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  • David Binder announced as Guest Artistic Director for LIFT 2018

    5th April 2017

    David-and-Beki

    We’re delighted to announce that David Binder has been named as the Guest Artistic Director for our pioneering biennial festival of theatre, LIFT 2018, following Mark Ball’s departure to become Associate Artistic Director of Manchester International Festival. 

    Alongside this appointment, Beki Bateson, will become CEO of the company, working with David to drive forward the artistic vision of LIFT 2018 and to deliver an ambitious programme of international work across London throughout the month of June 2018.

    An international search for the recruitment of a permanent Artistic Director will commence this summer.

    David has worked with LIFT over the past four years, most recently as LIFT’s Artistic Associate. He spearheaded LIFT’s presentations of Taylor Mac at the Hackney Empire, Andrew Schneider’s YOUARENOWHERE at Shoreditch Town Hall, Constanza Macras’ Open For Everything at the Royal Court, and Rara Woulib’s Deblozay in the streets of Greenwich and Deptford, during the 2014 and 2016 festivals.

    In New York, inspired by Meltdown, Binder produced The High Line Festival curated by David Bowie. He also produced the Dutch New Island Festival on New York’s Governors Island — ten days of performance, music, theatre and dance from the Netherlands. His TED talk, “The Arts Festival Revolution,” has been seen online by more than a half million people.

    Alongside this new appointment, Beki Bateson will become CEO of the company. As an integral part of the LIFT team since 2009, Beki has been influential in enabling the dynamic collection of international work, which has become the festival’s trademark. Working alongside Mark Ball, Beki has been fundamental to LIFT’s growth, overseeing its development and establishing it as a cultural force on the London, UK and international landscape.

    David Binder said – “I’m thrilled and honoured to be LIFT’s 2018 Guest Artistic Director. For two decades, the festival has acted as my unparalleled guide, taking me to every corner of London. It has introduced me to new forms, new ideas and new communities, and to international artists, who again and again, have changed the way I perceive the world. It has been inspiring to work alongside Mark and the team for the past four years and it’s an opportunity of a lifetime to work with Beki in leading the 2018 Festival. In these very challenging times, I think LIFT’s role is more vital than ever.”

    Beki Bateson said – “The beauty and privilege of LIFT is that the values at the heart of our vision are held across the organisation. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with David, the Board, the team, artists and partners to deliver a world class, international festival and will relish the opportunities afforded in leading LIFT as CEO and welcoming and supporting the new Artistic Director.”

    Mark Ball said “I’m very confident that under the creative and executive leadership of David and Beki the 2018 festival will be an exciting adventure for LIFT. I’m also delighted by the interest already expressed to me in the permanent role of Artistic Director. LIFT will be able to draw upon an extremely high calibre field of national and international candidates.”

    Bernard Donoghue, LIFT Chair said – “I am delighted that David has accepted my invitation to increase his role at LIFT and become the Guest Artistic Director for our 2018 festival. I and all the LIFT team are enormously grateful to Mark Ball for his vision, leadership, creativity and passion. He will be sorely missed but in David and Beki his artistic legacy is in great hands.”

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    Watch David Binder’s The Arts Festival Revolution TED talk: