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From the Caribbean to Coventry: Plotting the rise of 2Tone

Free exhibition at Barbican Music Library.

This exhibition is a journey starting in France and Belgium at the time of the Great War and ending in 1980's Coventry. It explores the hugely positive influences on British youth culture that Caribbean immigration has brought and continues to bring to the United Kingdom. Using music genres and fashion as the touch points, the show includes architecture, art and literature as well as direct contributions from fans and 'faces' alike.

An exhibition for the fans by the fans going some way to explain not just what 2Tone is but why and how we got there!

This exhibition tends to be very busy on Saturday afternoons. If you would like to view the exhibition at a quieter time we recommend visiting on Saturday mornings or throughout the week, again particularly in the mornings.

Please note the Library closes at 4pm on Saturdays, and is closed on Sundays and bank holidays. (The Library is also closed on the Saturday of Easter weekend).

Now extended to 1 July 2024.