Greenwich+Docklands International Festival Gets Gold

Posted on 21.02.2018

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival Gets Gold

Luke Jerram's 'Muesum of the Moon' at the 2017 festival

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival (GDIF) has been awarded Gold, the highest level on our Charter of Best Practice, for their commitment to making the festival accessible for Deaf and disabled people.

Founded in 1996, GDIF is London's leading festival of free outdoor theatre and performing arts. They were awarded Silver following the 2016 festival, and built on this basis of accessibility to be awarded Gold after 2017’s festival. To achieve this they made significant changes to their planning and delivery including:

  • Making easy read material about the festival available online as a download from the access page.
  • Making processional performances accessible using visible signage and stewarding, and rehearsing processional events to ensure stewards and volunteers understood the most accessible route.
  • Providing BSL interpretation, captioning and audio description of performances.
  • Encouraging all artists and performers to look at the accessibility of their performances, and providing guidance and support to help them make adaptations.
  • Creating a new role of Access & Community Engagement Manager to ensure access is at the forefront of the festival going forward.

BSL Interpreter at the 2017 festival

Michelle Walker, Executive Director at FESTIVAL.ORG, said, “It’s brilliant to have been recognised by Attitude is Everything for the work we have done to make GDIF accessible for audiences. Access for audiences and artists has been a priority for us since the very beginning and we will continue to ensure that GDIF champions accessibility and inclusion in the outdoor arts sector in the years ahead. Alongside our ongoing support of D/deaf and disabled artists in developing and creating accessible performances, we’re delighted that our newly appointed Access & Community Engagement Manager will start work with us this spring, placing our commitment to accessibility at the heart of the organisation all year round.”

Suzanne Bull MBE, Chief Executive at Attitude is Everything, said, “We are delighted to award Gold, the highest level of achievement on our Charter of Best Practice, to Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. This is in recognition of a sustained and continuous commitment over the past three years to create an inclusive festival. Their diverse programme of international street arts is accessible to all; we want to particularly highlight the implementation of creative provision, such as audio description and BSL (British Sign Language) and providing resources that enable artists to make their work accessible. It is wonderful to have them on board.”