A world-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts.
The Barbican exists to serve its wide and diverse audiences - engaging with arts lovers through our unique and inspiring artistic events at the Centre and using our Creative learning programme and free events to introduce new audiences to great arts experiences.
Our Vision is world-class arts and learning, collaborating with our partners to:
- Serve all our audiences
- Produce an outstanding arts programme
- Place creative learning at the heart of our work
- Develop our iconic buildings
- Diversify our funding
- Create a cultural quarter in the City of London
Over 1.77 million people pass through our doors every year, plus a further 300,000 at offsite events across London, alongside hundreds of artists and performers from across the globe featuring in our artistic programme and more than 300 staff working onsite. In 2012 we helped celebrate the Olympic year with many of our projects forming part of the Cultural Olympiad and London 2012 Festival.
Our architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, the Pit, Cinema One, the newly opened Cinemas Two & Three in Beech Street, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, foyers and public spaces, a library, Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants.