Saved events

Our story

Our programme

The Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts.

Photo of Station to Station smoke installation on the Barbican Lakeside

What we do

We’re London’s Creative Catalyst for arts, curiosity and enterprise

People enjoying a contemporary music gig


Our boundary-pushing music programme cuts across all genres, including work by contemporary artists, experimental collaborations and visits from the world’s best orchestras and soloists.

Photo through the doors of the Barbican theatre into the stalls

Theatre & dance

Our two theatre spaces play host to the finest international theatre, dance and performance by artists and companies who are challenging the idea of what theatre can be.

A photo of The Japanese House, Architecture and Life after 1945, Installation at Barbican Centre.

Visual arts

Our visual arts programme embraces art, architecture, design, fashion, photography and film. 

Cinema 1 at the Barbican


The best international new releases, talks with filmmakers, major curated seasons and leads in the presentation of the performing arts on screen.

Large group of children seating and cheering on some steps in the Barbican

Creative Collaborations

Pioneering new models for creative and cultural learning across art forms.

A person has their back to the camera and is writing on a large piece of paper which is hanging on a wall

Communities and Neighbourhoods

We collaborate with local communities and neighbourhoods to unleash the power of creativity, forging better futures for more people.

Digital Revolution at the Barbican

International work

Situated at the heart of an international capital city, the Barbican aims to represent the vitality and diversity of London’s languages, cultures and stories.