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27/7/18

Freedom Fever Blog: Life as an Intern at Freedom Festival

My first day of Admin and Volunteering Interning has arrived: It’s warm and sticky and after a busy bus ride, a scenic speed walk around the marina and a few cross words with Google Maps, I arrive at the Freedom Festival Office. Undoubtedly, I am nervous and keen to make a good first impression. I meet Yasmin, the Production Intern and I’m glad that we can experience our first day together. We are plunged into a group meeting with the rest of the team and I admire that everyone suggests ideas and resolutions.

Throughout the week, I’m assigned several jobs that centre around Office Excel and I panic that I didn’t pay enough attention in my Year 9 ICT lessons. However, this assignment provides me with an insight into how much funding goes into an event such as Freedom Festival and it enables me to see the amount of work needed for securing remarkable artists. I am tasked with writing content for the newsletter, allowing me to refine my research skills and get creative. I didn’t realise how involved I was going to be! Throughout the week, a range of jobs are undertaken: data input, copy writing, stock taking and website editing to name a few.

Talk of the programme line-up generates excitement and I begin to realise how community focussed this huge project is. I’m looking forward to the FEASTival, not just because I’m massively into food but the unity that occurs alongside the process of feasting. I picture gardeners all over Hull, allotment workers prising carrots and potatoes out of soil and scrubbing vegetables over kitchen sinks before they make their journey into cooking pans and crockery and then people’s mouths. I am amazed at the originality of ideas like these and on the rest of the programme; ideas that are arguably artistically straightforward yet are so effective in bringing people together. I think we all need a bit of Freedom fever in our own lives.

By the time Friday arrives, Yasmin and I agree that we feel as though we’ve been interning for a while, but I guess that says a lot about the team we’re working with. The way in which they have welcomed us, makes me feel valued and I believe I’m making a difference. This week I expected to float around the office, carrying out small jobs when I was needed. Instead, I have been given responsibility and a sense of achievement in contributing to the story of the Freedom Festival. Let’s hope next week is just as fulfilling.

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