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

Global Streets

Global Streets is a national programme that is inspiring local change through unforgettable international outdoor arts experiences coupled with targeted engagement activities.

Funded by Arts Council England and managed by FESTIVAL.ORG, Global Streets gives voice to people in Barking and Dagenham, Birmingham, Doncaster, Hounslow, Hull, Leicester, Liverpool, Luton, Slough and Woolwich – together representing some of the least arts-engaged areas in the country. Since 2015, more than 180,000 people have experienced a variety of international productions, each embedded with unique and locally imagined opportunities for people to get involved.

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

Global Streets Ambassadors

Launched in 2018 with funding from the Esmée Fairbairn Foundation, the Global Streets Ambassadors programme was established to explore ways in which Global Streets partners can deepen year-round connections with their local communities.

Bringing together people with different skills, experience, abilities, ambitions and potential, the Global Streets Ambassadors have worked together on projects ranging from a celebration of inspirational women in Woolwich to a large-scale processional elephant parading through the streets of Hounslow.

Meet some of our Global Streets Ambassadors



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

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