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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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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.

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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.

Les Ambassadeurs - Salif Keita, Amadou Bagayoko (Amadou & Mariam), Cheick Tidiane Seck

The legendary Malian big band reunites for the first time in 25 years. Featuring Salif Keita, Cheick Tidiane Seck, Amadou Bagayoko (Amadou & Mariam) and more. See them live on 26 July 2014 --

Schaubuhne Berlin: An Enemy of the People

24-28 Sep Info & Tickets: When Dr Stockmann discovers that industrial pollution is contaminating his spa town, he knows the right thing to do. But the inconvenient truth is unwelcome in a community whose survival depends on selling toxic water to tourists. As the cover-up gathers pace, can a solitary whistleblower avoid being brought to his knees? Schaubühne's potent adaptation catapults Ibsen into a modern world of environmental and financial crises, becoming a mirror for our times. Studded with contemporary political and musical references, the production builds to an explosive final act in which you are invited to join the debate. Thomas Ostermeier is renowned internationally for 'shaking up the classical repertoire' (New York Times). Part of the International Ibsen Season

Barbican Box 2014

23 schools, 555 young people, 1 Barbican Box. Innovative theatre company, Complicite return to inspire the young people in London to create and participate in theatre by curating Barbican Box 2014 with the theme of 'migration'. We speak to Complicite's Simon McBurney and our Theatre and Cross Arts Producer Jenny Mollica about this year's project. Part of the Barbican/Guildhall Creative Learning programme. #barbicanbox

Kronos at 40, Tue 13 May

A one-of-a-kind 40th-anniversary celebration for Kronos Quartet featuring new music by Philip Glass, Bryce Dessner, Jarvis Cocker, Mariana Sadovska and more. The evening features commissioned works by favourite composers and collaborators from throughout Kronos' history, including a UK premiere by Philip Glass and world premieres of pieces by Bryce Dessner (guitarist of The National) and Jarvis Cocker. Ukranian singer and composer Mariana Sadovska also joins Kronos on stage for the UK premiere of her composition, Chernobyl.The Harvest. A piece for one voice and string quartet, based on ancient-ceremonial music of norhtern Ukraine and contemporary sound scales, it is a 'pagan requiem' which uses the nuclear catastrophy of Chernobyl as a starting point to experiment with distruction and creation of musical structures and stories. Tickets and info:

In Conversation: Jean Paul Gaultier with Thierry-Maxime Loriot

As The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk enjoys its UK premiere at the Barbican Art Gallery, exhibition curator Thierry-Maxime Loriot interviews Jean Paul Gaultier about his childhood, early collections, the British reputation and why London will always be a special place for him and his work. (Please be aware that this film contains some strong language.) The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk is open 9 Apr--25 Aug 2014: Download the free exhibition app:

Introducing Gaultier: His Fashion World

The enfant terrible himself introduces our free multimedia guide for The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk. Featuring exclusive interviews with Gaultier, his muses and collaborators alongside photography, video and audio, you can explore Gaultier's stunning fashion world before, during and after your visit to the exhibition, wherever you are. Download the app: The Fashion World of Jean Paul Gaultier: From the Sidewalk to the Catwalk: 9 Apr--25 Aug 2014:

Landmark Productions: Howie the Rookie

19-29 Nov Info & Tickets: Take an adrenaline-fuelled ride into Dublin's underworld. A tale of two halves, narrated first by the Howie, then picked up by the Rookie, unfolds within a landscape of feverish drinking, casual sex and visceral violence. Meet unforgettable characters along the way from Ladyboy, the psychotic thug hellbent on avenging the deaths of his fighting fish, to monstrous Avalanche, clad in ski pants, looking for love from her bar stool. Mark O'Rowe's two-hander is transformed into a one-man monologue brimming with ferocious lyricism and coruscating wit. Tom Vaughan-Lawlor prowls, dances and dives to give a blistering performance, for which he was named Best Actor at the Irish Times Theatre Awards.

florschütz & döhnert: Psst! Secrets of a White Rabbit

28 Oct-4 Nov Info & Tickets: Wondrous theatre for families and children 2 and above There's a rabbit on the loose. He's no ordinary rabbit, interested only in sleep and food. Instead he can climb stairs, balance on a tightrope and even take to the skies. Fall under the spell of a little creature conjured out of tissue paper by a duo of gentle clowns. Let them guide you through a music-filled fantasyland where even the simplest things can become grandiose. Developing shows for small children and their families since 2004, florschütz & döhnert's blend of physical theatre, puppetry and enchanting humour is sure to entertain.

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