LIFT 1993 presented 30+ companies from China, Ireland, Brazil, Australia, Ghana, Vietnam, the UK, India, Europe, Caribbean, Latin America, Bangladesh, Mexico, Norway, and the U.S.A.

From early on LIFT, realising the potential for debate and learning that existed in the coming together of different cultures and countries included workshops and discussions in the festivals. An Education Officer, Tony Fegan, was employed in 1993 and produced LIFT’s first Education Programme for the 1993 festival called the BT LIFT Education Programme.


The Pupppert Centre(BT LIFT Education Programme)

Fantastic and True at Roundwood Park


Keith Khan

Moti Roti Puttli Chunni (an Artsadamin project, produced by Theatre Royal Stratford East) at Theatre Royal Stratford East


Mac Wellman

Terminal Hip at ICA



Homeland, Minha Terra, Szulofold/Fy Ngwlad I (an Artsadmin project) at Various, including Jermyn Street (near the HQ of Rio Tinto Zinc), Shortlands (UK HQ of General Electric); St Dunstan's Road (Hungarian Reform Church); and Wren Street (opposite the London Welsh Centre)


Ron Vawter

Roy Cohn/Jack Smith at ICA


The Costume Designers Club 

Journeys from Jourouvert at Old Spitalfields Market 

UK, Europe, Caribbean

Caetano Veloso, Mario Bauza, NG La Banda and Sierra Maetra, and others

Gran Gran Fiesta! at Clapham Common, Le Palais, South Bank Centre

Latin America

Gayatri Spivak

Lecture at The National Theatre

USA, Bangladesh

Guillermo Gómez-Pena

Lecture: The New World Border at The National Theatre

USA, Mexico

Peter Adegboyega Badejo

Lecture: Somebady's Other at The National Theatre

UK, Nigeria

Hanoi Water Puppets

Hanoi Water Puppets at Highbury Fields, National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park


Graeme Miller

The Desire Paths (an Artsadmin project, part of Barclays New Stages at the Royal Court Theatre) at Royal Court Theatre


Ghana Dance Ensemble 

The King's Dilemma at Old Spitalfields Market


Anne Bean and Paul Burwell

Bankside Launch Event at Bankside Power Station


Beijing Jing Ju Opera Troupe

The Little Phoenix at Queen Elizabeth Hall


Chengdu Theatre Company

Ripples Across Stagnant Water at Riverside Studios


Druid Theatre Company

At the Black Pig's Dyke at Tricycle Theatre


En Garde Arts

Bad Penny at Regent's Park Boating Lake


Gabriel Villela and Company

A Guerra Santa (The Holy War) (co-commissioned with Banco Brasil) at Riverside Studios


Geremie Barmé and He Yong

Red Noise: Bringing the Streets of Beijing to london at ICA

China, Australia

Emergency Exit Arts and Greenwhich Primary Schools(BT LIFT Education Programme)

Sang Song - River Crossing at National Maritime Museum, Greenwich Park