Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) is coming to the Old Royal Naval College again this summer, and we are delighted to announce that this year we are working closer than ever with our talented, creative and vibrant partners.

For the first time ever, the Festival team are based on our iconic site, leading to an ever closer creative collaboration. The Old Royal Naval College prides itself on curating a bold and ambitious events programme, and our close relationship with GDIF is one of the ways we achieve this.

The Festival’s opening weekend features a spectacular high-wire walk by the UK’s only female high-wire walker in the majestic setting of the Old Royal Naval College’s Lower Grand Square on 22nd June. This is followed by Greenwich Fair, two family-friendly days full of entertaining street theatre, circus and dance in the beautiful historic setting of the Old Royal Naval College on the 23rd  and 24th June. Further events and activities are spread across the borough from 21st June until 7th July, celebrating the cultural vibrancy of Royal Greenwich.


Angela McConville, Chief Executive of the Old Royal Naval College, said: “Greenwich+Docklands International Festival is a brilliant, eclectic showcase of some of the best outdoor performance in London, and a lynchpin of our summer events programme here at the Old Royal Naval College. Their commitment to engaging local community and diverse audiences aligns perfectly with our ambitions for this wonderful place, and I am absolutely delighted to welcome them to join us on our site”.

Bradley Hemmings, Artistic Director and Chief Executive of GDIF, said: “We’re over the moon with our new offices at the Old Royal Naval College and are very grateful to Angela McConville and her team for making us so welcome. The Old Royal Naval College is a setting which holds fond memories for GDIF and with this year’s Festival just 5 weeks away, we’re excited to be staging events right on our doorstep!”

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival is London’s leading outdoor theatre and performing arts festival. GDIF 2018 will feature over 35 companies giving more than 200 performances with more than 100,000 people attending shows in a range of public spaces in Royal Greenwich and East London. It is the flagship annual event produced by FESTIVAL.ORG, one of the UK’s most ambitious and prolific outdoor arts organisations which also produces the Mayor of London’s Liberty Festival and manages the Global Streets network.