GDIF awarded GOLD level of Attitude is Everything's Charter of Best Practice

We are proud to have been awarded the Gold level of Attitude is Everything’s Charter of Best Practice, demonstrating our commitment to improving the live performance experience for our D/deaf and disabled audiences.

To step-up from our Silver level, awarded following the 2016 festival, we made significant changes to the planning and delivery of the 2017 festival, including:

  • Making easy read material about the festival available online as a download from the access page.
  • Making processional performances accessible using visible signage and stewarding, and rehearsing processional events to ensure stewards and volunteers understood the most accessible route.
  • Providing BSL interpretation, captioning and audio description of performances.
  • Encouraging all artists and performers to look at the accessibility of their performances, and providing guidance and support to help them make adaptations.
  • The organisation has recently recruited for the newly created role of Access & Community Engagement Manager to ensure access is at the forefront of the festival going forward.

Michelle Walker

Executive Director, FESTIVAL.ORG

“It’s brilliant to have been recognised by Attitude is Everything for the work we have done to make GDIF accessible for audiences. Access for audiences and artists has been a priority for us since the very beginning and we will continue to ensure that GDIF champions accessibility and inclusion in the outdoor arts sector in the years ahead. Alongside our ongoing support of D/deaf and disabled artists in developing and creating accessible performances, we’re delighted to have created a new role of Access & Community Engagement Manager this spring, placing our commitment to accessibility at the heart of the organisation all year round.”


Suzanne Bull MBE

Chief Executive, Attitude is Everything

“We are delighted to award Gold, the highest level of achievement on our Charter of Best Practice, to Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. This is in recognition of a sustained and continuous commitment over the past three years to create an inclusive festival. Their diverse programme of international street arts is accessible to all; we want to particularly highlight the implementation of creative provision, such as audio description and BSL (British Sign Language) and providing resources that enable artists to make their work accessible. It is wonderful to have them on board.”

Visit our Access at GDIF page for more information about the festival.

Published on February 20th 2018

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