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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Richard Mosse: Incoming
There’s two things you need to know about this show. One: it will make you rethink the European refugee crisis. And two: it contains some of the most beautiful images you will see in a gallery this year. Or ever. Paradoxically, it achieves both these...Until Sunday April 23 2017 Free
Blanca Li Dance Company - Robot
Man meets machine in this witty performance by Spanish-born Blanca Li. Eight dancers and seven robotic humanoids dance together, in a hi-tech meditation on artificial intelligence and man's dependence on technology.Modern Wednesday February 22 2017 - Saturday February 25 2017
Danza Contemporanea De Cuba: Como No & Dance Consortium
Cuba's flagship contemporary dance crew are performing at the Barbican for the first time, and it should be sizzling. They reflect Cuba's eclectic culture with a style that mixes European-style ballet, jazz, and Caribbean rhythms. This new show is produced...Modern Thursday February 23 2017
Britten Sinfonia: John Adams At 70: Grand Pianola Music
Joana Carneiro conducts a performance of John Adams's Chamber Symphony, Timo Andres's Steady Hand, for two pianos and orchestra (world premiere), Philip Glass's Music In Similar Motion and John Adams's Grand Pianola Music.Classical and opera Saturday February 25 2017
Ballet Black: Triple Bill
Three performances from Ballet Black, a company for international dancers of black and Asians descent. The centrepiece is Christopher Hampton's 'Storyville', which tells the story of Nora, a farm girl who comes off the rails in 1920s New Orleans. It'll...Ballet Thursday March 2 2017 - Saturday March 4 2017
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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.