A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning programme further underpins everything it does.
The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, the Pit, Cinemas 1, 2 and 3, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery the Curve, public spaces, a library, the Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre.
The Barbican is home to Resident Orchestra, London Symphony Orchestra; Associate Orchestra, BBC Symphony Orchestra; Associate Ensembles, the Academy of Ancient Music and Britten Sinfonia among others.
The Barbican works with outstanding artists to give audiences opportunities to experience outstanding work by acclaimed companies and artists. Its ambitious cultural partnerships offer outstanding creative opportunities for young people across eight east London boroughs.