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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.

In 2022, we plan to be back on the National Mall for our usual two-week event. Arabic speakers are encouraged to volunteer.

To learn about future volunteer opportunities, please sign up for the mailing list below.

Festival Volunteer Mailing List

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