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GDIF 2020 is here!

28 August – 12 September

We want to make sure our festival is safe and enjoyable for everyone, so we’ve adapted our programme to prioritise the safety and well-being of artists and audiences. GDIF 2020 will incorporate a programme of uplifting installations and outdoor arts presented locally on people’s doorsteps, celebrating local places and togetherness following a summer of isolation.

Installations running over several days celebrating the NHS, togetherness, and the environment will ensure that audiences can visit at staggered times with plenty of space for social distancing. A new initiative, entitled On Your Doorstep, will bring a carefully curated programme of family-friendly circus and street theatre to the heart of communities in Greenwich, Greenwich Peninsula, Woolwich Common Estate, Woolwich Arsenal, Thamesmead, Plumstead, and Eltham.

Dancing City, our annual outdoor dance programme at Canary Wharf , returns this year, reinvented with safe-distancing integrated into the performances and audience experience.

The programme will also include exciting larger-scale outdoor theatre pieces, with reduced capacities and ticketed entry to ensure that the festival experience is a safe and enjoyable one for everyone.

Tickets will be available for general booking from Thursday 6 August 2020 at 12 noon.

Image: Stephen Wright


FESTIVAL.ORG has been working closely with Blue Yonder Events Ltd.
Winner of best Health & Safety Supplier to the UK Festival Industry 2020

Ken Rankin, Director of Blue Yonder Events has worked in events since 1986 as a touring musician, venue technical manager, tour manager, Festival production manager looking after Cambridge Folk Festival for 8 years.

“I understand events and artistic endeavour with a keen interest in public health and safety.
Blue Yonder Events was formed to service a developing client list built on existing relationships within the entertainments industry.
My client list is diverse, unusual, long term, global and challenging.
In my opinion Covid-19 should be viewed as an opportunity to dig deeper into event planning building robust risk documents, developing suitable and sufficient plans involving everyone within a team to enable an event to go ahead rather than seen as a hazard that stops an event in its tracks.
I have enjoyed working with GDIF for several years and in recent weeks have assisted in refining plans to support GDIF going ahead in 2020.
I look forward to this year’s event and our continued working relationship.”


FESTIVAL.ORG has received the Good to Go Industry Standard introduced by Visit Britain, in recognition that we have followed government and industry COVID-19 guidelines, ensuring processes are in place to maintain cleanliness and aid social/physical distancing.

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