Greenwich & Docklands International Festival (GDIF) is recognised as one of the UK’s most ambitious outdoor theatre festivals, attracting audiences in excess of 100,000 each year. The Festival has an established track record of artistic excellence and has been a national exemplar for its commitment to diversity, particularly through its work with Deaf and disabled artists and culturally diverse artists. Taking place in late June each year, GDIF engages with diverse audiences, including those that are difficult to reach, drawn from across London and further afield, but particularly from Royal Greenwich, Tower Hamlets, Lewisham and Newham.
For 3 years, National Lottery funding has paid for various productions and educational programmes held by the festival. This included: cultural workshops in Newham schools and at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, support for the training and participation of disabled ex-servicemen in aerial production ‘The Limbless Knight’, a research project into the history of 19th century Greenwich fair, and the production of "Prometheus Awakes" - the largest ever outdoor arts festival performance led by disabled artists.
In the last 5 years total audiences for Greenwich & Docklands International Festival have almost doubled from 64,000 in 2010 to 110,000 in 2014. The project offers free access to spectacular performances in public spaces to audiences in areas of deprivation and low engagement in the arts, making art accessible to all.