Taking Part – Fringe by the Sea
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There are a number of ways to become part of the team at Fringe by the Sea. So whether you’re an artist or a food trader, community group or volunteer please get in touch.

If you are an artist or performer (or an agent) looking to showcase talent at Fringe by the Sea, please email us at info@fringebythesea.com with an outline of what you have in mind and it will be raised at our regular programming meetings. Applications are now closed for 2023.

Our Fringe By The Sea volunteers are an essential part of the festival’s smooth operations and bring with them a huge dose of warmth, energy and enthusiasm!

Our volunteer programme is flexible and open to all. It’s a great way of getting involved in the local community and meeting people, especially if you’re new to the area. Previous volunteers (many of whom return year on year) say they like to feel they play a worthwhile role in making it all happen and have fun while doing so.

Volunteers help the FBTS team with a range of tasks from running our box office, welcoming visitors, managing ticketing, setting up for events, accessibility plus much more. We have tasks to suit all so if heavy lifting or standing around is not your thing, don’t worry – we’ll find you another job!

Volunteers work on a rota, covering four-hour shifts. We ask that you commit to a minimum of three, four-hour shifts over the festival period, which in 2023 is 4th-13th August. There will also be a pre-event briefing to attend. If you are interested in volunteering please contact volunteers@fringebythesea.com

All of our Volunteer positions for 2023 have been filled.  However, if you drop us a note at the email above, we can add you to our waiting list and contact you should this change.  

Our volunteers are not paid but we do offer a fetching FBTS t-shirt, free access to non-sold-out events and discounted tickets.

You can read more about our volunteer policy here.

As part of the venue space in the Lodge Grounds there will be a market space for local artisans and artists to showcase their products and creativity over the full 10 days of the festival. If you’d like to display your wares, email us at info@fringebythesea.com Applications for 2023 are now closed.

We will be playing host to a number of Street Food vendors in 2022. If you’d like to be considered as part of the line-up, drop us an email at info@fringebythesea.com. Applications for 2023 are now closed.

Fringe by the Sea is a not-for-profit multi-arts festival staging more than 200 events over ten days in the scenic seaside spot of North Berwick. Our programme features global acts and the best Scottish and local talent across music, comedy, family, literature, film, wellbeing events. This year the festival runs from 4th – 13th August.

We are looking for a crack team of positive-minded, energetic people to help us deliver a friendly, fun and safe event.

If you have a can-do attitude, are passionate about the arts, love East Lothian and would like to be part of a hard-working and cohesive team, we’re sure you’ll find working at Fringe by the Sea a rewarding experience.

We are a Living Wage employer, committed to offering equal opportunities through our employment and work to advised industry rates for all those working in the creative arts.

Positions available:

  • General Event Crew – supporting the Event Manager and working closely with the wider Production team and FBTS volunteers on event set up and strike, public liaison, crowd management, ticket checks, box office, artist liaison and more. Bar and hospitality work is also available. Applications must be able to commit to daily shifts from 3rd to 14th

We are also looking to fill a number of positions for the following temporary roles:

  • Box Office Lead
  • Artist Liaison Lead
  • Venue Leads

Box Office, Artist Liaison and Venue leads should have some experience in similar roles, and are required to work from 2nd to 14th August.


Apply  to info@fringebythesea.com with your CV, telling us a bit about yourself and why you’d like to work at Fringe By The Sea. Closing date for applications is 19th May 2023.

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