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Rich in culture, arts and entertainment, the Royal Greenwich Festivals running through the summer months will amaze and enthral - with something for everyone...






Kicking off with Parkfest: a festival of open-air entertainment in Greenwich’s parks, pleasaunces and commons, it encourages residents to watch live music, dance and theatre performances by local artists and groups. Parksfest is planned, organised and delivered by the Friends of Parks groups. Sun 4 Jun – Sun 30 Jul.


The main event is the Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF), London’s leading festival of free outdoor performing arts (theatre, dance, and street arts), an annual 9/10-day celebration of extraordinary outdoor events. 


GDIF has been growing every year and in 2016, the Festival featured over a hundred performances by dozens of national and international companies, with more than 100,000 people attending the outdoor shows in south and east London.


This year’s opening night production on Friday 23 June will be FierS à Cheval from French street theatre ensemble Compagnie des Quidams. Under the gaze of the Cutty Sark’s famous figurehead, with outstretched hand clasping a horse’s tail, an equine spectacular will unfold, featuring nine, luminous, 3.5m high inflatable horses.


Marking 160 years since it was banned for its uproarious disruption of Victorian Greenwich, GDIF’s annual reinvention of the historic Greenwich Fair returns from Friday 23 June – 


Sunday 25 June, with more than 30 productions taking over the outdoor spaces of Maritime Greenwich. This year, the fair also celebrates the 20th anniversary of the inscription of Maritime Greenwich on the UNESCO World Heritage List.Performances and installations will be located for the first time at the top of Greenwich Park Hill with its panoramic views of the capital. 


On 1 July, the outdoor spaces of Canary Wharf will be taken over by Dancing City, a day of international dance performances including artists from South Korea, the Netherlands, Spain and France. 


On the same evening, a new street arts spectacular entitled Sense of Unity will see a procession of illuminated drummers and giant puppets along Roman Road. From 6 –8 July, All Roads Lead to Woolwich will feature theatre, dance and music from groups such as Avant Garde Dance Company, Rosie Kay Dance Company and Arensky Chamber Orchestra in unusual locations across Woolwich. The Festival will also present promenade performances of BELONGING(s) by Tilted Productions in Thamesmead, from 6 – 8 July.


Several specially commissioned productions include a new outdoor version of Arthur Miller’s tragic masterpiece, A View from The Bridge from the-Flanders based theatre collective De Roovers, presented in a dramatic Thameside location; Museum of the Moon, acclaimed artist Luke Jerram’s 7-metre diameter illuminated moon sculpture, located at the Old Royal Observatory Garden in Greenwich Park; Rear View, a journey with performance poetry presented on a specially adapted double-decker bus; and The Colour of Light, this year’s festival finale from legendary French street theatre group Compagnie Off and leading UK South Asian composer Shri Sriram, taking place in Woolwich.


GDIF’s Artistic Director Bradley Hemmings said: “Even for a Festival that has always prided itself on breaking new ground, this year’s programme offers something different.”  

Fri 23 Jun – Sat 8 Jul.









Just overlapping with the GDIF is the return of Greenwich Music Time, for its fourth year. Expect the legendary Motown super group The Jacksons (who are celebrating their milestone 50th anniversary with a world tour), US R&B giant Alexander O’Neal, UK’s own Little Mix, Cliff Richard, and Michael Ball & Alfie Boe on the line-up for the week-long concert series, which takes place at the World Heritage-listed, 5000-capacity Old Royal Naval College from June 30th – July 7th.


Looking forward to September and the multi-genre music festival, OnBlackheath is back. Family-friendly and packed with rock, pop, indie and electronic stars, the festival offers something for everyone. Sat and Sun 9-10 September.


Hotly followed by the unmissable Greenwich Comedy Festival in the grounds of the National Maritime Museum. Wed 13 - Sun 17 September.






FierS a Cheval by Compagnie des Quidams (c) Marc Van Canneyt





Museum of the Moon by Luke Jerram





FierS a Cheval by Compagnie des Quidams (c) Marc Van Canneyt





Travis at OnBalackheath in September





Little Mix at Greenwich Music Time this summer