Volunteers needed for the 2012 Norfolk and Norwich Festival

Volunteers are needed to play a part in Norwich's annual festival of the arts which reveals its full 2012 line-up of acts today.

The Norfolk and Norwich Festival is the fourth biggest city arts festival in the country, and 80 volunteers are needed to help run the festival, which is on from May 11 to May 26.

Would-be volunteers need to act quickly as the deadline for applications is 9.30am on Monday, March 5.

Clare Lovell, NNF's general manager, said the volunteers were an important part of the festival and it was a great opportunity for people to enjoy new experiences and learn new skills. Volunteer roles include festival drivers, assistants for event managers, welcome hosts for performers who are new to the city, event stewards, installation invigilators and support for the festival's community engagement work.

Jim Durrant, 85, who lives in the city centre, has been a festival volunteer for 20 years, mostly as a concert steward. He said: 'I enjoy the music, the camaraderie between the stewards, and getting to know the musicians. It is free to volunteer, which means you also tend to get involved in other events you may not otherwise go to. Volunteering broadens your experiences and gives you the feeling that you are contributing something to what is happening.'

UEA graduate Ruth Sandell said: 'I was lucky enough to be selected to join the NNF production team and got to work on a range of festival projects and events. It was everything from making props for the National Ballet of Spain to managing a team of other volunteers at the free May Daze weekend. What did I gain? Greater confidence in dealing with new people and new situations. There's also a great feeling about being part of something really worthwhile that makes Norwich a better place to live.'

Volunteers must be over 18. To apply, download an application form at www.nnfestival.org.uk, or call 01603 877750.

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