Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) is London’s leading festival of outdoor theatre and performing arts. Events take place across Greenwich, East London and the City of London, including many events at the Old Royal Naval College.  

One of the festival highlights taking place in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College is Pasture with Cows. Produced by Flemish artists collective Captain Boomer, a large gilt picture frame will house grazing cows. Blurring the boundaries between art and reality, a giant painting will come to life as you take your seat on the frame, whilst a bucolic scene unfolds, with cows grazing against the backdrop of Wren’s riverside masterpiece. 

Pasture with Cows forms just one of the events of Greenwich Fair (21 June-23 June 2019), with a series of exciting events taking place across the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College and nearby locations in Greenwich Town Centre. Greenwich Fair is GDIF's family-friendly weekend packed full of incredible street theatre, dance, games, circus and art from across the UK and Europe. 

Full list of events taking place at the Old Royal Naval College:  

Pasture with Cows GDIF event

PASTURE WITH COWS
Captain Boomer Collective (Belgium)
Friday 21 June, 12pm – 8pm, Saturday 22 June, 12pm – 8pm, Sunday 23 June, 11am – 5pm
Lower Grand Square, Old Royal Naval College
Blurring the boundaries between art and reality, a giant painting comes to life as you take your seat on an oversized picture frame, whilst a bucolic scene unfolds with cows grazing against the backdrop of Wren’s riverside masterpiece. Previously seen at GDIF with their beached Sperm Whale and “Skagt” which took audiences to the centre of the earth, this Flemish collective of artists specialise in confounding expectations and encouraging us to look at the world anew.
Pasture with Cows is co-commissioned by Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Paris L'Été Festival and Zomer Van Antwerpen Festival.  

STACK CATS
Gandini Juggling (UK)
Saturday 22 June, 1.30pm, 4.15pm, Sunday 23 June, 12.30pm, 3pm, Monument Gardens, Old Royal Naval College 
This mash up of clowning, slapstick and dance laced with classical painting references, features world class juggling virtuosity. Last seen at GDIF with their surreal duet Gibbon, this première tackles contemporary issues in Gandini’s characteristically unconventional and ground-breaking style. 

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POLDERCOASTER
Babok (Netherlands)
Saturday 22 June, 1.45pm, 3.25pm, 6.45pm, 8.35pm, Sunday 23 June, 2.45pm, 5.30pm, 6.40pm, King Charles Lawns, Old Royal Naval College 
Strap in and get ready to ride the PolderCoaster! The first - and only - low-tech rollercoaster in the world is unlike anything in your average theme park. Featuring unexpected turns, tunnels, entertainment in the highest gear, expect an interactive test ride that involves the whole crowd. 

BUCK A BRENDA
Wild ‘n’ Beets (UK)
Saturday 22 June, 3.15pm, 8.15pm, Sunday 23 June, 2.05pm, 6.10pm, Monument Gardens, Old Royal Naval College
Experience a vintage game with a disability politics twist in this uproarious reinvention of Buckaroo. With a wardrobe of double denim outfits and hosted on cowboy-themed mobility scooters by Beryl and Cyril (Bingo Lingo, GDIF 2017), Buck A Brenda is set to become the summer’s hottest new game. 
Buck A Brenda is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Greenwich+Docklands International Festival and Hat Fair.

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FANTABULOSA!
Tickertape Parade (UK)
Saturday 22 June, 2.15pm, 4.40pm, Sunday 23 June, 12pm, 3.20pm, King Charles Lawns, Old Royal Naval College 
Step into a magical pop-up world of imagination where boundaries are forgotten and anyone can be whoever they want to be. Join some of the UK’s leading drag artists for this family-friendly show featuring storytelling, lipsync, dressing-up, games, songs and a lot of glitter. Age Range: 3-8 (but fabulous for adults too).
Fantabulosa! is supported by Without Walls and commissioned by Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, Hat Fair and Salisbury International Arts Festival. Originally commissioned by Birmingham Hippodrome and Appetite Stoke and supported using funding provided by the OffSite affiliate partners – Déda, Derby Féste, So Festival and Appetite Stoke. Supported using public funding from Arts Council England.

A Graceful Act of Stupidity
Candoco Dance Company (UK)
Saturday 22 June, 1pm, 6.15pm, 7.45pm, Sunday 23 June, 12pm, 4.40pm, Monument Gardens, Old Royal Naval College
Promising both laughter and tears, this beautiful new duet for Candoco from New Art Club’s Tom Roden draws on his experience as theatre-maker, comedian, choreographer and dancer. Playing with archetypes, this funny and impassioned performance will confound expectations and encourage you to question the way you see the world. 
Candoco Dance Company are supported using public funding from Arts Council England.

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i-PUPPETS
Close-Act (Netherlands)
Saturday 22 June and Sunday 23 June, roaming show, performed around the Old Royal Naval College and Cutty Sark Gardens
A trio of unusual optical creatures have landed and as they look down from above, they are curious to find out more about Greenwich. An intriguing interactive walkabout show which encourages you to reflect on seeing the world from a different perspective.

FRIENDS OF CRUSOE
Toc de Fusta (Catalonia)
Saturday 22 June, 1pm – 9pm, Sunday 23 June, 12pm – 7pm, Pepys Lawn, Old Royal Naval College
Test your mind and skill with these intriguing, mechanical puzzles, all beautifully handcrafted from wood. Suitable for children and adults alike, this Catalan company invites you to explore, enjoy and take time to play.  

L’ATELIER
Toc de Fusta (Catalonia)
Saturday 22 June, 1pm – 9pm, Sunday 23 June, 12pm – 7pm, Pepys Lawn, Old Royal Naval College 
These inventively designed games are housed in a very special workshop, featuring some of the most unlikely tools and machines you’ll ever see. Celebrating the joy of carpentry, now it’s time for you to take your turn and try your hand. For the curious of any age, although recommended for 7+ to fully enjoy the experience.

SAUT
Collectif Bigbinôme (France) 
Saturday 22 June, 1pm, 5.55pm, Sunday 23 June, 2pm 4.35pm, King Charles Lawns, Old Royal Naval College 
From cowboy to diva, from builder to bulldozer, from superhero to convict, everything is an excuse to play for these four young acrobats. In this virtuosic tour de force, they work together to deliver mayhem, hilarity and gasp-inducing stunts with the assistance of 50 rubber buckets.

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LIFE IS SHORT. BUY THAT DRESS
Directie & Co (Netherlands)
Saturday 22 June, 3.55pm, 7.45pm, Sunday 23 June, 1.15pm, 6pm, King Charles Lawns, Old Royal Naval College 
This thought provoking exploration of the 21st-century garment industry combines experimental dance theatre with an abundance of costume changes, all performed in a recycling dump of used clothing. Drowning in fabric, this insightful performance dissects fashion, globalism and consumerism.

PROSPERO
Stalker Teatro (Italy)
Saturday 22 June, 2.15pm, 4.55pm, Sunday 23 June, 1.10pm, 3.40pm, Monument Gardens, Old Royal Naval College
This evolving performance installation puts collaboration and community centre-stage. Following the success of their captivating “Steli” in 2017, which featured rainbow coloured “pick up” sticks, Teatro Stalker return with a new and magical playground. Dive in and this new artwork becomes an expression of what connects us, as you play your part in assembling this captivating large scale sculpture accompanied by live music.

FULL PROGRAMME 

For the full list of Greenwich Fair events taking place across the rest of Greenwich Town Centre, and full details of all GDIF events taking place across London please visit https://festival.org/gdif/whats-on/