Working with other festivals in the UK

Bradley Hemmings, GDIF Artistic DirectorGDIF’s Artistic Director Bradley Hemmings on collaborations with other UK festivals:

Behind the scenes GDIF works throughout the year to make new friends, discover potential venues and generally evangelise for outdoor arts.

In the last week amongst many meetings, visits and exchanges, we’ve walked the Olympic Park (in a blizzard), met with Cathy Mager the visionary new Artistic Director of the Bloomsbury Festival and had a fascinating discussion with James Grieve at Paines Plough about how we might work together to bring more new writing into the outdoors.

Without WallsWe’re always keen to work with other festivals – joint working means that we can create more ambitious productions that get seen by audiences beyond GDIF. We’re therefore particularly proud to be one of the founder members of Without Walls, a grouping of 8 Festivals from up and down the country who came together a few years ago to develop a more joined up approach towards creating and presenting outdoor productions by British companies.

Thanks to Without Walls, this summer, GDIF will be presenting some fabulous new shows including an audio promenade performance delving into the mysteries of the great British High Street from Inspector Sands, a vertiginous dance and circus production from Tilted Productions, a Terry Gilliam inspired travelling side show from Les Enfants Terribles and a series of kinetic audio sculptures powered by the force of the wind from Oxford Contemporary Music.

The Without Walls “platform” at GDIF this summer also includes a strong programme of new dance from Bad Taste Cru, Motionhouse and Candoco as well as outdoor theatre featuring ingenious new approaches to staging and storytelling from Pif-Paf and Rag and Bone.

All of us Without Walls festivals are off to Brighton tomorrow for two days of intense discussions to make sure that this year’s programme is superb in every way and seen by as many people as possible. We’ll also be starting to map out where we go to next for 2014 and GDIF is looking forward to some good conversations and hoping that the sun shines in Brighton!

The Without Walls festival consortium comprises GDIF, Salisbury International Arts Festival, Brighton Festival, Hat Fair, Mintfest, Norfolk & Norwich Festival, Stockton International Riverside Festival, and XTRAX.


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