Your chance to play a part in the Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015 volunteers in the Forum, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams.

Norfolk and Norwich Festival 2015 volunteers in the Forum, Norwich. Photo: Steve Adams. - Credit: Archant

People are being given the chance to play a part in this year's Norfolk and Norwich Festival by signing up to be volunteers for the May arts extravaganza.

Dancing in the Adnams Spiegeltent at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY

Dancing in the Adnams Spiegeltent at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Picture: DENISE BRADLEY - Credit: Copyright: Archant 2015

Between 125 and 145 volunteers are needed to help with the running of this year's event which will bring an eclectic mix of theatre, music, literature and more to the city and county from May 13 to 29.

There are opportunities to do everything from being an event steward to a host in the Adnams Spiegeltent to a volunteer driver.

Clare Lovell, head of operations at the festival, said the roles were a great way to see the festival from a different perspective and also gain valuable experience for your CV.

'It's a really good opportunity to have a shared experience, work behind the scenes and learn from professionals,' she said.

The aerial spectacle Flat will take place outside The Forum during the 2016 Norfolk and Norwich Fest

The aerial spectacle Flat will take place outside The Forum during the 2016 Norfolk and Norwich Festival. Photo: Vincent Lucas. - Credit: Vincent Lucas

'The core volunteer role is event stewarding and all volunteers will have an element of doing that, but we also give people the chance to indicate other areas they would like to get involved in, for example being a Spiegel host is always very popular for people wanting to do something a bit more flamboyant.'

Nikki Davies has previously volunteered and she said it was a great way to enjoy the festival.

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The opportunity to volunteer is open to anyone aged 18 or over, and some of the roles available include being an event steward, lead volunteer, event manager's assistant, festival driver, festival runner assistant, finance assistant, communications team support, box office assistant, Spiegel host, and office assistant.

Volunteer coordinator Polly Louise Rayns said: 'We hold a speed meeting event to try to get to know people's interests and match them to suitable roles.

'We like to have a huge variety of people because there are lots of different roles and lots of different opportunities. There's no set person that we are looking for; we would like to have a variety of people from all walks of life. We just ask that people are enthusiastic and have availability.'

For more details about applying to be a festival volunteer, visit www.nnfestival.org.uk

The deadline for applications is Monday, March 14 at 9.30am.

Do you have a Norwich arts story? Email arts correspondent Emma Knights at emma.knights@archant.co.uk

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