This award seeks to recognise and highlight the extraordinary contribution and initiative of Wexford Festival Opera Volunteers. The 300 plus volunteers live locally, nationally and even internationally, and encompass all ages, backgrounds and professions. They generously contribute their time and energy to various aspects of the Festival including front-of-house, bars, cloakroom, patron care, backstage, wardrobe, and artist transportation amongst many.
In addition, this year, with the help of the volunteer programme sponsor Ecclesiastical, long serving Festival volunteers will also be recognised at the award presentation, which will take place from the stage of the National Opera House on Tuesday, 16 October, prior to the first public dress rehearsal of the double-bill of L’oracolo and Mala Vita.
Anyone can nominate a Wexford Festival Opera Volunteer and we especially encourage our patrons to participate in the nominations. Nominees must have demonstrated an outstanding contribution to Wexford Festival Opera. This could have been either by their volunteering during the Festival itself or at any time throughout the year to enhance, promote, fundraise for and/or develop Wexford Festival Opera as an organisation and as an event. To submit a nomination, visit http://www.wexfordopera.com/about-us/volunteer-award. Nomination forms can also be picked up from the box-office at the National Opera House. The closing date for the submission of online and written nominations is Sunday, 7 October.
Ecclesiastical Insurance, proud sponsor of the award, is Ireland’s leading specialist insurance company serving the education, faith, heritage and charity sectors, providing insurance and services for those who care about their communities and the environment in which they live and work. Ecclesiastical Insurance is a company that donates a significant proportion of its profits to charity, so it is fitting that it is associated with the award.
The 67th Wexford Festival Opera will run over 17 days, beginning on Friday, 19 October and running until Sunday, 4 November 2018. The 67th Wexford Festival Opera is supported by grants from the Arts Council, Wexford County Council and Fáilte Ireland/Ireland’s Ancient East.