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Short term contract, long-term exhaustion

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Working on the festival circuit is like a fairground ride: fast paced and exhilarating, but also exhausting and hard to jump off.
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Arts festivals around Australia and the world are often dependent on large numbers of contract workers. From ticketing and front of house to bar staff and office admin, through to technical and venue support, such roles are often filled by staff on short-term contracts. Many of these workers line up multiple festival contracts in a row, often resulting in exhaustion and stress – otherwise known as festival fatigue.  

Nicole McKenzie

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