GDIF 2019 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival | 21 June – 6 July 2019

Global Streets

Global Streets transforms communities by bringing the very best international outdoor arts to towns and cities across the country where there is low engagement with the arts.

Founded and managed by FESTIVAL.ORG, and supported by Arts Council England through the Strategic Touring Programme, the ten Global Streets partners bring together and give voice to people in Hounslow, Birmingham, Doncaster, Barking & Dagenham, Liverpool, Hull, Woolwich, Slough, Leicester and Luton, connecting their local stories with extraordinary participative outdoor performances by international artists.

2015-18 on Film

2015-18 in Numbers

  • 10 partners
  • 15 productions
  • 45 performances
  • 171,081 audience members
  • 9,853 Participants
  • 45%  low arts engagers, compared to 17% in national audiences
  • 76% low or mid arts engagers, compared to 62% in national audiences
  • 96% strongly agreed or agreed that ‘the event was enjoyable’
  • 78% say Global Streets gives them pride in their local area
  • 62% identify positive community change as a result of Global Streets events
  • 50% say Global Streets events help them understand people from other cultures

2015-18 in Words

“A fantastic and unexpected experience that I will always remember”

“The smile and happiness on my 73 year old dad’s face was priceless, so grateful to you for creating wonderful memories!”

“At the end everyone was shouting for more and excitedly talking to everyone around them about what a triumph it was!”

“At the end everybody came together to dance, young, old, different races, we were all united”

“It made me feel part of the community”

“A remarkable result for any arts activity” (The Audience Agency)

Global Streets Ambassadors

With generous funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, Global Streets 2018 has been enhanced by a pilot project that through a nationwide network of Global Streets Ambassadors is exploring the many different ways that local civic engagement can be deepened through the arts.



Photos by Vipul Sangoi, Andrew Fox/Birmingham Weekender, James Mulkeen, Jaybright Media, Jimmy Lee, Anete Sooda, David Blood

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