21 - 29 June 2013

Opening on midsummer’s day, GDIF returns with a thrilling line-up of inspiring UK and international outdoor arts.

With a mission to recapture the spirit of Olympic London, prepare for a packed programme of eye popping spectaculars, innovative outdoor theatre, the country’s biggest programme of outdoor dance as well as ingenious and surprising art installations.

Get ready to immerse yourself in London’s largest outpouring of free outdoor theatre. Mark the dates in your diary!

Browse our programme online or view our Festival print below:
GDIF2013 - Festival Highlights leaflet, 21-29 June
Greenwich & Island Fair - full programme schedule, 21-23 June
Greenwich & Island Fair - hourly timetable & map only 21-23 June
Dancing City leaflet - full programme schedule, 24-29 June

Main Programme

Not-to-be-missed events


22 - 23 June 2013
Time: Saturday: 2.55pm & 7.15pm; Sunday: 2pm & 5.10pm

Presented by Tilted Productions

An amazing rooftop garden provides the setting for tightwire artists, dancers, trampolinists and a clown caught between earth and sky.

Programme: Island Fair  

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22 - 23 June 2013
Time: Saturday: 1pm, 4.55pm & 8pm; Sunday: 3.30pm & 5.40pm

Presented by Motionhouse

Inspired by Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem The Panther, four dancers perform inside a large steel cage: a breathtaking, highly energetic & intoxicating show.

Programme: Greenwich Fair  

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21 - 23 June 2013
Time: Friday: 6pm, 6.20pm, 6.40pm, 7pm, 7.30pm, 7.50pm & 8.10pm; Saturday: 1.35pm, 1.55pm, 2.15pm, 2.35pm, 7.30pm, 7.50pm, 8.10m & 8.30pm; Sunday: 1.50pm, 2.10pm, 2.30pm, 2.50pm, 4pm, 4.20pm, 4.40pm & 5pm

Presented by Res de Res & Artigues

Winner of a Total Theatre Award last year this intensely physical dance duet takes place in a rusted metal container.

Programme: Greenwich Fair  

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22 - 23 June 2013
Time: Saturday: 3.35pm, 7.30pm; Sunday: 12.45pm, 4.30pm

Presented by Aardlek

Witty and thought-provoking this Dutch company unpicks humanity’s relationship with nature creating a series of provocative and surprising images.

Programme: Greenwich Fair  

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Dervish in Progress

29 June 2013
Time: 1.35pm & 3.15pm

Presented by Ziya Azazi

Enter a green oasis for this captivating performance of Sufi whirling dervish dance in which East and West come together in 21st century London.

Programme: Dancing City  

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Everyday Hero

22 - 23 June 2013
Time: Saturday: 1pm & 5.40pm; Sunday: 12.55pm & 3.45pm; Touch Tours: Sat 22 & Sun 23 June meet 45mins before the start of each show at the Festival Info Point, Cutty Sark Gardens next to Greenwich Foot Tunnel (duration: approx 25mins)

Presented by Bicycle Ballet

In this UK premiere visually impaired and sighted dancers explore the joyful highs and gritty lows of cycling by fusing dance, visual spectacle and music.

Programme: Greenwich Fair  

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The Great Greenwich Whale

20 - 23 June 2013
Time: 12pm - 8pm

Presented by Captain Boomer

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Lemn Sissay: Writer in Residence

21 - 23 June 2013
Time: Friday 21 - Sunday 23 June: 1pm-6pm; Saturday 22 June: 5.55pm (short performance) & Sunday 23 June: 6pm (short performance)

Presented by GDIF

Lemn will be soaking up the atmosphere of the Fair’s 21st century reinvention, capturing all the atmosphere, wonder and surprise of GDIF.

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