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


Bell Square, Hounslow

Bell Square is an exciting outdoor arts space in the heart of Hounslow, launched in 2014. It’s a place where anyone and everyone can come to see some of the best outdoor performers in the world, for free. The programme is devised by Watermans Arts Centre.

Contact: Jan Lennox, Director


Birmingham Hippodrome

Birmingham Hippodrome Theatre Trust Ltd is an independent, not-for-profit registered charity. The theatre has three core strands: performance, education and heritage. With a regular annual attendance of over 600,000, the Hippodrome is the busiest single theatre in the United Kingdom, and the busiest venue for dance outside London.

Contact: Graham Callister, Director of Creative Programmes


Cast, Doncaster

Cast opened in 2013 and since then has played a key part in increasing the profile of Doncaster and aspiration within the town. Cast aims to enrich and inspire the people of Doncaster and the wider region, contributing to vibrant and creative communities. Cast is a place where you can watch incredible shows, share creative ideas and be inspired.

Contact: Deborah Rees, Director


Creative Barking and Dagenham

Creative Barking and Dagenham (CBD) is a six year project (2014 – 2019) for people living, working and socialising in Barking and Dagenham. CBD is funded by Arts Council England and Barking and Dagenham Council.  The mission of CBD is to create new ways for local people to experience outstanding arts and creative activities, and to promote the borough as a place where exciting art – of all forms – is made and shown.

Contact: Sarah Wickens, Head of Programme



Culture Liverpool

In 2008 Liverpool was European Capital of Culture and the city took centre stage when a series of inspirational and awe-inspiring events took place throughout the year showing the world what we were capable of when it came to showcasing the city. Since then, they’ve continued to build on their world class reputation, using culture as the driving force for the regeneration of the whole city.

Contact: Robin Kemp, Head of Creative Development

Freedom Festival, Hull

Freedom Festival celebrates, through artistic and cultural expression. The programme of street theatre, music, comedy, performance and visual arts is aimed at a wide audience, bringing renowned national and international artists to Hull while providing significant opportunities for local and regional artists.

Contact: Mikey Martins, Artistic Director and CEO

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) is London’s leading festival of free outdoor theatre and performing arts, an annual celebration of extraordinary outdoor events that transform people’s lives. The Festival is committed to breaking new ground in outdoor performance and raising the ambition, quality and diversity of outdoor work produced in this country, with a particular focus on the commissioning and development of outdoor work led by Deaf and disabled artists and artists from diverse backgrounds.

Contact: Toby Smith, Associate Director

HOME, Slough

HOME Slough’s mission is to increase opportunities and awareness of all the arts in Slough, offering ways for everyone to fulfil their artistic potential. In the next two years we want to increase the number of people participating in arts and culture, building the foundations for Slough’s creative future.

Contact: Saad Eddine Said, Director

Imagineer, Coventry

Imagineer creates extraordinary outdoor work at the intersection of art engineering nature and social change. Through the frameworks of our professionally produced work, we create training opportunities for new and emerging artists and creatives. Increasingly we aim to produce ambitious large scale work with and in communities.

Contact: Jane Hytch, CEO

Leicester City Council

Leicester City Council are committed to helping partners to develop, coordinate and promote new artist-led activities and commissions associated with the City Festival and Diwali Leicester until 2019/20. Leicester will fund arts organizations to deliver artist-led activities and commissions supporting the City Festival and Diwali Leicester. Leicester aims to bring the arts to people’s doorsteps making it as accessible as possible, with the aim of engaging local, under represented communities and showcasing Leicester’s rich and varied arts scene to residents and visitors alike.

Contact: Robert Snart, Senior Festivals & Events Officer

Revoluton Arts, Luton

Revoluton: sparking creative connections and igniting talent to deliver mind-blowing events. Revoluton Arts is on a mission to bring high quality art to you, through inspirational, accessible and high impact events. It aims to reach out into all corners of the town, uncover talent, collaborate with local creatives and develop ‘Revolutonary’ ideas. This is your time to take part in amazing events, unlock your creative talent or help shape Luton’s creative scene. Join the Revoluton!

Contact: Furhaad Ahmed, Events Producer

Strike A Light, Gloucester

Strike A Light is a Gloucester-based organisation striving to make Gloucester a city with a vibrant culture for all.

We want to see our city bursting with incredible theatre and dance. Creative experiences like this bring communities together. They make life vibrant and exciting – and they can change things for the better.

So we run cultural events that are for everyone.

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