The Greenwich and Docklands International Festival is set to return this summer after organisers have completely reimagined the 2020 event to make it safe for audiences and artists during the Covid-19 pandemic.
GDIF 2020, now starting at the end of August, will include outdoor art installations, including some celebrating the NHS, which audiences can visit at staggered times to ensure socially distancing is followed.
Circus and street-theatre will also take place on people’s doorsteps as part of the new strategy, with performances in Greenwich, Woolwich, Thamesmead, North Woolwich and Eltham.
This year’s festival, the 25th iteration, will aim to celebrate local places and togetherness after a summer of isolation.
The yearly free event is one of London’s biggest outdoor arts festivals, usually taking place at the end of June across south east London in a colourful, nine-day celebration.
Artistic director Hemmings said today that he believes that outdoor arts can “potentially offer audiences a bridge to a new and socially-distanced world of live performance” as we emerge from difficult times.
“In reimagining our plans, our primary concern has of course been the welfare of artists and audiences…”
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