GDIF 2024 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival 23 August-8 September 2024

Presented By Jeanefer Jean-Charles

Black Victorians

27 August | 2.15pm & 6.15pm | Cutty Sark Gardens

What to Expect: Dance | Family friendly


“Black Victorians is inspired by Black Chronicles – The Missing Chapter, an ongoing curatorial research programme led by Autograph focused on unearthing nineteenth century photographs of black presences in Britain’s archives. Black Victorians is accompanied by a display of the Black Chronicles’ Exhibition In A Box produced by, and presented in association with, Autograph, London.” 

This powerful dance performance by Artistic Director and Choreographer Jeanefer Jean-Charles MBE is inspired by nineteenth century studio photographs of black men, women and children. 

Exploring a complex, but often forgotten black presence in pre-Windrush Britain, this performance calls attention to previously hidden figures and challenges historical and contemporary perceptions. 

 Black Victorians is produced and co-commissioned by FESTIVAL.ORG, Brighton Festival, Hat Fair and Without Walls and is currently touring across the UK. 

“Rebellion is when you look society in the face and say 

I understand who you want me to be, but I’m going to show you who I actually am.” 

– Anthony Anaxagorou 


Upcoming tour dates:

Merchant City Festival 30-31 July

Kensington and Chelsea Festival  13-14 August

The Big Feast – Appetite Stoke 26 August

GDIF 27 August

Lancashire Encounter 18 September

Derby Feste 24 September

Redbridge Outdoor Festival 16 October

More information on Black Victorians

How to attend

Black Victorians is free to attend.

Site Access 

There is level access to each Greenwich Fair performance location.   

The site is open and wide for audiences to socially distance, however some shows may be more busy than others.    

There is a mix of hard-standing and grass areas. There will be short ramps onto any higher ramped areas.   

Viewing area 

Space for wheelchair users, and a variety of seating options will be available. GDIF volunteers will offer directions from the nearest station.   

On-site walking distances  

Approximately 20 minutes walking across the whole site. The site is open for you to choose where to go.  

Respite and Access Areas 

Access Area available for Greenwich Fair on lawns on the right as you enter through College Way. Space across the grounds to relax. 

Accessible Toilets 

Located at Cutty Sark Gardens with 50p charge, Blue Badge free. 

Blue badge parking  

Cutty Sark gardens, Park row (25 Park Row, London SE10 9NL), College Way Car Park 

Access drop-off point 

College Way  

Photo route 

Available to download in the ‘Where to Find it’ section below.


For Access questions, contact [email protected] // 07899 893 935   

Other audience questions, contact our Box Office: [email protected] 


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Easy Read.

Pre-recorded Audio Description is available to download on your phone.

Touch Tour at 6pm.

BSL Interpreted performance at 6.15pm.

Check out our Access Information page for GDIF 2022 to learn more about our access practices.



Artistic Director and Choreographer:Jeanefer Jean-Charles 

Designer: Marsha Roddy 

Creative Consultant: Martha Stylianou 

Composer: DJ Walde 

Producer:Nassy Konan 

Supported by

Black Victorians is produced and co-commissioned by FESTIVAL.ORG, Brighton Festival, Hat Fair and Without Walls and is currently touring across the UK. 

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