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WOULD you like to be a part of one of this summer’s biggest cultural events?

Enthusiastic, music-loving volunteers are needed to ensure Brass: Durham International Festival 2012 is a swinging success.

This year’s event, from Friday, July 6 to Sunday July 22, promises to be more diverse than ever with stunning street performances, interactive installations, community and educational activities and mass events.

Durham County Council, which organises the festival, is on the lookout for volunteers to take on important roles including festival stewards and artist chaperones.

Nikki Locke, Durham County Council arts officer, said: “Brass is an exciting, ambitious and dynamic event and we need people who share our enthusiasm and commitment to support us in making it a memorable experience for everyone involved.

“We will be welcoming a number of international bands as well as some of the country’s best musical talent during the 17 days of the festival, so this is a fantastic opportunity for people to gain invaluable experience of being part of a major cultural event.

“And, of course, it’s also a chance to get a unique view of the festival, meet new people and have a fantastic time.”

Chaperones will be responsible for accompanying bands to gigs and workshops, ensuring they arrive on time, organising travel and liaising with venue staff.

Stewards and events staff are also needed to carry out a variety of duties including meeting and greeting performers, guests and audience members, helping out at venues and handing out promotional materials.

Volunteers need to be aged 18 or over. Numerous, varied and flexible shifts are available, but events staff are asked to commit to a minimum of four hours.

For more information about volunteering, email with your name, email address, contact number and the role or roles you are interested in.

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