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
Ernest Ranglin And Friends
Farewell tour for the pioneering guitarist, known for his long career shaping the sounds of jazz, ska and reggae.
On the Twentieth Century
Guildhall actors present the musical tale about a down-on-his-luck theatre producer who attempts to rekindle his romance with a glamorous Hollywood starlet,...
Martinho Da Vila
The Brazilian samba revivalist and his band perform music from their 50-year career, featuring traditional samba and contemporary pop fusions.
London Symphony Orchestra: Ives, Beethoven and Rachmaninov
Sir Simon Rattle conducts this programme which explores the pivotal works of three vastly different composers. The programme comprises Ives's The Unanswered...
Possibly Colliding: A Weekend Curated By Nils Frahm
A musical exploration of the space where genres, sounds and ideas collide. With musicians AMBIQ, Anna Von Hausswolff, Britten Sinfonia Voices, Canto Ostinato...
Possibly Colliding: Session One: Nils Frahm & Company - A Most Ambitious Concert
A performance of ambitious music as Frahm experiments with instrumentation and technology, not bound by genres or definitions.
Possibly Colliding: Session Four Penguin Cafe & Anna Von Hausswolff
Two very distinct sets from artists who combine classical and modern music influences to create something new.
Junior Guildhall Symphony Orchestra
Conductor Julian Clayton and violinist Dan-Iulian Drutac winner of the Lutine Prize 2015 perform Vaughan Williams's Norfolk Rhapsody No 1 In E minor,...
The lead singer from Antony And The Johnsons, Oneohtrix Point Never and Hudson Mohawke present their collaboration which aims to disrupt assumptions about...
Needles and Opium
The legendary Robert Lepage revives a haunting early hit
A huge figure in Brazilian music, either as an instrumentalist or as bandleader since the '60s, Pascoal makes a rare London appearance.
Joao Donato, Janis Siegel & Diego Figueiredo
A fusion of American Jazz and Brazilian music, and standards from the Bossa Nova back catalogue.
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.