Recruiting a Festival Programmer!

Wed 19 Oct 2016 to Mon 14 Nov 2016

FROM THE STATION TO THE SEA seeks to work with an experienced programmer on its Troublemakers’ Festival, taking place in Swansea in July 2017.


Inspired by the creative mayhem of comedian-activists such as Mark Thomas and Rob Newman, the Troublemakers’ Festival aims to share and enjoy ideas about how people can act in big and small ways to challenge the status quo and change the places in which they live, work and play.

It’s an event designed to address hard and intractable issues of accountability, profit, power and vested interest, whether that’s through minor acts of dissent, savvy campaigns or guerrilla gardening. We see it as an opportunity to invite performers, community members, comedians and artists to make provocations and entertainments about and discuss particular issues, in public and social spaces. We imagine that the festival will feature performances, talks, workshops, events and publications, and that its main venue will be Volcano Theatre’s Iceland Building headquarters in High Street, Swansea, but that it will also feature on-street interventions, walks and talks.

The festival will take place over a long weekend in July 2017. We imagine that it will have a high profile and draw people from across the UK and potentially further afield.

“Break all the rules and just get on with it.”  Gordon Gibson (Trilein), From the Station to the Sea Public Feedback Session, 4th June, 2014

Troublemakers’ Festival is part of From the Station to the Sea, a collaboration between Volcano Theatre and Coastal Housing Group funded by the Arts Council of Wales through its Ideas:People:Places initiative.  From the Station to the Sea is all about Swansea High Street – the idea of the High Street, the lived reality of the place, and the possibilities of its transformation. The project comprises a programme of diverse yet connected projects, each of which addresses particular perceptions or concerns and focuses on the needs and desires of specific constituencies. Working with residents, traders, schools, workers, commuters, visitors and socially excluded people, the project aims to disrupt the prevailing power relations through imaginative interventions in the material and social realm of the street.


We are looking for an experienced programmer who is excited by the potential of this festival to entertain, provoke, stimulate debate and change thought and action.  

The programmer will:

  • Research and identify potential programme content
  • Liaise directly with artists, speakers, etc. or their agents to establish availability and negotiate fees
  • Present a slate of live programming options to the From the Station to the Sea team
  • Collaborate with the From the Station to the Sea team to curate the Festival  
  • Finalise deals and bookings and provide the S2S team with a written record of all negotiations and deals

You will have an excellent knowledge of the arts and cultural landscape locally and nationally and an accompanying extensive network of contacts. An interest in alternative and cross-art form practices is desirable. Understanding of and contacts across social and political activism activity in Swansea and/or further afield would be a benefit.  

The Festival is partly funded by the Arts Council of Wales and partly by other funding streams. Should our fundraising go as hoped, the Festival’s programming budget will be £20,000.


There is a fixed fee for this post of £3,000, payable in three instalments:

  • £1000 on signing of contract
  • £1000 on delivery of draft programme
  • £1000 on finalisation of programme


If you would like to be considered for this opportunity, please email us with:

  • Your CV
  • A brief covering letter outlining your suitability for and interest in the role
  • A proposal (no more than two sides of A4) outlining any initial ideas and how you would approach programming the Festival

Please email your proposal to Carrie Rhys-Davies on by 10am on Monday 14 November. If you’ve any queries, please call Carrie on 01792 464790 or 07949 529856


  • w/c 21st November: Selection by interview
  • Start date: IMMEDIATE
  • End of January: deadline for draft programme
  • End of February: deadline for final programme
  • July: Festival takes place


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