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The Festival day by day (click on an event for more details)
Plus Festival Feasts - £10 for a meal and drink at many Restaurants in Greenwich

Thursday 19 June
1.00pm Time is like water flowing The O2, North Greenwich
1.00pm Bend it… Canary Riverside, Canary Wharf
6.00pm Bend it… Canary Riverside, Canary Wharf
7.00pm Fanfare Beresford Square, Woolwich
7.00pm The Medal Ceremony Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
9.45pm The Bell Royal Arsenal, Woolwich

Friday 20 June
1.00pm Bend it… Canary Riverside, Canary Wharf
1.00pm The Medal Ceremony Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
6.00pm Time is like water flowing The O2, North Greenwich
6.00pm Bend it… Canary Riverside, Canary Wharf
6.00pm Beautiful People Royal Observatory, Greenwich
7.00pm The Medal Ceremony Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
7.30pm The Garden of Wonders Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
8.30pm Time is like water flowing The O2, North Greenwich
8.30pm Beautiful People Royal Observatory, Greenwich
9.45pm Run! National Maritime Museum, Greenwich

Saturday 21 June
1.00pm Time is like water flowing The O2, North Greenwich
1.30pm The Wheel House Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
2.00pm Bend it… Canary Riverside, Canary Wharf
2.00pm The Medal Ceremony Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
3.00pm The Garden of Wonders Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
4.00pm Time is like water flowing The O2, North Greenwich
4.00pm The Wheel House Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
5.00pm Bend it… Canary Riverside, Canary Wharf
6.00pm Beautiful People Royal Observatory, Greenwich
6.30pm The Wheel House Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
7.00pm The Medal Ceremony Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
7.30pm The Garden of Wonders Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
8.30pm Beautiful People Royal Observatory, Greenwich
9.45pm Full Circle Wennington Green, Mile End Park

Sunday 22 June
1-5pm   Dancing City Canary Wharf
1.00pm The Wheel House Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
1.00pm Time is like water flowing The O2, North Greenwich
1.00pm The Medal Ceremony Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
1.30pm The Garden of Wonders Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
2.30pm The Wheel House Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
3.30pm The Medal Ceremony Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich
4.00pm The Garden of Wonders Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich
4.00pm Time is like water flowing The O2, North Greenwich
4.30pm The Wheel House Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich


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FESTIVAL FANFARE
Beresford Square, Woolwich
Thursday 19 June, 7.00 - 9.30pm FREE


Sponsored by Docklands Light Railway
Supported by Woolwich Regeneration Agency and Greenwich Council.

Pulsating Carnival in Rio.... thousands of handheld candles at the open air opera in Verona… revellers waist-high in tomatoes at the Tomatina Festival. The greatest festival experiences in the world are ones where you, the audience, are part of the action!

To open this year’s Festival, you’re invited to immerse yourself in the miraculous world of French street theatre. Wear something pink and experience La Vie en Rose with confetti, majorettes and neon clad rock and roll; you can get swallowed by a giant caterpillar then perform as part of a full scale symphony on the streets! An evening designed to make you smile and discover your inner child.

Fanfare Schedule    Thursday 19 June
7.00 - 7.45pm & 8.45 - 9.30pm
Zic Zazou: La Bete dans la Ville
Compagnie Midi: La Fanfare Electrique
Rose ‘n Co: La Bagnole

7.45 - 8.45pm
Lieux Publics: Concert de Public

Beresford Square Woolwich
By Train: Woolwich Arsenal
By Bus: Woolwich Town Centre 53, 54, 96, 161, 180, 380, 422, 472
By Car: Public car parking at Royal Arsenal, off Plumstead Road, Woolwich or Calderwood Street multi-storey
By Thames Clipper: Royal Arsenal Pier
Access: Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available on site.

Fanfare starts on Beresford Square at 7.00pm and will finish at approximately 9.30pm.
The Bell
starts on Number 1 Street, Royal Arsenal at 9.45pm and will finish at approximately 10.30pm. Entrance to the Royal Arsenal is via the gates adjacent to the Royal Brass Foundry on Plumstead Road. Please note that The Bell contains fire and pyrotechnic effects.

Download a map (300k pdf)

Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email access@festival.org to discuss any access requirements

Festival Fanfare - Artists:

The Concert de Public (Public Orchestra) is a magical musical performance in which the audience is placed centre-stage. It has toured extensively in Europe and the Far East and is a creation of Lieux Publics, the National Centre for the Creation of Street Arts based in Marseilles. Under director Pierre Sauvageot, the Centre leads the In Situ European street arts network.

Rose ‘n Co are specialists in the art of bringing camp and colour to public spaces in a uniquely French way. With 15 years of street theatre expertise, in their processional show La Bagnole (The Motor) they parade through the crowds with a highly theatrical vehicle, majorette costumes and confetti.

La Fanfare Electrique have revolutionised French fanfare music, electrifying the streets with their very own mobile version of rock and roll. Clad in violent pink costumes, they grab the attention of audiences with their ambient guitar renditions of classic rock anthems.

Zic Zazou are well known to Festival audiences, having brought their mischievous roving bandstand to Woolwich two years ago. Injecting Pythonesque humour and theatrical wizardry wherever they go, they bring a fantastic inventiveness to the tradition of French fanfare. Their giant caterpillar La Bete dans la Ville has been spotted devouring audiences in France and has crossed the Channel for its London premiere.

The Festival is delighted to be returning to Woolwich for its first night for the third year running. This year’s Fanfare marks the opening of a new Docklands Light Railway shop at 14 Beresford Square. Last year The Guardian awarded the Festival’s opening night in Woolwich four stars – we’re aiming for five in 2008!


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THE BELL
Royal Arsenal, Woolwich
Thursday 19 June, 9.45 - 10.30pm FREE

Supported by Woolwich Regeneration Agency, Greenwich Council, Without Walls, Arts Council England.

Have you ever imagined what it might feel like to be part of an epic film set?

Well here’s your chance to be swept up in an amazing spectacle and be surrounded on all sides with images, sound and action. Ingenious stagecraft and pyrotechnics combine in a story of a community devastated by invasion and faced with a choice: seek revenge or stay and rebuild. The creation of a bell becomes the focus of the people’s hope and an uplifting celebration of communal life.

Royal Arsenal Woolwich
By Train: Woolwich Arsenal
By Bus: Woolwich Town Centre 53, 54, 96, 161, 180, 380, 422, 472
By Car: Public car parking at Royal Arsenal, off Plumstead Road, Woolwich or Calderwood Street multi-storey
By Thames Clipper: Royal Arsenal Pier
Access: Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available on site.

Fanfare starts on Beresford Square at 7.00pm and will finish at approximately 9.30pm.

The Bell starts on Number 1 Street, Royal Arsenal at 9.45pm and will finish at approximately 10.30pm. Entrance to the Royal Arsenal is via the gates adjacent to the Royal Brass Foundry on Plumstead Road. Please note that The Bell contains fire and pyrotechnic effects.

Download a map (300k pdf)

Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email access@festival.org to discuss any access requirements.

The Bell - Artists:

Following an intense process of research and creative development, this new and highly poetic piece of outdoor theatre, which is inspired by the Tarkovsky film Andrei Rublev, has been developed by the Brighton based company Periplum in collaboration with pyrotechnicians The World Famous.

Formed in 1999 by Damian Wright and Claire Raftery, Periplum sets out to create highly intense visual performances with the power to capture the imagination of audiences. In collaborating with The World Famous (whose work can also be seen at this year’s GDIF in Full Circle) they are able to draw on the skills of a pyrotechnic company who in the words of The Times “are pushing at the boundaries of theatre”.

The presentation of The Bell at the Royal Arsenal builds on the success of previous GDIF productions at this impressive site, including IOU Theatre’s Tattoo and fire installations by the French Compagnie Carabosse. This latest Festival production will make maximum use of the Arsenal’s impressive public spaces and background of atmospheric buildings including the historic Brass Foundry.

The Bell was Commissioned by Hastings Borough Council, The National Theatre, Made in Brighton and the Winchester Hat Fair


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GREENWICH BITES
Around SE10 19-22 June
The Medal Ceremony, Beautiful People, The Garden of wonders, The Wheel House

If you think you know Greenwich, look again. Throughout the Festival, familiar settings in SE10 will be re-imagined with the help of a daily programme of surprising performances. Cutty Sark Gardens will host an unusual Medal Ceremony, a theatrical African market drops in at the Observatory and the Old Royal Naval College acquires a new water feature! Each of the Greenwich Bites lasts less than an hour, enabling you to take in more than one show, dine in a local restaurant with a Festival Feast or experience topsy turvy street theatre before taking a ride on London’s newest visitor attraction, the Greenwich Wheel - offering never before seen views of the Town Centre.

The Medal Ceremony

Cutty Sark Gardens
19-22 June FREE

Thurs 7pm; Fri 1pm & 7pm; Sat 2pm & 7pm; Sun 1pm & 3.30pm
(runs approx 25 mins)

Venue information: www.greenwich.gov.uk
Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available in Cutty Sark Gardens.

You would expect a medal ceremony to involve anthems, tears, euphoria and rivalry. Well this one does all of that and more! As well as podiums, medals and flags, Festival athletes will tell the story of their triumph over adversity using sign language interpreted song and aerial performance on the top of incredible bendy sway poles. Accompanied by torch songs and anthems, this new collaboration brings an inspiring new perspective to traditional medal ceremonies as imagined by Deaf and disabled artists.

Supported by Greenwich Council, Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.
A GDIF co-commission with Liberty, London’s Disability Rights Festival


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Beautiful People

Peter Harrison Planetarium, Royal Observatory
20-21 June FREE

Fri 6pm & 8.30pm; Sat 6pm & 8.30pm
(runs approx 25 mins)
Venue information: www.nmm.ac.uk
Access: The Royal Observatory is at the top of Greenwich Park hill. Disabled parking is available - access via Blackheath gate only. Specially adapted toilet available in The Royal Observatory Café. Beautiful People has an audience capacity of up to 200. Gates open 15 minutes before each performance, which will last approximately 25 minutes. Greenwich Park gates close at 9.30pm.

Immerse yourself in the atmosphere of an African market place with this newly commissioned performance inspired by the Shona expression ‘the sun is the beautiful people’. Against the magnificent astronomical architecture of the Peter Harrison Planetarium, market traders will set out their stalls with beautiful Zimbabwean ruseros and baskets piled high. Music, market sounds, dance and smells will assail your senses culminating in the stillness and spectacle of the blazing, red-gold moment of an African sunset.

Commissioned by Arts Council England and Without Walls.


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The Garden of Wonders

Old Royal Naval College
20-22 June FREE

Fri 7.30pm; Sat 3pm & 7.30pm; Sun 1.30pm & 4pm
(runs approx 45 mins)
Venue information: www.oldroyalnavalcollege.org
Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet in The Old Royal Naval College Visitors Centre, Pepys House, access via Cutty Sark Gardens.

Gardens are renowned for intrigue, trysts and flights of fancy and this new dance theatre show invites you to join in the fun. You might be forgiven for thinking that Vivienne Westwood has teamed up with Pedro Almodovar in devising this captivating collision between high Englishness and Spanish passion. For lovers of all things quirky and flirtatious, don’t miss this playful meander through a very eccentric garden featuring whimsical statues, alluring costumes and ornamental water features.
Please note that The Garden of Wonders involves water. Picnicing is not permitted inside the Old Royal Naval College.

A GDIF co-commission with Trafalgar Square Festival


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The Wheel House

Old Royal Naval College
21-22 June FREE

Sat 1.30pm, 4pm, 6.30pm; Sun 1pm, 2.30pm, 4.30pm
(runs approx 30 mins)
Venue information: www.oldroyalnavalcollege.org
Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet in The Old Royal Naval College Visitors Centre, Pepys House, access via Cutty Sark Gardens.

Celebrating Maritime Greenwich’s latest visitor attraction, The Wheel House reveals life at a different angle, with a whimsical world created by circus artists. With a whole domestic interior squashed inside an ever turning wheel, this acrobatic duet evokes the surreal visions of M C Escher. See Greenwich from an alternative rotating perspective while you wait to board the trip of a lifetime on the Greenwich Wheel.

Commissioned by Arts Council England and Without Walls.



Greenwich Bites - Travel Information

By Train: Greenwich
By DLR: Cutty Sark
By Bus: 177, 180, 199, 286
By Car: Public car parking off Park Row and Cutty Sark Gardens, access via Welland St
By Thames Clipper: Greenwich Pier
Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email access@festival.org to discuss any access requirements.

Download a map (300k pdf)


Greenwich Bites - Artists

The Medal Ceremony - Artists
Artistic Directors: Jenny Sealey and Sue Broadway
Assistant Director: Amit Sharma
Design: Kevin Freeman and Lisa Ducie (Renaissance)
Music: Lewis Gibson
Auslan Adviser: Caroline Conlon
UK Performers: Daryl Jackson, Caroline Parker, David Ellington
Strange Fruit performers: Ben Rogan, Maria de Braganca, Emma Waite

This production brings together the creative skills of a team of UK and Australian artists jointly led by Jenny Sealey, Artistic Director of Graeae theatre, and Sue Broadway, who is director of the Melbourne based street theatre company Strange Fruit. Last year Jenny directed her first outdoor piece Priscilla Queen of the Deaf World with a specially formed company, The Alexandras, named after Britain’s only Deaf Queen. This was presented to enthusiastic GDIF audiences as part of Out of the Blue at The O2. Jenny has a unique reputation for devising signed plays for deaf audiences and creating multi-sensory theatre. Sue Broadway has many years experience both in Australia and internationally. She was a founding member of Circus Oz and also co-founded the English company Ra-Ra Zoo with whom she toured the world until 1993. In 2000 she was Circus Director for the Opening Ceremony of the Sydney Olympic Games.
Strange Fruit are no strangers to GDIF audiences, having presented a number of their internationally acclaimed productions including Flight, The Field, Spheres and Absolute Pearl in London.

Beautiful People - Artists
GDF is always keen to encourage new artists to venture into the outdoors and is therefore particularly pleased to be involved in commissioning this exciting performance from Tavaziva Dance. Under its Zimbabwe born director Barwen Tavaziva, the company is highly regarded for its exploration of new territories in dance, combining the rich and diverse dance forms of Africa within a contemporary Western base. This inventive production brings together a creative team which includes dancers and African style choral singers. Beautiful People will make dramatic use of the courtyard setting surrounding the new Peter Harrison Planetarium which features a 45 ton bronze-clad truncated cone, tilted at 51.5o to the horizontal (the latitude of Greenwich), and standing on the Prime Meridian.

The Garden of Wonders - Artists
Loved by audiences for their inventive staging, witty choreography and dazzling good looks, Factoria Mascaro have a uniquely Catalan style and approach in which theatrical conventions are turned upside down. Last seen during Out of the Blue at The O2 as part of GDIF in 2007 with their very sexy show Ai Que em mullo (Let’s Get Wet), this new production has been specially commissioned to forge closer links between the company and London. As part of their creative development process, Factoria Mascaro have explored London’s parks, gardens and statues to create a new show which celebrates classical convention in totally unexpected ways. Under their director Joan Serra and choreographer Quim Serra, the company produce work for both theatre and outdoor presentation and are also well know across Catalunya for their work with young people. The Garden of Wonders will receive its world premiere on the recently re-landscaped King Charles Lawn of the Old Royal Naval College, a suitably formal and impressive setting.

The Wheel House - Artists
Acrojou is an emerging London based circus company that uses the German Wheel as a vehicle for original new street performance. The company members are two of only six practitioners of the German wheel performing in the UK and they currently have a range of acrobatic theatre acts which they present at outdoor events and in theatre shows. Their current repertory includes Urban Rotations which was commissioned by the Trafalgar Square Festival and directed by Jean Paul Zacarini and the more recent Dust which was premiered at the Circus Space in 2007. The company is led by Jeni Barnard who trained at Bristol’s Circomedia and the Circus Space in London and Barney White who graduated from the Circus Space in 2007, having previously studied martial arts, contemporary dance and theatre.

The Festival is presenting The Wheel House in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College to help celebrate the opening weekend of a major new visitor attraction, The Greenwich Wheel. Further information and tickets for The Greenwich Wheel are available from www.greenwichwheel.com


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TIME IS LIKE WATER FLOWING ...
London Piazza, The O2
Thursday 19 June – Sunday 22 June FREE

Sponsored by The O2
Supported by Greenwich Council, Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, London Councils.

‘Time is like water flowing in a stream, once it is gone you cannot have it back’

Chinese landscape painting is brought to life on an epic scale in this specially commissioned production uniting exquisite depictions of towering mountains and rivers with aerial performance, martial arts and innovative multi-media effects. In a poetic evocation of passing time and seasonal change, the creative energy of Chinese traditional and contemporary artforms will combine with European virtuosity in creating spectacle, transporting you from the T’ang Dynasty to 21st century Beijing in the blink of an eye.

Thursday 19 June 1.00pm, Friday 20 June 6.00pm, 8.30pm, Saturday 21 June 1.00pm, 4.00pm, Sunday 22 June 1.00pm, 4.00pm
Runs approx 40 mins


Full schedule:

Thursday 19 June
9.00 – 10.00am Landscape Painting
11.00 - 11.40am Live Painting by aerial performers
11.00 - 12.45pm Calligraphy/Multimedia schools workshops
12.00 - 12.45pm Body Painting of performers
12.45 - 1.00pm Tai Chi display by older people
1.00 - 1.40pm Time is like water flowing…

Friday 20 June
9.00 - 11.00am Landscape Painting
10.00 - 12.00pm Calligraphy/Multimedia schools workshops
4.00 - 4.40pm Live Painting by aerial performers
5.00 - 5.45pm Body Painting of performers
5.45 - 6.00pm Tai Chi display by older people
6.00 - 6.40pm Time is like water flowing…
7.30 - 8.15pm Body Painting of performers
8.15 - 8.30pm Tai Chi display by older people
8.30 - 9.10pm Time is like water flowing…

Saturday 21 June
9.00 - 10.00am Landscape Painting
11.00 - 11.40am Live Painting by aerial performers
12.00 - 12.45pm Body Painting of performers
12.45 - 1.00pm Tai Chi display by older people
1.00 - 1.40pm Time is like water flowing…
2.00 - 3.45pm Calligraphy/Multimedia public workshops
3.00 - 3.45pm Body Painting of performers
3.45 - 4.00pm Tai Chi display by older people
4.00 - 4.40pm Time is like water flowing…

Sunday 22 June
9.00 - 10.00am Landscape Painting
11.00 - 11.40am Live Painting by aerial performers
12.00 - 12.45pm Body Painting of performers
12.45 - 1.00pm Tai Chi display by older people
1.00 - 1.40pm Time is like water flowing…
2.00 - 3.45pm Calligraphy/Multimedia public workshops
2.00 - 4.00pm Kite-flying display in Peninsula Square
3.00 - 3.45pm Body painting of performers
3.45 - 4.00pm Tai Chi display by older people
4.00 - 4.40pm Time is like water flowing…


London Piazza
The O2

North Greenwich, SE10
By Tube: North Greenwich
By Bus: 129, 188, 422, M1, M2, 108, 472
By Car: Limited pre booked car parking is available
By Thames Clipper: Queen Elizabeth II Pier
Venue information: www.theo2.co.uk
Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available.

Download a map (300k pdf)

Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email access@festival.org to discuss any access requirements.


Time is like water flowing... Artists:

French company Les Passagers, which celebrates its 20th anniversary in 2008, is internationally renowned for its unique form of vertical theatre, integrating visual arts, dance and music. Led by inspirational director Philippe Riou, the company’s work has been seen at leading European festivals, as well as in Russia, Brazil, USA and the Far East. Last year GDF commissioned Les Passagers to create a Bollywood spectacular for the Trafalgar Square Festival with a team of Mumbai film poster painters. Amongst other forthcoming engagements this summer, the company will perform as part of major Quebec 400 anniversary celebrations in Montreal.

Since the earliest paintings of the Han dynasty, landscape paintings have been the quintessence of Chinese art. Leading contemporary artist Huang Yan has given this tradition new direction - by transposing it onto the human body. Very few artists expressing the encounter between Chinese traditional culture and the contemporary world have been so successful in simultaneously capturing the fusion and the paradox that this encounter generates and Huang Yan’s extraordinary work has been shown at major exhibitions across the world.

Original music for this production has been created by Liz Chi Yen Liew and Tom E Morrison. Acclaimed for her innovative work as part of electro acoustic violin group Chi 2, Liz Liew is well known for her eclectic and dynamic juxtapositions between Chinese and western styles. Tom E Morrison is an award winning composer and producer whose work has taken in mixing and engineering for the legendary UK band Underworld and composing film music for directors such as Ken Loach and Jackie Chan.

Sin-man Yue is the director of the Sinman Dance Company which combines traditional Chinese and contemporary dance approaches. Previous choreographic commissions have included work for Resolution! at the Place and the ROH2 New Currents season at the Royal Opera House.

8gg is a multi-media duo based in Beijing comprising two dynamic figures in the world of new media: Jiang Haiqing and Fu Yu. Their works include music, video, installation, drama and web arts. In 2002 8gg developed their own real-time audio-visual system which integrates sound and images and their work has been successfully shown in major international media festivals in Australia, Germany and the USA.

Artistic Director: Philippe Riou
Performers: Les Passagers
Artist: Huang Yan
Music: Liz Chi Yen Liew and Tom E Morrison
Choreography: Sin-man Yue
Wushu master: Raphael Van
Multi-media: 8gg
Advice on Chinese artists: Christine Yau

GDIF is delighted to be returning to The O2 this year, following the success of Out of the Blue at the 2007 Festival which provided the opening event of what is now officially the world’s most popular venue.
www.theo2.co.uk


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RUN!
National Maritime Museum, Greenwich
Friday 20 June, 9.45 - 10.30pm
FREE

Supported by Greenwich Council, Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

Outdoor theatre can take you to some incredible places.

In this production we want audiences to feel that they’re cheering at the 1924 Chariots of Fire Olympics, rooting for Kelly Holmes or running against tyranny alongside Jesse Owens in Berlin 1936.

From the dawn of humanity we’ve run – run towards things that we need and love; run from things that we fear; run against things that we seek to overcome. This spectacular commissioned event tells the story of running with the help of mass choreography, new music, projection and inventive machinery. It’s a story of indomitable achievement, pain, oppression, passion, democracy and freedom - guaranteed to set pulses racing!

National Maritime Museum
Greenwich, SE10

By Train: Greenwich
By DLR: Cutty Sark
By Bus: 177, 180, 199, 286
By Car: Public car parking off Park Row and Cutty Sark Gardens, access via Welland St
By Thames Clipper: Greenwich Pier

Download a map (300k)

Venue information: www.nmm.ac.uk

Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available on site. Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email access@festival.org to discuss any access requirements.
Please note that Run! has a strictly limited audience capacity of up to 5,000. Gates open at 9.00pm and the event will finish at approximately 10.30pm. Please note that this event contains some strobe and pyrotechnic effects.

Look out for an exciting moment from Run! at Greenwich Council’s Great Get Together on Saturday 21 June, 11.00am – 4.00pm, at the Royal Artillery Barracks, Repository Road, Woolwich, SE18 www.greenwich.gov.uk


Run! - Artists

Kevin Finnan is the Artistic Director of Motionhouse Dance Theatre, voted favourite dance company at the UK Dance Awards 2006. Committed to exploring and challenging traditional use of space for performance, Kevin has a history of creating extraordinary site based work including The Edge, a large scale performance on the beach at Watergate Bay in Cornwall; Dancing Inside with inmates at HMP Dovegate in Staffordshire; and the spectacle Renaissance for GDIF which celebrated the regeneration of East London with choreographed JCB’s!

Errollyn Wallen has been described by The Observer as “the renaissance woman of contemporary British music” and is as respected a singer/songwriter of popular songs as she is a composer. Recent projects include Carbon 12, an oratorio about South Wales and Mighty River, a major orchestral work commemorating the abolition of slavery. Errollyn’s motet for 40 voices When the Wet Wind Sings was commissioned by GDIF in 2003 and premiered by the Tallis Scholars.

As part of last year’s GDIF, Sofie Layton and Mike Pattison collaborated with a team of UK artists and the French company Oposito to create a fantastical caravan of camels as part of Mirage, an ambitious street theatre spectacle. Sofie specialises in magical site-specific performance, installation and puppetry and has produced large scale sculptural installations and costumes for WOMAD, Notting Hill Carnival, the South Bank Centre and LIFT. Mike is a leading figure in the design and engineering of spectacular mechanical structures. He has worked with a wide range of UK companies and artists and is a member of Emergency Exit Arts.

GDIF is pleased to be working with the Greenwich Sportathon on the development of Run! This flagship participatory sports event involves 60 local schools and is a key focus in Greenwich Council’s plan to encourage more young people to get involved in sport in the lead up to the London 2012 Olympics. Greenwich Sportathon schools participating in Run! include Hawksmoor, Millennium, St Joseph’s RC and Woodhill, as well as young apprentices from Greenwich Community College.

GDIF is delighted to be working with the National Maritime Museum in presenting the premiere of Run! The National Maritime Museum is the largest maritime museum in the world, open 362 days a year. Entry is free and last year the Museum attracted 1.6 million visitors.
www.nmm.ac.uk

Artistic Director: Kevin Finnan
Composer: Errollyn Wallen
Music Programmer: Martin Richardson
Performers: Prodigal Theatre and Motionhouse
Singers: Rachel Nicholls and Mike Henry
Lighting Design Natasha Chivers
Sound Design: Colin Pink
Video production: Gary Vernon
Installation design: Sofie Layton
Creative engineering: Mike Pattison
Creative producer: Sara-Ellen Williams


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BEND IT...
Canary Riverside, Canary Wharf
Thursday 19 – Sunday 22 June FREE

Thurs 19 June 1.00pm, 6.00pm
Fri 20 June 1.00pm, 6.00pm
Sat 21 June 2.00pm, 5.00pm
Sun 22 June 2.45pm, 4.15pm
Runs approx 15 mins

Sponsored by Arts & Events, Canary Wharf
Supported by Arts Council England, Esmée Fairbairn Foundation.

A barnstorming collision between football and South Asian dance brings the beautiful game to E14, promising a match like no other. Dancers and musicians fight it out for Premiership glory, with intricate footwork, slow motion aerial replays and that heart stopping ultimate goal. Take your places on the terraces for a magnificent testosterone fuelled game of two halves…

Canary Wharf, E14
By Tube: Canary Wharf
By DLR: Canary Wharf
By Bus: D3, D7, D8, 277
By Car: Car parks leading to Cabot, Canada and Jubilee Place shopping malls.
By Thames Clipper: Canary Wharf Pier
Access: Full disabled access throughout Canary Wharf.

Download a map (300k pdf)

Venue information: www.canarywharf.com


Bend It... Artists

Founded by Place Prize winning Artistic Director Nina Rajarani, Srishti creates dance work that maintains the authenticity of Indian classical dance and music whilst presenting these forms in innovative ways and in contemporary contexts. The company has a passion for, and extremely in-depth knowledge of, Bharatanatyam (a South Asian dance style) and Karnatic music, its natural accompaniment.

Last year, in the company’s first venture into the outdoors, Nina Rajarani adapted her existing highly acclaimed piece Quick! into a performance which brought this classically precise, fast-paced vision of corporate life onto the street. For 2008 she is developing a new aerial dimension to the company’s vocabulary, facilitated by Upswing Aerial. With Bend it…, Nina will again be adapting a piece of indoor, theatre-based work for outdoors, using the inspiration of football to explore masculinity in new and spectacular ways.

Upswing Aerial is a young circus company led by Artistic Director Vicki Amedume which aims to challenge cultural barriers. Previously an Associate Director at GDF, Vicki’s work has included Voices (GDIF 2004) as well as Luved Up, commissioned for the Trafalgar Square Festival in 2006.


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FULL CIRCLE
Wennington Green, Mile End Park
Saturday 21 June, 9.45 - 10.30pm FREE

Vivaldi, Botticelli, Van Gogh. Some of the world’s greatest artists have been inspired by the seasons. In a pioneering new collaboration between musicians and pyrotechnicians, an awesome elemental experience of passing time and seasonal change has been created. From the howling gales of winter, to the burst of new life in spring, this stunning new show will take you into the eye of a storm whilst providing a ravishing glimpse of nature re-imagined through dazzling fire and fireworks.

Full Circle is an IN SITU show.  IN SITU, European network for artistic creation in public areas, has been financed with the support of the European Commission (Culture 2000 programme)

Full Circle was commissioned by Big In Falkirk and In Situ and co-commissioned by Without Walls

Wennington Green
Mile End Park

Bow, E3

By Tube: Mile End
By DLR: Bow Church
By Bus: 8, 277, S2, D6, D7, D8
By Car: No parking. It is recommended that you leave your car at home.
Access: Level access to performance space. Disabled parking is available. Specially adapted toilet available on site. Please phone us on 020 8305 5023 or email access@festival.org to discuss any access requirements. Full Circle will finish at approximately 10.30pm. Please note that Full Circle has an audience capacity of up to 5,000 and contains fire, pyrotechnic and confetti effects.

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Venue information: www.towerhamlets.org.uk


Full Circle - Artists

The World Famous are internationally acclaimed for their theatrical use of fire and pyrotechnics. Their ambitious fireshow Crackers was presented at the Sydney Festival in 2007, whilst Sticky, their collaboration with Improbable Theatre, has toured nationally and across the world. They are well established GDIF favourites with spectacular productions such as Renaissance (with Motionhouse Dance Theatre) in 2005 and Burning Bright (with Kinetika) in 2006 wowing audiences. Their eagerly awaited return to Bow brings a thrilling new show which has been created through an innovative collaborative approach.

Terrafolk make music that defies categorisation, borrowing from folk and classical traditions, embracing pop and rock, and injecting passion and humour. They collaborate with many other musicians, including ongoing projects with orchestras from across Europe, and are passionate about presenting their music in new ways and to new audiences.

The creative team includes Aswarm, who were seen at last year’s GDIF with their intriguing installation Gather and Maria Hingerty, formerly of the legendary Irish company Theatre of Fire.

The Festival is delighted to be presenting the London premiere of this new show at Mile End Park, an innovative urban park landscape which creatively expresses ecological themes in the heart of the city.

Produced by The World Famous, with Terrafolk
Concept & Design: Mandy Dike
Directed by Mike Roberts & Mandy Dike
Pyro Design: Mandy Dike & Maria Hingerty
Music: Terrafolk
Soundscape: Thor McIntyre-Burnie/Aswarm
Lighting Design: Phil Supple
Technical Design: Graeme Gilmour
Sound Design: James Parkinson

The Terrafolk line-up for Full Circle is:
Guitar: Mystica
Violin, Vocals: Una Palliser
Accordion, Drums, Vocals: Marko Hatlak
Keyboards, Korg, Effects: Tigor  


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DANCING CITY
Canary Wharf
Sunday 22 June, 1pm – 5pm FREE

Sponsored by Arts & Events, Canary Wharf

Soak up a summery afternoon of alfresco delights in the company of a sizzling array of international and British dance companies. Now in its seventh year, Dancing City brings the spirit of Barcelona to Canary Wharf, transforming its squares and outdoor spaces into a playground for the senses. Passion is the theme which runs throughout this year’s Dancing City programme, taking in everything from tango to football and even a wedding on the way, so why not bring a significant other and wander hand in hand through a transformed city?

Dancing City Schedule:

Outside Canary Wharf Tube 1.00pm, 3.00pm & 4.30pm
Motionhouse Dance Theatre Underground

Montgomery Square 1.30pm & 4.00pm
Tango Sumo/Vendaval Les Noces de Trottoir

Columbus Courtyard 1.30pm & 4.15pm
Wired Aerial Theatre Fervorosa

Westferry Circus 2.15pm & 3.45pm
Senza Tempo El Bosque de Marcela

Cabot Square 2.15pm, 3.30pm & 4.45pm
Prodigal Theatre The Urban Playground

Canary Riverside 2.45pm & 4.15pm
Srishti Bend it…

Canary Wharf, E14
By Tube: Canary Wharf
By DLR: Canary Wharf
By Bus: D3, D7, D8, 277
By Car: Car parks leading to Cabot, Canada and Jubilee Place shopping malls.
By Thames Clipper: Canary Wharf Pier
Access: Full disabled access throughout Canary Wharf.

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Venue information: www.canarywharf.com


Dancing City - Artists

UK based aerial dance company Wired Aerial Theatre and choreographer Brenda Angiel from Buenos Aires collaborate for the first time on an aerial tango spectacular, Fervorosa. Led by its visionary young Artistic Director Wendy Hesketh, formerly of De La Guarda, Wired Aerial Theatre creates cutting edge bungee assisted dance work. The company has previously been seen at GDIF with Glimpse in 2006 and at Out of the Blue in 2007. For this new show Wendy joins forces with leading Argentinian choreographer Brenda Angiel who over the past decade has developed a dance language that defies the laws of gravity, subverting the traditional relationships between weight, movement and space.

Since 2004 Prodigal Theatre has forged a dynamic reputation in the art of Parkour, an urban and highly disciplined form of movement which interacts with architecture to spectacular effect.
Parkour has been popularised by its appearance in films such as Casino Royale and Breaking and Entering as well as numerous television advertisements. In their new show The Urban Playground, Prodigal Theatre performs on a series of specially created structures designed to showcase this exciting new artform at its most breathtaking. In the words of Total Theatre magazine “Prodigal are masters of space and light… in stunning 3D pictures which stay in the mind long after the end of the show”.
The Urban Playground: Commissioned by Brighton and Hove Arts Commission

Senza Tempo is one of Barcelona’s most unusual dance theatre companies, who are well known for the creation of stunning, witty and thought provoking work. Making surprising use of the formal landscape at Westferry Circus, they present El Bosque de Marcela (Marcela’s Forest), a production created for the Forum of Cultures in Barcelona. This appealing and playful piece offers a surreal and intriguing vision of a sunlit world inspired by play and games. Previously seen at the South Bank Centre with their poetic trilogy of performances based on water, 2008 marks their GDIF debut.

In a new collaboration, French outdoor dance companies Tango Sumo and Vendaval have created a poetic new wedding celebration for the streets - Les Noces de Trottoir (The Street Wedding). Infused with love, passion, desire and despair, this totally captivating performance features 10 dancers and 1 musician. It brings together companies seen at previous GDIF Dancing City events: Tango Sumo’s unforgettable choreography for a boxing ring was presented back in 2003; while Vendaval’s Spanish inspired fusion of dancers and guitars entranced Festival audiences in 2004.

Motionhouse Dance Theatre’s high energy performance Chaser was presented at GDIF last year. Such was the success of this small scale piece, that a new work for 2008 has been created entitled Underground. Performed by 4 dancers within a rotating, rocking tubular structure, the new show uses stunningly physical dance, poignant imagery and surprising aerial encounters to explore the reality of 21st century Tube travel.
Underground is co-commissioned by Fierce! and Without Walls

GDIF is delighted to be returning to Canary Wharf with its well established annual programme of international outdoor dance. 2008 marks the seventh year of Dancing City, which also provides one of the countdown events in the lead up to The Big Dance (5 – 23 July 2008), a national celebration of dance in all its styles and forms. As a member of the international network of Dancing Cities (Cuidades que Danzan), GDIF is linked with a network of other cities across Europe and Latin America focusing on dance in public spaces.

Dancing City is a Big Dance countdown event www.london.gov.uk/bigdance



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FESTIVAL FEASTS

Welcome to Festival Feasts, the perfect way to sample some fine food in between experiencing the spectacular events during the Festival. Throughout the Festival, visit any of the participating venues below and treat yourself to a meal and refreshing drink from the options listed for just £10 per person. Just mention “Festival Feasts” to take advantage of this special offer.

BAR DU MUSÉE
17 Nelson Road, Greenwich, SE10 9JB
Tel: (020) 8858 4710
www.incgroup.co.uk
Bar Du Musée boasts a delicious and unpretentious menu that changes with the seasons. Originally a tiny French bistro, it still holds true to its motto of “Fine Wine and Good Food”.
Feasts Offer: Coq au vin; braised chicken with red wine and mushrooms with a glass of house wine or soft drink of your choice (Note: drinks options do not include beer).

BROTHERS CHINESE RESTAURANT
Unit 4, The Vista, 24 Calderwood Street, Woolwich, SE18 6QW
Tel: (020) 8317 7968
Describing its cuisine as “the best Chinese food in town”, Brothers United is a popular restaurant located within easy walking distance of both Beresford Square and The Royal Arsenal.
Feasts Offer: Eat as much as you like from a selection of over 50 Chinese dishes with a glass of house wine, beer or a refillable soft drink.

THE CHEYENNE SPUR
Unit 3, The O2, North Greenwich, SE10 OBB
Tel: (020) 8858 0196
www.o2.ukspur.com
The Cheyenne Spur is based within the hub of the O2, and specialises in burgers, steaks and rack of ribs. Their menu is made up from the finest produce available.
Feasts Offer
: A beef or chicken hamburger with fries and onion rings plus a bottle of beer, a glass of house red or white wine or soft drink of your choice.

COACH AND HORSES
13 Greenwich Market, Greenwich, SE10 9HL
Tel: (020) 8293 0880
www.incgroup.co.uk
The large sofas, open fireplace, romantic uplighters and fresh flowers of The Coach and Horses create a calming and sophisticated atmosphere, while the excellent gastro pub menu will tempt you to linger!
Feasts Offer
: A home made hamburger served with cheese, bacon and potato wedges plus a glass of house wine or soft drink of your choice (Note: drinks options do not include beer).

EARL OF CHATHAM
15 Thomas Street, Woolwich, SE18 6HU
Tel: (020) 8317 9513
www.the-earl.co.uk
Winner of the first ‘Best Bar None Award’, the Earl of Chatham also lays claim to the title of “The best pub in Woolwich!”
Feasts Offer
: Cod & chips as it should be; fresh, chunky fish in a crisp beer batter served with chips and peas plus a pint of beer, glass of house wine or a soft drink.

ELEMENTS RESTAURANT
Novotel London Greenwich, 173-185 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, SE10 8JA
Tel: (020) 8312 6937
www.novotel.com
Elements Restaurant is the ideal choice for informal dining in a relaxed environment. Based within the 4-star Novotel London hotel, it’s a 10 minute walk from the heart of Greenwich.
Feasts Offer: Tuck into a serving of burger & mash, with a draught beer or soft drink of your choice. (Note: drinks options do not include wine)

GOURMET BURGER KITCHEN
45 Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, SE10 9BL
Tel: (020) 8858 3920
www.gbkinfo.com
Gourmet Burger Kitchen transforms a traditional meal into an indulgent and nutritious experience. The finest fresh produce and sauces complement each burger and surpass expectation.
Feasts Offer: Sample any burger from the main menu with a portion of fries and a soft drink. *excludes organic burgers and milkshakes (Note: drinks options do not include beer or wine).

GREENWICH PARK BAR AND GRILL
1 King Williams Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9JY
Tel: (020) 8853 7860
www.incgroup.co.uk
From the ivy bedecked black facade onwards, you are treated to a gorgeous interior with a strong contemporary twist: all flowers, birds and stunning black and white photographs of the park beyond.
Feasts Offer: Steak sandwich; ciabatta filled with chargrilled steak served with French fries and salad plus a glass of house wine or soft drink of your choice (Note: drinks options do not include beer).

KINGS ARMS
16 King William Walk, Greenwich, SE10 9JH
Tel: (020) 8858 4544
www.thebestof.co.uk/greenwich
The Kings Arms in Greenwich is a popular ale pub for both locals and visitors to the area. Serving an excellent range of cask ales, it’s a comfortable and traditional English bar based within the heart of Greenwich.
Feasts Offer
: Traditional steak & ale pie with a choice of potatoes and seasonal vegetables plus a 175ml glass of wine, pint of lager/bitter or Pepsi/Lemonade.

KUM LUANG THAI RESTAURANT
326-328 Creek Road, Greenwich, SE10 9SW
Tel: (020) 8691 5661
www.kumluang.co.uk
Kum Luang offers the best of both worlds, being located in the centre of Greenwich while flying all of its ingredients in from Thailand to make sure that customers don’t miss out on any of their Thai originality.
Feasts Offer:
Kum Luang’s famous phad Thai noodle with prawns (chicken, beef or pork) together with a bottle of Thai beer (Singha or Chang), glass of house wine or soft drink.

NORTH POLE BAR & RESTAURANT
131 Greenwich High Road, Greenwich, SE10 8JA
Tel: (020) 8853 3020
www.northpolegreenwich.com
The North Pole possesses a refreshing friendly atmosphere. With a curvaceous chocolate brown interior, cowhide furniture and an open fireplace, this bar is so inviting you won’t want to leave in a hurry!
Feasts Offer
: Whilst sitting back and relaxing to the music played by their resident pianist, enjoy the North Pole’s famous risotto and a glass of house wine, a bottle of beer or a soft drink.

SAN MIGUEL
18 Greenwich Church Street, Greenwich, SE10 9BJ
Tel: (020) 8305 1720
www.sanmiguelgreenwich.co.uk
Within a relaxed rustic Spanish interior involving intricate ceiling decorations and pretty murals, you can watch your food being prepared by a team of experienced chefs in the open-plan kitchen.
Feasts Offer
: Lamb shank slowly braised with celery and shallots, served with fresh vegetables. Glass of wine, bottle of San Miguel or soft drink included.

THAI SILK
Unit 13, The O2, Greenwich, SE10 0DX
Tel: (020) 7928 5111
www.thaisilkrestaurant.co.uk
Thai Silk has a spectacular position inside the O2, the only Restaurant & Bar that is lucky enough to straddle the Greenwich Meridian Line, with half the Restaurant in the East and half in the West!
Feasts Offer
: Any main course including rice or noodles plus a pint of beer, glass of wine or soft drink.

TRAFALGAR TAVERN
Park Row, Greenwich,
SE10 9NW Tel: (020) 8858 2709
www.incgroup.co.uk
In Victorian London there was one pub that represented the best of Britain’s naval might; a place where William Gladstone and Charles Dickens could be seen dining side-by-side. The Trafalgar Tavern remains one of London’s most essential public houses.
Feasts Offer: Gammon steak with colcannon, braised onion, cabbage and white parsley sauce plus a glass of house wine or soft drink of your choice. (Note: drinks options do not include beer).

WINDIES COVE
135-137 Trafalgar Road, Greenwich, SE10 9TX
Tel: (020) 8305 2500
www.windiescove-restaurant.co.uk
Windies Cove is a unique culinary experience that allows you to sample flavours from around the Caribbean incorporating a fusion of global influences.
Feasts Offer: A Caribbean combination of either jerk chicken, curry goat, steamed fish served with traditional rice and peas and fried plantain. Wash down with a rum punch, beer or wine.

THE YACHT
5-7 Crane Street, Greenwich, SE10 9NP
Tel: (020) 8858 0175
The Yacht was modelled on one of the lounge bars in the liner the Queen Mary and has historical pictures adorning every wall.  From the ’upper deck’ there are stunning views of the Thames, which runs right alongside. 
Feasts Offer: Fantastic fish and chips with a drink of your choice (pint of Fosters or 175ml House wine or glass of Pepsi).

For ideas on where else to visit in Greenwich during the Festival, visit www.lovegreenwich.co.uk and www.livegreenwich.co.uk