GDIF 2020 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival 27 August-11 September 2021

Meet the FESTIVAL.ORG team

FESTIVAL.ORG is one of the UK’s most ambitious and prolific outdoor arts producing organisations. We set out to radically raise the ambition, quality and diversity of outdoor performance produced in the UK.

Beyond our flagship annual festival Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, we manage the nationwide Global Streets network.

Meet the people who make up the FESTIVAL.ORG team.

Bradley Hemmings MBE

Artistic Director

Bradley founded Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) in 1996 and has directed the festival for the last 25 years, building the festival’s reputation for staging high quality outdoor productions, often at large scale, whilst prioritising access and participation by diverse audiences.

In 2012 Bradley was Co-Artistic Director for the Opening Ceremony of London 2012 Paralympic Games, watched by 11.5 million viewers in the UK (Channel 4’s largest ever audience). He is a member of the London Area Council of Arts Council England, was awarded an MBE in 2016 for services to Culture and Disability Arts, and was granted the Freedom of the Royal Borough of Greenwich in 2017.

Toby Smith

Associate Director

Joining GDIF in 2018, Toby works across the full breadth of FESTIVAL.ORG’s activity, leading on strategic development, fundraising and managing specific projects that are developing the organisation’s national and international impact, profile and significance. He is currently managing the Global Streets programme, bringing international outdoor arts to eleven town and cities across the UK. Toby was previously Festival Director at the Salisbury International Arts Festival and Director of Performance and Programming for the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM). Studying music at the University of York, he has also worked in programming at Barbican Centre and Cheltenham Arts Festivals, and founded the Early Opera Company.

toby (@) festival.org
+44(0)208 305 5028

Ellie Harris

Executive Producer

Ellie Harris leads on the delivery of the flagship Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, and producing cultural events for Festival.org. Ellie moved to London in 2019 to join the team as Festival Producer, following her extensive work in the South West of the UK where she was a Producer and Events Manager for Strike A Light, Green Man Festival, Cheltenham Arts Festivals, Rugby World Cup 2015 Gloucester cultural programme, and the National Trust. She has also independently produced theatre, puppetry, opera, dance, and enabled artists and companies to make and tour their work. Ellie is interested in making extraordinary things happen in unusual public spaces.

eleanor (@) festival.org
+44 (0)20 8305 5025

Jessie Acton

Marketing Manager

Jessie leads on all things marketing, communications, and audience development, as well as partnerships and delivery. Jessie has an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Shakespeare’s Globe, and a background working in dance, education and research, including Sadler’s Wells, Entelechy Arts, and the Council for Dance, Drama and Musical Theatre. She is passionate about engaging new audiences and making the arts and creative opportunities available to everyone. Jessie has managed campaigns for charities and NPOs, both in Trustee and freelance roles. She joined the FESTIVAL.ORG team in April 2019.

jessie (@) festival.org
+44(0)208 305 5022

 

Aliyah Rawat

Engagement Producer

Aliyah leads on all things community engagement, participation, and volunteer related. A lover of storytelling and creating connections, they are passionate about centring diverse voices in the arts through empowering and inclusive opportunities. Prior to joining the team in 2021, Aliyah worked in arts education and outreach, facilitating workshops in creativity and campaigning, event production, performance, writing, and wellbeing. With a background in activism, they have worked with organisations such as Good Night Out and Rethink Mental Illness, and spoken for events such as Women of the World Festival, Norwich Pride, and UK Black Pride. Alongside their role at FESTIVAL.org, Aliyah is an educator, event organiser, DJ, and performer.

aliyah (@) festival.org

Alex Covell

Access Producer

A passionate advocate and ally of neurodivergent artists, Alex is skilled in devising political performance for non-theatre settings. Her 10 years experience working within disability and community arts has ranged from running immersive schools workshops with M-SET to access work with Graeae. Before joining GDIF, Alex worked at Access All Areas, one of the UK’s leading learning disabled theatre companies as Projects Coordinator. An experienced applied theatre practitioner and facilitator, Alex has also worked with a variety of community groups ranging from toddlers to elderly people.

alex (@) festival.org
+44(0)208 305 5021

Marie Faucher

Festivals Administrator

After finishing her Masters Degree in Arts Administration and Cultural Policy, Marie moved to the UK from France in 2015. She has worked in the outdoor event sector for five years. Her love of physical theatre, contemporary circus and community engagement projects has developed at organisations in France, Canada and the UK, including Young Musicians of the World, Lieux publics, NoFit State Circus and Bristol Circus City. She joined FESTIVAL.ORG in January 2018, leading on Artist Liaison, accommodation bookings, visa applications, writing licence applications, dealing with all food and bar providers … and reminding everyone to recycle in the office & on site!

marie (@) festival.org
+44(0)208 305 5023

Joey Valiunas

Head of Production

Joey joined as the GDIF head of production in 2019, overseeing the site, technical and operational elements across the festival.  He has a passion for creative production and loves the challenges in delivering the spectacles that GDIF present.  He is also a founding member and production director of Brainchild Festival, an Arts Council supported arts organisation and annual 3 day festival.  When not working outdoors Joey has an eclectic events experience, having managed the production on a variety of large scale events for brand and agency clients.

joey (@) festival.org

Alison Holder

Associate Producer

alison (@) festival.org

Jonathan Mountford

Volunteer Coordinator

volunteer (@) festival.org

Edel McGrath

Operations Manager

edel (@) festival.org

Max Campbell

Marketing Officer

max (@) festival.org

Zoe Moody

Box Office Manager

boxoffice (@) festival.org

Jasmin Fiori

Digital Marketing Assistant

marketing (@) festival.org

 

 

Our Board of Trustees

Geoffrey Pine (Chair)
Cllr Mufeedah Bustin
Paul Hanrahan
Josh Harsant
Fiona Hughes
Marcus Hughes
Oliver Hughes
Antony McBride
Rahee Nayar
Dr Maxine Room
Jenny Sealey
Dr Margaret Sheehy
Fayçal Tazi
Cllr Miranda Williams

GDIF 2020 Festival Credits

Click here to view our Festival Credits for GDIF 2020.

We’re extremely grateful to all our freelance staff without whom GDIF would not be possible. We have credited as many possible here in recognition of the huge amount of behind-the-scenes work which takes place every year.

Media enquiries and press releases

For PR enquiries please contact Kate Morley
kate@katemorleypr.com
+44 207 299 4300
www.katemorleypr.com

 

 

 

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