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2021 TAIWANfest

Thank you for your interest in volunteering with 2021 TAIWANfest

From its humble beginnings as the Music Night of Taiwanese Composers in 1990, TAIWANfest has grown to be the largest English/Mandarin bilingual cultural festival in all of Canada, and the largest event outside the island nation to bear the name “Taiwan”. The annual summer event takes place in downtown Vancouver, attracting over 350,000 visitors.

In recent years, TAIWANfest has taken a new direction with the Dialogues with Asia series, co-presenting a different Asian culture each year in a dialogue that results in a truly unique festival experience! Dialogues with Asia series started in 2016 – A Cultural Tango with Hong Kong, 2017 – Kanpai, Japan!, 2018 – Fete with the Philippines, 2019 – Riding the Waves with Vietnam.

This year’s TAIWANfest event will be a mixture of virtual and physical activities, and with the impact of COVID-19, the importance for the world to reflect should be emphasized in everything we do going forward.

We are seeking highly passionate and like-minded individuals to join us.  If you are interested in helping or you are looking for building your resume, we have various volunteering opportunities waiting for you.

Onsite Volunteer Positions

We are looking for volunteers for our concerts at the Orpheum Theatre and Annex during the festival. This role will work with our team to welcome guests to the event.

Tasks:

  • Welcome guests into the venue
  • Hand out seating tickets for guests
  • Remain onsite at the venue to direct guests

We are looking for passionate and responsible volunteers to help out onsite at TAIWANfest this year. Onsite ambassadors will be assigned a variety of roles that include helping out at the info booth, manning exhibitions booths, and explaining the programs. 

Tasks:

  • Directing attendees at the info booth
  • Providing information on our programs and directions
  • Helping out at the merchandising and exhibitions booths

Volunteer Positions

We are looking for Chinese/English translators to work on translations of video subtitles. This position requires written proficiency with both languages and familiarity with Google Suite applications. 

Tasks:

  • Translate and edit video subtitles from Mandarin to English or vice versa
  • Proofread and check for grammar, spelling and punctuation accuracy

The Program Content Translators is a dual role that will translate written festival content for both the website and social media. This position requires becoming familiar with festival programs.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Working with Social Media Manager to translate social media posts from English to Chinese 
  • Sharing/Posting to relevant groups in the Mandarin-speaking communities
  • Translating/Interpreting festival program descriptions from English to Chinese to be posted on the website
  • Proofread and check for grammar, spelling and punctuation accuracy

Required Qualifications:

  • Fluent in written Chinese and English
  • Must become familiar with festival themes and programs through orientation session and research
  • Willingness to ask questions to best understand and interpret the English written content into Chinese or vice versa

We are looking for budding graphic artists to help design print and online advertisements for various event programs.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Create hand-drawn/digital illustrations according to design briefs and guidelines for our event activities
  • Assist the Artistic Director and the Senior Designer

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite – Photoshop, InDesign, etc
  • Have good artistic sense and be highly creative
  • Enthusiastic personality
  • Willingness to learn

We are seeking a volunteer who has experience in video editing who can help in the organization, editing, and processing of video files. Ability to draw and create graphic animations are a plus.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Create and edit high-quality videos for our video programming
  • Assist the Artistic Director and the Senior Designer

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure
  • Proficiency in Adobe Suite – Premiere, After Effects, etc
  • Ability to create high quality video animations and transitions
  • Have good artistic sense and be highly creative
  • Enthusiastic personality
  • Willingness to learn

We are seeking a volunteer who will work alongside the Website Administrator to upload and maintain the event websites.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assist Website Administrator in upload festival program content to our website using WordPress platform
  • Check website content for accuracy
  • Proofread and edit the text before publishing

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to meet deadlines and work well under pressure
  • Experience in WordPress would be assets but not required
  • Attention to details and well organized
  • Willingness to learn

We are looking for an Event Production Assistant who will work closely with the Managing Director and Production Manager to plan and manage event logistics and programming. This role includes participation in program development with a focus on logistical concerns, coordination of program elements with festival partners and performing artists, as well as on-site event management and coordination leading up to, during, and immediately after the event.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assist Directors and Production Manager in overall event planning and coordination
  • Work effectively in the coordination of programming, festival partners, performing artists, vendors and volunteers
  • Perform tasks for Production Manager as needed
  • Assist with delivery of event content and programming, archival coverage, volunteer management and other event specific tasks during event days

Required Qualifications:

  • Ability to recognize the time frame and order of operations involved in planning and managing the event
  • Adapt swiftly to real time factors such as changes to programming, on-site event management, and third party involvement (ie sponsors and partners)
  • Strong time management ability to meet changing priorities while meeting strict deadlines
  • Experience working in a highly collaborative environment
  • Strong detail-oriented and organized
  • Proficiency in Google Office Apps
  • Having hands-on experience using AutoCad and Adobe Illustrator would be assets but not required

We are looking for a Social Media Coordinator Assistant who will be tasked to assist with development and execution of the event’s digital promotional strategy. This includes working with the Managing Director and Social Media Coordinator to plan, write, schedule, and share promotional posts across multiple social media platforms.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with development and execution of the event’s marketing strategy
  • Generate creative and search engine optimized content including images and stories 
  • Share posts in the relevant community groups
  • Perform tasks for Social Media Coordinator as required
  • Assist with delivery of event content and programming, archival coverage, and other event specific tasks during event days

Required Qualifications:

  • High-level proficiency in written and verbal communication skills
  • Creative and methodical personalities
  • Strong time management ability to meet changing priorities while meeting strict deadlines
  • Experience working in a highly collaborative environment
  • Strong detail-oriented and organized
  • Proficiency in Google Office Apps
  • Willing to learn

We are looking for a Junior Development Coordinator who will be tasked to assist with the development of program contents and communications related to event programming. This role will contribute to the curation and presentation of event program content, developing strong communicative relationships with event partners, artists, sponsors, and media contacts.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development of event resources and creating relationships with festival partners including grant-writing
  • Reach out, connect, and work with artists in the community to explore and create program content fitting ACSEA’s events
  • Arrange and participate in meetings with community partners
  • Communicate ideas with the creative team and deliver the event’s core theme through the content created
  • Assist with development of relationships with media partners
  • Assist with media-related tasks including writing press releases, organizing and delivering ad and website copy
  • Aid in the organization of press conferences
  • Assist with delivery of event content and programming, archival coverage, volunteer management, and other event specific tasks during event days

Required Qualifications:

  • High-level proficiency in written and verbal communication skills
  • Creative and methodical personalities
  • Strong time management ability to meet changing priorities while meeting strict deadlines
  • Experience working in a highly collaborative environment
  • Strong detail-oriented and organized
  • Proficiency in Google Office Apps
  • Willing to learn

We are looking for an Administrative + Volunteer Coordinator who will be responsible for developing and organizing a volunteer system in support of festival programming, assisting Directors and other staff in managing volunteers to present ACSEA programs.

Tasks and Responsibilities:

  • Assist with the development of event resources 
  • Assist Directors and Program Planners in administrative tasks
  • Recruit volunteers
  • Assign volunteer tasks and follow up with jobs status
  • Train volunteers on site if physical events takes place 
  • Assist with delivery of event content and programming, archival coverage, volunteer management, and other event specific tasks during event days

Required Qualifications:

  • High-level proficiency in written and verbal communication skills
  • Strong team player
  • Natural leadership skills
  • Outgoing and friendly personality
  • Experience working in a highly collaborative environment
  • Strong detail-oriented and organized
  • Proficiency in Google Office Apps
  • Willing to learn

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