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

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  

Read more »


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  

Read more »


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  

Read more »


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  

Read more »

The Limbless Knight - A Tale of Rights Reignited

21 - 23 June 2013
Time: Friday: 2pm & 7.45pm; Saturday 2.15pm & 6.40pm; Sunday 1pm & 4pm; Integrated AD & BSL on all shows.

Presented by Graeae in association with Strange Fruit

Inspired by Stravinsky's The Rite of Spring this immersive theatre experience invites you to play extras in a film where nothing is quite what it seems.

Programme: Island Fair  

Read more »

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.

Read more »


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  

Read more »


21 - 22 June 2013
Time: Friday: 9pm & Saturday: 10pm

Presented by Bad Taste Company

Charleston, Lindy Hop and street dance fuse in this evocation of a 1920’s Prohibition Speakeasy complete with gangsters, bootleggers and fire effects.

Programme: Greenwich Fair  

Read more »