Lighthouse recruitment open day

POOLE’S Lighthouse is one of the country’s biggest arts centres. You have probably been to events there – from gigs to the Bournemouth Symphony Orchestra to contemporary dance, jazz, comedy and theatre, there is something for all interests and all ages.

But have you ever wondered what goes on behind the scenes at one of Britain’s biggest arts centres? How does everything work? What sorts of jobs are there? Who does what, and where and when does it all happen?

If you’re curious to discover answers to those and any number of other questions about working in the arts sector, there’s a golden opportunity to find out more at the Lighthouse Recruitment Open Day on Saturday 21st August.

There are vacancies across the organisation, from backstage and administration roles, to front of house, catering and technical.

“This is a fantastic opportunity to join our enthusiastic, award-winning teams at Lighthouse on the eve of our busiest and most exciting autumn programme for many years,” says general manager Martyn Balson.

There are two sessions, at 10am and noon, with staff members on hand to answer questions about working at one of the UK’s most significant cultural venues, explain more about its work that perhaps audiences don’t always see and guide tours of the building, a Poole landmark for more than 40 years.

After a difficult time during the pandemic, the arts centre has unveiled a packed programme for the autumn that includes a stunning new concert season with the BSO in its home venue, as well as major international artists like Nick Cave and Warren Ellis, Grayson Perry, Rob Brydon, Frank Skinner and Katherine Ryan.

There will also be visits from touring companies such as Gecko, Motionhouse, Shechter II, Stuff and Nonsense, English Touring Opera and Diverse City, as well as popular entertainers including Jimmy Carr, The Bootleg Beatles, Pam Ayres and Bridget Christie.

In lockdown the centre supported a range of theatre companies and emerging artists who will showcase new work in its venues this autumn including Joli Vyann, The Last Inklings and Louise Jordan, as well as partnering off-site events including Roundabout pop-up theatre festival and Inside Out Dorset festival of performances outdoors.

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