LIFT has been at the forefront of ground-breaking international theatre since 1981, making and supporting radically open work that disrupts convention, has the power to unite strangers, celebrates our shared humanity and explores the political and social urgencies of our times.
It travels the world to bring global stories to London for its biennial festival, creating spectacular performances and moments of magic in every corner of the Capital and presenting shows in partnership with London’s major arts venues, theatres and galleries, but also in countless hidden spaces and places across the city.
In recent years LIFT has represented 66 countries and commissioned over 40 new productions and events from around the world. Its most recent festival took place in summer 2018 and reached over 160k audience members through a programme that stretched the breadth of London, from a disused golf course in Thamesmead to the iconic Tower of London, bringing over 1000 international and homegrown artists and participants together across 7 weeks of critically-acclaimed performances. Led by Artistic Director, Kris Nelson, LIFT’s next festival will take place across London in June 2020.
Alongside LIFT’s biennial London-wide festival sits a programme of year-round activity that includes large scale projects, artist residencies, national touring and its ground-breaking participatory work, LIFT Tottenham.