As of Friday 12 April, there is a great opportunity for those wishing to take part in the opening and closing ceremonies at the FIFA Confederations Cup Brazil 2013. The competition’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) and the Brazilian Ministry of Sport, via the Programa Brasil Voluntário (Brazil Volunteer Programme), have invited applications from residents of Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro and nearby cities who wish to take part in the shows on a volunteer basis as performers or members of the operational support team.

Under the guidance of Paulo Barros, renowned for his innovative work over the years at Rio’s Carnaval, the selected performers will be part of a group of artists set to carry out displays featuring music and dance on the turf of Brasilia’s Estadio Nacional and Rio’s Estadio do Maracana. The performances will take place prior to 15 June’s opening game between Brazil and Japan and 30 June’s FIFA Confederations Cup final respectively.

It will also be possible to sign up to work on a voluntary basis on the shows’ support team, including such activities as cast production, design, allegories, stage management and production assistance. Applications can be made via the page until 30 April.

“This is the first time I’ve done an event of this kind, which is something totally different to a parade at the Carnaval,” said Barros. “It’ll be a big challenge and the involvement of these performers is vital to the success of the show. That’s why I’m putting out an invite for everybody to apply to take part. Those selected won’t just be volunteers, they’ll be artists too.”

To be a candidate, it is not necessary to be a professional dancer or have specific skills. What is most important is that potential candidates are available to attend rehearsals, which will take place on weekday nights and at weekends.

Those applying should be 18 or over, in good physical condition, very enthusiastic, good-natured and be very keen to play a part in these two special events. The goal is to assemble a group made up of a variety of different ages, backgrounds and abilities. With that in mind, disabled people are also welcome to apply for places on the support team.

“You don’t need to be a dancer or have experience: the most important thing is your desire to be involved in this unique festa,” added Barros. “On this occasion, the fans will be the judges and I’m hoping we can pull off remarkable shows, which will be as memorable as the games themselves. Like I usually do when working at the Carnaval, I’m going to explore the human side of things and pay tribute to Brazil and the other participating countries. I can’t reveal any more than that, though, it’s a total secret.”

Those who pass the shows’ pre-selection phase will be invited by the cast production team to take part in a screening process during which each candidates’ role in the ceremonies will be decided. On the same day as their screening, candidates will be given guidance on the process as a whole and the rehearsal schedule. There will be two or three rehearsals during the week (at night) for each segment of the show – as well as one at the weekend.

It is purely down to participants’ compulsory attendance at these rehearsals that candidates will only be selected from those living in Brasilia, Rio de Janeiro or nearby. For the opening ceremony, 2,600 performers and 200 support volunteers will be involved.

All those candidates that tick the “cerimônias” (ceremonies) option when signing up for the LOC’s Volunteer Programme or the Ministry of Sport’s Brazil Volunteer Programme will be contacted to appear at auditions, without having to fill in any further applications.

For the rehearsals, volunteers will receive help with their transport costs in the form of two tickets, be given refreshment at the venue, two Brazil Volunteer Programme shirts and, after the process is complete, a certificate for having taken part.