The UK's leading international arts centre
The Barbican Centre, a vast concrete estate of 2,000 flats and a leading arts complex, is a prime example of brutalist architecture, softened a little by time and rectangular ponds of friendly resident ducks. The lakeside terrace and adjoining café are good spots to take a rest from visiting the art gallery, cinema, theatre, concert hall or library within the complex. The art gallery on the third floor stages exhibitions on design, architecture and pop culture, while on the ground floor, the Curve is a free exhibition space for specially commissioned works and contemporary art. At the core of the music roster, performing 90 concerts a year, is the London Symphony Orchestra (LSO). The annual BITE season (Barbican International Theatre Events) continues to cherry-pick exciting and eclectic theatre companies from around the globe. The Barbican regularly attracts and nurtures experimental dance, and the Pit Theatre is a perfectly intimate space.
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The Vulgar: Fashion Redefined
What makes something vulgar? This exhibition on the question of taste asks why vulgarity is such a sensitive and controversial issue with the help of archive fashion from over 120 exhibits from over 500 years of fashion - including a list of contemporary...Exhibitions Until Sunday February 5 2017Read more
The artist, at the forefront of Musica Popular Brasileira, performs from her new album Guela with her live band, conjuring the streets of her Sao Paulo hometown with rootsy acoustic sounds.Latin and world Sunday October 23 2016Read more
Bedwyr Williams: The Gulch
Linearity: it’s a word often used in relation to the Barbican’s Curve gallery. The nature of this thin, tapering, 90-metre-long space means that many of the artists invited to produce a commission for it tend to think in sequential, narrative-based terms....Installation Monday October 24 2016 - Saturday January 7 2017Read more
Beloved Friend: Tchaikovsky Project: Tchaikovsky, Taneyev
Semyon Bychkov conducts Tchaikovsky's Serenade For Strings, Piano Concerto No 3 (1st Movement) and Francesca Da Rimini and Taneyev's Overture To Oresteia, with Kirill Gerstein, piano.Classical and opera Monday October 24 2016Read more
Balkan Blaze: Vladigerov, Kiril Todorov, Vittorio Monti, Krasimir Kyurkchiyski, Philip Koutev, Georgi Andreev
Rossen Milanov conducts Vladigerov's Sarabande; Northern Song And March From Classic & Romantic, Kiril Todorov's Koledarska, Byalo Rade and Prayer, Vittorio Monti's Czardas, Krasimir Kyurkchiyski's Kalimanku, Denku, Philip Koutev's Dragana, Slaveya, Marin...Classical and opera Tuesday October 25 2016Read more
Kyung Wha Chung: JS Bach
The violinist performs Bach's Violin Sonata No 1 In G Minor, Violin Partita No 1 In B Minor, Violin Sonata No 2 In A Minor, Violin Partita No 2 In D Minor, Violin Sonata No 2 In C and Violin Partita No 3 In E.Classical and opera Wednesday October 26 2016Read more
Beloved Friend: Tchaikovsky Project: Tchaikovsky, Rachmaninov
Semyon Bychkov conducts Rachmaninov's The Bells and Tchaikovsky's Symphony No 6, with Emily Magee, soprano, Vselod Grivnov, tenor and Anatoli Sivko, bass.Classical and opera Friday October 28 2016Read more
Danielle De Niese In Recital: Grieg, Berlioz
The soprano and her piano accompanist, Omer Meir Wellber, perform Grieg's Haugtussa and Berlioz's La Mort de Cleopatre.Classical and opera Saturday October 29 2016Read more
Afro Celt Sound System
The three-piece present their fusion of modern electronic dance rhythms with traditional Irish and West African music.Dance and electronic Sunday October 30 2016Read more
Lubomyr Melnyk And Murcof & Vanessa Wagner: John Cage, Philip Glass, John Adams
The group interprets works by John Cage, Philip Glass, John Adams and others.Classical and opera Monday October 31 2016Read more
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The Barbican is always worth a visit if you are in the area, regardless of what's on. It's a beautiful complex which has so much to see, both inside and outside. I always wonder who lives around the Barbican as I understand the apartments / flats that surround it are housing designers / artists / locals which adds to its community feel.
This brutalism monster might seem scary on the first visit but the more you see it the more you love it! Ageing has definitely made it more special and in combination with the new activities it hosts, it's one of the most important cultural centres London is offering. Any kind of art exhibition can be found here from time to time, as well as theatre, music and cinema shows. And all of them always carefully selected and with special prices for young and older people. Even if you're not interested in anything that's on, visiting is still an experience itself -as it feels like a journey to the past- and you can always enjoy sitting at the ground floor cafeteria by the ponds or even next to them when it's sunny!
Check out my review of the Jean Paul Gaultier exhibition at The Barbican Centre: http://eatwearwander.com/2014/06/30/sidewalk-to-catwalk/
I would love to do a gig here as this is London's answer to Carnegie hall on 7th Avenue. It is however sad to read the comments from the dissatisfied bride below. So anyone getting married in London should have a look at recommended venues: www.youtube.com/watch?v=DIB4nvvLkNk Notwitstanding, the Barbican does other things very well and is worth a visit.
I had a lovely wedding, the location was spectacular and I had a fantastic day as did all my guests. It ended rather abruptly though with the music being turned off at 11 on the dot. I can hardly complain, but I do have some serious complaints regarding the service. The food at the wedding was a much lower quality than what I was served at my tasting. The appetiser, which had been lovely at the tasting, held no resemblance to what I was served at my wedding and the creme brulée instead of being luscious and creamy as it had been at the tasting, was a stiff gelatine. After the wedding the staff didn't pack up my crockery hire correctly which made me lose my deposit and they were completely unremorseful about it, ignoring my emails and not helpful at all. The cherry on top of the cake, 2 months after the wedding, after we had settle all accounts the wedding planner started bothering us for another 600 pounds. We had spent the budget, the invoices had all been settled and he was haggling us for more money. Quite unprofessional.