MIF Volunteers

Manchester International Festival welcomes over 400 volunteers in various technical & assisting roles.

By Lee Isherwood | 18 May 2011

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Manchester International Festival welcomes over 400 volunteers

On Wednesday 18 May, Manchester International Festival Director Alex Poots and Councillor Sir Richard Leese will welcome more than 400 volunteers to the Manchester International Festival at a special event, taking place at Whitworth Art Gallery between 6pm and 8pm.

The volunteers will work during the Festival, which runs from the 30 June to 17 July, in a number of different roles from technical and ticketing assistants to photographers and front of house support.

Manchester International Festival’s volunteer programme is sponsored by PZ Cussons and aims to utilise the vast and varied talents of people from Greater Manchester, as well as offering a chance for people of all ages to develop their personal and professional skills whilst gaining valuable experience in a dynamic arts environment.

Festival Director Alex Poots said ‘Our volunteers are key to the overall success of the Festival, whether they’re guiding people around the city, liaising with artists or working behind the scenes. We are very grateful to all of them for offering their time and expertise to us. We had very positive feedback from last Festival’s volunteers and hope that this year’s enjoy the experience just as much.’

Volunteer Coordinator Caroline Birnie addded ‘The response and calibre of candidates has been extremely high this year. This event is our chance to welcome our volunteers, introduce them to each other and start the wheels in motion for what looks set to be a really great Festival.’

“We are delighted to support the Volunteer Programme”, said Paul Milner, Global HR Director of PZ Cussons. “After seeing the success of the 2009 Programme and how it benefited volunteers from across the region and from all walks of life, we didn’t hesitate to take up the opportunity for the second time.  We feel that this is a perfect partnership and one of which we are proud.”