About GDIF

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) is London's leading festival of free outdoor performing arts (theatre, dance, and street arts), an annual celebration of extraordinary outdoor events that transform people's lives.

GDIF has been growing every year and in 2017, the Festival featured over a hundred performances by dozens of national and international companies with more than 100,000 people attending the outdoor shows in South and East London.

The Festival is committed to breaking new ground in outdoor performance and raising the ambition, quality and diversity of outdoor work produced in this country, with a particular focus on the commissioning and development of outdoor work led by Deaf and disabled artists and artists from diverse backgrounds.

GDIF was founded by Artistic Director Bradley Hemmings in 1996 as an independent festival. It developed out of the former Greenwich Festival into a cross-river festival.

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Bradley Hemmings - Artistic Director and Chief Executive

Under Bradley's direction GDF has set out to break new ground in outdoor arts, commissioning, producing and presenting work by a wide range of UK and international artists. In addition to the annual Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, he has curated the Mayor of London's Liberty festival since its inception in 2003, including the last three years, in which this major disability arts festival has joined forces with National Paralympic Day at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, through partnership with the London Legacy Development Corporation and the British Paralympic Association.

In 2012 Bradley was Co-Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremony of London 2012 Paralympic Games and since then has gone on to direct the inaugural Paralympic Heritage Flame Ceremony at Stoke Mandeville Stadium and the Opening Ceremony to the Great North Run's One Millionth Finish in Newcastle Gateshead. He is a founder member of the Without Walls consortium of outdoor arts festivals, a member of the London Area Council of Arts Council England and was awarded an MBE in the 2016 New Year's Honours list for services to culture and disability arts.

GDIF is produced by Greenwich+Docklands Festivals. Greenwich+Docklands Festivals is a Company Limited by Guarantee. Registered No. 2876062. Registered Charity No. 103 7878. VAT registration number 629 9872 73.

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