About 2High Festival

Want to take a step forward in your career?

Want access to some of the industry's sharpest minds?

Want to be part a festival that has shaped the careers of so many?

Backbone Youth Arts is looking for the festival team of the future to lead, shape and direct 2high 2014. We want to hear from emerging and experienced industry leaders who want to create an incredible experience for artists and audiences.

2high is a circus trick. One standing on the shoulders of another. An ongoing exchange of trust. 2high represents the relationship between the mentor and the mentee who work together to synergise and share their knowledge, networks and abilities throughout the festival making process. This relationship, coupled with tangible experience and ongoing training specific to festival management is what truly sets the 2high experience apart and has made this experience such a success.

The Backbone 2high festival is the official unofficial training ground for festival workers, artists, administrators and leaders in the industry. With an alumni that would make universities blush, and support and acknowledgement for the experience industry wide - 2high has long been the place to cut your teeth in the industry and to exchange knowledge with tomorrow's leaders.

Since its' inception in 1994 Backbone Youth Arts has built, shaped, created and reinvented the 2high festival to respond to the changing needs of the industry and emerging arts workers. This year is no exception when for the first time - we call out for mentors and mentees who want to be a part of the discovery and ask the questions what is the festival of the future? What do we need to learn today to be prepared for the demands of our audiences and artists tomorrow?

Artistic Directors, Curators, Producers, Production Managers, Techie's, Logistics Nerds, Advertsiers, Digital Obsessives, Creatives, Designers - we want you to join the team!

To participate in 2high 2014 as a volunteer mentor or mentee, our application process is simple and we are encouraging submissions via video or text. All submissions due by the 18th July.

Please head to the online form and complete that, you will be asked to respond to the following three questions and indicate if you would like to be a mentor (10+ years of practice) or a mentee (-5 years of practice). A selection panel will assess your application and advise the outcome by the end of July.

The three main questions we want you to answer are:

  1. Why do you want to be a part of 2high 2014?
  2. What do you think festivals will be like in 20 years?
  3. To date, what has been your most transformative festival or arts experience and why?

For particular questions and queries please email and please allow a 24 hour response time.

Late applications will only be considered if they are from Ryan Gosling or Rick Astley. We really want those guys involved.

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