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Young Barbican

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Get discounted tickets to unmissable art and entertainment plus access to programmes, workshops and a growing network of young creatives.

Our Young Barbican scheme gives 14–25 year olds discounted access to unmissable art and entertainment as well as exclusive events and creative opportunities.

Every year, we offer Young Barbican members over 50,000 tickets across art, film, music, theatre and dance for only £5, £10 or £15 with new film releases just £5 (Monday–Thursday). Our Creative Learning programmes give you the chance to expand your talents and passions whatever you're into.

We’re sure you’ll find something you like coming up, whether it’s electronic artists pushing musical boundaries, to the best in international theatre and major fashion, design and photography exhibitions.

And to make sure your friends don’t miss out either, you can even bring a mate who's 14–25 for the same price.

Oh, and did we mention that it’s free to join and you pay no booking fees?

So sign-up now and get booking. You’ll also receive our monthly Young Barbican email with our recommended highlights. As some popular events sell out quickly, we suggest checking the site regularly, signing up to our artform email lists and liking us on Facebook to keep up-to-date.

What's on

Art & design

Uncover the stories of those living on the fringes of society through the lens of 20 photographers who spent months, years or even decades with their subjects in Another Kind of Life: Photography on the Margins. And for her Curve commission, Agadir, Yto Barrada takes as her starting point a surreal text about the devastating earthquake in Agadir, Morocco, in 1960, exploring how a city and its people might address the process of reinvention following disaster.

Art & design events


Our cinema gets glammed up for Oscar® Week, as we screen all this year's Best Picture nominees, plus a special Young Barbican screening. Our Young Programmers take over for a weekend of radical films for Chronic Youth Film Festival. Plus Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns with a characteristically thought-provoking and energising programme.

Cinema events

Contemporary music

Berlin based composer and pianist Nils Frahm performs four hall shows in support of his hotly anticipated new record All Melody and the finest Jazz ensemble in the world – Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra – look back on moments that defined the genre. There will also be a collaborative show from Poliça and s t a r g a z e that draws from an upcoming release that considers a world on the brink.

Music events

Classical Music

In February, Joyce DiDonato stars in the UK Premiere of Jake Heggie's opera, Dead Man Walking, Jonas Kaufmann and Diana Damrau perform Wolf's exquisite Italian Songbook, and pianist Jeremy Denk continues his Milton Court Residency performing Gershwin's Rhapsody in Blue with Britten Sinfonia.

Classical music events

Theatre & dance

At times fantastical and dreamlike, at others expressive and skilfully comic, Vakhtangov Theatre’s Smile Upon Us, Lord illuminates the Jewish experience in the first half of the 20th century. The joyously unpredictable Ballet Black return with two specially commissioned dance pieces, The Suit and A Dream Within a Midsummer Night’s Dream. Fantasy and imagination run wild in Coraline, a new operatic adaptation by Mark-Anthony Turnage.

Theatre & dance events

Booking tickets

1 First, login or sign up to Young Barbican.

2 Select the art form and then click book on the event you're interested in:

for Gallery exhibitions, select a date and time and your discounted ticket price will be displayed at checkout;

for Cinema, select a seat at the standard price and on the next page, you'll be able to apply your £5 discount (Mon–Thu only);

for Music events, choose an area and see if Young Barbican seats (black squares) are available. If there are none, Young Barbican tickets are sold out – try another area or performance.

for Theatre, it's the same as Music above unless the performance is in The Pit or Silk Street Theatre. If the event is in one these venues then you can choose any seat and if discounted tickets are available they'll show at checkout.

3 You can buy a maximum of two discounted tickets per event: one for you and one for a friend also aged 14—25. If you want to come as a group, get your friends to become Young Barbican members too.

1. Young Barbican is open to anyone lucky enough to be aged 14-25 years. Once you're 26 your membership will automatically expire. 

2. By registering for the scheme you promise that you are aged 14-25, and that any tickets discounted as part of Young Barbican are just for you, plus one friend in the same age group (if you want to bring one). Please don’t sell your tickets on. 

3. As a Young Barbican member, you can buy a maximum of two discounted tickets per event one for you and one for a friend also aged 14-25. If you want to come as a group, get your friends to become Young Barbican members too. 

4. Young Barbican tickets are limited in number and subject to availability. When they’re gone, they’re gone. Book early to avoid disappointment. 

5. You must be 14–25 at the time of admittance. 

6. Unfortunately, we can’t offer a Young Barbican discount for every event at the Barbican, although we’ll try our best. All the events where the discount applies are listed on our website. 

7. Sometimes we’ll need to take discounted tickets off sale without notice (see point 4 above). 

8. It’s best to book Young Barbican tickets online at You can also book by telephone or in person, unless we let you know otherwise. 

9. We’ll make it easy for you. Young Barbican tickets, and any additional tickets paid for in the same booking, will be looked after for you to collect on the day. Your tickets will be waiting at the relevant performance desk from 90 minutes before show time (30 minutes for cinema). Sorry, we can’t post you your tickets. 

10. Tickets are not transferable. To make sure no one’s trying it on, you’ll need to bring along some form of ID with your age or date of birth on it when you collect your tickets, along with the credit/debit card you used to book. If you booked an extra ticket for a friend through Young Barbican, they will also need to prove they are 14-25 with a show of ID. 

11. Please remember the thing about ID above. If you can’t prove your age when you come along to collect your Young Barbican tickets, we will have to refund your booking. If it happens more than once, it may be that your membership is cancelled. 

12. We know that life is unpredictable. If you are unable to use your tickets we offer a flexible exchange service. Tickets can be exchanged for another performance, or for a handy credit voucher valid for six months. In order to do this, we need your original tickets back at least 24 hours before the event. Oh, and bear in mind there is an administration fee of £2.50 per ticket for doing this. 

13. When you join Young Barbican, you'll start automatically receiving our monthly email. If you want to cancel your membership, email us at
14. All the information you give us about you will be looked after properly in accordance with the 1998 Data Protection Act. 

15. If you’re really enjoying these T&Cs, you can read the full Barbican conditions of sale at