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  • LIFT is London’s international biennial festival, bringing international theatre to venues, spaces, hidden locations and iconic landmarks all over London every two years.

    LIFT stands for radical empowerment and inclusion. We promote the power and urgency of international perspectives, understanding that difference makes us stronger. The theatre we present is compelling, meaningful, provocative, excellent, topical, singular; we advance contemporary thought, introduce new forms, ideas and ways of experiencing art. We start necessary conversations and provide essential cultural experiences.

    Dedicated to daring and relevant culture and international perspectives, LIFT celebrates the world in London and London in the world. We present a festival which connects London audiences with leading international artists, brave ideas and unforgettable cultural experiences. We bring audiences to the city’s most iconic venues, landmarks and unusual corners, celebrating the character of London and calling Londoners to gather for incredible art.

    We engage and create communities around international theatre artists and live art practitioners. Right now, that manifests as LIFT Tottenham, a five-year collaboration between LIFT, international artists and Tottenham locals creating festival works, artistic experiences, offering opportunities for learning and skill development and connecting Tottenham’s cultural offer to the rest of the city and beyond. A charity limited by guarantee and based in Toynbee Studios in East London, LIFT is an Arts Council England National Portfolio Organisation with a biennial turnover in the region of £2 million.

    'A festival that lives up to its name. Its adventurous-ness is theatrical yeast.'

    The Guardian, June 2018

    Watch our LIFT 2018 highlights


    Just as our festival draws from artists across the UK and around the world, the people behind LIFT are no different. We’re an international squad repping Armenia, Australia, Belize, Canada, Colombia, England, Ghana, Italy, Jamaica, Nigeria, St Lucia, Scotland and Wales and have all made London home.

    Kris Nelson

    Artistic Director & CEO

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    Stella Kanu

    Executive Director

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    David Lewis

    Head of Finance and Operations

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    Mekel Edwards

    Production Manager

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    Dan Jacques

    Finance & Admin Manager

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    Camila Gutiérrez Aguilera

    Festival Coordinator

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    Patricia Akoli

    Assistant Producer (Young People)

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    LIFT’s generous and supportive Patrons are Dame Amelia FawcettRalph FiennesSir Nicholas HytnerLady Helena Kennedy, Sir Mark RylanceFiona Shaw CBEJuliet Stevenson CBEDame Janet Suzman and the Earl of Gowrie.


    LIFT is governed by a dedicated and talented board of trustees, supported by a Tottenham Board and a Finance Committee. Their support ensures we are able to deliver all that we do to the highest standard.

    Bernard Donoghue

    Director - The Association of Leading Visitor Attractions

    LIFT Trustee (Chair)

    Hannah Azieb Pool

    Artistic Director, Bernie Grant Arts Centre

    LIFT Trustee

    Malakaï Sargeant

    Associate Director - Theatre Peckham

    LIFT Trustee & Tottenham Board (Chair)

    Martin Harrison

    Group Finance Director at Hibu (formerly Yell)

    LIFT Trustee & LIFT Finance Committee (Chair)

    Simon London

    Head of Original Programmes & Content at Africa MediaWorks Limited (YangaTV/24Live)

    LIFT Trustee

    Alan Strong

    Deputy Chief Product Officer at Inmarsat

    LIFT Trustee

    Helen Shute

    Chief Executive/Executive Director, Rambert

    LIFT Trustee

    Craig Hassall AM

    CEO - Royal Albert Hall

    LIFT Trustee

    Aileen Walker OBE

    Public engagement and parliamentary strengthening specialist

    LIFT Trustee

    Richard Huntington

    Chairman and Chief Strategy Officer, Saatchi & Saatchi London Group

    LIFT Trustee

    Enni-Kukka Tuomala

    Empathy Designer

    LIFT Trustee


    Donna Walker

    Project Manager for Young Migrant Care Leavers, Haringey Council

    Tottenham Board

    Gina Moffat

    Director of Blooming Scent (BGAC)

    Tottenham Board

    Imwen Eke


    Tottenham Board

    Neri Gun

    Owner, Downhills Park Cafe

    Tottenham Board

    Joanna Yeung

    Heritage Manager, Tottenham Hotspurs Foundation

    Tottenham Board

    Elena Pippou

    Cultural Officer, Haringey Council

    Tottenham Board

    Carolina Khouri

    Haringey Arts

    Tottenham Board

    Charmaine Simpson

    CEO, Black History Studies

    Tottenham Board

    Anne Marie Anang

    Local Tottenham artist

    Tottenham Board


    A collection of archive material from our favorite shows, events and LIFT moments.

    Balthazar's Treasure

    Your Tottenham if streets could talk.

    In Search of Dinozord

    Lady Eats Apple

    Creation (Pictures for Dorian)

    Trojan Women

    Nightwalks With Teenagers

    Small Wonders

    These Rooms


    New International Voices


    Fly By Night

    Notes From The Field