GDIF 2023 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival 25 August-10 September 2023

Presented By Air Giants

Unfurl

9 - 10 September | 8pm | Bethnal Green Gardens

Duration: 2.5hours

What to Expect: Great for Kids | Participate | Speech free

Free

GDIF and our partners have taken the decision to cancel the following GDIF 2022 events following the announcement of the death of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II yesterday evening:

 Charon by Peter Hudson with Building 180 and Les Machines de l’Île in Royal Docks

• Relaxerette by Arjan Kruidhof, Lân Fan Taal & Explore the North in Rathbone Market

• Roll Play by Simple Cypher in Globe Town Market Square

• Unfurl by Air Giants and Air Bubs by Bubble Club in Bethnal Green Gardens

• Dancing City across the Canary Wharf Estate

As a creative organisation with a civic focus, we work with dozens of public and private sector partners each year and these decisions to cancel have been taken jointly with them at this time of national mourning.

In accordance with the wishes of the Royal Household and in line with ongoing theatre performances across the country, we are continuing with the planned presentation of more reflective theatre productions. Performances of Peaceophobia at Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park Multi-Storey Car Park and Final Farewell at Island Gardens will therefore go ahead as planned.

We wish to express our condolences to the Royal Family and all those affected by Her Majesty’s passing and are sorry for any disappointment caused by these cancellations at this time of shared sadness.

A garden like no other as nature, art and technology combine to create something spectacular.  

This beautiful installation celebrates the wonder and intelligence of nature’s designs. It’s a place where the plants know that you have come to visit and reach out to connect.  Light, colour and sound combine with cutting-edge soft robotics, to create an enchanting and ever-changing dreamscape.

 

FAQs

Can I bring my pet?

Unfortunately due to health and safety regulations pets are not allowed at GDIF events, with the exception of registered service animals.

Can I arrive later than 8pm?

Yes – the event starts at 8pm but you can come any time before last entry at 10pm and stay for as little or as long as you like. The performance is ‘rolling’ and does not have a fixed start time.

How do I get to Unfurl?

Bethnal Green Gardens, E2 6FG

Click here to view the Photo Route.

More information on Unfurl

How to attend

Unfurl is free to attend.

Site Access 

This site has full level access. Lifts are available near stairs. 

On-site walking distances  

Minimal 

Respite and Access Areas 

Quiet areas are available in Bethnal Green Gardens. Several shops and cafés surround the park. 

Accessible Toilets 

Available in Bethnal Green Library. 

Blue badge parking  

Cambridge Heath Road. 

Access drop-off point 

Cambridge Heath Road or Roman Road. 

Photo route 

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

Contact  

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

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

 

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Access

Easy Read.

Relaxed Entrance between 7pm – 8pm

Audio Description. 

Speech Free.

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

GDIF 2022 Trailer

Gallery

Credits

Air Giants is a new creative robotic studio founded in 2020, by a small team of roboticists, designers and software engineers. The studio is passionate about creating emotionally effective motion at a scale which is thought-provoking and transporting, as well as expanding the notion of what large robots can be used for. 

 

The company’s work sits at the intersection of art and science. It draws on the rich history of performing arts such as theatre and puppetry to deliver exciting encounters with robots which have lasting impact. 

Supported by

Unfurl is supported by Tower Hamlets Council, Arts Council England and Without Walls and commissioned by Norfolk and Norwich Festival and Timber Festival  

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