GDIF’s Spectacular Summer Continues!

Following June’s record-breaking Festival, GDIF has been hard at work preparing for three more extraordinary events to bring the summer of 2014 to a festive climax.

Moxie Brawl_National Paralympic Day 2014

Moxie Brawl_National Paralympic Day 2014

On Saturday 30 August between 12 – 8pm, we’re producing National Paralympic Day, featuring the Mayor of London’s Liberty festival at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park. This free, fun, family festival brings together the very best of disability arts and sports.


Then GDIF’s Artistic Director, Bradley Hemmings will be heading north on 4 September to direct the The Great North Run Million Opening Ceremony, featuring live performances by Dire Straits legend Mark Knopfler, drum’n’bass superstars Chase & Status, Mercury Prize nominees The Unthanks, and electrifying performers Lords of Lightning, as well as fireworks and pyrotechnics, mass choreography, a giant floating sculpture, and video mapping onto the Sage Gateshead!



Finally, on Friday 5 September at 8.30pm, as part of Royal Greenwich’s Tall Ships Festival GDIF will present the Catalan street theatre company Sarruga’s production of Peixos (Fish). As the sun sets, the event will transform the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College into an underwater Mediterranean world of brightly coloured fish and sea creatures.  Giant illuminated fish puppets will swim amongst and over the heads of audiences, to captivating effect.


New round of “Unlimited…” launched!

Following the successful Unlimited project which was at the heart of the London 2012 Cultural Olympiad and celebrated the work of disabled artists on an unprecedented scale, Shape and Artsadmin have been awarded £1.5 million by Arts Council England to deliver a new three year programme of Unlimited commissions with Jo Verrent as Senior Producer and key partners including Creative Scotland, British Council, Southbank Centre and DaDaFest.

Performers in David Toole's The Impending Storm

David Toole, The Impending Storm. Commissioned for Unlimited 2012. Photo by Tim Cross.

Although not on the same scale of the first programme, this exciting development will offer a number of commissions and to develop, produce and show ambitious and high quality work, with mentoring support.

The programme will include festivals at Southbank Centre in 2014 and 2016 and showcases of new work across the country through partnerships with venues and organisations.

Claire Cunningham performs Ménage à Trois

Ménage à Trois by Claire Cunningham. Commissioned for Unlimited 2012.

On 9th of December Unlimited was launched at Tate Modern in London followed by another launch event up North, hosted by DaDaFest at the Bluecoat in Liverpool on 11th of December.

Manick Govinda and Tony Heaton speaking at the London launch event.Dean Rodney and Mark Williams from Heart ‘n Soul speaking at London launchTony Heaton, Joyce Wilson, Jo Verrent and Manick Govinda at London launch

Jo Verrent, Senior Producer for Unlimited, has written a lovely blog following the launches introducing Unlimited. Read Jo’s blog here.

There will be two open calls for applications across the three years of the programme. All applications will be through Artsadmin’s online commissions portal, unless for access reasons you wish to submit your application in another format.

Applications can now be accepted for the first open call. To apply or for more information please click here.

The Unlimited team will be holding two surgery days (in London and Liverpool) in January for anyone interested in applying to Unlimited who would like to talk to us about the scheme and its criteria. You can book a 30 minute session with one of the team. Read more…

Without Walls consortium


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Without Walls is a consortium of leading arts organisations and festivals dedicated to the development of the UK’s outdoor arts sector. The Associate Touring Network supports the onward touring of work commissioned and presented by Without Walls. Without Walls Trailer 2013, … Continue reading