GDIF 2024 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival 23 August-8 September 2024

GDIF 2017

23 June - 8 July 2017

The 2017 Greenwich+Docklands International Festival was the biggest GDIF yet, bringing together a fantastic programme of outdoor theatre and performing arts over three summer weekends. There was a focus on Greenwich as the centre of time and space, which inspired Artistic Director, Bradley Hemmings, in putting together a programme setting out to offer ‘something different’.

Belgian collective De Roovers brought their radical outdoor adaptation of Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece A View from the Bridge to a stunning cinematic Thameside location. VR Playground transported hundreds of people inside a virtual reality ride on a playground swing, giving a completely different view of the world.  Greenwich Fair and Dancing City were packed with surprising and intriguing shows, including a special focus on South Korea.

There was an unusual bus journey in reverse through Eltham, an exuberant illuminated parade in Bow, thought provoking dance in Thamesmead and a programme of pop up performances in Woolwich, which is emerging as a major new cultural destination.

“Energetic, exciting, enthralling. Loved it!”

Audience member at GDIF 2017

Watch the highlights



Arensky Chamber Orchestra

Avant Garde Dance

Ben Oakley

Boogaloo Stu

C12 Dance Company

Captain Boomer Collective


Chris Green


Compagnie Concordance

Compagnie des Quidam

Compagnie Off

Compañia de Circo Eia

Creative Group SUMBI

Deaf Men Dancing

De Roovers

Dizzy O’Dare

DUNDU/ Worldbeaters Music

The egg & Bureau of Silly Ideas

Etta Ermini

Far From The Norm

Fine Chisel


IOU Theatre

London Gay Big Band

Luke Jerram

Maduixa Theatre

Matthew Bourne’s New Adventures

Matthew Harrison

Modern Table


Namlo Band

People in Backpack

Pif-Paf Theatre

Post Uit Hessdalen

The Primitives

Robby Graham & GDIF

Rosie Kay Dance Company


Sequin Skirt Productions

Simply Cypher

Sink the Pink

Snuff Puppets

Stalker Teatro

Strong Lady Productions

Sur Mesure

Tango Sumo

Thrill Laboratory

Tilted Productions

Tom Ball

Unlimited Theatre

Wild N Beets

Yann Lheureux


2 B Scene S.L



Table Manners

Love Locks

Puppet Paramour

Secret Encounters

The Insidian


Ida Barr’s Lost Pubs

Willy and Wally

Bug and Buzz

FierS a Cheval

The Colour of Light


The Border of the Water; The Song of the Wind

Corazón a Corazón

A View from the Bridge

Baba Yaga’s House

Sense of Unity

Stroller Coaster

Culinary Duel

Da Native

Flit, Flap and Fly


Rear View


Museum of the Moon



The Actual Reality Arcade

Men of Steel






Three of a Kind

Beautiful Thing

5 Soldiers


Lorraine Bowen’s Polyester Fiesta!

Roll up, roll up


Human Body Parts


Strong Lady


Les Achilles

VR Playground


Don’t Stop Me Now & Hairy Poppins

How I Hacked My Way Into Space

Bingo Lingo

Flagrant Delire



“Epic drama, eye-popping visuals, steampunk inventiveness, hands-on interaction and sheer silliness have helped make this year’s GDIF the best ever”

Greenwich Visitor

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