Volunteer Opportunities

Parramasala 2013

Event Dates: 4-7 October 2013

Volunteer Shifts: 1-7 October 2013

Parramasala is an international contemporary arts festival that celebrates the cultures of South Asia and Parramatta’s many diverse communities.

Parramatta City becomes the centre of a vibrant and entertaining festival of music, dance and theatre from around the world. The Festival includes free concerts and performances, exhibitions, food and handicrafts markets.

http://www.parramasala.com

Come and join the fun and excitement of Parramasala by volunteering! 

VOLUNTEER ROLES

Volunteers are required to do a minimum of 2 shifts across the following roles available. There are pre-festival and festival roles available.
Please note any shift at the Info Stand or Rotunda also requires you to attend a briefing session.

 

PRE-FESTIVAL ROLES

Décor Installation Team
Help us make the festival colourful! You will be winding flowers and ribbons around posts, adding colour shades to lights, tying saris together, hanging giant flower chandeliers and erecting giant colourful flags! This role assists with the creative aspects of installing décor and props in Festival venues. You will follow instructions and a creative brief. It is desirable to have some understanding of prop and stage installing and creative and practical/technical problem solving skills.
A briefing will be held at the beginning of the shift.

Lantern Making Workshop
Learn how to make bamboo and paper lanterns – fun designs. You don’t need to have made lanterns before – we will show you how but you must be an artistic, creative and handy person who is able to work efficiently and quickly. It is a fiddly and messy project involving bamboo strips; tape, glue and paper. And a bit of painting.  You will get your hands messy!  Wear old clothes and CLOSED TOE SHOES.

Prop Making and Costuming
Assist attaching LED lights to costumes; paint touch ups to props; assembling show bags. You don’t need previous experience in costuming and prop making…we will show you what needs to be done but you must be artistic, creative, able to sew with needle and thread, basic painting touch up skills and be a handy person who is able to work efficiently and quickly.  CLOSED TOE SHOES MANDATORY.

 

FESTIVAL ROLES

Parade Prop Installer
Assist with assembling props and costumes to hand over to Parade participants and then join the Parade!  You don’t need to have assembled lanterns before – we will show you how but you must be a creative and handy person who is able to work efficiently and quickly. It is a fiddly job of assembling Chinese rice lanterns; tying lanterns to bamboo poles and helping parade performers into their costumes; handing out props – hats, scarves, banners to parade participants. CLOSED TOE SHOES MANDATORY.

Parade
The Parade Volunteers will be responsible to ‘marshall’ a community group participating in the Parramasala Parade on Opening Night, 4th October.  The volunteers will be part of the Parade – a vibrant, colourful, noisy caravan of people, floats and vehicles – which will travel from Church Street Mall up Church Street to Prince Alfred Park, where it will enter a carnival of music, food, dance and street markets.
A briefing will be held at the beginning of the shift.

Info Stand
The Info Stand is the ‘face’ of the festival providing information to the public including Festival programs, general information, free entertainment programs and children’s activities. You will also assist with carrying out simple surveys of the audience.
Local knowledge of Parramatta is essential.
This shift will require you to attend a briefing prior to  the event.

Rotunda Area
Be a part of the fun and all age activities in the Rotunda Area including Paint By Numbers and Storytelling and Sound Installation. You will assist and supervise children and adults to paint some large murals; act as informal ushers for the Storytelling shows in the Rotunda and act as Sound Installation Attendants, providing information and looking after the Installation.
This shift will require you to attend a briefing prior to  the event.

The Info Stand and Rotunda briefing session will be held on 1st October at 6pm-8pm.

Please register for your preferred roles and shifts on the left hand side.

Volunteers are required to do a minimum of 2 shifts.