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Greenwich+Docklands International Festival
GDIF to go ahead in 2020: new dates announced in response to Covid-19
Festival.org, the organisation behind the annual Greenwich+Docklands International Festival today announces new dates for this year’s 25th edition of the Festival, in response to Covid-19. Based on latest government advice, discussions with local authorities, partners, funders and artists the Festival is currently being rescheduled to take place from Friday 28 August – Saturday 12 September.
Artistic Director, Bradley Hemmings today said, “The welfare of artists, staff, and audiences at GDIF is paramount. With current projections that the peak of the Covid-19 epidemic in the UK is likely to coincide with the intense participation and rehearsal period in the lead up to our traditional June dates, we’ve taken the difficult decision to move this year’s Festival to the end of the summer. At a time when social distancing is keeping us safe, we want our audiences to know that we’re planning towards a time when we can once again be together and share the very best of free outdoor theatre and performing arts. I’m very grateful to our funders and supporters who continue to commit their support to the Festival in these difficult times”.
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Without Walls is monitoring the situation regarding the national and international spread of Coronavirus and the impact this will have on the artists, festivals and other partners with whom we work.
While we remain committed to supporting the development and touring of projects for presentation in 2020, coronavirus will present a variety of risks to the financial and practical viability of some of these projects, and their presentation at Without Walls festivals throughout 2020.
Many of those we work with are small companies, independent artists and freelancers, and are therefore vulnerable in this situation, which threatens the sustainability of the outdoor arts sector. We are liaising with all our festival partners and supported artists to plan for how we can offer help, revising plans where necessary. Without Walls will honour all the commission agreements made, even if the events are cancelled or project plans are disrupted, and we are working with our festival partners on strategies to address the loss of earnings in performance fees that our supported artists would face if Without Walls festivals are cancelled.
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