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Festival and Event Volunteering

Festival/Event Volunteers receive benefits during their time of service, including discounted parking in the Kennedy Center garage.

Festival/Event volunteers assist the Friends volunteers with staffing the international festival, Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park as well as other events at the Kennedy Center. If you are interested please email vols@kennedy-center.org with your name, address, phone number, and email address and we will then add your name to our Festival/Event database! Let us know if you are age 35 and under to become part of NexGenFriends. NexGenFriends are individuals age 35 and under who volunteer at the Kennedy Center either on a weekly basis, or as members of the Festival/Event volunteer program, NexGenFriends are advocates for volunteer support in the arts and promoting Kennedy Center performances.

Join the Festival/Event volunteer team by volunteering as a visual arts exhibition host for the 25/40 Celebration July 16 through August 2, 2015. 25/40 will be celebrating two monumental milestones: 25 years ago the Americans with Disabilities Act extended civil rights to millions of Americans and 40 years ago, the Kennedy Center's VSA opened its doors to provide arts and education opportunities for all people with disabilities. For an application, click here!

Other volunteer positions for Festival/Event opportunities can be as diverse as assisting with check-in for one-day workshops, to working side-by-side with an artist visiting the Kennedy Center, to assisting with the NSO Women's Committee Instrument Petting Zoo to Opera in the Outfield at Nationals Park.

Here are a few testimonials from Festival/Event volunteers who worked the Nordic Cool festival, held at the Kennedy Center in February and March of 2013:

Here are a few testimonials from Festival/Event volunteers who worked the IBERAIN SUITE: global arts remix festival in March of 2015. Nordic Cool festival, held at the Kennedy Center in February and March of 2013:


Andrew Addison,
of Norwegian descent

"I believe that the international festivals are an important part of the Kennedy Center's programming because they showcase specific cultures. These festivals bring together those of us who may not be familiar with the cultures represented and are curious to learn about them alongside members of DC's international community who are either from these countries or more aware of the cultures."

Ugo Fasano,
Argentina/Brazil

"I wouldn't be living in Washington D.C. without a performing arts center like the Kennedy Center. I loved volunteering so much for this festival that I decided to become a regular volunteer and am now a tour guide"

Beronica Salas,
Guatemala

"Being a minority in the U.S., I have found that I am heavily influenced by my heritage. I have to be actively aware of keeping my culture present in my everyday life. I am thrilled that volunteering for this wonderful festival has helped me do so!"

Juergen Zilling,
Sweden

"Volunteering for Nordic Cool 2013 was a great way for me to learn about the other Nordic countries besides my own Swedish heritage. This was especially true because of the exhibits and performances I was able to attend, as they represented their culture in ways that were different, yet the same as mine. I really enjoyed the Royal Swedish Orchestra concert that kicked off the festival. It was absolutely eye-opening."


Gabriele Contieri,
Brazil

"It was a great opportunity to volunteer alongside Americans and learn more about my culture as it was represented in this wonderful festival."

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"I really enjoy being a Kennedy Center volunteer. Where else can you expose yourself to the world of the performing arts, meet interesting people, have fun, and be in the most beautiful center for performing arts in the world, all at the same time? Nowhere but the Kennedy Center!"

Nicole Robertson-Obas, Festival/Event Volunteer
Nicole Robertson-Obas

Interested in volunteering for the National Symphony Orchestra Women's Committee? To volunteer, we invite you to become a member of the NSO/WC. Volunteers support the NSO Petting Zoo, the Summer Music Institute, and NSO in Your Neighborhood. For more information, click here!

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 Rauno Merisalu

"As a first-time volunteer at the Kennedy Center, it was great to be a part of the Nordic Cool 2013 festival and share my cultural knowledge of Finland. For the amount of information I gave to the visitors, I learned at least twofold back - volunteering made this possible. I also loved learning about the free performances at the Millennium Stage. Every day of the year, visitors can attend these shows at no cost; during Nordic Cool, the performances featured music, theater, dance, and food from the Nordic countries, which was fantastic."

Rauno Merisalu,
Nordic Cool 2013 volunteer
From the country of Finland