GDIF 2022 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival 26 August-11 September 2022
Thanks to the commitment of our funders and supporters thousands of people are able to experience extraordinary free events, many of whom attend the arts for the first time at GDIF.
We would like to extend our thanks to all funders, sponsors, venues, partners, volunteers, patrons and friends who help us to deliver London’s leading festival of free outdoor theatre and performing arts. We couldn’t do it without you!
Geoffrey Pine and Richard White
Dr Maxine Room CBE
ARTS COUNCIL ENGLAND is the national development agency for creativity and culture. We have set out our strategic vision in Let’s Create that by 2030 we want England to be a country in which the creativity of each of us is valued and given the chance to flourish and where everyone of us has access to a remarkable range of high quality cultural experiences. We invest public money from Government and The National Lottery to help support the sector and to deliver this vision. Visit www.artscouncil.org.uk.
Following the Covid-19 crisis, the Arts Council developed a £160 million Emergency Response Package, with nearly 90% coming from the National Lottery, for organisations and individuals needing support. We are also one of several bodies administering the Government’s Culture Recovery Fund and unprecedented support package of £1.57 billion for the culture and heritage sector. Find out more at www.artscouncil.org.uk/covid19
BERKELEY in the Royal Borough of Greenwich has been investing heavily in the Royal Borough of Greenwich since 2000 and is currently delivering almost 10,000 new homes at Royal Arsenal Riverside (Woolwich) and Kidbrooke Village (near Blackheath). It is now progressing plans for a further 1,700 homes in Plumstead.
About Royal Arsenal Riverside: On the banks of the River Thames in the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Royal Arsenal Riverside offers sensational Thames-side living in one of London’s most exciting destinations. The regeneration includes stunning conversions of Grade II-listed historic buildings alongside meticulously designed contemporary homes, with 5,000 new homes plus restaurants, bars, shops, leisure facilities and cultural spaces. The £1.2 billion development is set across 88 acres including parks, wide avenues and broad piazzas, each complemented by the area’s rich history. Berkeley is helping open the area to locals and newcomers alike – it has restored over 1km of previously inaccessible riverwalk, connecting the site to the Thames Path, and Royal Arsenal Riverside is also home to a new on-site Crossrail station – one of only two south of the river.
Working in partnership with the Royal Borough of Greenwich, a new Creative District is being delivered at Royal Arsenal Riverside with a focus on the performing arts. Rivalling London’s South Bank in size, this area will host new theatres and artists’ studios on the site, attracting visitors as well as residents to this first-class destination. Creative tenants include the internationally renowned Punchdrunk, Chineke! Orchestra and Protein Dance.
CANARY WHARF GROUP (CWG) is the developer of the largest urban regeneration project in Europe. CWG develops, manages and currently owns interests in approximately 7.5 million square feet of office space, 0.9 million square feet of retail and over 500 Build to Rent apartments. CWG is the largest sustainable developer in the UK with over 11 million square feet of sustainable certified buildings. CWG also excels operationally as it purchases 100% electricity from renewable sources since 2012 and zero waste to landfill since 2009.
CWG has created a 24/7 city where people can live/work/play on the Canary Wharf estate and enjoy all the benefits: great transport links, access to green spaces and waterside living; and a wide range of amenities including an award-winning arts and events programme. Canary Wharf’s retail offering spans across five shopping malls with over 300 shops, including grocery stores, pharmacies, health clubs, bars and restaurants, all within 15 minutes’ walk. The Company’s current £2.4bn construction activity is composed of 500k square feet of commercial properties and over 1,750 new homes for sale and for rent.
Website: www.canarywharf.com, Instagram: @canarywharflondon @woodwharf Twitter: @YourCanaryWharf; @CanaryWharfGrp @Level39CW, @Wood_Wharf
CITY OF LONDON The City of London Corporation is the governing body of the Square Mile, dedicated to a vibrant and thriving City and supporting a diverse and sustainable London within a globally-successful UK.
Twitter: @visitthecity Instagram: @visitthecity www.cityoflondon.gov.uk www.visitthecity.co.uk
FLANDERS HOUSE IN THE UK The Diplomatic Representation of Flanders (the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium) to the UK is the diplomatic contact point of the Government of Flanders in the United Kingdom and is a part of the Belgian Embassy. The Diplomatic Representation looks after issues linked to the competences of the Government of Flanders. The devolved powers to Flanders include amongst others education & research, arts & culture, the environment & infrastructure, agriculture & fisheries, economy and employment. Flanders Investment & Trade deal with companies for trade and investment. Visit Flanders is responsible for the promotion of Flanders as a number one destination for tourists. The three Flemish administrations all work together in Flanders House.
GREENWICH PENINSULA is fast becoming the capital’s most boldly modern landscape. With 15,000 new homes, 13,000 new jobs and 48 acres of open public space emerging over the coming years. Here a community of thousands of pioneers live in new riverside homes, work in a cutting-edge Design District (coming soon) and enjoy new linear park The Tide – all wrapped by the river Thames. This is new London: a new destination for modern urban living.
OLD ROYAL NAVAL COLLEGE is the centrepiece of Maritime Greenwich, a UNESCO World Heritage Site with a long and celebrated 500-year history. Today it is a diverse cultural destination and one of London’s most popular venues and visitor attractions, a site that attracts over 1.2 million visitors every year, and winner of VisitEngland’s Large Visitor Attraction of the Year Gold Award.
The classical baroque buildings that adorn the site today were built as the Royal Hospital for Seamen between 1696 and 1751. Designed by England’s greatest architects, including Sir Christopher Wren, the buildings are considered amongst the finest in Europe, featuring the sumptuous Painted Hall and the neo-classical Chapel. The Painted Hall, built as a ceremonial dining room, has the greatest grand-scale decorative painting in England and has been described as ‘Britain’s Sistine Chapel’. (The abundant and complex painting scheme covers some 4,000 square metres and was designed and executed by Sir James Thornhill between 1707 and 1726.)
PEABODY, London’s oldest and largest housing association, is leading the visionary regeneration of Thamesmead, and we are putting culture at the heart of our plans. Over the next 20 years, Peabody will build more than 20,000 new homes, create thousands of jobs, and invest in our green spaces, shops and leisure and cultural facilities for the local community and visitors. Billions of pounds are being invested in the town, making Thamesmead not only the biggest regeneration project in London but one of the biggest in the UK.
In 2018 Thamesmead celebrated its 50th anniversary with a landmark cultural programme and is proud to continue its ongoing partnership with GDIF to develop exceptional outdoor performances with our communities.
ROYAL DOCKS TEAM is a multi-disciplinary team that brings together officers from across the Greater London Authority, the London Borough of Newham and the London Economic Action Partnership.
Home to London’s only Enterprise Zone, the Royal Docks is one of the most significant regeneration projects in the UK. The team was established in 2017 to help deliver the cohesive transformation of the Royal Docks into a vibrant, mixed-use destination with culture and community at it’s heart. Working in partnership with a wide range of stakeholders from local community groups to developers and local businesses, the team are delivering an ambitious £314 million investment programme over the next five years and beyond.
ROYAL GREENWICH FESTIVALS, an annual series of high-quality events celebrating the cultural vibrancy of Royal Greenwich, provides some of the best and most varied entertainment in the capital every summer. From street theatre to music to suit all tastes and invigorating dance performances, Royal Greenwich Festivals offer something for everyone. Contact: email@example.com.
UBER BOAT BY THAMES CLIPPERS is the leading River Bus service on the River Thames. Services run at 10-20 minute intervals between key London piers including Greenwich, Canary Wharf, Tower, London Bridge City and Westminster, as well as several residential piers. Now 22 years on from its launch, Uber Boat by Thames Clippers’ pre-Covid passenger numbers had reached 4.3 million in 2019, operating at 23 piers. Passengers are able to use contactless payment, Oyster to pay as you go and now pre-book via the Uber app as well as the existing Thames Clippers Tickets app to travel with Uber Boat by Thames Clippers, making river travel even easier.
A ticketing partnership with Uber launched in 2020 and encourages more people to enjoy travel by boat around the city, helping to link travel by river and road, all through the Uber app. Passengers can use the Uber app to purchase tickets in advance, before using a QR code on their phones to board the boats. For more information visit the website www.uberboatbythamesclippers.com or follow @ThamesClippers on Twitter, Instagram or Facebook
VISIT GREENWICH Home to the Meridian Line at the Royal Observatory, Cutty Sark, the National Maritime Museum, the Old Royal Naval College including the fabulous Painted Hall, London’s cable car, Greenwich Market, Greenwich Park and The O2 Arena. Visit https://www.visitgreenwich.org.uk/ to discover what to do across Greenwich while visiting GDIF.
WITHOUT WALLS is a consortium of over 30 festivals and arts organisations that brings fantastic Outdoor Arts to people in towns and cities across the UK. Since its formation in 2007, Without Walls has developed and toured over 200 new shows by UK companies and supported the research and development of 67 projects. Without Walls commissions have toured widely both in the UK and internationally across 22 countries. Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and FESTIVAL.ORG are part of the Without Walls Artistic Directorate who annually invest commissioning funds into a programme of new Outdoor Arts shows, some of which can be seen at GDIF this year.
Without Walls is supported by Arts Council England as a National Portfolio Organisation.
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