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