Free festival in open air for docklands

By Giles Broadbent on June 12, 2008 12:40 PM |

By Raksha Malde-Kara What do football, tango and French theatre have in common? Well, Wharfers will be able to see them for free, all set against the background of a towering cityscape during the Greenwich and Docklands festival next week.

The free four-day event heralds the start of that precious time of year when the weather allows outdoor entertainment to become a viable option.

Its organisers are keen to attract those normally cooped up in offices or stuck at home with a mixture of lunchtime and evening events.

This year’s festival has an Olympic theme, and aims to connect sport and theatre with some 70 performances across east London from June 19 to 22.

Now in it’s 12th year, the festival is expected to draw around 40,000 people to Canary Wharf, Greenwich, Woolwich, Bow and Three Mills over the four days.

UK artists will perform alongside major international companies to bring theatre, comedy, dance, music, fireworks and pop music to Docklands. As well as the numerous scheduled performances, three events will run throughout the four days.

Chinese landscape painter Huang Yan, famous for painting traditional eastern landscapes onto the human body, will produce a 16sq m work at the O2.

Bend It is a production blending football, dance an music. It will be performed at Canary Wharf on all four days, by Srishti South Asian dance company.

Greenwich Bites is a programme of performances, each lasting less than an hour, which will take place at famous landmarks in Greenwich over the four days.