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Institute Of Art & Ideas

There is little that we can be certain about, but we can be confident that a time will come when our current beliefs and assumptions are seen as mistaken, our heroes - like the imperial adventurers of the past - are regarded as villains, and our morality is viewed as bigoted prejudice.

So the IAI seeks to challenge the notion that our present accepted wisdom is the truth.

The IAI was founded in 2008 with the aim of rescuing philosophy from technical debates about the meaning of words and returning it to big ideas and putting them at the centre of culture. Not in aid of a more refined cultural life, but as an urgent call to rethink where we are.

Application deadline: 
Monday, 16 September 2019

We’re looking for a team of dedicated stewards to help us run the world’s largest philosophy and music festival - HowTheLightGetsIn. If you would like the opportunity to hear some of the world’s leading thinkers, plus access to incredible live music, then we want to hear from you. In return for their shifts, stewards get a festival pass which gets them access to all the festival’s incredible debates and events. Although we can’t provide food for staff, all stewards get a jammy discount at the festival eateries along with a free camping pace on the festival campsite. On shifts, stewards help keep the festival tick - check tickets, man the doors of events and act as the first contact point for all our visitors. Shifts are full on and fast paced, but also very rewarding and the friends you make on the stewarding team are ones that last! Every steward can request a professional reference to document this valuable and varied experience for future employers.

Role Aim: 

To give valuable experience to volunteers in event management, organisation and leadership. Volunteer stewards help make the festival happen – from checking tickets, setting up venues for debates and managing the queues and crowds.


- Ticket checks

- Manning the doors of events, talks and gigs

- General point of information for visitors

- Setting up venues for debates, gigs

- Organising the queues to events

- Managing the crowds on the festival sites

- Helping maintain the site’s décor and cleanliness.

Skills needed: 

- Time Management

- Customer service, friendly, welcoming attitude

- Fast learner and quick to work

- Team work


Yes, full training is provided on Friday 20 September 2019 as a steward induction going over the roles’ tasks and the general health and safety procedures of the festival.

Kenwood House, Hampstead Heath, London, NW3 7JR
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Once you’ve registered interest in this volunteering role, we’ll send your name and UCL email address to the organisation for their records. You’ll also receive information about the next steps to take if you do wish to take things forward. The organisation has signed up to our code of standards, which includes a commitment to protecting your data. We won’t share your information with anyone unless you’ve given explicit consent to. We’ll also retain your details so we can follow up to see how you’re getting on with your volunteering and offer support if necessary. We take good care of your data – you can see full details here