In 2001, LIFT decided to break with its own traditions and move away from the biennial format.
LIFT'01 looked back at a twenty-year history for a one-of-a-kind festival,  presenting 50+ companies from Palestine, the UK, Russia, France, Germany, Hungary, Sweden, Uganda, Italy, Netherlands, Ireland, Portugal, France, India, and the USA. Following the festival LIFT embarked on a five-year venture: the LIFT enquiry (2001-6), a year-round staging of a playful and practical exploration of theatre that would allow LIFT to grow beyond the biennial format in response to the contemporary social and political context.