Get Involved


We would not be here today without the kindness and the countless hours of work, good vibes, creativity and great ideas of our beloved volunteers over the years. Volunteers are core to our soul.

We want everyone to get involved, to get creative, to become an active part of this event, to feel how they made the magic! Volunteering is the best way to become a vital part of this lovely community.

We offer a variety of ways to participate, regardless of one’s physical capabilities, skills, or interests. Whether it is helping with the site development and build, photography, computer-based work, decor and installations or doing shifts during the event, we need you! Make a difference: Participate!

So what’s the deal for volunteers?

First of all, let’s talk about your legal status! While Kenyan citizens are most welcome to volunteer with us, keep in mind that volunteering in Kenya for foreigners, just like employment, is prohibited by Kenyan Law unless you acquire the relevant permit from the Department of Immigration.

How many volunteers are we welcoming?

Volunteer positions are limited but you certainly have a chance if you contact us early!

There will be different calls out for particularly skilled volunteers, so keep your ear to the website and social media to catch the position for you.


  • A safe and shaded space to pitch your tent with all the necessary facilities nearby.
  • 2 meals on site per day – breakfast & lunch. For dinner there’s great places in town you can get really good food for cheap or you can prepare your own meals on site.
  • We work 6-day weeks in the run up to the big event, you’re still welcome to have Sundays off.
  • Big Christmas BBQ for the whole team.
  • Festival ticket and 1,000Ksh drinks vouchers.


  • Volunteers will be required to work for a certain amount of time to qualify for a ticket to the event.
  • Some volunteer work will be before the event, during the event and/or after the event.
    • Pre – event with Build Team: Minimum 2 weeks.
    • During event with Production Team: Minimum 3 x 6hr shifts (maximum) allocated by our team.
    • Post event with Cleanup Team: Minimum one week.
  • Volunteers working during and after the event will be asked to pay a deposit for a ticket, to be refunded once the clear up operation is complete.
  • Punctuality and hard work – Volunteers who do not seem to care will be asked to leave without notice.

Interested? Keep checking our social media pages for our general call-out!


Apply to be Kilifi New Year’s Volunteer Manager

We are looking for a strong but kind minded individual to coordinate a large team of volunteers in the build up, during and after the festival.

For details on the roles specifics and how to apply click here

Applications close 30th August 2019


Apply to be Kilifi New Year’s Decor Manager

We are looking for a seriously funky and creative mind to head our visual art and decor team for the 2020 instalment of Kilifi New Year.

For more information and how to apply click here!

Applications close 31st July 2019


Apply to manage “The Burn”

The construction of the greatest spectacle of Kilifi New Year is no mean feat. Think you’re up to the challenge? Find more details here

Applications close 30th August 2019


Apply to create art

We are a community and each event is participatory. The people who join every year are not simply “attendees”, they are the ones who make the magic! They create the peaceful atmosphere, the art, the performance and ultimately make the experience.

We rely on the spirit of collaboration and freedom of expression to add magic, surprise and unpredictability. We are looking for all matters of artists and performers to help add spontaneity and wonder to the mix! Whether you are a masseuse, yoga teacher, fire dancer, graffiti or conceptual artist, an illusionist, hula hoopist, or part of a circus troupe, we would love to welcome you! As Burning Man festival puts it so well, the festival is “the sum total of the activities of its participants, and the ways to participate are as unlimited as one’s imagination”.

More info on applications coming soon!

Apply as Vendor

We would LOVE you to join us with all your delicious, beautiful or astounding services and creations – whether that be food, non-alcoholic drinks, art, clothing, or even a tattoo stand, a kinyozi or anything else.

This year’s event hopes to attract 3000 attendees and Kilifi New Year will not provide any catering or retail outlets for these attendees. This creates an incredible opportunity for setting up delicious food stalls.

When can your stall operate (when to set up/ pack down)?

Prior to the event, we will be hosting several warm-up events at Distant Relatives Ecolodge & Backpackers. We would be honoured to welcome the trading stalls (i.e. no food stalls) at no extra cost because we already have an operational restaurant on site.

Please keep in mind this is a different location (about 5km away) and we will not be providing any tables or lighting.

The event will run at its fullest on 31st December and 1st January until mid-day on the 2nd. Some people will start camping on the 30th and we’ll host a smaller event on the 30th too. Hence you should be able to operate for 3 full days – from mid-day on the 30th December to mid-day 2nd January.

Setup: All vendors and stall holders must be fully set up by the evening of the 30th of December. Please report to security at the festival gate upon arrival and introduce yourself to the Stalls and Vendors liaison staff member who will show you to your allocated spot.

Pack down: You are responsible for packing down your stall independently. You must dispose of all waste and leave no trace.

What will Kilifi New Year provide?

  • An allocated 6 x 3ft table for service.
  • An overhead frame allowing you to attach décor and shade cloth.
  • Power: You will be given access to power although only low power rated equipment will be allowed (e.g. kettles). Feel free to double check with us directly. Although we always over cater for power, the risk of overloading power puts the entire event at risk, hence we must apply strict rules, we hope you can understand.
  • Water: This year, thanks to your feedback/ suggestions from last year, we will have a communal washing station for stall holders.
  • Free camping for stall holders and their staff.
    We will nominate one member of our staff as a liaison between all stall holders for any questions or issues prior, during and after the event.

What must you provide?

  • All your own staff and equipment
  • Reliable and consistent service to festival goers and campers.
  • Very good signage of your stall, product and clearly displayed price lists
  • Secure cash box and change
  • All décor, extra lighting, chairs
  • Shade cover to setup on frame above stall

How to apply for a stall?

More info on applications coming soon!

Press, Photographers and Filmmakers

We appreciate your support in sharing the festival with the world. We would LOVE you to join us and help us capture the beauty and magic of our events.
More info on applications coming soon!

Talks, Workshops and Therapies

As with last year, Kilifi New Year 2020 is ready to welcome applications for all Talks, Workshops and therapists! With the added Mind Body and Soul area, this year we are ready to embrace the spirit of participation fully.

We would LOVE you to join us with your astounding services and activities– whether that be a talk, a workshop or a therapy- the more dynamic the better! With our new Mind, Body and Soul area, we are very excited to be hosting workshops, talks and therapists to enhance the festivals values of holistic living and conscious education.
More info on applications coming soon!