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Inc’Rock Music Festival
Incourt          April 28 - May 6, 2014

Volunteer project: The Inc’Rock Festival was born in the municipality of Incourt in Wallonia in 2005. This festival has grown over the years and there are more and more people who come. It has gained fame and recognition. This year will be the 10th edition. It will take place from May 2nd to May 4th, 2014. This event is one not to be missed!

The festival is organized over three days and more than 10,000 visitors are expected. Those will be three days of music on three stages (one outside) with more than 40 concerts, entertainment, and a great atmosphere. There will be rock, urban, hip hop and French music as well as new groups. A predominant place will be given to Wallonia and Brussels artists. World-famous artists will also perform. In addition, a firework show, a VIP area and a camping site will be organized.

The line-up of artists is not complete yet, however some names have already been announced: Akua Naru, Disiz, Gandhi, Kaaris, L'Entourage, Les Fatals Picards, Michel Fugain, Scylla, Soldout, Sttellla, Suarez, The Oddword, The Toxic Avenger, Vegas, Vismets…  and there's more to come!

For three days before the festival starts, the volunteers are going to help install the stands, tables, barriers, and so on. During the festival, the volunteers will be able to enjoy the festival and will help behind the bar and to serve food. You can also help in front of the stage to secure the area. After the festival, the group will clean up the area and help uninstall the stages. You will collect and recycle the garbage and make sure the grounds are left nice and safe.

The volunteers in this project will have the opportunity to discover various sides of the organisation of a festival. Volunteers have to be flexible and enthusiastic, and ready to work outside. And most important, you must love music!

Language: English or French

Accommodation: A camping site is reserved for the volunteers. You need a tent, a sleeping bag and a camping mattress.

Location: Incourt, Walloon Brabant

Closest airports: Brussels Airport, Brussels South Charleroi Airport

Closest train station: Tirlemont train station

Age range: 18 - 35 years old




Sherlock Holmes: Support a theatre production, learn and perform on stage
Liege          July 9 - July 28, 2014

Volunteer project: This project will take place in the castle of Sclessin, in Liège. Liège, also known as Luik, is a city in the south-east of Belgium at approximately 100 km from the capital city, Brussels.

A professional theatre company will organise an itinerant theatre show in the Castle of Sclessin during the whole month of July. The garden and the castle itself will be transformed to create the perfect setting for a show where theatre and police intrigue will share the top billing. The play is based on one of the famous novels of Sir Arthur Conan Doyle: “Sherlock Holmes, This is the end”.

International volunteers are needed to help us in the supervision of the play and 9 grand nights of performance. The volunteers will receive a theatre and improv training through the “Actor Training” program. The aim of this project is to associate the culture of each participant with the collective spirit of the group, and as a result they should become an integral part of the show. During the project, 9 shows will be performed and you will enjoy 20 hours of theatre training.

Volunteers will have to assemble and dismantle the theatre structure, to welcome the audience and to run the ticket office. The team will be in charge of the bar and of the catering. You will follow an artistic training and will perform on stage. You will also take part in the creation of an “improvised happening”.

Language: English or French

Accommodation: Accommodation is provided in dormitories.

Location: Château de Sclessin, Liège

Closest airports: Brussels Airport, Brussels South Charleroi Airport

Age range: 18 and over




International Rock Festival of Dour
Dour          July 14 - July 22, 2014

Volunteer project: Dour Festival is four days of discovery; it is a bubble of oxygen, pleasure and 200 artists performing on four stages. More than anything, Dour Festival is a unique concept and a wonderful atmosphere.

Once again we are expecting to relive Dour Festival’s unique atmosphere this year, something which has gained the festival a reputation worldwide. Over the four days, an eclectic crowd live together, letting cultural and social differences slide. For a time, the festival-goers share the same way of life and living together, creating a sort of electricity that is difficult to describe. Perhaps this is due to the diverse line-up – so abundant, coherent, and challenging that you get the impression that everything is possible. The festival crowd is open-minded and passionate for music in the broadest sense of the word.
On the media side of things, the coverage of the festival each year is vast, with more than 1000 journalists turning out. These media professionals are generally from Europe. Last year we noted the presence of journalists from Australia, Canada, Switzerland, Czech Republic, Germany, Estonia, Spain, Greece, Ireland, Luxemburg, Poland, Reunion Island and the USA. The line-up is more international than ever, however a large part of the program is dedicated to Belgian artists.

The volunteers will be part of the Croix Verte (the green cross), helping to keep the area clean and tidy. The team will collect and recycle the waste in order to provide nice and safe ground to the festival-goers. Volunteers will also do some manual work: building the stage, carrying materials, and work in the festival bar, security... The tasks could be heavy and repetitive at times.
The volunteers in this project will have the chance to discover various sides of the organisation of a festival. Volunteers have to be flexible and enthusiastic. And most important, they must love music!

The volunteers will work about 6 to 8 hours a day. During the free time, volunteers are free to go to the festival and enjoy the concerts (concerts start at noon and end at 5.00 a.m.).

Possible free time activities: The nearby Dour and Mons offer various opportunities for free time activities (museum, Scientific Adventure Park, the Museum of Contemporary Arts, cinema,…). There are several opportunities for sports and outdoor activities, as well as many opportunities offered by the natural environment (La Chaîne des Terrils, le Parc Naturel des Hauts-Pays, l'Insectarium, les sentiers de grande randonnée, etc.).

Language: English or French
Some of the people you’ll work with speak English, but it will be good to have some knowledge of French as most of these people are from Dour and its region.

Accommodation: There is a camping reserved for the volunteers. You need a tent, a sleeping bag and a camping mattress.

Location: Dour, Province of Hainaut

Closest airports: Charleroi Bruxelles-Sud, Bruxelles (Zaventem), Lille-Lesquin

Closest train station: Saint-hislain, Mons

Closest TGV stations: Mons, Bruxelles, Lille

Age range: 18 - 35 years old




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