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

Dancing City

GDIF and our partners have taken the decision to cancel the following GDIF 2022 events following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II yesterday evening:

 Charon by Peter Hudson with Building 180 and Les Machines de l’Île in Royal Docks

• Relaxerette by Arjan Kruidhof, Lân Fan Taal & Explore the North in Rathbone Market

• Roll Play by Simple Cypher in Globe Town Market Square

• Unfurl by Air Giants and Air Bubs by Bubble Club in Bethnal Green Gardens

• Dancing City across the Canary Wharf Estate

As a creative organisation with a civic focus, we work with dozens of public and private sector partners each year and these decisions to cancel have been taken jointly with them at this time of national mourning.

In accordance with the wishes of the Royal Household and in line with ongoing theatre performances across the country, we are continuing with the planned presentation of more reflective theatre productions. Performances of Peaceophobia at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Multi-Storey Car Park and Final Farewell at Island Gardens will therefore go ahead as planned.

We wish to express our condolences to the Royal Family and all those affected by Her Majesty’s passing and are sorry for any disappointment caused by these cancellations at this time of shared sadness.

Two extraordinary days of discovery and dance transform the piazzas, parks and waterfronts of Canary Wharf into Dancing City.

Discover a spectacular mix of international and UK dance, from afrobeats to ballet, stilt-walking to traditional Indian dance. Every performance is FREE and unticketed.

Sat 10 – Sun 11 September


Canary Wharf



Access Routes:

Contact [email protected] to book onto our Dancing City Access Routes.


Audio Route:

Canary Wharf, Meet at 12.15pm Canary Wharf Jubilee Line station.

  • High Tide, 1pm- 1.20pm (Touch Tour: 12.30pm)
  • Four Seasons, 2pm- 2.20pm (Audio Intro: 1.45pm)
  • Deva, 3.15pm- 3.45pm (Touch Tour: 2.45pm)
  • Get Lost, 4.25pm- 4.45pm (Touch Tour: 4pm)
  • The Album: Live, 5.30pm- 5.45pm (Touch Tour: 5.05pm)


Relaxed Route:

Meet at 12.40pm Canary Wharf Jubilee Plaza

  • 1.05pm, The Album
  • 1.35pm, Sleepwalker
  • 2.30pm, Vivace
  • 3.15pm, Deva
  • 3.55pm, Four Seasons,
  • 4.25pm Get Lost
  • 5.10pm, Migrare


BSL& Speech-Free Route:

Meet at 12.30pm Canary Wharf Jubilee Plaza

  • 1pm, High Tide
  • 1.55pm, Get Lost
  • 2.30pm, Vivace
  • 3.15pm, Deva
  • 4.20pm, Crowd Control
  • 5.30pm, The Album: Live


Supported by

Canary Wharf Arts + Events

The Canary Wharf estate is a major retail destination comprising around 1m sq ft across five shopping malls, including the award-winning leisure development, Crossrail Place, housing one of London’s most stunning roof gardens.  It also has world-class, year-round arts and events programme offering over 200 diverse and culturally inspiring events performed throughout the Estate.

Arts Council England

Arts Council England is the national development body for arts and culture across England, working to enrich people’s lives. We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to visual art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections. Great art and culture inspires us, brings us together and teaches us about ourselves and the world around us. In short, it makes life better.

Without Walls

Without Walls is a network of festivals that works with artists to bring fantastic outdoor arts to people in towns and cities across the UK. Since 2007, Without Walls has supported the development of over 140 shows, many of which have toured beyond our network of festivals to 22 countries worldwide. Without Walls is supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation.

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