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Please check back in February next year when our recruitment window reopens for our volunteer programme. In the meantime, if you have any questions about volunteering for next year’s Festival, get in touch:   

Norfolk & Norwich Festival could not take place without the enthusiasm and dedication of the volunteers who give up their time towards making the Festival run smoothly. 



NNF24 Volunteer Programme in statistics:


  • 80% chose to volunteer with us again
  • 95% made new friends
  • 87% feel more connected to their community after volunteering with us
  • 95% think the skills and experience they gained volunteering with us will help them in the future
  • 95% found their volunteer experience rewarding
  • 100% would consider volunteering again

Why volunteer with us?


Volunteering with us is a great way to explore your city and county, meet new people, build confidence, learn skills, contribute to the local arts scene and champion international art and culture.

Here’s what previous volunteers say:

“It’s a privilege to be part of the festival. It’s fun, interesting and gives me access to events I would not have necessarily chosen to attend individually. My fellow volunteers are always a joy too!” 

“As a student, all the shifts I’d been given felt like extremely helpful work experience that would benefit me in applications after graduation (in which the work also happened to be fun!)” 

“I have been given roles that have challenged me and engaged me beyond what I expected to get out of the experience. That has taught me a lot and let me exercise skills in a unique environment I wouldn’t normally get to work at, so thank you!” 

“Knowing I have taken active steps to help people achieve something they couldn’t have done without the extra pair of hands was the most rewarding.” 

99% of respondents in 2024 enjoyed volunteering for the Festival in 2024.

Last year, volunteers were asked what they loved about volunteering with us, here is what they said:

‘New to Norwich and thought it would be a good way to integrate with the community, city and some light relief from my boring desk job’

‘As someone new to living in Norwich meeting volunteers at different events was a good opportunity to get to know new people, often with similar interests, and if accepted as a volunteer next year I hope to deepen these connections.’

‘I enjoy meeting other volunteers and seeing how much members of the public enjoy attending the festival. In particular I love to see so many people gathering together to be part of the Welcome Weekend, including those who might not usually access the arts.’

‘It is important to step outside if the everyday, and look at where we live, our communities, and the part we can play. Being one of the volunteers has been a dynamic experience, different to the more passive experience of being part of an audience’

‘Just love being part of the festival – it feels an honour to be part of it. Love helping the staff & public. Seeing such a mix of shows as a volunteer shift, buying tickets or the wonderful perk of free tickets at some shows (what an amazing perk & helps increase audience size & gets word out for recommendations etc).’

‘Everyone at the Festival is friendly and there’s no hierarchy or competitiveness.’

Image credits: Denise Koblenz | Masthead © Malachy Luckie

Arts make life better

Norfolk & Norwich Festival brings tens of thousands of people together in celebration – it has been doing this for 250 years. Through our May Festival and our year-round arts education work, focusing on children and young people, we lead and support celebration, creativity and curiosity in communities across Norfolk and the region.

This year we begin an exciting new initiative, Festival Connect & Create that will bring creative opportunities to those schools and communities with least provision. Creativity transforms people’s lives. It builds cohesive communities, develops vital skills and supports health and wellbeing. We want more people to have access to creative opportunities.

Please consider donating to support and develop this work. With your help we can increase access to the life changing power of the arts.

Registered Charity No. 116442

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