Our mission is to nurture communities through outdoor arts and to this end we create, produce and co-create productions that bring public spaces to life and engage and inspire diverse audiences. Beyond our annual flagship, the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, FESTIVAL.ORG’s year-round programme includes Global Streets, a national programme of outdoor arts, embedded in 12 of the least-arts engaged places in the country, which brings together local communities and cultural practitioners with international artists, alongside commissioned productions and consultation work.
Diversity is at the heart of FESTIVAL.ORG’s work and the development of projects with Deaf/disabled and culturally diverse artists and cultural practitioners is a priority. The organisation backs this up with targeted initiatives in talent development, audience development, staff recruitment, inclusion and access initiatives.
FESTIVAL.ORG has pioneered new approaches to access and audience engagement and invests in Deaf and disabled artists to make shows for outdoor environments. We have been awarded Gold by Attitude is Everything on their Charter for Best Practice for GDIF, for demonstrating continued commitment to accessibility for Deaf and disabled people.
The organisation is a founding member of Without Walls and the Stomping Ground commissioning partnership.
GDIF 2020 Highlights
“It’s time to go into the great outdoors and snap up some surprising theatre. Greenwich and Docklands Festival delivers some spectacular and provoking outdoor theatre every year and this year is no different with a series of events including site-responsive theatre, street arts and doorstep theatre all delivered to socially-distanced audiences in the open-air.”
Lyn Gardner, Stagedoor
“Thank you again for the opportunity to be involved – I had a brilliant time, learnt new (and valuable) skills, experienced some FANTASTIC work in amazing places and with great people and, most importantly, hopefully added some value to the team :) Thank you again, SO MUCH, for all of your work in making this Festival such a brilliant experience – I loved every second of it and would recommend volunteering next year to anyone, in a heartbeat!”
Adrianna, GDIF Volunteer
Why we joined Without Walls
“We are a founder member of Without Walls and are proud to have been able to play a role in contributing to a more diverse, sustainable and resilient environment for outdoor arts.”
Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) is London’s leading festival of free outdoor theatre and performing arts and, in the words of The Guardian, makes an “unrivalled contribution to the happiness of the people of London”. Last year the Festival became the first major live event of its kind to take place since lockdown and was recognised for this achievement in this year’s Stage 100. We are currently working towards our next edition which will take place 27 August – 11 September 2021.
GDIF is committed to breaking new ground in outdoor performance and raising the ambition, quality and diversity of outdoor work produced in the UK, reaches audiences of thousands each year. The Festival takes place across Greenwich, Thamesmead, East London and the City of London and forms part of the Royal Greenwich Festivals, an annual series of high-quality events organised by the Royal Borough of Greenwich to celebrate cultural vibrancy.