Opened in 1982, the Barbican Centre is a collection of multi-purpose performing arts venues, housed within an imposingly designed network of brutalist buildings. Recent years have seen the Barbican become one of London’s most important cultural cornerstones, with events like the Rain Room and spring 2015 blockbuster Magnificent Obsessions generating huge interest in London and beyond. Home to the London Symphony Orchestra since it opened, the Barbican also became the London base of the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2013, adding further weight to its reputation as the city’s go-to destination for both highbrow and popular arts. Read on to find out what’s happening at the Barbican right now.
For a full list of events happening at the Barbican, check out the venue page.
The Barbican's greatest hits
We pick ten landmark events that have established the Barbican as one of London’s most diverse destinations for arts and culture
Twelve things you didn't know about the Barbican
It’s played host to some fascinating exhibitions, but the warren-like venue is intriguing in itself
What's on at the Barbican
A brilliant young saxophonist with a taste for the funkier side of jazz
Miguel Atwood-Ferguson: Suite For Ma Dukes
The music of American producer, DJ and Rapper J Dilla reinvented as a radical take on contemporary chamber music, backed by a 17-piece ensemble.
Donatella Flick LSO Conducting Competition: Final
Three conductors compete to win the chance to become the assistant conductor of the LSO and £15,000. They conduct works by Verdi, Elgar and Rachmaninov.
Dhafer Youssef + Ambrose Akinmusire
The musicians perform contemporary jazz blended with some of the sounds of their home countries.
The double bass player from Barcelona performs with her trio.
The trumpeter performs his Arab and pan-African-inspired music to mark the release of his new album, Boomerang.
Wayne Shorter Quartet
The jazz composer revives music from his 50-year career and performs new explorations into the genre. He is joined by pianist Danilo Perez, bassist John...
Murray Perahia Plays Beethoven
The world-renowned pianist performs Beethoven The Creatures Of Prometheus Overture, Piano Concerto No 1 In C and Piano Concerto No 3 In C Minor.
Joyce Didonato: In War And Peace
The American mezzo-soprano performs her interpretations of Baroque arias. She is accompanied by Maxim Emelyanychev conducting the Italian period instrument...
BBC Symphony Orchestra/Gaffigan
The orchestra, guided by the conductor, performs works by Kurt Weill, Erich Wolfgang Korngold and others.
LSO Platforms: Guildhall Artists
Senior musicians from the Guildhall School perform repertoire which complements LSO concerts.
Guildhall School: Opera Scenes
An informal performance of classical and contemporary opera pieces by the first year of the Guildhall School Opera Course.
Eating and drinking at the Barbican
Nestled in the heart of the city with stunning views over the lakeside, relax in the Barbican Lounge. Our seasonal tapas style menu will tempt you with truffle and Osso Buco gnocchi, with curly kale and wild mushroom cream, or slow cooked shoulder of lamb tagine with fresh herb cous cous. All accomponied by an extensive wine and cocktail list.