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Summer at the Barbican

Beech Street Entrance with illustrations of people and butterflies

Discover Theatre, Music, Art, Cinema and a whole lot more...

From our stunning architecture, a tropical Conservatory and (hopefully) a sun-drenched Lakeside, there's always something new to explore at the Barbican. 

Our packed events programme this summer includes a hit Broadway musical, the return of Outdoor Cinema and a major new Gallery show from Francis Alÿs.

6 things not to miss this summer

1. Enjoy drinks on Lakeside

Sunny days are best spent with an ice cold drink on our iconic Lakeside. Enjoy views of Ibrahim Mahama's new artwork, enveloping the building’s iconic concrete walls with approximately 2000 square metres of bespoke woven cloth.

Now - Sun 18 Aug

📍 Lakeside Terrace

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2. Kiss Me, Kate

To be or not to love. That's the question in the star-packed, sizzling new production of Cole Porter's legendary backstage musical comedy.

Tue 4 Jun - Sat 14 Sep

📍 Theatre

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3. Francis Alys: Ricochets

A new immersive exhibition celebrating the universality and ingenuity of play: Ricochets is the largest institutional show in the UK by internationally renowned artist Francis Alÿs in almost 15 years.

Thu 27 Jun - Sun 1 Sep

📍 Art Gallery

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4. Summer Jazz Series

Join us for the Summer Jazz Series which is bringing global stars to our Hall. From the topical, tropical, travelling pop of Cape Verdean singer Mayra Andrade to the distinctive, honeyed croon of Madeline Peyroux and Whiplash's sensational soundtrack performed live on stage in synchronisation with the film. 

Sat 29 Jun - Sun 21 Jul

📍 Hall

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5. Outdoor Cinema

Barbican Cinema is delighted to present another late summer programme of open-air evening screenings, in the spectacular setting of the Sculpture Court.

Wed 21 Aug - Sun 1 Sep

📍 Sculpture Court

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6. Find our commissions

Artists respond to our beautiful brutal home all around the Centre

NOW: Ibrahim Mahama: Purple Hibiscus

📍 Lakeside Terrace
🎟️ Free

NOW: Ranjani Shettar: Cloud songs on the horizon

📍 Conservatory
🎟️ Free

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