GDIF Festival Hub: Registrations now open! back to listing

Friday 21 – Sunday 23 June 2019
Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, London, SE10



The GDIF Festival HUB is a meeting point for everybody with a professional interest in outdoor arts: artists, producers, programmers, makers, companies, practitioners and everyone else… all are welcome.

Alongside a packed Festival programme of more than 25 outdoor arts productions, delegates get access to networking opportunities, performance previews, discussions, training and mentoring sessions, briefings and receptions. Hosted in a marquee in the grounds of Sir Christopher Wren’s Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, the GDIF Festival HUB is also somewhere to relax and chill out before and after the shows and to meet and make new professional connections.

As well as UK premières of large-scale shows from Transe Express (Cristal Palace) and Teatro dei Venti (Moby Dick), the weekend programme features premieres from the UK, France, Italy, Belgium, the Netherlands, Spain and Italy. The full line up will also showcase 8 new productions from Without Walls, the UK’s consortium of outdoor arts festivals and producers.

By signing up to the HUB you’ll have access to the following activities and delegate-only events over the opening three days of the GDIF programme and somewhere to relax and meet between shows.

The programme will include:

  • Preview Platforms – work-in-progress from Requardt and Rosenberg, Stalker Teatro, Bureau of Silly Ideas and Suba Subramaniam (Sadhana Dance) & Brian Hartley, offering the chance to see and discuss productions currently in development.
  • Nuts & Bolts – practical working sessions for artists, producers and companies working in Outdoor Arts.
  • Panel Discussions – conversations about Outdoor Arts and Activism, presented in association with Fuel as part of the Fly the Flag season, and the Arts Council England funded Global Streets programme, which brings international outdoor arts to 10 locations around the country.
  • OutdoorArtsUK Archive Recordings – a series of recorded interviews with figures from the Outdoor Arts sector, these conversations will form part of OutdoorArtsUK’s ongoing archive interview project, capturing a snapshot of the rich history of the sector.
  • Pitching Platforms – two sessions where artists share their latest ideas, productions or work-in-progress.
  • Funding and Practical one-to-ones – one-to-one finance surgeries with various funding representatives to address questions, offer guidance and discuss opportunities; HUB delegates will be able to sign up for these sessions from early June.
  • Tea & Toast – informal morning reflections on the previous day’s festival activities and HUB events, discussions on sector issues and (leisurely) networking.
  • The HUB Late – all paths lead back to the HUB bar on Saturday night, including an exclusive performance of Oh Europa by Action Hero for HUB delegates in the HUB garden
  • GDIF Newbie Tours – quick orientation tours that point out some local highlights and share the best ways to navigate the festival for those visiting GDIF for the first time.
  • Mela Exchange – designed for producers, programmers, artists and funders working primarily in the world of Mela, on Saturday OutdoorArtsUK, in association with the Mela Partnership, will explore opportunities for programming and collaboration, together with a guided tour around the Festival.


A draft schedule can be found here.

The final schedule and the opportunity to book for activities with limited capacities will be available from June.