Experience one of London’s largest free outdoor arts festivals, with open-air theatre, dance, art installations and music for all ages in Royal Greenwich and east London.
See the world differently with innovative art productions, premieres and family activities at the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2022 (GDIF).
Part of Royal Greenwich Festivals, the annual festival of outdoor theatre and performing arts presents an extensive programme of art installations, street theatre, circus, dance acts and music events, produced by UK and international artists.
A few events that are organised this year –
Spark : Organic fireworks illuminate Greenwich in this sustainable celebration and spectacular UK Premiere. Thousands of biodegradable light sparks organically move with the ever-changing wind, inspiring you to marvel, wonder and reflect. Bring your own blanket and pillow and be amazed under the SPARKS.
Greenwich Fair : Family-friendly street arts, theatre, circus, installations and play take over the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College and Cutty Sark Gardens in GDIF’s much loved festival within a festival.
Island of Foam : Multi coloured and mesmerising, this UK premiere from German artist Stephanie Lüning will transform Greenwich Peninsula with mountains of rainbow coloured foam.
Unfurl at Bethnal Green Gardens : A garden like no other as nature, art and technology combine to create something spectacular. This beautiful installation celebrates the wonder and intelligence of nature’s designs. It’s a place where the plants know that you have come to visit and reach out to connect. Light, colour and sound combine with cutting-edge soft robotics, to create an enchanting and ever-changing dreamscape.
GDIF events take place across the borough, from the beautiful historic setting of the Old Royal Naval College, to Eltham’s bustling high-street and the dynamic twin Woolwich locations of General Gordon Square and Royal Arsenal Riverside. They also put on events in the outdoor public spaces of Canary Wharf, the City of London, the Royal Docks, and Tower Hamlets.
GDIF is free for everyone to enjoy. Typically, a handful of performances are partially ticketed each year because of capacity constraints but even at these they guarantee some free tickets to those with limited access to the arts.