What is New Faces

‘New Faces’ involves newcomers with a refugee background as volunteers at three major Dutch festivals: : Oerol, Welcome to the Village en Into the Great Wide Open. 

You may know that, in addition to their three half-day integration-course, many newcomers have little chance of participating, staying active and increasing their network. Building a new network is for many a key to getting a place in society and gaining work experience is essential to get paid work.

That is why we from Iepen Up (Leeuwarden-Fryslan Cultural Capital 2018) work with Innofest and five festivals in the Netherlands. Because the Netherlands is a festival country, a nice place to gain work experience and make new friends.


Give your festival a huge diversity boost without any hassle!

Does your organization and / or your volunteer pool lack diversity? Wouldn't it be awesome to involve newcomers from all over the world; get all those new stories and cultures? Did you always wanted to make your festival a lot more inclusive but, yeah, didn't know how? Or would you like to give newcomers, permit holders, refugees and any and all new people support to get their new lives going? Then you still have the time to start this year with "New Faces"!

Since 2017 we have worked with all kinds of festivals, small and large, to involve newcomers. All do's and don'ts, questions about language(s), finances and everything, everything else, we have compactly summarized in our 'toolkit' (attached, for free!). This is the answer to all questions about inclusiveness and newcomers!

Doubts about what his project really, actually delivers? That's why we also did social impact research, which you'll find within the toolkit. Yeah, sorry, we really did try our best so you that there won't be any reason not to involve newcomers! You know what? It's actually tons of fun; let's get going! 🙂 Need help or some support? Questions? Comments? Send them to info@newfacesatfestivals.nl. We promise you an answer within 24 hours. Celebrate together!



Mail: info@Newfacesatfestivals.nl