Presented By Les Commandos Percu

Silence !

Friday 23 August | 8:30pm | Royal Artillery Barracks, Woolwich, SE18 4BH

Duration: 50 minutes

A wildly joyful celebration opens Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2024 with stunning visuals and soul-stirring live percussion.  

First there is silence. Then, from deep within the earth, a rumble of drums, as sound, metal and fire erupt to the surface. Evoking Woolwich’s industrial and manufacturing past, this spectacular fusion of percussion and pyrotechnics will open this year’s festival with an invigorating wave of energy. 

Silence ! is supported by The Royal Borough of Greenwich, Royal Greenwich Festivals, Berkeley,  Adami and Arts Council England.

Les Commandos Percu

Les Commandos Percu, have spent over 20 years creating a jaw dropping spectacles. Their work has been described as, ‘an essential sparkle to the fusion between music and fireworks is movement: street to street, amongst the public, the pyro-musicians enlighten the sky with their rhythms.’  ‘ The company have traveled the world with their talent for creation and their specialised knowledge of fireworks.

More information

Promotional photography will take place at this event.

If you do not wish to be featured in our content, please ask one of our volunteers (easily noticeable, in their pink t-shirts) for a no photography sticker.

Site Access

Free to attend. Just show up.  

Assistance Dogs Welcome. 

We expect this event to be busy and crowded. You may need to queue to enter and exit the site. Speak to a festival staff member if you cannot queue due to an access requirement.  

Level Access  

There are level access routes and short ramps onto raised areas.  

Access Viewing Area 

A staffed access viewing area for disabled audience members will be marked with a sign or flag. Space for wheelchair users, companions and seating with and without arms will be available.  

Accessible Toilets 

There will be accessible toilets on site.  

Blue badge parking   and Drop-off points 

Woolwich New Road – to reach the venue from Woolwich New Road you must cross the South Circular road. There is a pedestrian crossing with dropped kerbs on the intersection of the South Circular Road with Nightingale Place and Ha-Ha Road.  


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

Show Access

Speech Free 

Easy Read Visual Guide- coming soon 

On The Move – Audience Experience 

The audience is invited to move around and follow the action as the performers make their way to the main stage. You can view the whole event from the access viewing area if you prefer.  

Sensory Information  

Silence contains loud drumming, sudden sounds, smoke and fireworks.

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