Clonmel Junction Festival have been running a Trainee Programme at the festival for the last two years. This scheme, which is the only one of its kind in the country, offers teenagers a two week trainee programme  working with an artist or technical professional and the opportunity to go to see many of the festival shows, meet with the visiting artists and get an inside knowledge of the workings of the running a large multi arts festival. The festival is delighted that LIT Tipperary have come on board as sponsors of this programme for 2012. This year the trainees will this year receive a certificate with the LIT Tipperary crest on it which will be presented at a special post festival event by a senior member of Clonmel Campus LIT staff .


The 2012 Trainee programme will run from July 2nd – 16th. The Festival is looking for enthusiastic committed individuals who would like to participate in the Festival’s Cafés projects, press or production. A typical trainee schedule will include one daily four-hour slot. Tasks will include help with set up and decoration of spaces, briefing in the proposed area of interest, as well as being a support and/or active participant in the chosen activity. This experience is guaranteed to be rewarding as the trainee will meet new people, observe and assist professionals at work, partake in challenging activities, improved their social and communication skills and acquire new knowledge in the selected field.

There is a € 35 registration fee which entitles the Trainee to a festival tee-shirt, a Badge which entitles the Trainee to free entry to shows that are not sold out, and a staff discount at the festival canteen. If short-listed, the applicant will be required to attend at least one preliminary briefing meeting.

Over 70 Trainees have passed through the programme over the last two years with many more participating in the youth programmes run over the two previous years.  Many of these teenagers have maintained contact with the festival throughout the year.  Most notably the trainees from the Story Lab Café in 2011 who went on to form their own bi monthly story telling circle which has been a terrific success. Another group of 2011 Trainees have been meeting on each Saturday during the spring devising visual art projects and assisting the Festival staff to plan the Trainee Programme for 2012.

For more information on the CJF Trainee Programme  or call into The Common Thread for information and/or an application form.

Are you available 6-15 July? Be part of the Festival Experience: Volunteer (18yrs+)

Clonmel Junction Festival runs a fun and rewarding volunteer programme for up to 40 enthusiastic and committed individuals who want to be involved in the festival. It’s a marvellous way to explore possible career options, discover new talents, make new friends and develop your communication skills. You need to demonstrate initiative, maturity and reliability and should be available for at least 4 three-hour shifts during the festival. You’ll be required to attend a short interview as well as 2 briefing sessions.

This year’s volunteers scheme includes 4 teams:
* The front of house/stewarding team: for theatre and street events
* The senior production team, which supports the technical crew
* The hospitality/artist’s liaison team, which looks after artists’ stay in Clonmel and catering requirements
* The marketing team which distributes publicity materials and collects evaluation forms

Being a volunteer entitles you to a free festival t-shirt, access to at least 3 theatre shows based on last minute availability and access to the Festival’s late-night club, as well as a discount at the festival canteen. For more information and to register as a volunteer, download the application form from and email to or pick up a form in the Common Thread Café on Parnell St.

PICTURED: Paul Keating LIT, Theresia Gushlbauer Clonmel Junction Festival, Dan Kennedy LIT intern and Clonmel Junction Festival trainees


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