Access at GDIF

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. 

Access on site: 

All shows are wheelchair accessible and we welcome Access Dogs. 

Viewing areas with chairs will be available if needed. 

Accessible toilets are available at some sites and marked on maps. 

Accessible shows:

Most events will be BSL interpreted or captioned

We use the Difference Engine app for our captions, which you can download via your App Store: Apple or Android

There will be additional access content onlineincluding: BSL interpretations, audio description and Easy Read. Access information for each show can be found at on event pages on our website.

Icons and Symbols

Icons and symbols offer quick guidance for each event:

Access key
  • BSL interpreted
  • Captioned performance
  • Audio described performance
  • Assisted route
  • Wheelchair accessible
  • Relaxed Introduction
  • Easy Read


What to expect
  • Make some noise
  • Join In
  • Great For Kids
  • Sensory spectacle
  • Speech free
  • On the Move

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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. 

Visit to plan your journey. 

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
020 8305 5021

FESTIVAL.ORG, Old Royal Naval College
Pepys Building, 2 Cutty Sark Gardens
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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