LIFT Festival, London 2018 highlights
Brooklyn Academy of Music's artistic director David Binder heads up an exciting LIFT 2018 programme, celebrating a whole world of talent and innovation with a series of shows installations and premieres taking place all around London.
'We want to offer an antidote to the recent times, giving chances to celebrate our diverse communities, dispel seeded fears and confront preconceptions,' Binder says.
'From the iconic buildings, renowned stages and unusual, hidden spaces in which our festival takes place, we welcome global citizens to create work as a signifier to everyone; whether you were born here, have made it your home or are just passing through, you belong here.'
Highlights include performance art from a flock of LED-lit pigeons, a new immersive adventure from Punchdrunk and a ghost-train experience through Kings Cross.
1500 pigeons, each with an LED light, will flock and fly over the River Thames in Duke Riley's epic airborne installation.
Fly By Night premiered to awestruck audiences at Brooklyn's Navy Yard in 2016. The illuminated flight of each bird represents the overlooked heroes of WW1, carrying messages from distant camps.
Now the installation is re-imagined for the for Thamesmead.