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Barbican Centre

The Barbican Centre is one of the world’s leading arts centres. It provides all the arts – music, theatre, dance, cinema, the visual arts and creative learning under one roof and one creative direction.

Our funding will enable Arts Council England to partner the Barbican Centre in its contemporary music programme, and will enhance the Barbican Centre's local and national impact in this area of activity.

Funding awards

  • 2012-2013: £570,000
  • 2013-2014: £583,110
  • 2014-2015: £598,270

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International Beckett Season: Waiting for Godot

Kicking off our International Beckett Season are Beckett's quintessentially comic duo, joking, bickering and musing on the profound as they patiently await the arrival of Godot.

A Mad World My Masters - Trailer

It's 1950s London and debauchery floods the streets of Soho. Glamour rubs up against filth, posh mix with musicians and a dashing bachelor in need of quick cash has to live on his wits. Royal Shakespeare Company / English Touring Theatre

ENO Between Worlds - with Tansy Davies and Deborah Warner

We spoke to composer Tansy Davies and director Deborah Warner about their new opera 'Between Worlds, exploring how we can represent the cultural tragedy of 9/11 onstage.

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Boy Blue Entertainment: Intrusion

Along the deserted highwalks of the Barbican estate, down into the empty foyers of the Barbican Centre, a strange presence follows a group of performers as they fill the empty space with dance, watched over by a mysterious figure taking over the screens... Shot in the Barbican foyers over night with a drone mounted camera, our Artistic Associates Boy Blue Entertainment teamed up with Area Seventeen to create the short film, 'Intrusion'.

Pipe Dreams - Teaser

A teaser trailer for Pipe Dreams, a short film commissioned by the Barbican to mark the passing of the Crossrail Tunnel Boring Machines beneath the Barbican Estate. The film will be released and free to view from Wednesday 8 April. Granted unique access as the final stretch of the Crossrail project’s tunnelling takes place between Liverpool Street and Farringdon, the film captures the magic of the tunnels in their present state, revealing the underground landscape and contemplating what is being created underneath our feet. Music by LoneLady, filmed by Bevis Bowden, animation by Daniela Sherer, production and direction by Sidd Khajuria.

Antigone: An Interview with Juliette Binoche

4 - 28 March 2015, Barbican Celebrated stage and screen actress Juliette Binoche plays Antigone in a contemporary version of Sophokles's tragedy, translated afresh by TS Eliot Prize-winning poet Anne Carson.

Musicjelly: Build Your Own Orchestra

The New York Philharmonic steps out from the concert hall and into the foyers in this immersive installation, as you stand in front of eighteen orchestral players and make them appear and play at the touch of a button. Come and play 15-19 April: Part of the NY Phil Residency:

Theatre Ad Infinitum: Light

20-24 Jan, Barbican: Part of the London International Mime Festival 2015 Inspired by Edward Snowden’s revelations and the ensuing debate on state surveillance, Theatre Ad Infinitum conjures an Orwellian future where a totalitarian regime monitors the thoughts of its citizens through implants.

LOOP 60Hz: Transmissions from The Drone Orchestra

Two fearless innovators, musical pioneer John Cale and technology storyteller Liam Young, transformed the Barbican's Theatre with a brand new audio-visual collaboration. A film by Bevis Bowden about 'LOOP 60Hz: Transmissions from The Drone Orchestra', a work by John Cale and Liam Young, commissioned by the Barbican and The Space as part of Digital Revolution. The performance took place on 12 & 13 September 2014.

Basil Twist: Dogugaeshi

28–31 Jan 2015, Barbican: Part of London International Mime Festival 2015 Audacious theatre artist and puppeteer Basil Twist collaborates with master musician Yumiko Tanaka on a spectacular visual journey inspired by dogugaeshi – the Japanese art of creating beautiful illusions through perspective.

Peeping Tom: 32 rue Vandenbranden

28–31 Jan 2015, Barbican: Part of the London International Mime Festival 2015 Cinematic set design and jaw-dropping physicality combine to create an unforgettable piece of dance theatre that plunges spectators into a foreboding universe of cold, wind and ice.

Cheek by Jowl: Measure for Measure

15-25 Apr 2015, Silk Street Theatre More info: Featuring the company’s Russian ensemble, Cheek by Jowl’s piercing new production delves into the depths of an unpredictable city to dissect the nature of government, love and justice.

Keaton Henson presents Cellophony – Vivaldi's Four Seasons A multisensory performance of the iconic classical piece, devised by celebrated singer-songwriter Keaton Henson – who will be opening the evening with a classical set composed by Keaton himself.

Eye-Popping Colour: The Night is Young

In Leos Carax's second film, an older gangster lures the son of his slain cohort into a plot to break into a laboratory and steal an AIDS-like virus. With its punchy palette of primary reds, yellows and blues – 'The Night Is Young' is the perfect close to our Eye-Popping Colour season. Showing Sat 30 Aug, 4pm:

John Cale & Liam Young: LOOP60Hz: Transmissions from The Drone Orchestra

LOOP60Hz: Transmissions from The Drone Orchestra Find out more: Produced by the Barbican Co-commissioned with The Space 12 - 13 September 2014 / 20:00

Sahara Soul – Sat 27 Sep

Find out more New grooves and visions of the Sahara shared around a campfire in the desert night... Featuring Malian Tuareg greats Sanou Ag Ahmed (Terakaft), Ousmane Ag Mossa (Tamikrest) and Abdallah Ag Alhousseyni (Tinariwen), plus Aziza Brahim (Western Sahara), Tartit (Mali), Nabil Baly Othmani (Algeria), Noura Mint Seymali (Mauritania) and more

Eye-Popping Colour: Enter the Void - UNCUT

Open your eyes wide and enter the void with Gaspar Noe's spectacular psychedelic odyssey of life after death. Part of Eye-Popping Colour this August:

Third World Bunfight/Brett Bailey Macbeth: Behind-the-scenes

16-20 Sep, Theatre Find out more: Take a look behind the scenes of Macbeth, as the cast and director Brett Bailey discuss this daring adaptation of Verdi's opera set in the war-torn Congo of today. Footage with special thanks to Moois Media Foundation, Rotterdam

Joyce DiDonato introduces her Barbican Artist Spotlight

In The Barbican's 2014-15 classical season the spotlight falls on the 'perfect 21st-century diva' (New York Times), mezzo-soprano Joyce DiDonato. To find out more about the five concerts which make up this rainbow portrait, see: Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

The Five & the Prophecy of Prana

Boy Blue Entertainment The Five & the Prophecy of Prana 2-4 Oct, Theatre More info & tickets: Five young troublemakers are drawn into a power struggle that has divided a secret group of warriors. Given a chance to redeem themselves in the ensuing battle to restore peace, their action-packed adventure becomes a celebration of camaraderie and the triumph of the human spirit. Set in modern Tokyo, The Five and the Prophecy of Prana sees dazzling visuals frame a dynamic fusion of hip-hop and martial arts in an explosive tribute to manga -- Japan's popular graphic novel form. Part of Dance Touring Partnership 2014 Tour

Walthamstow Garden Party, Sat 26 & Sun 27 Jul, Lloyd Park E17 5JW

Join us for two days of music, theatre, arts and crafts, food and family fun. Free event, no ticket required. Find out more

Welcome to Digital Revolution

Discover the rise of digital creativity across the arts as Barbican Guest Curator Conrad Bodman, takes us on a tour of our new immersive exhibition, Digital Revolution. From the history of digital technology to the innovative ways artists, and audiences, are engaging with the digital world, the revolution is starting... Digital Revolution is open 3 Jul--14 Sep: #digitalrevolution

Hitchcock's Blackmail

Book tickets: This year's Walthamstow Get Together series opens with a screening of Alfred Hitchcock's 1929 silent film Blackmail at the Walthamstow Assembly Hall. The screening will be accompanied live by the Forest Philharmonic, conducted by Timothy Brock, performing the 2012 score written by Neil Brand, who will also introduce the evening. Based on the play by Charles Bennett -- who also collaborated with Hitchcock on The 39 Steps and The Man Who Knew Too Much -- Blackmail (1929) is acknowledged as the first British sound feature film. Alice has stabbed to death a man who tried to rape her. Her boyfriend Frank, a policeman, covers it up; but Tracey, the local petty thief, tries to blackmail the couple. This leads to Tracey's attempted arrest and a spectacular police chase which ends on the roof of the British Museum. Get there early (from 17.30) for some great street food and drink from the Real Food Festivals. Hitchcock was notoriously fond of good food and drink and, in keeping with his East London roots, there will be street food trucks including Bell & Brisket (salt beef bagels), Born & Raised (British and East End themed pizzas) as well as Wondering Wine, a vintage Citroen H Van wine bar -- particularly fitting as -like many of the characters in his film- Alfred Hitchcock was always partial to a good drink too... 'A wild ride, a darkly comic thriller to which the score provides a beautiful response' Little White Lies

Vakhtangov State Academic Theatre of Russia: Eugene Onegin

18--21 Feb 2015 Conceived with breathtaking beauty and poetic poignancy by one of Russia's most prestigious companies, this is the first-ever theatrical adaptation of Pushkin's novel in verse.

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