GDIF 2024 | London’s free, annual outdoor performing arts festival 23 August-8 September 2024

The FESTIVAL.ORG team

The team at FESTIVAL.ORG believe in sharing inspiring and exciting outdoor arts experiences for all, both in the UK and beyond. Together, we imagine and deliver Greenwich + Docklands International Festival annually, manage the nationwide Global Streets network and create one-off commissions and touring productions.

Meet the people who make up the FESTIVAL.ORG team.

Bradley Hemmings MBE

Artistic Director

Bradley founded Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) in 1996 and has directed the festival for the last 27 years, building the festival’s reputation for staging high quality outdoor productions, often at large scale, whilst prioritising access and participation by diverse audiences. Bradley is the Artistic and programming lead for GDIF.

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. He 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.

Ellie Harris

Executive Producer

Ellie leads on the delivery of the flagship Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, producing cultural events for FESTIVAL.ORG, and leading on environmental and sustainable practice across the organisation. Ellie joined the team in 2019, following her extensive work in the South West of the UK, programming and managing festivals and events with Green Man Festival, Strike A Light, Gloucester’s Rugby World Cup cultural programme, National Trust, Cheltenham Festivals and others. She independently produced theatre, puppetry, opera, dance and enabled artists to make and tour work. She is a trustee for Strike A Light in Gloucester. Ellie is particularly interested in the dialogue of how outdoor arts can respond to our world narrative and creatively adapt to changing circumstances we are faced with, leading and reimagining new ways of working, highlighting sustainability and accessibility, and producing ambitious and collaborative projects.

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Shaun Evelyn

Head of Communications and Audiences

Shaun joined FESTIVAL.ORG in 2022 after leading the international marketing campaign for the multi-award winning festival of arts The Walk with Little Amal, engaging millions in live audiences, in classrooms and on social media with Little Amal‘s 8,000km journey. Shaun collaborated with hundreds of leading cultural and humanitarian institutions in 8 countries, leading the “savvy social media campaign” (New York Times) and cultivating a “whole buzzing community” (Time Out) of allies, audiences and followers, helping to make Little Amal a global symbol of hope and human rights. Alongside the programme of over 150 events, Shaun also helped to launch the Amal Fund which has raised close to £1m for refugee charities in public donations, the Mountain-Leopard Press published book The Long Walk with Little Amal, the Alchemy Immersive iOS App Little Amal: The Interactive Journey and the Little Amal at COP26 programme.

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Felicity Paterson

General Manager

South Londoner Felicity Paterson joined the FESTIVAL.ORG team in 2024 to support the team in developing their business strategy, financial resilience. Prior to joining FESTIVAL.ORG she has worked as Senior Producer for organisations including international touring company Rhum + Clay and Omnibus Theatre, where she was part of the team of four that opened this fledgling arts centre to the public in 2013 and helped develop it into the award-winning theatre it is today. In 2022 she was awarded a Distinction in her MA in Arts Policy and Management at Birkbeck College, University of London where her research interests were cultural democracy, community engagement and inclusive models of artist development.

felicity (@) festival.org

Marie Faucher

Administrative and International Producer

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 ten years. Her love of physical theatre, dance, contemporary circus and community engagement projects has developed at organisations in France, Canada and the UK, including Young Musicians of the World, Lieux publics (national centre of creation for outdoor arts in Marseille), NoFit State Circus and Bristol Circus City. She joined FESTIVAL.ORG in January 2018, leading on Artist Liaison, scheduling, accommodation bookings, visa applications, … and reminding everyone to recycle in the office & on site!

marie (@) festival.org

Alison Holder

Associate Producer

Alison Holder is an Independent Producer who has worked in Theatre, Audio and Short Film. Alison has been Producer for Talawa Theatre Company, Creative Producer for The Mono Box, Associate Producer for Festival.org and Unlimited Theatre.  Previously an English Touring Theatre Forge Associate and Producing Coordinator at the Bush Theatre. Selected theatre, film and audio credits include: Mugabe My Dad & Me (ETT/Brixton House/Theatre Royal York); Black Victorians (Festival.org); Run it Back, The Tide (Talawa Theatre Company); PLAYSTART (The Mono Box); Future Bodies by RashDash/ unlimited theatre/ HOME and UK tour; Reset The Stage (The Mono Box); Tales from the Frontline (Talawa Theatre Company); A Visible Man by Edward Enninful and None of the Above by Travis Alabanza (Audible).

Kat Gill

Access Producer

Kat leads on the creative development and implementation of access provision across the organisation including the annual Greenwich + Docklands International Festival. Kat is proudly neurodivergent and champions Disability-led and co-created work.

Before joining FESTIVAL.ORG she was a founding co-director of BLINK Dance Theatre, where she devised and produced theatre productions with innovative approaches to access for audiences and artists. She has also developed and facilitated accessible participatory projects with St Margaret’s House, Speech Bubbles, Brixton House and the Young Vic. She’s taught Inclusive Arts Practice on the MA Applied Theatre courses at Goldsmiths, Central School of Speech and Drama and Lancaster University.

kat (@) festival.org

Kevin Wratten

Global Streets Producer

Kevin is a producer with a focus on creating high quality, innovative experiences across circus, dance and outdoor spectacles. Since 2013, Kevin has worked in socially engaged contexts and with professional artists at leading London venues and festivals including Sadler’s Wells, Jacksons Lane, the Roundhouse, Shubbak Festival and GDIF. In 2020, Kevin joined forces with another independent producer to create Split Second – a producing company collaborating with artists blurring the lines between circus, theatre and dance. Outside of FESTIVAL.org Kevin is currently producing outdoor and indoor productions with Hip Hop Circus company Simple Cypher and Olivier award-winning experiential theatre maker Kit Green.

kevin (@) festival.org

 

Ella Kennedy

Assistant Producer

Ella works alongside the producing team to deliver FESTIVAL.ORG’s flagship event Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. She is a producer, performance artist and stage manager who has also worked with SE19DanceProject, The Place and Pleasance Theatres. Before becoming Assistant Producer in 2023, she worked as GDIF’s Volunteer Coordinator. Ella runs East London Experimental Performance Cabaret, Things That Go Eeek, and creates performance art with her company collectivebreak.

ella (@) festival.org

Ben Bodsworth

Head of Technical

Ben embarked on his journey in the outdoor events industry in 2011, focusing on organising events for local authorities and charities. He has been working with FESTIVAL.ORG since 2019, production managing some of GDIF’s most large-scale and spectacular events along with other FESTIVAL.ORG projects and commissions. In his current role, Ben oversees all technical aspects of GDIF shows, leading on elements such as sound, lighting, and cranes (!). He also provides support to the team of Production Managers, ensuring a smooth process throughout pre-production and on-site delivery.

 

Matilda Wilde

UK Artist Liaison Manager

Matilda is a freelance Creative Producer and theatre-maker from South East London, who first joined the FESTIVAL.ORG team in 2023 as the Artist Liaison Coordinator. In 2022 they graduated with an MA in Creative Producing at Mountview, where their focus was on the ethics and roles of producers in subsidised theatre. Alongside this, they were selected for the Stage One’s ‘Bridge the Gap’ 2021-22 producers cohort. Matilda is also a workshop facilitator and regularly works with young people on creative projects.

matilda (@) festival.org

Anna Quiney

Volunteer Coordinator

Anna is a Producer and Project Manager with experience in increasing access to the arts through community focused organisations. Since graduating with a MA Dance Producing and Project Management degree from London Studio Centre, Anna has worked for a number of organisations including SLiDE, AVA Dance Company, AWA DANCE and Amici Dance Company. She is also a Trustee for BEEE Creative, a community dance organisation based in Hertfordshire.

volunteer(@)festival.org

Diana Whitehead

PR Consultant

Fourth Wall PR is a specialist Arts and Culture PR consultancy working across performing arts, festivals, exhibitions and events. Headed up by founder Diana Whitehead, a former journalist turned PR expert with a solid track record for garnering National and International coverage as well as connecting projects at a grassroots level and targeting under-represented communities. Diana has advised CEOs of FTSE listed companies, worked on top level strategy and managed large and small scale PR and marketing campaigns in-house and agency-side.

Freelancers

We’re extremely grateful to the hundreds of freelance staff who join our team each year. Their huge amount of behind-the-scenes work which takes place at our events make GDIF possible.

Our Board of Trustees

Geoffrey Pine (Chair)
Vicki Amedume
Carolina Correia
Cllr Gary Dillon
Paul Hanrahan
Josh Harsant
Fiona Hughes
Cllr Iqbal Hossain
Oliver Hughes
Rahee Nayar
Dr Maxine Room
Jenny Sealey
Dr Margaret Sheehy

Media enquiries and press releases

For PR enquiries please contact Diana Whitehead
[email protected]
079391491887
www.fourthwallpr.co.uk 

 

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