Barbican Centre

The Barbican Centre is a performing arts centre in the City of London and the largest of its kind in Europe. The Centre hosts classical and contemporary music concerts, theatre performances, film screenings and art exhibitions.

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A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican Centre pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts.

The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, the Pit, Cinemas One, Two and Three, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants.

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

The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Associate Ensembles the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia, and Associate Producer Serious. Artistic Associates include Boy Blue Entertainment, Cheek by Jowl and Michael Clark Company. International Associates are Royal Concertgebouw Orchestra of Amsterdam, New York Philharmonic, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig and Jazz at Lincoln Center.


Contacts & Details
mon, tue, wed, thu, fri, sat, sun 10:00 am – 11:00 pm

T: +44 020 7638 8891
W: Website

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Past Exhibitions
Leandro Erlich: Dalston House
Internationally known for captivating, three-dimensional visual illusions, Argentine artist Leandro Erlich...
26 Jun 2013 - 04 Aug 2013
Imran Qureshi: Where the Shadows are so Deep
Barbican has commissioned the award-winning Pakistani artist Imran Qureshi to create a new body of work...
18 Feb 2016 - 10 Jul 2016
Ragnar Kjartansson
Bringing together live performance, music, film, painting, sculpture and drawing, this long overdue solo...
14 Jul 2016 - 04 Sep 2016
Bedwyr Williams: The Gulch
This autumn, Welsh artist Bedwyr Williams sends visitors on a quest through the 90-metre long Curve gallery...
29 Sep 2016 - 08 Jan 2017
The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
The Barbican Center presents the first major exhibition in the United Kingdom completely dedicated to...
23 Mar 2017 - 25 Jun 2017
Basquiat: Boom for Real
The Barbican is staging the first large-scale exhibition in the UK of the work of American artist Jean-Michel...
21 Sep 2017 - 28 Jan 2018
John Akomfrah: Purple
On the occasion of the exhibition, the British artist and filmmaker is presenting an immersive six-channel...
06 Oct 2017 - 07 Jan 2018
Francis Upritchard: Wetwang Slack
New Zealand artist Francis Upritchard has created for The Curve, exhibition space at Barbican centre,...
27 Sep 2018 - 06 Jan 2019
Into the Night. Cabarets & Clubs in Modern Art
The Barbican centre presents an exhibition exploring the history of cabarets, cafés and clubs in modern...
04 Oct 2019 - 19 Jan 2020