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.