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  • 3 JUNE – 4 JULY 2020

    In 2020, LIFT declares FACT & FANTASY as our theme. Giving audiences artistic and aesthetic experiences of FACTS – memoir, testimonials, theatre that’s ripped from the headlines and FANTASIES – unusual, sensorial, imaginative interpretations of the world we live in and could live in. We’ll bring audiences close to contemporary experience from around the world – where action, hard truth, proof clash with shifting perceptions, the dissonance between fact and fiction and beautiful lies. Audiences will get opportunities to be playful with what they believe and want to believe in.

    Today LIFT has announced the cancellation of the 2020 Festival. Following Government advice on Monday 16 March and to protect the safety of audiences, artists and workforce we have decided not to proceed with the Festival.
    With the incredible programme launched only last week we are so truly sad to have to make this decision but we will be presenting a programme in 2021 instead. We’ll share details with you as soon as we have them.
    Artistic Director / CEO Kris Nelson and Executive Director Stella Kanu said:
    “We are incredibly sad to announce that we will not be proceeding with this year’s festival. The health, safety and wellbeing of our audiences, artists and team is our upmost priority, and having listened to advice from the Government, and consulted at length with our trustees, partners and colleagues, we feel that there is no choice but to postpone.
    We wish to thank every member of our team, and our co-producers, collaborators, and creatives for the enormous amount of time, and work they have invested in this year’s festival, and our audiences for their support to date. LIFT is a festival that stands for inclusion and for community and in these uncertain times, we will do all we can to support the artistic sector in the UK, as well as international artists all over the world.
    If you have bought a ticket for a cancelled festival event, we would like to assure you that you are entitled to a refund. However, we would ask those who have purchased tickets to kindly consider donating the cost of your tickets to the festival if you have the capacity to do so. Alternatively, you can credit your online account so that once things have settled you can make use of this for future shows. Please bear with us during this unprecedented and difficult time – we will contact you as soon as we can and keep our audiences as up to date as possible via the Festival website, social media and email.
    We look forward to returning in 2021 to once again bring you a festival of extraordinary and ground-breaking experiences when, we hope, these challenging times are far behind us” 
    We are really sorry to bring you this news after so much supportive feedback and palpable excitement but we hope you’ll all stick with us and we’ll see you in 2021.
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