About

LIFT, London’s biennial international festival of theatre, brings joyful, daring and unforgettable theatre from around the world to London, using the whole of the city as our stage. 

Every two years, we present a festival full of bold and relevant culture, international perspectives, and thought-provoking performances. Whether it’s a much-loved venue, iconic landmark or unsung corner of London, LIFT gathers Londoners around incredible art.

Our mission is to create powerful, invigorating experiences that:

  • challenge artistic, political and social conventions
  •  champion artist advancement at home and abroad
  • lead sustainable internationalism
  •  celebrate and connect London to the world.

We engage and create communities around ideas and projects, connecting international artists and local artists to London, and together make incredible art happen.

LIFT has done more to influence the growth and adventure of English theatre than any other organisation.
— Mark Rylance, Actor
LIFT is a story of collaboration and risk taking – of jumping in at the deep end.
— Rose Fenton and Lucy Neal, Founders of LIFT
A festival that lives up to its name. It's adventurous-ness is theatrical yeast.
— The Guardian, June 2018

Donate to LIFT

Help us continue to be a home for transformative ideas and invigorating experiences from around the world. As a charity, we rely on the generous support of our members and donors.