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Voluntary work in cultural activities

Are you interested in doing voluntary work in cultural activities? The City of Vaasa has many cultural alternatives for volunteers.

The city’s culture and library services department organises several events during the year, where volunteers are really appreciated to help in arranging great experiences for both residents and tourists alike!

Below you can see what we have to offer in connection with voluntary work.

Feasta events

Feasta events are informal professional gigs and training courses that we organise for local bands and artists. Artist reviews take place in the spring and Feasta Club evenings are held throughout the year.

Events are held, for example, at the Drama Hall of the City Library and Ritz.

You as a volunteer could, for example, take care of:

  • Roading equipment
  • Stage manager tasks
  • Filming: video / stills / mobile camera
  • Helping with multi-track recording

More information:
Max Bäckman
max.backman(at)vaasa.fi
tel. 040 183 1956

Nature Film Festival Vaasa Wildlife  

Vaasa Wildlife arranges an international nature film festival and competition every second year. The themes of the festival are related to climate change, the human relationship with nature and nature conservation. The next festival will be held in the autumn of 2022.

Events will be held, for example, at Culture House Fanny and the Drama Hall of the City Library

You as a volunteer could, for example, take care of:

  • Giving advice at the festival information desk
  • Social media communications
  • Film manager tasks at screenings
  • Translations (English-Finnish, English-Swedish)

More information:
Ilias Missyris
ilias.missyris(at)vaasa.fi
tel. 0400 800 302

Vaasa Choir Festival

The Vaasa Choir Festival is an annual choir and song music festival open to all choirs and vocal ensembles. Top international choirs and singing groups are invited to the festival as main performers, and participating choirs will perform in dozens of concerts around the city. The time is scheduled for the Ascension Day week in May.

As a volunteer you could, for example, take care of / act as:

  • A host for the main groups
  • A venue manager at concerts
  • A production assistant, conducting preparation work and agreeing on various things with the choirs
  • Social media communications
  • Translation work (English-Finnish, English-Swedish)
  • Documentation

More information:
Ilkka Nyqvist
ilkka.nyqvist(at)vaasa.fi
tel. 0400 564 469

The Night of the Arts

During the Night of the Arts, the entire city is full of a wide variety of cultural events; associations, bands, artists, dancers, visual artists and others present themselves to the city residents in all their glory. The event is open to the public and everyone is allowed to showcase their personal talents. The event will be held at the beginning of August.

As a volunteer you could, for example, take care of / act as:

  • Translation work
  • Tech-related tasks, building and roading
  • A venue supervisor
  • A presenter
  • A stage manager
  • Photography
  • Marketing
  • Social media communications

More information:
Pia Kokko
pia.kokko(at)vaasa.fi
tel. 040 167 8926

ARMAS Festival

Armas is a nationwide festival celebrating ageing. The festival is always held in October. The Armas goals are: 1) Senior power – raising the voice of older people, 2) Breaking down the barriers – your own old age, no limits to being or doing, 3) The joy of everyday life – a happy and energetic festival.

As a volunteer you could, for example, take care of/ act as:

  • Translation work
  • Venue security
  • A presenter
  • Marketing (social media, poster distribution, etc.)
  • Coordination between different actors
  • Photography
  • Communication to the target group

More information:
Pia Kokko
pia.kokko(at)vaasa.fi
tel. 040 167 8926

Literature Festival Vaasa LittFest

Vaasa LittFest Vasa is an annual bilingual literature festival that highlights Finnish and Swedish writers and literature. The event offers the audience interesting discussions, interviews, lectures and readings. The event will take place in November.

As a volunteer you could, for example, take care of:

  • Hosting writers
  • Social media communications
  • Decoration and building work
  • Audience development and special projects
  • Documentation

More information:
Ilkka Nyqvist
ilkka.nyqvist(at)vaasa.fi
tel. 0400 564 469

Art and culture companions

Art and culture companions are volunteers trained by the City of Vaasa’s culture services, who can be asked by anyone to accompany them to various cultural destinations. They act as companions in museums, art exhibitions, theatres, musical performances, or elsewhere in the surrounding area.

The activities of art and culture companions are intended for anyone with an interest in culture who would like to know more about the cultural offerings that the City of Vaasa has to offer. A culture companion can go with a private individual or a small group or, for example, work with a resident of a service home, together with the person’s personal assistant. If necessary, the companion can also pick up the person from their front door.

More information:
Leena Nyqvist
leena.nyqvist(at)vaasa.fi
tel. 0400 668 197

Voluntary groups

Various cultural associations and educational institutions work with a Vaasa service home or a city hospital ward by visiting it regularly.

The activities provided by art and culture companions bring cultural well-being to older people and their relatives in 24-hour care. In addition, older people who live at home nearby will be able to take part in the activities. The activities also support the daily work of the staff and the community.

Volunteers get a good feeling from their voluntary work, a good forum for performances, and a grateful audience.

Cultural services are inviting cultural actors to get involved in the cultural revolution of older people. Feel free to contact us and start doing good.

More information:
Leena Nyqvist
leena.nyqvist(at)vaasa.fi
tel. 0400 668 197