May 2012

Greenwich and Docklands Fabulous Festival of Outdoor Performance is right on the doorstep!

There is no need to travel far to be part of Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), London’s largest and most ambitious annual festival of free outdoor arts and spectacle – it’s right here. This year GDIF breaks new ground with visual storytelling on an epic scale, pioneering text-based theatre on the street and site-specific outdoor dance set against the backdrop of pre-Olympic London.

The Royal Borough of Greenwich will also host the World Premiere of Crow, a powerful new dance theatre production from Handspring Puppet Company UK, renowned for the puppetry in the National Theatre production of War Horse, as they breathe new life into Ted Hughes’ celebrated Crow poems. This is particularly special as it is both GDIF’s first indoor show, and because it will be seen at the stunning Bourough Hall at Greenwich Dance, bringing this fantastic venue right into the heart of the Festival. Co-commissioned by the Royal Borough of Greenwich and London 2012 Festival, Crow promises to be one of London’s hottest tickets this summer. Information on how to book at

Local participation is a key aim of this year’s Festival with opportunities to get involved like never before! Prometheus Awakes, a spectacular production, at the Royal Museums Greenwich (National Maritime Museum) on 22 June, which is being created by Britain’s leading disabled theatre company Graeae and Catalan masters of spectacular staging, La Fura dels Baus and features local volunteer performers 20 metres in the air. Local volunteers will also play a key role in hosting visitors to the two day Greenwich Fair, which features a host of free outdoor arts performances as well as an opportunity to learn about the history of the original and notorious 19th Century Greenwich Fair through the brand new Greenwich Fair Voices programme.

Greenwich Fair Voices will recruit 30 specially trained volunteers who will be briefed by local historians and experts in all facets of Dickensian Greenwich from food to architecture, and will hand out gadgets popular during the 19th Century such as false noses and scratchers (which tricked tightly corseted Victorian visitors into thinking that their garments had split!). Historic maps and information boards at the Festival will also draw attention to Greenwich’s heritage as a festive destination.

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