GDIF 2022 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival 26 August-11 September 2022

Global Streets

Global Streets is a 12-partner national network that co-creates & presents international outdoor arts events with communities living and working in places which are underserved by the arts. We are focused on working with local people to deliver free, spectacular international productions which lift people’s spirits and bring communities together.

Our partners use their growing knowledge of international outdoor arts to identify “permeable” productions which enable local people to engage and feel invested in their neighbourhoods, high streets and town centres. Fully integrated audience development, supported by live and online participation, forges connections across diverse communities, and as a result Global Streets productions resonate powerfully with local aspirations and stories. Global Streets partners are working with communities (including eight Arts Council England Priority Places) in Birmingham, Doncaster, Gloucester, Hull, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton, Nuneaton & Bedworth, Slough, Barking & Dagenham, Woolwich, Hounslow and Newham.

Since 2015, the 12 partners of Global Streets have brought 220+ performances of 33 different international productions to high streets and public spaces across England, reimagining them as accessible outdoor theatres for which nobody needs a ticket. The programme has reached 600,000+ audience members and participants to date, connecting and strengthening local communities through unforgettable international experiences in the great outdoors. A further 216,500 people actively engaged with artistic content through an enhanced digital programme in 2020.

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Global Streets 2021

Featuring an ambitious programme of installations, performing arts and light-based work running over summer and autumn 2021 to Spring 2022, this season’s Global Streets programme considers global challenges in local contexts, reimagines High Streets as places of social interaction and togetherness, and brings communities together to share in moments of joy, celebration and reflection.

Freedom Festival, The Vigil Joanne Leighton, WLDN, Global Streets 2021. A man peers out over the city of Hull from The Vigil, a structure with a large window that sits atop a tall city building.

The Hull Vigil Project

Hull’s year-long Vigil, a thought-provoking, large-scale monumental work by Australian-Belgian choreographer Joanne Leighton from Paris-based WLDN, continues in the city. Every day for a year, at sunrise and sunset, a vigil is keeping watch over Hull from a bespoke structure located on top of the Hull College building. Over the course of the year, 730 people are contributing to the collective vigil, a 365-day silent and peaceful performance, to watch over and to tell the story of a city coming back to life.

Presented in Hull from 3 May 2021 – 3 May 2022.
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Rara Woulib: Deblozay

Deblozay (‘chaos’ in Haitian Creole) is a journey through the memory of the city and its inhabitants. The Gédés, mysterious ghosts, open the doors to our memories. A hybrid theatrical project, Deblozay invites us to rediscover forgotten places and sheds light on what remains invisible, in a dreamlike break from everyday life. Let Rara Woulib take you on an epic journey to an unknown destination in the heart of the night.

Deblozay was presented in Hull from 18 – 19 March 2022.
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DanAcher_WeAreWatching_Greenwich_GDIF_2021. A flag with a giant eye prinetd on flying against a blue sky.

We Are Watching

We Are Watching by Swiss artist and activist Dan Acher offers a timely commentary on the climate crisis. We Are Watching is a striking image of a giant eye flown on a monumental flag, created from digital portraits contributed by people living in 190 countries across the globe. This 10-storey high flag is designed to send a clear message to world leaders with the power to affect decisions about climate change: that the eyes of the world are upon them.

We Are Watching was presented in Greenwich, Hounslow and Doncaster over September and October.

Borealis, Dan Acher, GDIF 2021, Greenwich. COlourful lights fill the sky.

Borealis

Dan Acher’s Borealis is a spectacular installation that recreates in light and sound the experience of the Northern Lights, a mesmerising ‘must see’ moment of awe and wonder.

Borealis was presented in Greenwich and Woolwich over August and September.

Global Rainbow, Yvette Mattern. Global Streets 2021. A laser rainbow shines out over an illuminated nighttime cityscape.

Global Rainbow

Described by US-based artist Yvette Mattern as ‘a visual translation of hope and peace’, Global Rainbow has been presented around the world since 2009, its seven rainbow laser beams having taken on a new significance since 2020 with symbolic links to the NHS and the UK’s outpouring of gratitude to and support of key workers.

Global Rainbow was presented in Doncaster and Leicester in November.

Globoscope Collectif Coin, Global Streets 2021. Small balls of light lie in a pattern on the ground outside.

Globoscope

Created by French artists Collectif Coin, Globoscope is an immersive installation made up of 200 luminous spheres that transform each venue into a multi-sensory, changing terrain, inviting audiences to take a surrealist stroll through its illuminated fields.

Globoscope was presented in Gloucester, Hounslow and Woolwich in November and December.

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Joyous Urban Mess | Les Vernisseurs | Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

Joyous Urban Mess

Joyous Urban Mess, from the French street theatre company Les Vernisseurs, brings surprise and delight to high streets, as these spaces are reinvented as playgrounds for 5 ‘workers’ who end up showering themselves and audience in confetti, ribbons and streamers.

Joyous Urban Mess was presented in LeicesterBirmingham and Coventry in August.

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Light Piano 2.0 XL

Created by Dutch artist collective Kleurbleur, Light Piano 2.0 XL is both a work of art and an instrument. The cubes in this spatial installation are connecting to the keys of a piano, allowing participants to not only play the piano but also to play the light. Local pianists from across the community will perform a diverse range of live pieces, the resulting experience resonating with the ears, the eyes and the heart.

Light Piano 2.0 XL was presented in Liverpool in October and November.

Dundu, Global Streets, 2021

Sharing The Light

Sharing the Light in Becontree: since 2006, DUNDU have brought joy and inspiration to people around the world through their illuminated puppets. DUNDU means ‘you and you’ in German, and the company connects participants and audiences through tales of togetherness.

 DUNDU will be Sharing the Light in Becontree exactly one hundred years after the first homes on the estate were completed. Together with an array of illuminated Big Heads representing local heroes of the past and present, DUNDU will lead a celebratory winter lantern parade and event.

DUNDU was presented in Barking and Dagenham in November.

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