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    LIFT explodes across the city every two years in June.

    Since 1981 LIFT has been pioneering new forms of theatre, presenting spectacular performances and moments of magic in every corner of the capital. A year-round programme culminates in the world-renowned biennial festival that transforms the city into a stage.

    Led by Mark Ball (LIFT Artistic Director 2009 – 2017), LIFT 2016 took place from 1 June to 2 July and was our most ambitious festival yet, with work happening everywhere from the Barbican and Sadler’s Wells to and East End graveyard and historic Music Hall. Our next festival will take place across London in June 2018 and will be led by Guest Artistic Director, David Binder.


    Mark Rylance


    LIFT platforms an astonishing diversity of work that engages with the big ideas of our times in eye-opening, witty and entertaining ways. LIFT is young at heart and curious of mind: we exist to challenge, provoke and invigorate, and most importantly to be bold, to experiment and to learn. We are ambitious and we want to do more.

    Your support is vital in making our work happen. As an individual or business there are many ways you can show your support to LIFT. From giving a little extra at the checkout to becoming a Founder supporter of LIFT, we welcome any support you can give.

    Over the decades LIFT has perfected the art of Festival supporting and enabling artists from all over the world to produce their best work in this country.

    Vikki Heywood CBE - Chairman, RSA


    LIFT works in partnership on projects with a range of local, national and international organisations to build stronger relationships with artists and the cultural sector to broaden our ambition.

    LIFT is proud to collaborate with partners across four European projects supported by the Creative Europe Programme and the Culture Programme of the European Union. This enables us to support artists, reach a wider and more diverse audience and create new work and initiatives.

    House on Fire

    Imagine 2020 (2.0)

    Urban Heat

    Be SpectACTive!


    Volunteer at LIFT 2018

    LIFT simply couldn’t happen without our team of incredible volunteers that support the festival.

    People from all walks of life, for all sorts of reasons, generously bring their skill, passion and knowledge to help make our dynamic festival for London happen, each playing a vital part across a wide range of roles at the heart of LIFT. You can give as much or as little time as you’d like with opportunities from May right through to the end of the festival in July, and everyone is welcome, no specific experience is required.

    See a different side of the festival, make friends, use and develop your skills in a creative context, try something new and experience the arts up close – from 1,500 LED-lit pigeons soaring over the River Thames, to a theatrical haunted house in the heart of King’s Cross.

    There are two different volunteer teams you can be a part of: Event Host Volunteer and Company Host Volunteer.

    For more information and to apply, click here.

    LIFT 2018 Placements

    We’re looking for three placements to join during our 2018 festival in the following roles: Audiences and Evaluation, Marketing and Digital and Technical.

    For more information and to apply, click here.