The Royal Greenwich Festivals

Top quality cultural events in Royal Greenwich

Royal Greenwich Festivals logo with the Royal Borough of Greenwich logoThe Royal Borough is recognised as a place rich in culture, arts and entertainment and the array of events on offer as part of The Royal Greenwich Festivals provides opportunities for local residents to participate in the cultural energy and vibrancy of Royal Greenwich.

Here's a quick summary of what's coming up for The Royal Greenwich Festivals 2015:

Greenwich Dances: Friday 22 to Saturday 30 May

Greenwich Dances 2015 celebrates seeing dance differently; inside and outside; local people dancing alongside world-class artists.

This year's festival will also launch The Greenwich Movement, a supporters' scheme that offers an invitation to champion dance and support Greenwich Dance's programme here and internationally. 

More information will be available soon on the Greenwich Dance website

Greenwich Book Festival: Friday 21 to Monday 24 May 2015

The first Greenwich Book Festival takes its theme of discovery from the sense of adventure and exploration steeped in this beautiful historic location, celebrating the rich cultural heritage of Royal Greenwich. 

For more information, listings and tickets, go to the Greenwich Book Festival website

Greenwich Children's Theatre Festival: Saturday 23 to Sunday 31 May 2015

Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre and Greenwich Theatre have once again joined forces to create an action-packed children's theatre festival.  

The festival will feature not only some of the UK's finest children's shows but a taste of international excellence and a range of activities for children, families and young adults to get involved in. 

It will start with the Big Workshop Day: a day full of free family friendly workshops from parkour to magic or puppetry to costume making, taking place at various venues across Greenwich. Following this, there is a week of great theatre and arts shows not only at Greenwich Theatre and The Tramshed, Woolwich but in various outside locations too. 

More information available soon on the Greenwich Theatre website and the Greenwich and Lewisham Young People's Theatre website.

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival: Friday 26 June to Saturday 4 July 2015 

Greenwich and Docklands International Festival offers the ultimate festival experience with 10 days of perception-changing outdoor performing arts.

Streets, parks and public spaces across Royal Greenwich will be transformed with a sensory overload of colour and extraordinary staging. Expect an opening-night chorus of vibrantly costumed actors, an epic evocation of the life and work of Frida Kahlo, an incendiary and timely exploration of the power of books and a celebratory finale inspired by the Indian festival of Holi.

Find out more about this event on the Greenwich and Docklands International Festival website

Greenwich Music Festival: June 2015 to March 2016 

The Greenwich Music Festival programme provides opportunities for local professionals and budding musicians to perform in town centres and open spaces across the borough. The festival will include music from a range of cultures and genres including folk, classical and world music on bandstands in Greenwich, Eltham and Woolwich.

These free events will provide residents and visitors with the chance to experience live outdoor music.

Events planned so far: 

  • 5 June 2015: World Music Day at General Gordon Square, Woolwich
  • 11 July 2015: Folk Fest at Passey Place, Eltham
  • 1 August 2015: Classical to contemporary event at Cutty Sark Gardens, Greenwich 

From Greenwich with Love - Greenwich Film Festival: Friday 19 June to Sunday 21 July 2015

From Greenwich with Love is an exciting new film festival bringing innovative and independent UK and international cinema to Royal Greenwich. 

Reflecting our status as one of the UK's leading filming locations, the weekend festival will showcase new films by up-and-coming directors along with films that are due to be released this year in independent cinemas. Offering something for all the family, the films will be shown across the borough from Thamesmead to Greenwich and Woolwich to Eltham, on the Big Screen in Woolwich, in local cinemas and in a vintage mobile cinema.

More information on the film festival will be available here soon.

Greenwich World Cultural Festival: Sunday 12 July 2015

Greenwich World Cultural Festival returns to Eltham Palace and Gardens for its seventh year with a stunning afternoon of free dance, theatre, music and circus from around the world produced and presented by Greenwich Dance in collaboration with English Heritage.

More information will be available here soon. 

Parksfest: Sunday 31 May to Sunday 26 July 2015

A free family festival in local parks for all the community. Watch local artists performing music, dance and theatre. Organised by the Friends of Parks groups, this year's events will feature wonderful activities for all the family.

More information will be available soon on the Parksfest website

Tall Ships Festival: Wednesday 26 to Monday 31 August 2015 

Over six days, 12 Tall Ships will be running paid cruises up and down the Thames from Royal Arsenal Woolwich. Join in the free family fun during the Tall Ships Festival event on Saturday 29 August between 12noon and 10pm.

Find out more about Tall Ships 2015