Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

This year’s GDIF provided a tour de force showcase of UK and
international outdoor arts, basking in unprecedented Mediterranean
sunshine and temperatures.

Audiences of over 63,000 people were swept up in the GDIF experience,
as the Festival continued to explore the theme of the four elements
focusing this year on “Earth”, over an extended 10 day duration.

From the opening night spectacle and fireworks of Gravity in which
performers magically danced over the iconic Queen’s House; via Voala’s
aerial extravaganza in the centre of Woolwich; taking in the
exuberance of Bolero Remixed with 60 local dancers and a symphony
orchestra at Canary Wharf, not forgetting 3rd Ring Out, where
audiences were transported into the future – the Festival has
traversed and transfigured locations across Greenwich and Tower
Hamlets.

The Festival has continued to reflect the diversity of artists working
outdoors, this year presenting The Garden by Graeae Theatre Company
and Strange Fruit, as well as the premiere of a new street theatre
production from leading UK bhangra producer Kuljit Bhamra, drawing on
“Chutney”, the music of the Indo-Caribbean.

Audience feedback has been pouring in!

“Brilliant! Great idea to have a show against the incomparable
background of the Royal Arsenal. ”

“This free event felt so welcoming and generous.”

“The event in the grounds of the National Maritime Museum was
brilliant. I am still talking about it!”

“The most spectacular show I have seen in ages. It gave me goosebumps.”

“I am severely visually impaired and was looked after by the staff
very well. The performance was stunning and I wanted to see them again
and again.”

”It was so amazing that I nearly popped my eyeballs out.”

“A great show which makes you think about the consequences of the
decisions you make.”