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  Queer Spirit Festival is  17 - 21 August 2023, Tickets go on sale 8 am, 1 December    

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  • Be a part of the 2023 festival

    Be a part of the 2023 festival

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    Would you love to create an Art installation at the festival? Perhaps you love building gateways and arches or decorating trees?  If so you may be able to help us turn the magical festival site in to something even more amazing!
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    Part of what Queer Spirit is about is in raising awareness and bringing about change in the world.  If there is something you are passionate about in the LGBTQI+ / Queer world then do get in touch with us to talk about being a part of our campaigns area at the festival.
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    We will have a lovely big top marquee at the festival and other performance spaces, indoor and out, and so we are looking for great acts to fill the festival with music, cabaret, shows, performances, dancing.
    QUEER SPIRIT IS AN ENTIRELY VOLUNTEER-RUN FESTIVAL, AND WE’RE SORRY, BUT THERE ARE NO FEES PAYABLE TO ANY PERFORMER, JUST A FREE TICKET TO THIS WONDERFUL, UNIQUE EVENT!
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    A festival wouldn't be a festival without lots of things to do and so we are sending out a call to all that love to hold spaces, run workshops, offer rituals etc.

    The Healing Area

    It is our intention to create a dedicated quiet space where treatments can be offered with a garden that festival goers can retreat to if they need time out or to reflect.
    The Healing Area will have a dedicated workshop space:

    Healing Workshops

    The healing area will have its own dedicated workshop space this year. We are looking for workshop leaders and space holders for this space (this is run separately from the main workshops which have their own application forms etc)

    We will have a regular daily program plus some variable afternoon offerings. The program is a suggestion and is open to changed based on who is holding the slots. All workshops will be free.

    Healing Area Workshops Daily

    • meditation – 8am – 9am
    • yoga – 9am - 10am
    • sharing circle - 10:00 till noon
    • variable offerings in the afternoon, information tent will have the list
    • 12 step meeting - 6pm onwards.

    We will offer a free ticket to a yoga teacher, a meditation teacher and somebody to hold the 12 step space and the sharing circle. You will need to apply in advance and agree to run your workshop/space holding every day for all 5 days, Thursday – Sunday. You will have the option of arriving on the 16th August as we expect the workshop program to start on the 17th August. If you are teaching yoga we will need your insurance.

    In addition to the 4 core workshops we are also keen to have other healing area workshops. If you have something you would love to share at the festival that is related to healing please come to the healing area at the start of the festival and find Mary and we will add you to the list.

    Healing Dome

    We are a small festival and feel that having dedicated therapists is not the best option. But we know our community includes many amazing therapists and we would like to invite you to offer your treatments. We will supply a shared space and a couch and it is up to you how much you charge and when you choose to work. The wonderful Information Team will manage the booking of the space and in return for their support and the use of the space we ask that you donate 20% of your takings to the festival.

    If you wish to offer treatments at the festival you will need to apply in advance, the application form is below. You will need to purchase a ticket for the festival or have a workers ticket, being accepted as a therapist does NOT give you a ticket.

    Before the Festival

    1. Please register by completing the registration form and supply:
      1. A photo for the website
      2. Description of the treatments (including prices) that you wish to offer to be put on the website and in the information tent
      3. Your insurance documents, these will be held by the organisers in the production office for the duration of the festival
    2. Buy a ticket for the festival or arrange your workers place, being accepted as a therapist does NOT grant you access to the festival

    At The Festival:

    1. The festival will supply a structure that will include a good dry ground sheet.
    2. There will be a couch you can borrow that will be in the space.
    3. The information tent will have a space for you put an A4 poster about your offering. This should include:
      1. What treatments you offer
      2. A photo of yourself
      3. Times that you are available OR how to locate you to arrange a treatment
      4. What prices you are charging
    4. The information team will keep a booking sheet for the space. If you want to offer a treatment to a client you will need to check that the space is free and then book it for the time that you need
    5. You are responsible for collecting your own payments from clients
    6. In return for providing a space we expect you to donate 20% to the festival. The information team can receive this money
    7. You will need to supply any equipment that you need such as oils/couch roll/towels/blankets etc.

     

    As part of the festival we rely upon a great crew of people to cover things such as welfare, box office, information point etc. Enthusiasm and dedication are often just as important than previous experience and some training may be given.
    Please note that if accepted you will be given a code number to register for your free ticket. Your place is only confirmed on completion of this registration.

    Click/Touch any headline below to get more information on that role.

    This team will take tickets, check people in and issue wristbands. They will ensure any under 18 wristbands have a contact number written on them. Wristbands must be issued to everyone. Security and stewards will also operate around the main gate and box office area to assist box office crew if required. The box office will be open from 10am to 10pm. We will not have any ticket sales at the gate.

    Shifts:
    4 lots of 4-hour shifts. Each person does 1 shift per day Wednesday-Friday, plus also a shift on either Saturday or Sunday.

    Food:
    No food vouchers with this role.

    Ticket:
    1 free ticket per person.

    Arrival:

    9am-midday, Thur 17th August

    Total hours worked:
    16 hours.

    Working in one of the festival cafés helping prepare and serve food to customers and washing up etc.

    Shifts:
    4-hour shift. Each worker does 5 shifts, one each day of the festival.

    Food:
    One meal per shift worked.

    Ticket:
    1 free ticket per person.

    Arrival:
    9am-11:30am, Thu 17th August

    Departure:
    4:30pm onwards, Mon 21st August

    Shifts:
    Shifts may be flexible depending on how many customers visit etc.

    Total hours worked:
    Estimated 20 hours

    Working in the crew kitchen to provide meals for all crew that are entitled to it. This will involve chopping and peeling vegetables as well as washing up etc. You will work under the direction of the team lead who will do all the meal planning.

    Team A will work before and after the festival. Arrive Monday morning (14th August) - set up the kitchen and work the shifts Mon-Weds breakfast. They will have the duration of the festival off, then work Mon (21st) and Tue (22nd) and take down the crew kitchen. (approx 15 hours)

    Team B will work during the festival (from Thu lunch to Monday evening) - 1 shift per day for 5 days. (approx 15 hours)

    Shifts:
    3 or 4 hour shifts. Each person does 5 shifts in the kitchen. Team A will also be involved in setting up the kitchen and taking it down.

    Food:
    One meal per shift worked.

    Ticket:
    1 free ticket per person

    Arrival:
    Team A, 8am Mon 14th August
    Team B, 10am Thu 17th August

    Total hours worked:
    Approx 15 hours in the kitchen, then Team A will work additional hours involved of setting up and taking down the area.

    This team will provide floating cover to the different team where necessary. It might involve doing a shift in the kitchen one day, then a shift with welfare and access the next, and a shift on the box office the day after, etc. Or it might involve doing all your shifts in one team if they are low on numbers.

    Shifts:
    Expected to work flexible hours depending on what is needed, may include night shifts.

    Food:
    Meals provided based on the team one works in. E.g. catering and welfare and access get one meal per shift worked, however meals are not provided for box office or info point shifts.

    Ticket:
    1 free ticket per person

    Arrival:
    9am Thu 17th August

    Total hours worked:
    Estimated around 20 hours, though this may be slightly more or less depending on what team you are allocated to.

    This team will be providing information and communicating with people. Their job includes holding space in village hall, keeping it tidy, answering questions and being a first point of contact for people - then pointing people in the right direction, holding site plan, programme, workshop schedules etc, selling stuff from performers table, hiring stuff eg drag, chairs etc, keeping eye on donations box and emptying daily, being a radio point, and a place for stewards at night, holding first aid kit (2nd one in welfare) and list of first-aiders, keeping list of local services. Set up and take down the space, be responsible for glamping check in and check out. Info point will be open daily from 10am to 6pm.

    Shifts:
    4-hour shift. Each person does 5 shifts with 2 people per shift (apart from Wednesday when everyone will be working).

    Food:
    No food vouchers with this role.

    Ticket:
    1 free ticket per person

    Arrival:
    10am Thu 17th August

    Total hours worked:
    16 hours

    Details soon...

    Site crew will work on either setup or takedown of the festival. During the festival they will be responsible for general maintenance (including footpath lighting, area markers etc), fire & wood maintenance, cleaning and upkeep of sites toilets, sinks, showers and sauna and for litter collection/recycling control. They will also be responsible for fire control. Festival site crew team will work in conjunction with sites own crew.

    Team A will work all day Mon and Tue (14th& Tue 15th) and most of Weds (16th) (approx 30 hours)

    Team B will work Mon (21st) afternoon, all day Tue (22nd) and Wed (23rd)

    Both teams will be ‘on-call’ throughout the festival for emergency maintenance issues (Thu - Mon). Individuals will also be given specific tasks/areas to be responsible for, e.g. toiles, recycling etc. each day (approx 1 hour of work per day)

    Shifts:
    Expected to work flexible hours including some on-call.

    Food:
    3 meals per person per day for entire festival including set up & take down.

    Ticket:
    1 free ticket per person.

    Arrival:
    Team A - 9am, Mon 14th August
    Team B - midday, Thu 17th August

    Total hours worked:
    Estimated maximum of 40 hours.

    Info coming soon...

    All on this team will be responsible for providing 24 hour access and welfare support. This includes looking after the welfare of all at festival (including crew etc.) Liaise and back up stewards and security when necessary. The welfare team will have group peer supervision with an option to have one to one supervision at any point during the festival if they feel this is required. Welfare team are not expected to deal with anything medical - there will be on call first aiders available for that. Welfare area will consist of one gazebo and an enclosed private tent and will be situated at one end of the accessible camping area.

    For accessibility/access requirements, it is assumed that this information will have been communicated to us prior to the festival, but it may be that extra requirements will come up during the festival. This will include supporting people putting up their tents, orienting people to the site, assisting people with access needs.

    You will need to be available for a training day prior to the festival, date and location TBC.

    Shifts:
    6-hour shift. Each person does 5 shifts which may include night shifts.

    Food:
    1 meal voucher per shift worked

    Ticket:
    1 free ticket per person.

    Arrival:
    9am-midday, Thu 17th August.

    Total hours worked:
    30 hours (plus training day TBC.)

    We are looking for van drivers to assist before, during and after the festival. The roles are shown below. In addition you will need to log and record mileage and fuel use so we can reimburse you.

    * 4-Wheel vehicle
    We are looking for a 4-wheel drive driver who has their own 4-wheel drive vehicle. You will be moving items around the site for festival duration, including helping with access needs. Flexible hours for the duration of the festival; all day Thu and Monday, then for all other days check in each day with production office to see what needs doing- approx 1.5 hours other days.

    * Van driver
    You will need to own a large van (around 11m3) and will use this for picking up ‘tat’ before the festival - driving to the core team's homes to pick up items from there and other locations, then taking it back afterwards. You will also be required to assist site crew during the festival.

    Number:
    2 people - 1 with a 4-wheel drive, 1 with a van.

    Shifts:
    Expected to work flexible hours to fit around festival programme as well as before and after the festival.

    Food:
    No food vouchers with this role.

    Ticket:
    1 free ticket per person.

    Arrival:
    4-wheel driver: 9am - midday, Thu 17th August
    Van driver: to be available for the weekend before the festival and then arrive on site by 10am on Monday 14th August

    Total hours worked:
    Estimated maximum of 20 hours 4-wheel driver, 40 hours van driver.

    Please do get in contact with us now if this interests you.

    * Something else...

    If there is something you feel you can offer to the festival that is not listed above, please do get in touch with us as we would love to hear from you!

  • Cnayl Rainbow

    Buzzy

    Cnayl Rainbow - Techie

    I believe the energies and sounds that music and lighting bring are an incredibly healing and magical thing that really shine out at festivals and really enjoy helping to bring that magic to Queer Spirit.

  • Guidelines & application form - Healers / Therapists

    The Healing Area

    It is our intention to create a dedicated quiet space where treatments can be offered with a garden that festival goers can retreat to if they need time out or to reflect.
    The Healing Area will have a dedicated workshop space:

    Healing Workshops

    The healing area will have its own dedicated workshop space this year. We are looking for workshop leaders and space holders for this space (this is run separately from the main workshops which have their own application forms etc)

    We will have a regular daily program plus some variable afternoon offerings. The program is a suggestion and is open to changed based on who is holding the slots. All workshops will be free.

    Healing Area Workshops Daily

    • meditation – 8am – 9am
    • yoga – 9am - 10am
    • sharing circle - 10:00 till noon
    • variable offerings in the afternoon, information tent will have the list
    • 12 step meeting - 6pm onwards.

    We will offer a free ticket to a yoga teacher, a meditation teacher and somebody to hold the 12 step space and the sharing circle. You will need to apply in advance and agree to run your workshop/space holding every day for all 5 days, Thursday – Sunday. You will have the option of arriving on the 16th August as we expect the workshop program to start on the 17th August. If you are teaching yoga we will need your insurance.

    In addition to the 4 core workshops we are also keen to have other healing area workshops. If you have something you would love to share at the festival that is related to healing please come to the healing area at the start of the festival and find Mary and we will add you to the list.

    Healing Dome

    We are a small festival and feel that having dedicated therapists is not the best option. But we know our community includes many amazing therapists and we would like to invite you to offer your treatments. We will supply a shared space and a couch and it is up to you how much you charge and when you choose to work. The wonderful Information Team will manage the booking of the space and in return for their support and the use of the space we ask that you donate 20% of your takings to the festival.

    If you wish to offer treatments at the festival you will need to apply in advance, the application form is below. You will need to purchase a ticket for the festival or have a workers ticket, being accepted as a therapist does NOT give you a ticket.

    Before the Festival

    1. Please register by completing the registration form and supply:
      1. A photo for the website
      2. Description of the treatments (including prices) that you wish to offer to be put on the website and in the information tent
      3. Your insurance documents, these will be held by the organisers in the production office for the duration of the festival
    2. Buy a ticket for the festival or arrange your workers place, being accepted as a therapist does NOT grant you access to the festival

    At The Festival:

    1. The festival will supply a structure that will include a good dry ground sheet.
    2. There will be a couch you can borrow that will be in the space.
    3. The information tent will have a space for you put an A4 poster about your offering. This should include:
      1. What treatments you offer
      2. A photo of yourself
      3. Times that you are available OR how to locate you to arrange a treatment
      4. What prices you are charging
    4. The information team will keep a booking sheet for the space. If you want to offer a treatment to a client you will need to check that the space is free and then book it for the time that you need
    5. You are responsible for collecting your own payments from clients
    6. In return for providing a space we expect you to donate 20% to the festival. The information team can receive this money
    7. You will need to supply any equipment that you need such as oils/couch roll/towels/blankets etc.
  • Guidelines & application form - Traders

    Guidelines for Traders

    We ask that all people we accept to the festival to offer goods / food for sale agree to these guidelines. Please note these are in addition to the general terms and conditions (agreed to by all those attending the festival) that we expect you to read and agree to also.

    The festival is open to the public from 2pm on Thursday 17 August and we are expecting around 500+ people on site, some of whom will be under the age of 18. We are looking for traders that we feel support the Queer Spirit ethos both around being an LGBTQI+ festival and also around respect for the Earth.

    If we accept your request to trade at the festival, you will need to purchase at least one standard adult ticket to confirm your place and agree to pay us 10% of your takings. You also agree to the following:

    1. You must only trade items that were approved from your application. Subletting any part of your stall / pitch is not allowed.
    2. Public liability insurance is your own responsibility.
    3. You will bring your own structure(s) to create your stall which you will let us know the details of as part of your application – ideally a photo of it would help (both for us to arrange the trading area plus we may use it on the website and in publicity.)
    4. You agree to giving any access required by the site inspection team if they need to inspect your structure.
    5. No electrical power will be provided for you and no generators of any kind are allowed on site unless approved by our site manager, so if you wish us to consider allowing you to provide your own solar generator you must inform us of this as part of your application.
    6. If you wish to use credit/debit card processing, you should be aware that no landline or Wi-Fi signal is available, so it is your responsibility to confirm your system will operate over the available mobile networks on site if required. Please also be aware that we may have one day during the festival allocated to being a mobile device free day.
    7. No amplified sound systems are allowed.
    8. Your pitch location will be decided as part of the pre-festival event planning and cannot be changed once allocated.
    9. You will arrive for set-up any time from 9am on Thursday 17 August 2023 and will ensure that all vehicles are back in the car park or off site and that all structural work is completed no later than 2pm when the gates open to the public. You can start to trade any time from 2pm.
    10. Trading ends at 2pm on Monday 21 August and you can bring vehicles on to the site any time from 6:00pm. Please be aware of the daily gate night closure as detailed in the general terms and conditions. You must be fully off site by midday on Tuesday 22 August 2023.

      FOR FOOD
    11. If you are selling food it must be 100% vegetarian or vegan and clearly marked as such. You will need to let us know what council you are registered with and to provide your Food Hygiene rating plus a copies of any insurance and other documentation you have. If you are using any LPG equipment you will need to show us a gas safety certificate and any training certification for people working with you.
    12. No plastic crockery or cutlery is allowed on site. You can offer pottery/porcelain plates and cups and metal cutlery using a returnable deposit scheme. You can also use biodegradable items.
    13. You will be required to carry adequate fire-fighting equipment.

    Application to trade

    If you are interested in trading at the festival please get in touch by email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.