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Barbican Centre

Address

​Barbican Centre
Silk Street
London EC2Y 8DS

Contact us

​020 7638 8891
Email Barbican
Barbican Website

Accessibility

​For details go to the Barbican website

Opening hours

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A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican is famous for pushing boundaries in all major art forms - dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts - and has an excellent creative learning programme.

The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 is home to a number of halls, theatres and cinemas, a library, restaurants, conference facilities and a large foyer and public spaces.

Theatre and dance

Keep an eye on the busy programme at the Barbican's two theatres. The Barbican Theatre and the Pit provide a vibrant London home for established international artists, and also help commissioners to launch young performers. As well as performances, the Barbican hosts workshops, talks and debates.

Music

The Barbican welcomes the world's top musicians in both classical and contemporary music to its concert hall. It is home to its resident orchestra, the London Symphony Orchestra, and its associate orchestra, the BBC Symphony Orchestra. The vibrant contemporary music programme features the best of jazz, folk, world, roots, soul, country, contemporary classical and the more experimental ends of rock, pop and electronica.

Cinema

The only cinema in the City of London, the Barbican hosts and programmes a diverse range of film festivals, screen talks, seasons and events, as well as showing the biggest new releases, specialist and international cinema, and live events. There are three cinemas - one inside the main building (Cinema 1) and two situated on the corner of Beech Street and Whitecross Street (Cinemas 2 and 3).

Galleries

The Barbican has two art galleries, the main gallery, Barbican Art Gallery, and a smaller space, The Curve. One of the UK's leading art spaces, Barbican Art Gallery presents the best of international visual art with a dynamic mix of art, architecture, design, fashion and photography. The Curve is dedicated to showing new commissions created by leading international artists in direct response to the distinctively shaped gallery space. Accompanying each exhibition is a programme of talks and events.

Certain discounts at Barbican events may be available for both serving members and veterans of the Armed Forces, as part of the City of London's commitment to fulfilling the Armed Forces Community Covenant.


The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.


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