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  • 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.

    'A festival that lives up to its name. Its adventurousness is theatrical yeast.'

    The Guardian, June 2018

    Watch our LIFT 2018 highlights


    We’re a lively bunch, dedicated to finding, promoting and collaborating with the greatest talent across the world. We’re all here to provide you with a memorable LIFT experience.

    Kris Nelson

    Artistic Director & CEO

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    Dan Jacques

    Finance & Admin Manager

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    Stella Kanu

    Executive Director

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    Patricia Akoli

    Projects Producer

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    Carolyn Forsyth

    Senior Producer

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    Mekel Edwards

    Production Manager

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    David Lewis

    Head of Finance and Operations

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    For PR enquiries get in touch with The Corner Shop.


    For all marketing and promotional enquiries please contact Richard or Anne at Mobius Industries


    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) & LIFT Finance Committee

    Hannah Azieb Pool

    Artistic Director, Bernie Grant Arts Centre

    LIFT Trustee

    Malakai 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 & LIFT Finance Committee

    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: The Cacao Quest

    Your Tottenham - If These 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