Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage is looking to recruit Event Assistants to assist with our annual dance festival, Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2024 (LDIF24).  

Role description 

Event Assistants will be responsible for a variety of roles and tasks including but not limited to front of house, setting up events, supporting artists, running errands, carrying equipment and assisting team leaders to ensure that all events run smoothly.

We’re looking for enthusiastic individuals to work as part of a team in a fast-paced environment and are interested in supporting various roles across the festival. You will need to be fully flexible for the festival dates (17 April – 5 May 2024) and able to work evenings and some weekends during this period if necessary.  You will also need to be available to attend a number of training sessions in preparation for the festival.

Contract Temporary contract: 17 April – 5 May 2024

Interviews Wednesday 13 March 2024 

Location Leicester, UK

Salary £11.42 per hour

About Let’s Dance International Frontiers (LDIF) 

LDIF is an annual dance festival launching each year on 29 April, International Dance Day.  With dance at the heart, LDIF pushes boundaries with a creative programme that reflects the international nature of Leicester through performances, discussion seminars, masterclasses and an annual conference. 

Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2024 (LDIF24) explores the theme of Camouflage: Embodied Dance.  Over the last fourteen years, LDIF has presented over 280 artists and companies, including 69 UK premieres and 42 world premieres.  LDIF has also fostered the work of emerging artists, through various platforms and has become a trailblazer for international dance programming and commissioning in the UK, with many artists making their UK debut as part of the festival, before appearing at mainstream venues including.

Roles and Responsibilities 

Tasks that you might be anticipated to carry out include:

  • Artist Liaison, meeting artists and assisting them in navigating the city.
  • Front of House, greeting guests, answering questions.
  • Setting up and managing the information desk. 
  • Promoting sales of events, publications, and merchandise and taking payments.
  • Running errands, assisting technical staff, helping with props, sweeping the stage.
  • Managing post-event activities, such as the cleaning of venues, transporting equipment, packing equipment, and transporting equipment back to base at the Serendipity office. 
  • Ensuring adherence to health and safety regulations. 
  • Assist in the running of activities on the day of an event and implement backup plans when necessary. 
  • Learning about the Let’s Dance International Frontiers 2024, Serendipity’s publications and general knowledge of Serendipity’s work.
  • To be an ambassador for Serendipity and act within values and principles

Key Skills and Experience 

We are looking for dynamic individuals who are passionate about the arts and dedicated to helping run Serendipity in an engaged and open manner.

Event Assistants must have excellent communication skills, it’s important that they facilitate effective communication between themselves, team leaders, artists and venues to ensure that events run smoothly.

A successful Event Assistant candidate will have various prerequisite skills and qualifications that typically include:

  • A keen interest in arts and live events.
  • A creative mind and a flair for entertainment to immerse themselves in the exciting events.
  • Excellent organisational skills and the ability to prioritise tasks.
  • The ability to perform well under pressure and remain calm in crisis situations.
  • The ability to multitask, as the job often requires dealing with multiple parties and tasks concurrently.
  • Attention to detail.
  • Strong problem-solving skills and the ability to think on their feet when unexpected events occur.
  • Excellent interpersonal skills, as the job constantly involves working with people within the organisation.
  • Be punctual, events will be running on an itinerary of set timings being on time will be crucial to how well the event runs.

How to apply

Please provide a CV and cover letter summarising your interest in the role of Event Assist for LDIF24 and outlining how your skills and experience meet the requirements of the role. 

Please apply through the link below.

References may be requested. 

Closing date for applications Friday, 1 March 2024, 5.00 pm  

In-person Interviews Wednesday, 13 March 2024

Successful applicants will be required to send a headshot and a small bio. 

If you have any further enquires please get in touch via email –

Image Credit: By Kelis Darko, Launchpad Artist 2022


BlackInk: Launchpad 2024

Call for Commissions

Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage are looking for emerging Black female artists based in the UK.  Launchpad is an initiative that works across all art forms to mentor and share their ideas and showcase their work as part of BlackInk, a magazine focusing on Black arts, heritage and cultural politics published each year for Black History Month.  For Launchpad 2024, the commission seeks to support artists to navigate new multifaceted ways of working by developing a project that translated across a print magazine and online content. 

Launchpad is offering artists:

  • A feature as part of issue four of BlackInk Issue 5 (published in October 2024) and online.
  • £750 fee.
  • Support and mentorship.
  • Opportunities to build industry network.
  • Consideration for future opportunities

For more information please call 0116 482 1394 or email

BlackInk New Writing Competition 2024

Serendipity Institute for Black Arts and Heritage and Writing East Midlands are looking for creative writers from the African and African Caribbean Diaspora who identify as women to submit short stories for the 2024 edition of BlackInk Writing Competition.

The initiative seeks to showcase new short fiction; applicants are invited to submit stories of up to 2,000 words for consideration.  Two winning short stories will be published in issue five of BlackInk magazine for Black History Month in October 2024 and each writer will receive £500 in prize money.

In addition, both writers will be given free entry to The Writers’ Conference, which is organised annually by Writing East Midlands to give new writers access to leading publishing industry professionals. 

This year, BlackInk Issue 5 is focusing on amplifying the voices of Black women, exploring the theme Black Women: Invisible Power.  The judges are looking for stories that celebrate Black women, harnessing joy, humour and tenacity. 

The judges for the 2024 edition are to be confirmed.

To apply for this competition applicants should:

  • Write a short story addressing the theme Black Women: Invisible Power.
  • Complete the application form including a short biography.
  • Submit a finished short story, a maximum of 2,000 words.  The story should be fiction, written as prose, previously unpublished and the applicant’s own original idea. 
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