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

Jobs & Opportunities

Engagement and Access Producer

FESTIVAL.ORG is looking for a dynamic Engagement and Access Producer to join our
team. You will lead a programme of exciting work with communities through free,
ambitious and ground-breaking outdoor performing arts.
The organisation is known for its commitment to cultural place-making and community
cohesion, developing and delivering participatory projects, and is a key agent for change in
terms of engaging with culturally diverse and D/deaf and disabled artists.
The Engagement and Access Producer will be responsible for three strands:

– Engagement and Participation activities across all FESTIVAL.ORG projects,
including project management, administration and coordination of engagement
activity and local relationship building. We have a strong engagement programme in
Woolwich (including our Global Streets programme), Bow and Thamesmead.
– Management and implementation of Access provision across the organization,
particularly at GDIF but also in respect of a specific project on behalf of Without
– Overseeing the volunteer programme for GDIF, including facilitation of safeguarding
training sessions for both volunteers and staff, and line management of relevant
freelance staff.

This is a full time, fixed term post for eight months January – August 2020, with
possible opportunity to extend.

Salary: £30,000 pro rata

Download the full job description here.

Download the equal opportunities form here.

Unpaid roles

Volunteer at GDIF

In the run up to Greenwich+Docklands International Festival 2020 we’ll be recruiting volunteers to help run the Festival. Want to be involved? Check out our volunteer opportunities page.

You’re an artist and would like to perform at one of our events:


Most of our conversations with artists evolve over a long period of time and there isn’t a formal application process for presenting your work at GDIF or being commissioned as part of the Festival. However, we collaborate with a variety of national partners on some projects which offer commissioning opportunities via open call, including:


Stomping Ground Commission for 2020

Stomping Ground is seeking proposals for a bold and original dance work made for outdoor spaces for presentation in either summer 2020 or 2021.

Stomping Ground is a commissioning group comprised of The Place, Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, DanceEast and DanceXchange.  We are interested in supporting compelling ideas that are visually striking and engage across a broad audience base.  The commission is built towards investing in artists interested in the development of ambitious, high-quality work, created for outdoor spaces that can grab the attention & imaginations of audiences.

We are offering a commission of £20,000 towards an outdoor dance work, that could be ready for presentation in Spring/Summer 2020 or 2021.

We’re looking for proposals which are:

  • Adaptable to their location, can be presented across a range of outdoor contexts and conceived with touring potential in mind
  • Specifically created for the outdoors (rather than work which has previously been made for indoor spaces);
  • Visually striking, and carefully consider ways to engage with audiences who might be a mix of committed attenders and passersby
  • Led by a diverse and experienced creative team, some of whom may have a track record in outdoor work

We’re interested in hearing from makers who:

  • Have an established practice and are able to demonstrate their ability to create work of high quality, with an established track record of successful touring – this may or may not have already involved working outdoors;
  • Are interested in how outdoor work can inspire diverse audiences from the broadest range of backgrounds;
  • Have experience and are committed to working with experienced collaborators as part of their creative team (e.g. music, design, theatre, circus) and/or other disciplines (e.g. architecture, town planning);
  • May not necessarily define themselves as ‘dance makers’ – we’re looking for performance with a strong and distinctive movement element, but we welcome applications from artists from other disciplines who will use movement and dance as a core part of their creation;
  • Are based in the UK.

We would encourage you to think about the development and fundraising time you will need for your project, and allow sufficient time for a rigorous and considered making process. We expect that the successful artist/team will need to raise additional funds in addition to the commission.

The partners may be able to offer additional producing support, depending on the needs of the project.  Stomping Ground have previously commissioned works by Robby Graham and Requardt & Rosenberg

The deadline for applications is Monday 21 October @ 10am, and interviews will be held in London or Birmingham on Monday 11 & Tuesday 12 November. Shortlisted applicants will be notified by Tuesday 5 November.  Please state in your application if you have a preference for interview in Birmingham or London.

To apply, please fill in the application form here. In addition to the questions in the form, we ask that you make your proposal via a short 3 minute film which clearly outlines your idea. We will be assessing your proposal on the strength of the idea, rather than the quality of the film, so please do not spend money on your film. A film from a smartphone is fine.

Without Walls

GDIF is a founder member of Without Walls, a consortium of the country’s leading outdoor arts and performance festivals dedicated to raising the profile of the UK outdoor arts sector on the international stage. Since 2007, Without Walls has commissioned and supported more than 100 new outdoor projects, and the consortium continues to offer annual commissioning opportunities.
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