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  • Posted 5 June 2017

    Mark Ball’s Top Ten LIFT Shows

    Thursday 8th June is going to be a momentous day for more reasons than one, not only is it the day of the General Election but it’s also the day that Mark Ball will hang up his yellow LIFT hat and replace it with a brand-new, Manchester International Festival shaped one.

    Since joining as Artistic Director and CEO in 2009, Mark Ball has re-established LIFT as one of the world’s leading international arts festivals, bringing critically acclaimed and highly innovative artists to the capital to share the stories of the world with Londoners. He has presided over 133 shows and events, including 57 new commissions that have been seen by over 200,000 people in venues and unusual spaces across London, from the West End to gothic East London cemeteries, to the skies of London and of course, that LIFT site specific staple – a rooftop carpark!

    In June Mark will be moving on from LIFT to join Manchester International Festival as Associate Artistic Director where he’ll be leading on the creation and delivery of the artistic programme for Factory. But before he goes he’ll be sharing a Top of the Pops style countdown of his top ten LIFT shows from the past eight years.