Our building is temporarily closed, due to UK Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19. Find out more

General info

Coronavirus Advice

The Barbican is temporarily closed until further notice due to new UK Government advice on Coronavirus/Covid-19.

To close our building was a poignant moment for us all. We exist to connect people, so we’re still coming to terms with what this means for us as an organisation, as a team, and as a place that welcomes visitors and artists from around the world. We’ll be back as soon as we can and are already looking forward to the moment we can reopen our doors.  

All events taking place until Tuesday 30 June 2020 have now been cancelled or postponed. We’re not sure how long we’re going to need to be closed so we’re taking things day by day, but we’ll be in touch as soon as we know more. You can sign up to our mailing list to make sure you’re first to know.


If you’ve booked a ticket for something that’s been cancelled, you’ll be able to claim a refund and we’ll be in touch about your refund options in the next few days. As you can imagine there’s a lot to get through, so it’s taking a bit more time than usual to process refunds. Please bear with us. 

Or you can exchange for account credit to use when we’re able to welcome you back. When this is over, we’re going to need to reconnect with each other more than ever, so we’d love you to be ready to join us as soon as we reopen by carrying over your booking to an event later in the year. 

As an organisation, we rely on ticket sales and your enduring support and generosity to be able to present and share our programme with you and thousands of others. We’re all finding ourselves in completely new territory, which presents a real financial challenge for us and for those we work with. So, if you’re able, please consider donating to us so we can keep investing in the artists and organisations that help make this place what it is. Please also consider donating to our artistic residents and associates to support them through these difficult times.

What’s next?

Until then, we may have swapped our concrete backdrop for laptop screens on desks, sofas and kitchen tables across London and beyond, but we’re still very much here.

Our focus now is on finding ways we can bring everything you love about the Barbican from our homes to yours, wherever you are.

We’ll be doing this over the coming weeks and months on our digital channels and we would love for you to join us, so do keep checking our website. if you find yourself in need of some inspiration – or distraction – you can always find something to Read, Watch or Listen to here.

We’ll be on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram too if you want to say hello or find out what we’re planning next.

Take care. We hope to see you soon.

Everyone at the Barbican