Every year we recruit dozens of volunteers to help make the Carnival happen. As a non-profit organisation we could not hold events like the Carnival without the hands-on support of the public.

Volunteering for the Carnival is not only fun, it allows you to meet new friends, build leadership skills, and be part of a truly unique event. It can also be a good way for those interested to become more involved as an art worker, production worker or trustee.

There are a range of important and rewarding volunteer roles available each year. No experience is required but most roles must be filled by people 15 years or older.


Workshop Assistants: Help children and families make their own lanterns for the Carnival procession. This is a very rewarding role that takes place on the four weekends preceding the Carnival event. We need about 30 lantern workshop assistants.

Art Team Assistants: Help the Carnival Art Team make props, costumes, lighting displays and do giant lantern repairs. This is only for people with hands-on making skills and experience.

Bouncy Castle: Keep the kids safe on the castle by managing the numbers that are allowed to play at a time. Keep a
keen eye on the children to make sure everyone is having a great, but safe experience.

Brazier Keepers: The Brazier Keepers are responsible for maintaining the barriers around the fires and keeping the public safe from the fire risk and encouraging responsible enjoyment. The brazier keeper near the carpark kids zone may also be asked to help marshal kids for the processions.

Procession Guides: Guides will help set up the children’s lantern processions and look after children as they process around the church. Carnival and rehearsal night only.

Ticketing Team: Help people get into the event by processing ticket sales or receiving online purchases in our priority lane. Cash or eftpos handling experience would be ideal.

Crowd Counters: These volunteers will need to count people as they enter and exit so we can keep a running tab on how many people are within the Midwinter Carnival grounds at any one time. These volunteers will need to be focused to help keep everyone safe.

Night Market Crew: Help us run the Night Market and ensure our waste minimisation strategy is put in to practise. Carnival and rehearsal night only.

Information Stand: The Information Stand is an important place for the public to be able to get information about the Carnival. You need to know the schedule of events, emergency contact information, event management contact information, etc.

Mulled Wine Stall: Ideally, this group would come back next year to apply what they learn this year, as Carnival will be taking over this stall from 2023.

Set Up: Set up volunteers will help with lantern wrangling for the pack in on the Friday morning, lantern installation during day, set up of kiosks, signage, etc. They will need to be reasonably fit.

Pack-Down: We need a team for clean up on both nights and lantern wrangling at about 11pm on Saturday night.

Crowd Safety/Crowd Control: Numbers needed: 9 per night. 3 to manage lines queuing up for entry.


For more information or any queries please email volunteer.midwinter@gmail.com