Since 1981 LIFT has been pioneering new forms of theatre, presenting spectacular performances and moments of magic in every corner of London. A year-round programme culminates in the world-renowned biennial festival that transforms the city into a stage. LIFT presents shows in partnership with London¹s major arts venues, theatres and galleries, but also in countless hidden spaces and places across the city. LIFT is firmly rooted in the life of this great city and of its people, celebrating the experiences of the many individuals, cultures and communities that call London home. We work with world-class artists, whose radical imaginations create exceptional work that questions the nature of theatre, engages with the big ideas of our time, and reveals the stories and communities of our incredibly diverse city.

Led by Artistic Director, Mark Ball, LIFT 2016 takes place from 1 June to 2 July and will be our most ambitious festival yet, with performances from Australia to Syria and Argentina to Japan happening across the city. LIFT’s 2016 Urban Heat artwork is the world premier of Depart by Australia’s renowned company, Circa.





June 1 - July 2, 2016