Acts announced for Greenwich festival
PUBLISHED: 09:52 10 June 2011
Music, film, comedy and a pop-up cinema look set to bring summertime fun to scenic outdoor and historical venues.
Kicking off The Greenwich Festival season is the free Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, running from June 24 to July 2.
The festival, which uses architecture as its backdrop, this year features the free, three-day Greenwich Fair between June 24 and 26.
Designed to be a 21st century version of the popular 19th century event, this mini “festival within a festival” takes place across Greenwich Town Centre with a Punch and Judy show, outdoor aquarium and circus.
Greenwich Dances, part of Greenwich + Docklands International Festival, is a 10-day free dance festival, from June 24 to July 3, that will showcase a host of styles.
The festival is in streets and parks in Greenwich with workshops, dance film screenings and shows to get 4,000 people watching or participating in dance events.
Greenwich Summer Sessions is an open-air music festival from July 26-31. It is set in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College and headline acts include Mark Ronson, Squeeze, The Pogues and Neil Hannon, from the Divine Comedy.
The Nomad Cinema Series of pop-up cinemas stops in Greenwich throughout the summer. From July 8-10, Meantime Brewing Co with The Nomad presents outdoor film screenings in the grounds of the Old Royal Naval College. Based on the theme of time, the films will be Memento, Time Bandits and Groundhog Day.
On August 7 and 8, and September 24, Nomad is in Greenwich Park to show 2001: A Space Odyssey, Wall-E and Back to the Future.
Greenwich Comedy Festival returns in September and from June to September the British Music Experience at the O2 Arena, exhibits previously unseen images of bands like The Rolling Stones and The Who as part of its Jazz, Blues and Beyond: The Birth of the British Music Festival exhibition, chronicling the Richmond/Windsor National Jazz and Blues Festivals 1964-1967.
The BME bus, which takes a slice of the museum on the road, will be at the Old Royal Naval College for Greenwich Summer Sessions.
n For more information, go to www.visitgreenwich.org.uk.