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 and serve as a lead consortium partner on Woolwich Cultural Destinations.
Meet the people who make up the FESTIVAL.ORG team.
Bradley Hemmings MBE
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.
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, and the GDIF Festival HUB in association with Outdoor Arts 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.
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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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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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Ellie joined GDIF in January 2019 as Festival Producer. Her work to date has been based in the South West of the UK, where she has been a freelance Producer and Events Manager for organisations such as Strike A Light in Gloucester, Green Man Festival in Wales, Cheltenham Arts Festivals, as well as producing independent theatre companies to make and tour their work. Ellie’s background is in theatre and performance, with a specific interest in outdoor spectacle events and festivals.
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Originally hailing from a music background, Imogen has spent the last five years working in digital content, marketing and communications at Unicef UK. Thanks to an Edinburgh upbringing, Imogen has had plenty of time to explore her interest in festivals and outdoor performing arts, starting with three years working at the Edinburgh International Book Festival, and leading onto roles at Community Arts North West, an array of UK music festivals and as far afield as WOMAD New Zealand. Imogen continues to play an active role in the contemporary music scene in London and the UK outdoor festival circuit as a performer and is passionate about bringing a creative and socially conscious lens to content, communications and marketing.
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Mo began her work with FESITVAL.ORG as a volunteer on Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2018, and joined GDIF as Volunteer Coordinator in March 2019. She has a long-standing interest in supporting at-risk individuals and hard-to-reach communities to engage in the performing arts. Since completing her degree in Drama, Applied Theatre and Education, Mo has worked in a freelance capacity for a range of organisations including Unblurred Lines Theatre Project, Greenwich and Lewisham Young People’s Theatre and the Little Angel Theatre. She has a particular love of outdoor events and festivals and is keen to continue her work in this area.
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Marketing and Communications Assistant
Jessie has an MA in Shakespeare Studies from Shakespeare’s Globe, and a background working in dance, education and research, including Sadler’s Wells, Greenwich Dance, 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. She joined the FESTIVAL.ORG team in April 2019 to assist with all things Marketing and Communications for the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2019.
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