HammersmithLondon Summer Festival 2018 Round up
Two months of engaging events, enthralling entertainment and action-packed sport brought thousands of new faces into Lyric Square during the HammersmithLondon Summer Festival.
Now in its 11th year, the Festival, organised and run by HammersmithLondon BID, transforms the space outside the Lyric Hammersmith theatre into a vibrant and fun community hub each summer.
A record-breaking heatwave saw huge crowds enjoy the free entertainment this year, with well in excess of 15,000 people coming into Hammersmith to take advantage of a wide range of events over the course of the Festival.
The fun began at the start of June with the HF Arts Fest, an inclusive arts festival that showcases the abundance of talent in the local communities.
Two screenings of live Royal Opera House productions – La Bohème and Don Giovanni – were a real highlight, with each performance drawing capacity crowds of well over 500 people for two wonderful evenings of culture and music.
Lyric Fest saw HammersmithLondon BID and Lyric Hammersmith join forces to deliver a three-day event of music, theatre, dance and poetry – bringing together a fantastic array of diverse and vibrant performers.
At the beginning of July, it was time for tennis. The Wimbledon fortnight is always hugely popular and this year was no different as thousands of people took their place in the HammersmithLondon deckchairs to enjoy the world’s best-loved tennis tournament live on the Big Screen.
There were also two rousing sing-along screenings of The Greatest Showman – the second of which drew the Festival to a fitting finale as families, friends and people of all ages belted out their favourite tunes from the smash-hit Hollywood musical.
Other classes and events included: DW Fitness First in the Square, Lumi Al Fresco yoga, Dr Bike, Picnic in the Square, Guided Walks, plus plenty more.
Patricia Bench, Director of HammersmithLondon BID, said: “The HammersmithLondon Festival continues to go from strength to strength. This year was another wonderful two months of free events, screenings and classes enjoyed by thousands of people.
“We love the fact that we can offer this entertainment to local Hammersmith residents and workers, as well as those who travel from far and wide to take advantage of our fabulous setting on Lyric Square. We work hard to ensure there is a wide range of things on offer so people of all ages can enjoy the Festival.
“A huge thank you goes to our sponsors Coco di Mama and Specsavers, whose support is so crucial to the Festival, and also to the HammersmithLondon team who have worked so hard throughout the past two months. We’re already looking forward to next year!”