Access

GDIF welcomes all and endeavours to be accessible for everyone! 

We have worked with our artists and team to consider access at every stage of the process. Our friendly team of staff and volunteers are available for assistance and have been trained in Disability Equality. All shows and sites are relaxed and we invite audiences to feel at home in our company. 

Check out our Easy Read information, Audio Descriptions and Access Videos that will guide you through our shows at the festival.

Introduction to GDIF

Access & Inclusion at GDIF

Access on site

At GDIF we do our best to make our events as accessible & inclusive as they can be.

All GDIF sites will:

✅ Be wheelchair accessible
✅ Be assistance dog friendly
✅ Have viewing areas with chairs
✅ Have accessible toilets
✅ Include blue badge parking information

Greenwich Fair, Dancing City & Healing Together will be provided with:

✅ Access Area (with quiet space)
✅ Mobiloo or a Changing Space:
– Mobiloo is a mobile accessible toilet with hoist and changing bench. Please bring your own sling if you wish to use the hoist.

Worried about getting to site? Each event page will have:

✅ Photo routes and travel information
– Easy Read photo routes from the nearest transport link to the venue, will be available on the website prior to the festival. Keep an eye on the event pages!

Accessible shows

✅ BSL and Captioning
– BSL available at selected times, please check out our BSL event guide below.
– Captions provided by The Difference Engine App which will enable audiences to receive captions directly on their own mobile devices. Find out more about Difference Engine app for our captions, which you can download via your App Store:  Apple  or  Android.

✅ Live Audio Description and Audio Tours
Download our Audio Description Event guide below and contact Alex (alex@festival.org) to book your place.

✅ Easy Read information & Relaxed Introductions
Easy Read visual stories, and relaxed environments for selected shows. Download our Relaxed Show Guide below for more information.

Icons and Symbols

Icons and symbols offer quick guidance for each event:

Access Key

What to Expect

 

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Feedback from our audience members:

“With mobility problems, I was apprehensive about how accessible everything would be. I needn’t have worried, because it couldn’t have been better. It was so easy and everyone working on it couldn’t have done more to make my experience more pleasurable”

“Great to see diverse performers and enhanced access”

“Wonderful accessibility support”

“I was very much looked after in relation to access point of view”

Getting to the Festival

We always encourage our audiences to walk, cycle, or get public transport to our events. There are lots of cycle routes across the Royal Borough of Greenwich and east London, and cycle parking will be available at or near all events. Many GDIF sites are accessible by river, so why not hop on the Uber Boat by Thames Clippers?

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 serving 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.
Thamesclippers.com 

Visit tfl.gov.uk to plan your journey.

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Get in touch

If you have a question or query about access at GDIF please get in touch.
Email, telephone or write to:

Alex Covell
Access Producer

alex@festival.org
020 8305 5021

FESTIVAL.ORG, Old Royal Naval College
Pepys Building, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens
Greenwich
SE10 9LW

We are proud to have been awarded the Gold level of Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice, demonstrating our commitment to improving the live performance experience for our D/deaf and disabled audiences.

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