Every day at Smithfield we’ll see a different local festival take centre stage, presenting the best DJs, live performances and dance moments to bring the party to the Games! Our iconic Beacon Stage, a dazzling three-sided screen and stage structure, will host a mix of new digital commissions from across the region, a live feed of performances taking place across the site, and live coverage of the sporting action taking place from across the Games.
Each day at 2:15pm, Pride House will host interviews on our Beacon Stage with queer athletes participating across the Games. Whilst just scratching the surface on their experience, we want to offer a visible platform to celebrate the athletes and the work Pride House are doing during the Games.
Take time to explore our Spaghetti Junction inspired brand new inflatable art installation, watch live sports from across the games on our big screen, play table tennis against a robot, stumble on circus performances and watch a host of brand new films, music videos and digital commissions screening throughout the day, including a fantastic new digital visual spectacular every day at 6pm.
We’re also playing host to daily performances from acclaimed dance-circus ensemble Motionhouse, who will be bringing back the unique and spectacular globe from our Festival opening show, Wondrous Stories. Plus look out for a living green space within the heart of Smithfield, created by the National Trust and featuring more than 70 young trees, colourful benches and hammocks, the installation provides somewhere visitors can connect with the natural world, relax and play in between the Games’ high-energy events.
See our day-by-day listings below for a full breakdown!
Smithfield has step free access, excellent public transport links and offers temporary accessible facilities such as a Changing Places toilet. Hearing loops are available from the information point onsite. This is an outdoor venue with limited cover.
Smithfield will likely be quite busy over the Festival Sites period. We envisage evenings and weekends to be especially busy, with slightly quieter afternoons, but as events are free-to-access we cannot provide exact information about audience numbers. Our programme also involves amplified sound (music and speech).