Colourful, imaginative, entertaining – the annual Greenwich & Docklands International Festival is back, and even better than before!
Held across a variety of locations throughout Greenwich and East London, the Festival has made a name for itself as THE place to go if you want to see unusual, disruptive performing arts in the open air. It takes place between 21 June and 7 July, and is guaranteed to attract huge crowds.
The action kicks off with the UK premiere of Duke Riley’s epic outdoor event in which specially trained pigeons swoop, glide and twirl through the air. Each pigeon has tiny LEDs attached to their bodies, making the scene spectacular as darkness falls. The whole performance is designed as a homage to the messenger pigeons who played such a key role in WW1.
Everyday there is something different to see and do. From amazing tightrope acts high above the Old Greenwich Naval College, to fire sculptures, massive puppets roaming the streets to dancing and theatre shows. Some performances such as that of Boudicca roam the streets and expect lots of audience participation, while others offer intriguing interactive street games. So, if you are coming to London and planning to stay for some time, holiday apartments London might be a great choice for you.
One of the most fascinating performances is the Unusual Herd looking for grazing around the Cutty Sark Gardens. Created from items left to rust in the scrap yard, they have been given new life as they slowly move along, clanking and cogs constantly turning led by a shepherd whom, they may or may not decide to follow!
RoboPole has to be seen to be believed, as it is incredibly dramatic involving a performer hanging off a rotating, moving robotic pole many feet above the ground. Equally breathtaking is Motosikai involving a group of daredevil Finnish performers. They emerge from the depths of an ordinary transit fan, and perform increasingly absurd and silly tricks, while pushing themselves to their physical limits.
Definitely not to be missed is La Parade Amoureuse, which is eye-catching and visually stunning while a resident at any of the Marylebone serviced apartments. It involves a beautiful herd of illuminated deer puppets who make their way through the streets telling a story of love and kindness.
And if you have some time left over while in Greenwich, there are some fascinating shops to explore as well as a fantastic park, and an architectural landscape that is perfect for photo opportunities. It makes a wonderful day out.
Want to find out more? Take a look at www.festival.org/gdif-2018/whats-on for full information as to times and locations.
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