Every winter, in January or February, The London International Mime Festival (LIMF) showcases art, new circus, object and physical theatre, and other modern theatre genres at various city venues. The festival was founded in 1977 by Joseph Seelig and Nola Rae. It is the longest running mime festival in the world. Its directors are the winners of the International Theatre Institute Award for Excellence.
The London International Mime Festival focuses on the works of physical and visual theatre, consistently and knowing no boundaries. Every year it kicks off with a dynamic line-up of award-winning new circus and performance art. The majority of acts are wordless shows that defy categorisation. The festival also features dance, acrobatics, and puppet theatre. Curated shows are always inventive and exciting.
The highlights of the previous years were UK's Barely Methodical Troupe with a spectacular acrobatic Shift at the Platform Theatre, Gandini Juggling & Alexander Whitley, and Gecko, Thick & Tight delight, Stan’s Cafe and Theatre Re. The festival features companies from Belgium, France, Norway, Spain, New Zealand, and Finland.