Welcome to GDIF

London’s leading festival of free outdoor theatre and performing arts.

“Another fantastic and fun-filled year.”

Audience member, GDIF 2019

That’s a wrap on GDIF 2019! With over 130 shows and over 60,000 people attending, GDIF 2019 has been a spectacular whirlwind of free, high-quality outdoor arts and engagement across London. A huge thank you to everyone who made it possible, including artists, our partners, and of course, you the audience.

Make sure that you mark 19 June – 4 July 2020 in your diary for next year’s GDIF!

Check out our Festival highlights from GDIF 2019

Tell us what you think

We want to hear abut your experience of the Festival and how we can make it even better next year! Did you visit some of the events? Take 5 to fill in our super quick survey, and we’ll make sure to take your feedback on board.

Tell us about your experience at GDIF 2019

A look back at GDIF 2019

Described by the Guardian as, “an unreal takeover of the streets”, GDIF 2019 saw giant puppets parading down the streets of Roman Road, cows in Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College, and a transformation of public spaces in Woolwich and the Royal Albert Dock into glittering outdoor ballrooms.

We had over 60,000 people attending GDIF events, which took place in 9 different locations across London.

A huge thank you goes out to our partners, without whom the Festival wouldn’t be possible.

The jam-packed programme was made up of over 130 shows from 43 companies hailing from 12 countries across the globe, including France, Italy and Australia. This year, over 500 participants took part in GDIF events, including dancers, young local photographers and school groups taking part in circus workshops.

And we couldn’t have done it without our volunteers. We had 120 volunteers who cumulatively gave over 1,800 hours of their time to make the Festival the special and memorable event that it was.

And of course YOU the audience – here are some of the lovely things that you have said so far.

“What an amazing evening – it lifted the eyes and the spirits”

Audience member, GDIF Opening Night

“To see a community come together when this circus came to a housing estate in Thamesmead was truly uplifting & the acrobatics were amazing.”

Audience member, Thamesmead

Want to know more about what happened at the 2019 Festival? Check out the 2019 programme to find out what went on at the Festival, and make sure that you take 5 minutes to give us your feedback if you were part of it.

Check out what happened in the GDIF 2019 programme

Read the GDIF 2019 brochure

Keep in touch

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GDIF is the flagship annual event produced by FESTIVAL.ORG.

One more thing…

We’re delighted to announce that we are the proud winners of the Culture and Creative Excellence Award a part of the Best of Royal Greenwich Business Awards 2019. The award was sponsored by Drury Tea and Coffee and run by Royal Borough of Greenwich.

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