GDIF to open with climate crisis event featuring Glenda Jackson

Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, which opens on Friday 27 August has announced that it will open with an evening of evening of performances, talks and installations addressing the climate emergency. 

Scheduled to take place in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College in Greenwich, the evening features guests including Glenda Jackson, Lemn Sissay OBE, Dr. Helen Czerski and Kiran Landa.

Bradley Hemmings, Artistic Director of GDIF,  has described the event as "a powerful creative challenge to all of us to reflect on our responsibilities for engaging in climate change."

We Are Watching at Greenwich+Docklands International Festival. Photo: Jasmine Caye

The ceremony is set against Swiss artist Dan Acher’s evocative installation We Are Watching, a ten-storey high flag featuring a giant eye comprised of thousands of self-portraits, and the evening’s line-up features Glenda Jackson reading former Young Poet Laureate for London Selina Nwulu’s powerful poem We Have Everything We Need and an extract from April De Angelis’ play Extinct performed by Kiran Landa.

The event is free to attend and will begin at 6pm.

The full programme for Greenwich+Docklands International Festival, includes  site responsive production of Dennis Potter’s Blue Remembered Hills and Family Tree by Mojisola Adebayo, a co-production between ATC and the Young Vic.

For more information on the opening event and the full schedule for We Are Watching visit the Festival website.

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