The whole of Greenwich comes alive for the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival
, a nine day free festival of street performances, art and dancing in the streets. The festival offers a free and inclusive programme of world class theatre and dance, family entertainment, two extraordinary spectacles and a Greenwich Fair. The GDIF is especially good at putting on outdoor dance spectaculars, something the festival's Artistic Director, Bradley Hemmings, appointed Co-Artistic Director (along with Jenny Sealey of the London based Graeae Theatre Company) showed to a worldwide audience at the London 2012 Paralympic Opening Ceremony. The festival always opens with an epic outdoor spectacular and this year kicks off with MuarÃ©, which sees aerialists perform beautiful choreography while suspended above the audience. Further highlights this year include Safe House from the team behind last year's As The World Tipped; Global Streets, which takes place at the festival's newest venue the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park; and Arka, a Polish theatre spectacular.