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RAD lights up for closing ceremony of the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival

The Royal Albert Dock was transformed at the weekend into a glittering outdoor ballroom, complete with a giant chandelier where the candles are human dancers – the first of its kind in the world – as part of the closing ceremony of the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival.

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The Cristal Palace ceremony, which took place on Saturday, 6th July, saw thousands of spectators gather at the waterfront community for a night of festivities, including dance troupes, acrobatic performers, and musicians for a colourful display before it concluded with a massive firework show over the River Thames.

London-based Mass Movement Director Jeanefer Jean-Charles collaborated with Transe Express to create a special segment showcasing seven local dance groups, B40 Youth Dance Company, Lotus Youth Dance, Dynamix Youth Dance, Caribbean Social Forum, Skills & Care Greenwich and Voice of Mauritius, with new and sampled music from DJ Walde.

Founded in 1996, the Greenwich + Docklands International Festival is London’s leading festival of free outdoor theatre and performing arts, and this year included more than 130 shows from 43 companies, and attracted over 60,000 attendees.

The Royal Albert Dock is London’s newest international business district, master planned by world-famous Farrells Architects to create a waterfront community with a vibrant high street, shops and other amenities, and a central part of London’s newest and most exciting destination, the Royal Docks.

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