offers.

As one of the main partners of the project, Lothian will be designing and supplying uniforms for the volunteers, as well as providing them with a base at our Travelshops and free travel.

Areas like Granton, Craigmillar and Sighthill, where there are low levels of participation in the festivals, have been targeted for the £30,000 pilot, which is being run by umbrella body Festivals Edinburgh. Initial funding for the pilot has come mainly from the city council, with VisitScotland, Marketing Edinburgh and the various festivals also supporting the new venture in various ways. Trusts, foundations and commercial sponsors are being asked to come on board to ensure the Festival City Volunteers become a familiar sight on the streets of Edinburgh when major events are on in future years.

Gaynor Marshall, Lothian Buses Communications Director said:

The services we provide are absolutely integral to city life and we’re really committed to delivering a fantastic experience for visitors to Edinburgh.

Supporting the festival city volunteer project is a perfect match with what we’re trying to achieve as a company. It’s also a great way to reach out to the community and involve Edinburgh residents, who are often the greatest ambassadors for our amazing city and all that it has to offer.

More information on how to get involved.

Closing date for applications - 3 July

Posted on: Mon, June 26, 2017 at 4:28
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