Free summer festival returns to Greenwich

Date: March 28, 2016 By: Gemma Heath in River Thames News
Free summer festival returns to Greenwich

The Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) will be staged again this summer, marking the 21st year of the event, which remains the largest free outdoor festival in London.

Events take place from 24th June to 2nd July and this year’s festival will see 12 London premieres, five UK premieres and six world premieres across a number of venues in London.

The main event will be the opening of The House, which will celebrate 400 years of the National Maritime Museum’s Queen’s House. This will be a collaboration between Avant Garde Dance, Pan.Optikum, an outdoor theatre company from Germany, and Tal Rosner, a video artist, who will put together a performance that celebrates Inigo Jones’ building.

The UK puts on some of the best and most influential outdoor arts festivals in Europe and the GDIF plays an important part in this. The 2016 event will see an increase in the number of venues and, with such close proximity to the River Thames, many are easy to access using Thames boat hire companies.

Innovative performances

The festival will include The Greenwich Fair, which features over 22 productions. These include circus and theatre through to live art and a mass participation show, where people can have a role in one of the scenes from A Chorus Line.

There will also be five days of children’s outdoor theatre and dance. To celebrate Roald Dahl’s centenary, there will be a special performance by Les Enfants Terrible, complete with a suspended giant peach.

The finale of the festival will be The Clash of Drums, featuring a mix of fireworks and percussion instruments by Deabru Beltzak, a street theatre company from Spain, and Les Commandos Percu from France.

The GDIF will be a fantastic opportunity for visitors and residents to watch an amazing mix of performance events, including some more unusual experiences.