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Volunteers are needed to get involved with the 2013 Norfolk and Norwich Festival, which takes place in May.
The annual arts extravaganza brings an array of weird and wonderful acts to the city and county, with the full line-up for the 2013 festival to be announced in March. About 100 volunteers are needed for roles, including event stewards, assistants to event managers, exhibition or installation invigilators, drivers, and Spiegeltent hosts.
Clare Lovell, head of operations, said the roles were a great way to enjoy the festival and gain experience for your CV.
She said: “I think one of the big things is that this is an opportunity to feel part of the festival as opposed to just being a spectator. It is a chance to have a sense of ownership of an event that the city and county are proud of, and to feel part of the team.
“It is also about meeting people and sharing experiences with the festival team and all the camaraderie that comes with that.”
Among last year’s volunteers was 21-year-old Maura Flatley, from Norwich. She said: “I loved the opportunity to work on a wide variety of different events, which gave the opportunity to see a wide range of different things, and meet different people. The chance to get free tickets to what were truly amazing shows was fantastic.”
Fellow volunteer Annie Rhodes, 23, from Norwich, said: “I loved really feeling part of the festival. I loved meeting so many lovely, outgoing and interesting people who all had their own stories to tell. The whole experience was overwhelmingly positive.”
Volunteers need to be over 18. Volunteer drivers must be over 25 or have held a clean driving licence for five years.
To apply people need to fill out an application form from the festival’s website www.nnfestival.org.uk. The deadline for applications is March 13. This year’s festival is from May 10 to 26.
Do you have a story about the arts in Norwich? Call reporter Emma Knights on 01603 772428 or email firstname.lastname@example.org