Introduction to GDIF

Outdoor shows welcome all audiences and are typically more relaxed than indoor performances. Many performances are completely speech-free. Where speech is included we do our best to provide BSL interpreters and/or captions where we can.

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View our Access videos for GDIF 2019 here.

Wonderful feedback from our wonderful 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.”

“Fantastically creative and entertaining. We also loved Moby Dick last night. So pleased to see you really pushed disability access and arts.”

“Great to see diverse performers and enhanced access.”

“Cristal Palace was AMAZING! I love coming to GDIF events – it’s the third one I’ve been to + they’ve all been fantastic – fun, accessible, well thought-out, even down to the rain macs”

“Fab as always. Great access!”

“Loved that it was free, accessible and from all over the world!”

“Wonderful accessibility support”


GDIF 'What to Expect' Guidelines

Our ‘what to expect’ guidelines are here to help you judge which bits of the programme will help you have the very best experience, which might be especially useful if members of your group have special access needs.

MSN – Make some noise

P – Participate – if you want to get stuck in and take part


KBR – Kick back & relax – no effort or participation required

SS – Sensory spectacle

SF – Speech free

FF – Family friendly

Getting to the Festival

We work with TFL to make sure that you get the best information about how to get to the events at GDIF. Did you know that if you travel at weekends or off peak on weekdays*, then you’re entitled to off-peak fares on London’s transport network? Off-peak fares also apply if you travel from a station outside Zone 1 to a station in Zone 1 between 16:00 and 19:00, Monday to Friday.

So make the most of the wonderful world of off-peak when you’re visiting GDIF! Remember to check the TfL journey planner before your travel.

*Monday to Friday (not on public holidays) before 06:30 and after 09:30, and before 16:00 and after 19:00.


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
Engagement & 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.

Did you know you can apply to be a mystery shopper with Attitude is Everything? Find out more here.


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