An outdoor festival of music, theatre, dance and storytelling will transform Hammersmith’s Lyric Square into a hub for free fun and entertainment this summer.
The free three-day LyricFest event – which kicks off on Friday (29 June) – is a celebration of different art forms and will be packed with performances for all the family to enjoy.
The festival opens with live music at 5pm, followed by a DJ set bringing the best pop and party tunes from Guilty Pleasures, guaranteed to start Friday night off with a bang.
Created by the Lyric Hammersmith theatre and HammersmithLondon BID, LyricFest continues through the weekend, with a programme of events from interactive performances for little ones, to yoga, comedy, talks, and digital theatre.
The spellbinding ‘How It Ended’ show brings the story of a little gardener to Lyric Square on Saturday (30 June) at 11am, 1pm and 4pm.
The interactive adventure, performed inside a greenhouse containing a real-life garden, is suitable for little ones aged from two, and includes the opportunity for the audience to get their hands dirty during the gardening tale.
Meanwhile, local dance company DanceWest will get all the family moving during its baby disco event at noon that day.
The fun and energising event is set to the tune of upbeat and popular music, for moving, shaking and twirling under the sun.
At 1.30pm, the ZooNation performance sees groundbreaking storytellers using original music and dance to inspire the next generation of theatregoers and makers, while at 3pm the Rampaging Rhinos big puppet walkabout is a riot of family fun.
Ending Saturday’s performances, the Young Lyric group bring their production of ‘How to Fail at Being Perfect’ to audiences at 5pm and 7pm.
Developed over the past six months, the show is set in London in 2138, a time when only very busy people survive. The series of free events continues the next day, with a gentle start to Sunday (1 July) as a yoga session takes over Lyric Square at 11am.
If you’re more of a cardio king or queen, join the team from Frame at 12.15pm for an exhilarating 45-minute workout session that’s guaranteed to work up a sweat.
At 1pm, Paul Allen, from the Centre for Alternative Technology, will explain how fossil fuels, stores of ancient sunlight from 400 million years ago, transformed our civilisation in his talk, ‘The Extraordinary Journey of Human Beings, Energy and Happiness’.
The inspirational multimedia presentation is accompanied by a soundtrack, set to be performed live by pianist Lola Perrin.
Live musical treats continue at 2.30pm with a performance from the Tri-borough Music Orchestra, while there’s comedic dance on the cards at 4pm as tongue-in-cheek performers Figs in Wigs take to the stage.
The Bees! family performance and miniature installation follows at 5pm, while the event is rounded off with a digital screening of Frantic Assembly and State Theatre Company South Australia’s ‘Things I Know to be True’, the story of a family and marriage through the eyes of four grown siblings struggling to define themselves beyond their parents’ love and expectations.
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