A Basque in Boise

Interested in helping spread the Basque culture this summer? The Smithsonian Folklife Festival is looking for volunteers

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Visitors to the 2016 Smithsonian Folklife Festival will explore the Basque Country’s unique language and distinct cultural heritage. The 2016 Folklife Festival will take place Wednesday, June 29, through Monday, July 4, and Thursday, July 7, through Sunday, July 10. It will be located on the National Mall, between Fourth and Seventh streets, adjacent to the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Air and Space. Admission to the Festival is free and hours are from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. each day, with special evening events beginning at 6:30 p.m. The Festival is co-sponsored by the Regional Government of Biscay and presented in partnership with the National Park Service.

Volunteers are critical to the success of the Festival and work closely with the Festival staff and participants. Volunteers contribute to a variety of duties, which include conducting surveys, assisting stage managers, audiovisual documentation of performances, and general administrative and production support. These are just a few of the opportunities available. Year after year, volunteers return to the Festival because it offers great fun, great people, and lots to learn.

Please follow the link to apply. Not all opportunities are posted yet; please check back soon for a complete list. Applications are due June 12.

If you already have a Smithsonian EVANS Volunteer Account, you will not need to fill out the application, but you will need to update your Festival availability and job preferences. Log into your account and look under Volunteer Menu in the left column. Select My Profile, where you will be able to fill out your Festival volunteer job preferences and availability.

Contact volunteer coordinator Michelle Banks at CFCH-Volunteer@si.edu or call 202.633.7488 for more information.

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Larry Olson

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