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  • LIFT is London’s international biennial festival of theatre. 

    LIFT stands for radical empowerment and inclusion. We promote the power and urgency of international perspectives, understanding that difference makes us stronger. LIFT is where artists and audiences meet for necessary conversations and essential cultural experiences. The theatre we offer audiences is compelling, meaningful, provocative, excellent, topical, singular. We advance contemporary thought, introduce new forms and ideas and offer new ways of experiencing art. 

    Every two years, LIFT presents a festival full of daring and relevant culture, international perspectives, and unforgettable theatre. Whether it’s a much-loved venue, iconic landmark or unsung corner of London, LIFT gathers Londoners around incredible art. We want our audiences to feel more London and more global every time they encounter LIFT. 

    LIFT creates contexts where artists make transformative culture happen, as a commissioner, presenter, and connector. LIFT is the essential link between leading international artists and London and the UK. 

    We connect British makers abroad. We offer valuable support that gives UK artists working abroad momentum and connections; the partnerships we create advance artists and their projects. Our reach and impact are local, national, and international, we co-commission and tour projects with an array of UK and global partners. 

    We engage and create communities around ideas and projects connecting leading artists to locals and together we make incredible art happen – our place-based work is as important to LIFT as our biennial festival. We celebrate London as a place where the local and international meet. 

    A charity limited by guarantee and based in Toynbee Studios in East London. LIFT is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation. 

    LIFT HAS DONE MORE TO INFLUENCE THE GROWTH AND ADVENTURE OF ENGLISH THEATRE THAN ANY OTHER ORGANISATION.

    Mark Rylance

    Journey through LIFT's 2020 lockdown London