Beyond Barbican

Photo of crowd of people watching a gig at Walthamstow Garden Party

We programme free events to showcase and develop creative talents and give people different experience of the arts

Walthamstow Garden Party

One of east London's largest free community festivals celebrating global and local talent

Walthamstow Garden Party is a Waltham Forest Council Festival, produced by Barbican and Create in partnership with key local organisations in Waltham Forest. 

Now in it's fifth year and taking place on 14 and 15 July 2018 in Lloyd Park, the Garden Party has seen showcased some of east London's best music, theatre, arts and culture as well as hosting the likes of Doug Hream Blunt, Tinariwen and Toots and the Maytals.

We are excited to see the festival return to Waltham Forest next year. To make sure you don't miss out on the latest updates from the Garden Party, sign up to the newsletter below. 


Barbican OpenFest

A weekend of inspiring art and entertainment

We welcome you to a packed weekend of everything we do best, from art exhibitions, music and dance, to free tours, open rehearsals, showcases and workshops in and around the Centre.

A Culture Mile event

Explore the weekend


The Art of Change

Can the arts change the world? How does the role of artists and the arts help bring about change? How does culture borrow from society – and vice versa? We look ahead at some of the highlights from our 2018 annual theme

a photo of children at the barbican centre

Watch: Big Barbican Workshop

We go behind the scenes of this year's Big Barbican Workshop as students explore all the art forms that the Barbican has to offer, from art, drama, movement, music to spoken word.

Join Young Barbican

Be there when it happens with discounted access to unmissable art and entertainment as well as events and creative opportunities for 14-25 year olds