Greenwich and Docklands International Festival

Theatre, Circuses Free
'La Parade Amoreuses' at GDIF 2018
'La Parade Amoreuses' at GDIF 2018

London theatre's free outdoor summer blowout is back

If you're looking for free outdoor fun for all this summer, you'd do well to head down to Greenwich. The borough hosts the annual Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2018 (GDIF) which brings together a brilliantly diverse line-up of companies from all over the world. From June 22 to Jun 30, this nine day festival hosts everything from high wire spectacles to quirky games to outdoor theatre shows, hosted by venues scattered all around Greenwich, Docklands and further afield.

This year's festival will kick off with 'Fly by Night', where over a thousand pigeons will take to the Greenwich skies, with tiny lights attached to their bodies. The line-up's festival-within-a-festival is Greenwich Fair (June 23-24), with loads of quirky interactive performances including acrobatic art show 'Plock'. Disabled veterans will commemorate the area's military history, as well as the WWI centenary, with 'This Is Not For You', masterminded by theatre hotshots Graeae. And the fun wraps up with 'La Parade Amoreuse', a street circus spectacle that'll fill an East London street with giant glowing stags.

RECOMMENDED: Our full guide to the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival


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