Barbican Centre



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Find out what's on at the concrete arts centre in the heart of the City

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 that are housed 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 an intimate performance space.

  • Cinema

    The Barbican cinema screens a mix of arthouse films, special seasons and new releases, with strands dedicated to anime, silent film and architecture. It hosts screenings of work from a variety of Londonwide film festivals and shows kids' films on Saturday mornings.

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