Local non-profit music festival 'Hors Tribu' (Môtiers NE)
Description: The main purpose of the association is to organize a yearly music festival since 25 years. The committee works nearly a full year for the logistics of the event. Organizers need quite a lot of time for this tiny festival because they want to do every part of it by themselves, from the cooking to the structures. It is an alternative way to stay free from sponsors and economic rules that are usually in place in summer at big festivals. In the end the festival looks like a nice “handmade” event. The base of this association is to enjoy a wide spectrum of music styles, food, and create a place where people can meet in a very friendly atmosphere. They are really involved to create a unique human sized event. They work on a voluntary basis, except of course for the artists and main technicians.
Type of Work: You will have the opportunity to work on all jobs: structures, kitchen, decoration, etc. You will work with the festival committee and some of our local volunteers. The work is a mainly outdoor carrying job, except for the kitchen. Be aware that the amount of work varies over the days. The first day you will set up the circus tent, and then install toilets, tents, lights, and the decoration of the site. Each job is supervised by a skilled volunteer from the organization. Your creativity is appreciated. During the festival, organizers will give you free time, so you can appreciate the result of your work, even though any help during the festival is appreciated. The Monday after the festival you will clean the material, and take it back to the storage until Friday evening.
Study Theme: As we are a very small organization working without sponsors, we often talk about "small is beautiful" and "de-growth". Ecology – not green washing – is also a main idea. We often compare the difference between political and social life in different countries. These discussions take place often during meals or transports, at any time given.
Accommodation: You will sleep in dormitories that are specially installed in the gym of the local school. They are fitted with mattresses, shower (unfortunately mainly with cold water!) and toilets. Be aware that it might get chilly sometimes overnight. It’s about a 10-minute walk from the festival site. You will help the festival kitchen team in cooking. There is no wifi on the field, but usually we share our internet connection from our phones. You can also access internet via public wi-fi (in restaurants) or in local volunteers’ houses.
Language: English is the workcamp language, the local language is French and a little bit of German. English is important for the communication among the international volunteers and local language skills in the interaction with locals.
Notes: The project partner will bring you to visit our natural sites (river, mountain) in the area. Others activities are scheduled during the workcamp (city tours, other festivals, cheese or absinthe factories...). We go the Buskers festival one night during the 2nd week.