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Greenwich and Docklands International Festival guide

Get the most out of the free London spectacular, the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2017, with our guide to its best events and shows

Between June 23 and July 8 2017 Greenwich and its surrounding area will be flooded with colourful performances as part of London's biggest celebration of outdoor theatre, Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. Most events are free, so pick one you like the sound of from our festival listings below or just head down there to see what you can find –  and if you prefer your theatre performances with a roof over your head, check out latest London theatre reviews or our top ten new theatre shows for some more inspiration this summer. 

GDIF 2017 event highlights

Sense of Unity

Take the whole family outdoors for this magical free show. Giant light-up puppets from Germany will tell a story of togetherness and friendship with a storming drum soundtrack from Worldbeaters. Accompanied by their West African-inspired rhythms, Dundu's 'Sense of Unity' takes the form of a procession down Bow's Roman Road. 

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Roman Road , Bow Saturday July 1 2017

BELONGING(s)

Take a tilted trip round the streets of Thamesmead with this promenade dance show. Created for Tilted Theatre by Maresa von Stockert in collaboration with eight performers, it'll make inventive use of outdoor locations, and include surprising vignettes and installation made by the local community.

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Deal Court carpark , London Thursday July 6 2017 - Saturday July 8 2017

5 Soldiers

This dance piece will be performed in the appropriately military setting of a bombed out church, opposite Woolwich Barracks. '5 Soldiers' is Rosie Kay's exploration of the impact of warfare on the body, based on a period of research Kay undertook out on training manouevres with 4th Battalion The Rifles. It's a hard-hitting work that sees the physical realities of conflict from the point of view of five soldiers – the boredom, the endurance, the exhaustion and the adrenaline. '5 Soldiers' is being performed in a special outdoor version as part of Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2017.  

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St George's Garrison Church , Woolwich Friday July 7 2017 - Saturday July 8 2017
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The Colour of Light

Giant wheels of colour will fill the streets of Woolwich in this kaleidoscopic closing parade for Greenwich and Docklands International Festival. It's the creation of French outdoor theatre masters Compagnie Off, who'll set their technicolour celebration of inclusiveness to an eclectic, Indian-influenced soundtrack by composer Shri Sriram.

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Greenwich Heritage Centre , Shooters Hill Saturday July 8 2017

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