GDIF 2018 21 June – 7 July Free Entry

Bradley Hemmings MBE

Artistic Director

Bradley founded Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) in 1996 and has directed the festival for the last 22 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 addition to GDIF, Bradley has also curated the Mayor of London’s Liberty festival since its inception in 2003, whilst also directing spectacular outdoor productions and ceremonies, with credits which include: The One Millionth Finish (Great North Run), The Four Fridas (celebrating the life and work of Frida Kahlo), The House (marking the 400th anniversary of the Queen’s House) and The Seeds of Diversity (Paralympic Heritage Flame Ceremony).

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.

Michelle Walker

Executive Director

Michelle has been Executive Director of Greenwich+Docklands Festivals since March 2017. Previously she was Artistic Director of Hat Fair, the UK’s longest-running festival of outdoor arts, which attracts 60,000 people onto the streets of Winchester over 3 days each July.  Her tenure saw the introduction of the Hat Fair Fringe Festival, a platform for new work by student and emerging talent, and the introduction of Woolly Hat Fair, a new annual site-specific winter festival.

From 2011 – 2014 Michelle was the Producer at Oxford Playhouse, prior to which she produced for Shared Experience, Bristol Old Vic, Foursight Theatre and UK Arts International, a company specialising in presenting contemporary South African theatre in the UK.

In 2009/10 she was the West Midlands’ Fellow on the Clore Leadership Programme and in 2014 she received a Winston Churchill Memorial Trust travel fellowship. She is a board member of the Independent Street Arts Network (ISAN).

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Pete Nichols

Festivals Producer

Pete has over twelve years of experience as a producer of television and live events. His career began as a researcher for the BBC, and he has since gone on to produce large-scale music and arts projects such as the BRIT Awards, Montreux Jazz Festival, Monty Python Live, Olympic and Paralympic Games 2012, and the Royal Variety Performance alongside innovative arts events including London 1666 (Artichoke / The Space), Playcraft Live (Derry Playhouse / The Space) and development projects with Barbican and the National Theatre of Scotland.

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Ellie Dragonetti

Marketing Manager

Ellie has been working in arts marketing for over ten years. After graduating from the Arts Administration & Cultural Policy course at Goldsmiths in 2007 she went onto work for The Sixteen and the London Philharmonic Orchestra. She lived in southern California for a while, volunteering with the Los Angeles Chamber Orchestra and learning to surf, before returning to London and roles at Royal Museums Greenwich, Spitalfields Music and ISAN.

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Elizabeth Bergeron

Access & Community Engagement Manager

Elizabeth Bergeron joined FESTIVAL.ORG in February 2018 as Access & Community Engagement Manager. Her background is in community engagement and heritage inspired arts projects. Having originally studied and worked in museums and galleries, her interests and skills have diversified and she has recently predominantly worked on outdoor and site-specific commissions. Her latest roles include two years at Hull UK City of Culture 2017, where she was part of the award winning producing team (Winners of Producer of the Year 2017, The Stage), working predominantly on the flagship community engagement project ‘Land of Green Ginger’. Prior to that she led on several strands of activity at Transported, a Creative People & Places programme in Lincolnshire.

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Chris Clay

GDIF Head of Production

Technical Director and Production Manager Chris has spent nearly 3 decades managing and delivering events, supporting leading names from across the world of theatre, opera, sports and commerce, and working on projects in more than 30 countries. In addition to time spent working for the Almeida Theatre, English National Opera and the Young Vic Theatre, he’s been involved in some flagship sporting occasions, including London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Ceremonies and the 2014 Tour de France Team Presentation and Opening Ceremony. Chris was also an integral part of the Hull UK City of Culture 2017 Senior Management Team – as Technical and Operations Director, heading up the technical production and delivery of a comprehensive year long programme of events. Chris is co-Managing Director of Dock Street Events, a company specialising in providing bespoke event and production management support to events around the world.

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Marie Faucher

Administration & Communications Assistant

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 having worked for organisations in France, Canada and the UK, including Young Musicians of the World, Lieux publics, NoFit State Circus and Bristol Circus City.

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Carin Suggate

Administration Assistant

Carin joined the team in February 2018 and will be working throughout the duration of GDIF as Administration Assistant. Having graduated at Greenwich University in International Marketing, Carin has since had varied professional roles within market research, field marketing, events and journalism. Carin has also worked within the music industry in music publishing, international marketing and A&R for which she had the opportunity to work in Beverly Hills and Manhattan. As a resident of the Royal Borough of Greenwich, Carin has first-hand knowledge (and is proud) of the wealth of culture within the borough. Having attended Greenwich+Docklands International Festival for many years, Carin is proud to be a part of the team that makes it happen!

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Photos of Bradley, Michelle, Pete and Ellie by Stu Mayhew

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