Gallions Park Picnic 2023

Dates and times

Saturday 8 July, 1pm – 5pm


Gallions Park,
Warepoint Drive,
London SE28 0HJ


FREE (booking not required)

Gallions Park Picnic. An illustration of Gallions Park

Join us for an afternoon of family friendly performances, workshops, games and community fun at the Gallions Park Picnic 2023!

Following the success of last year’s event, we are once again bringing you professional and community performances, interactive games, talks and workshops in the beautiful Thamesmead park.

This year’s exciting event is hosted by André Bright. The line-up includes:

13:00 FlavRcise Dance Fitness
Energetic Afrofusion dance

13:25 GD Collective
Greenwich Dance’s performance company

13:30 Costa Rica in the UK
A beautiful display of Costa Rican culture. Get ready to join in!

14:00 Baaj Institute for Music and Fine Arts
Exquisite Nepalese dancing.

14:10 Utopia Cheer
Energetic cheerleading involving stunts, gymnastics and dance

14:20 Beeja Dance
Joyful Bollywood dance

14:30 Norvil & Josephine – Top Hat
A dazzling, comedy magic act performed on a giant top hat!

15:00 Kiduku Rhythms workshop
High energy Afrobeat fusion with cool Swahili vibes

15:30 Costa Rica in the UK

16:00 Dynamix Dance
Thamesmead’s exciting school of dance for young people

16:10 Royal Greenwich Music Service
A performance by the music education service for schools

16:30 TARU Arts
Brazilian drumming, mask making and a grand finale parade for all to take part in!

17:00 Norvil & Josephine – Top Hat

Plus games, ice cream, face painting, stalls from, Bethany’s Beautiful Beads, Amabel Illustrations, West Thamesmead Church, children’s craft activities from West Thamesmead Residents Association, a nature trail with TLC Offerings, The Camouflage Cafe, Brighter Futures, calligraphy and printing from MEET Hong Kong, FREE bike tagging by the Metropolitan Police (normally charged at £25), a bar run by The Green Goddess pub and a raffle!

Don’t forget to pack a picnic!

The Gallions Park Picnic is part of Summer in the Park, a Greenwich Dance and Arts Trust Productions project which is supported by The National Lottery Community Fund, Royal Greenwich Festivals, Peabody and The Royal Parks.

Illustrations by Keith Hau

Picnic Inspiration

The Perfect Picnic - Y on the Lake. A delicious line up of wraps with humous and rocket

The Perfect Picnic – Y on the Lake

Festivals | 15 June 2023

The Perfect Picnic - Greenwich Cake Club. A table full of brightly coloured cakes

The Perfect Picnic – Greenwich Cake Club

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Yeti's Authentic Kitchen - A bowl of lovely looking food with a sprig of parsley on top

The Perfect Picnic – Yeti’s Authentic Kitchen

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Who's Who

Norvil and Josephine. Two performers take a tumble on top of a giant top hat

Norvil & Josephine

Christopher and Desireé first performed as Norvil & Josephine in 2006. The Top Hat Act is a new show they made in 2021. Both professionally-trained award-winning entertainers, they have produced their shows around the world. Norvil & Josephine have featured in commercials and on television. They have also performed on prestigious stages across the country from the Hackney Empire Theatre in London to City Varieties in Leeds and as far afield as The Magic Castle in Hollywood, The Wintergarten in Berlin.
Costa Rica in the UK. Three performers are dressed in traditional dress including white flowing skirts with colourful edging.

Costa Rica in the UK

We are Costa Rica in the UK, a cultural community group that celebrates our roots through dancing, music and food here in the UK. Growing up in Costa Rica, the unique dance and marimba sound passed down through generations is a big part of our heritage. Living in London, we missed dancing, so we formed our group to share our culture with others. We are very proud to perform at the Greenwich Festival – can’t wait to see you there!
Silyvesta. A man with black braided hair and dark skin. He has a small patch of black beard on his chin. He is waring a blue and white jumper and a silver chain


Silyvesta is Artistic Director of Kiduku Rhythms. He teaches their afro dance classes and workshops, creates original choreographies and dance programmes, and offers one-to-one dance training.

Silyvesta has over 12 years’ professional dance experience and has taught more than 1,000 clients of all ages and abilities across the world.

His lively personality engages children and young people of all ages and puts anyone new to dance quickly at ease. He is trained in Exercise to Music, Paediatric First Aid and Safeguarding and has an enhanced DBS certificate.

TARU Arts. A carnival procession with drums and home made hats


TARU Arts is an established non-profit art and education organisation committed to creating fun, exciting programmes and activities that encourage education and promote environmental awareness. Operating since 2003, we have worked with a wide variety of clients to provide children, young people, and community members with successful, highly enjoyable experiences designed to enrich their lives.

Based in Woolwich, we work with clients in the Royal Borough of Greenwich and throughout London, providing each with a personalised experience designed to suit their needs.

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