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    Original work is the beating heart of LIFT, enabling international and local artists to explore new ideas and realise their ambitions, making LIFT open, unique, authentic and able to respond to the themes and questions of the day.

    Our Commissioning Circle is key to this ambition and is made up of people who share our imagination and our desire to look at things differently. We’d be thrilled to welcome you to join us in throwing open a window to the world through performance.


    COMMISSIONER | from £10 per month or a gift of £120+ per year

    monthly/quarterly instalments available

    The wonderful support of our Commissioners enables LIFT artists the freedom to try new things and bring the freshest ideas into our programme.

    -Invitation to Festival opening party

    -Monthly updates from the LIFT team

    -Priority booking for LIFT shows and events

    -Electronic copy of LIFT programme

    -Recognition on LIFT’s website


    COMMISSIONER + | from £84 per month or a gift of £1000+ per year

    monthly/quarterly instalments available

    Step into the centre of LIFT and everything we do. You’ll be joining our nearest and dearest with this meaningful contribution to LIFT’s Commissioning Circle, allowing important perspectives on global events to percolate into fantastic cultural experiences.

    -All the benefits of a Commissioner, and additionally:

    -Post-show drink at premiere of new commissions during the Festival

    -Invitations to meet artists and attend rehearsals or sharings of commissions

    -Invitations to other LIFT events and parties

    -Personal updates and behind the scenes news from LIFT’s Artistic Director

    -Personal booking for LIFT shows and events


    YOUNG COMMISSIONER + | from £25 per month or a gift of £300+ per year

    monthly/quarterly instalments available

    If you’re a young supporter with big ambition we’ll give you all the benefits of a Commissioner + until you turn 35.


    All levels are eligible for support through the Gift Aid scheme.

    The annual donation amounts above are minimum suggestions; if you feel able to contribute more please do consider the increased impact you can make on LIFT’s commissioning potential. Gifts can be payable monthly, quarterly or annually.

    Benefit values do not exceed £25 and therefore your full donation will be eligible for Gift Aid. For further information or to purchase benefits seperately please contact Francis Christeller francis@liftfestival.com or call 020 7968 6800.


    LIFT 2016 is a unique opportunity to make a mark on London and to attract the attention of thousands of people, every day, right across the capital – giving your company countless chances to let your brand light up the city.

    We don’t circulate ready-made packages, we tailor very individual relationships with companies to ensure that we can deliver what you really want.

    To talk about creating a sponsorship opportunity or partnership that breaks the mould and allows something amazing happen for you and us, get in touch with us on 020 7968 6800 or e-mail francis@liftfestival.com.

    We’re open to discuss any ideas you may have.






    Australia Council, Australian High Commission, Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, Flanders House, Polish Cultural Institute, Sharon Karmazin, The Sackler Trust, the Dr Mortimer and Theresa Sackler Foundation, The Shubert Foundation.




    Supporters of Nothing is Impossible (enabling LIFT 2016 commissions)
    The Rumi Foundation, Bernard Donoghue, Craig Hassall, David Philip, Mark Ball, Pat Brown, Richard Eagleton, Martin Harrison, Karen Napier, Aileen Walker, Alan J Strong, Beki Bateson, Gillian Brasse, George Kessler, Angela McSherry, Ross Sleight, Mitra Memarzia, Rose Fenton, Selma Willcocks, Lucy Neal and Jo Burns & James McDonald.

    LIFT’s American Friends
    Sharon Karmazin, Marianne Mills, Kate Lear, Luigi Caiola, David Binder, Dugan Moore, Lois Whitman, Al Berger, Auerbach Foundation, Jayne Sherman, B Square + 4 Productions, Jason Pizer and Rachel Weinstein, Harriet Leve, Lloyd Fruge and Michael Shulman & Sara Slifka.

    LIFT Pioneers
    Mark Ball, Kate & Paul Brundage, Bernard Donoghue & Nigel Campbell, Dame Amelia Fawcett DBE, Lily & Julian Harriss, Craig Hassall and George Kessler CBE.

    LIFT Young Pioneers
    Jonathan May and Tiru Thiruvilangam.

    LIFT Founders
    Anonymous, Patricia Brown, Sasha Carruozzo & Mike Rann, Clyde Cooper, Rose Fenton, Nigel Hinds, Richard Huntington, Mr & Mrs W Kessler, Jason King & Kevin Isaacs, Karen & Harry Napier, Rajiv Nathwani, Lucy Neal, David Philip, April Teeling, Enni-Kukka Tuomala, Aileen & Nick Walker, Tony & Dot Ward and Martin Harrison.

    Thank you to all the wonderful people we’re not able to list by name here, who have given their time, encouragement and donations to help us achieve this fantastic festival programme.