London's biggest free summer festival is returning to Hammersmith.

From June 8 to July 22 the Hammersmith’s Lyric Square will host an exciting programme of cultural events and activities, designed to invigorate the town centre for workers, residents and visitors.

Now in its eighth year, the summer festival is organised by the HammersmithLondon Business Improvement District (BID) and promises to be bigger and better than ever before.

It will get under way with a three-week long Theatre in the Square season as the BID teams up with the Lyric Hammersmith to provide innovative and exhilarating performances from some of the best theatre companies in the country.

Other highlights include John Humphrys - renowned presenter of the award-winning Today programme on BBC Radio 4 - hosting an architecture-based Question Time style event in the Lyric Hammersmith from 6pm on June 18, which will see a panel of experts debating how Hammersmith would change without the flyover and what the alternatives could be.

This event will be supported by a three-day exhibition, in a pop-up gallery in Kings Mall between midday and 6pm from June 11 to 13 June. Presenting images of Hammersmith: Past, Present and Future, it will examine the upcoming projects that could radically transform the town centre, including the flyunder.

Deckchairs will be back out so tennis fans can watch Wimbledon on a big screen, and on July 3 Mozart’s Don Giovanni is beamed live from the Royal Opera House into Lyric Square.

Picnic in the Square will also make a welcome return on lunchtimes between July 13-15 and 20- 22.

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