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LIFT 2018 announces David Binder as guest artistic director

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American producer David Binder has been announced as guest artistic director of the London International Festival of Theatre 2018.

Previous artistic director Mark Ball has stepped down to become associate artistic director of the Manchester International Festival.

Binder, whose credits include the Tony award-winning Hedwig and the Angry Inch, has worked with LIFT over the past four years, most recently as the biennial festival’s artistic associate.

Current executive director Beki Bateson will become chief executive of the event, which will next take place across London in June 2018.

An international search for a new permanent artistic director will be launched this summer.

Binder said: “I’m thrilled and honoured to be LIFT’s 2018 guest artistic director.

“For two decades, the festival has acted as my unparalleled guide, taking me to every corner of London.

“It has introduced me to new forms, new ideas and new communities, and to international artists who, again and again, have changed the way I perceive the world.”

He added: “In these very challenging times, I think LIFT’s role is more vital than ever.”

Bateson said: “The beauty and privilege of LIFT is that the values at the heart of our vision are held across the organisation.

“I look forward to continuing to collaborate with David, the board, the team, artists and partners to deliver a world-class, international festival.”

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