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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

Video feed

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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Belvoir Sydney: The Wild Duck

23 Oct - 1 Nov Info & Tickets: Hjalmar lives in a flat with his wife, senile father, visually impaired daughter and a duck. Still he's reasonably content, until his old friend Gregers returns to town, armed with disturbing revelations that threaten to blow their lives apart. Known in Australia as a 'fearless adaptor of classic plays' (Daily Telegraph, Sydney), Simon Stone reimagines The Wild Duck for the modern stage, liberating the drama with a taut new script and distilled cast. Set within a glass enclosure, the action is accentuated, unfolding in rapid, unpredictable scenes. Driven by a superb ensemble, this is a work of immediacy and emotive power. Part of the International Ibsen season

Théâtre National de Nice/Irina Brook: Peer Gynt

8-11 Oct Info & Tickets: Born into an international theatre family, Irina Brook first read Peer Gynt as a young actress living in 1980s New York. In a relationship at the time with Iggy Pop, she imagined Ibsen's eponymous hero as the boisterous rock star. Years later, her vision has been vividly realised in an adaptation featuring creative contributions from the legendary musician as well as new writing from Pulitzer Prize-winning Sam Shepard. Driven by a timeless hunger for fame and wealth, 'PG' remains a man on a desperate quest for his inner-self. His fantastical journey is wholly updated by this exuberant show rich in contemporary imagery, live music and original poetry. Part of the International Ibsen Season

Skydweller: a portrait of London

Filmed over the course of a day from the top of Cromwell Tower, one of three residential towers in the Barbican estate, Skydweller combines over 5,000 photographs in a stunning timelapse of the view across London. With specially composed music by Tom Rosenthal and poetry by artist, poet and Barbican host, Paul Haworth, this short film offers a unique view of our bustling capital and its residents from the calm above. Haworth said "whenever one looks at great cities from high up, it is a beautiful and threatening proposition. Watching this footage, I was fascinated by how wild London appeared. It feels like an entirely economic landscape and yet there is still so much romance in it. Up in the sky, you are always imagining what is going on down there." With many thanks to the Likierman-Hale family for allowing us to film from their apartment in Cromwell Tower.

12+ Filmmaking Workshop: Science Lesson

A short film made by the participants of the 12+ Filmmaking Workshop, which took place as part of Framed Film Festival 2013.

United Visual Artists: Momentum

United Visual Artists: Momentum 13 February--1 June 2014 in The Curve United Visual Artists invites you to experience 'Momentum', a carefully choreographed sequence of light, sound and movement, which responds to the unique space of The Curve. We speak to United Visual Artists' Matt Clark about the making of the work and the immersive experience of 'Momentum'. Share your experience @barbicancentre #uvamomentum Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

Just Jam - Chris King trailer

Can't see this in a club - Just Jam Sat 1 Mar, Hall featuring Big Narstie & JME feat. Preditah, Omar Souleyman, RP Boo & Light Bulb, SOPHIE, Mount Kimbie (DJ set), Loefah & Chunky, Kurupt FM, Newham Generals, DJ Sticky & more Media Partner: Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

Just Jam with Tim & Barry

Can't see this in a club - Just Jam Sat 1 Mar, Hall featuring Big Narstie & JME feat. Preditah, Omar Souleyman, RP Boo & Light Bulb, Loefah & Chunky, Kurupt FM, Newham Generals, DJ Sticky & more Media Partner: Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

Johánn Johánnsson The Miners' Hymns

9 March 2014 Info & Tickets: The Icelandic composer performs live his deeply moving score alongside Bill Morrison's film about the ill-fated mining communities in northeast England. After the performance, join Jóhann Jóhannsson and Bill Morrison on a post-show discussion, hosted by Nick Bradshaw, Sight & Sound | The International Film Magazine. They'll be talking about this first-time collaboration and the relevance of the work on the 30th anniversary of the 1984-5 Miners' Strike. Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

Blow the Bloody Doors Off!

6 February 2014 Info & Tickets: All the grit and glamour of the sixties, captured in swinging cinematic grooves. Featuring music from Michael Caine's most iconic films: Get Carter (music by Roy Budd), The Italian Job (Quincy Jones), Alfie (Sonny Rollins) and The Ipcress File (John Barry). Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

Circa & Debussy String Quartet - Opus

18 - 22 February 2014 Info & Tickets: Suspended in mid-air, a solo acrobat moves beautifully to the passionate tones of Shostakovich's music, played live on stage by the renowned Debussy String Quartet. Fourteen artists then tumble, spin and fly around the musicians in a delicate and savage dance. Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

Disney's Frozen: Special Introduction to the Barbican

A big thank you to Film Nation UK for setting up this special introduction by producer Peter Del Vecho and writer/director Jennifer Lee for a preview of Disney's new animated comedy adventure, Frozen, screening on Sunday 24 November. Part of Framed Film Festival 2013. Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

Barbican Britten: Curlew River

Inspired by Japanese Noh theatre, Benjamin Britten's church parable, Curlew River is a 'once heard, never forgotten' work. Performing at Barbican Britten for three special performances, we capture some of this haunting production as Curlew River is brought to life in the beautiful surroundings of St Giles, Cripplegate, under the direction of multimedia artist Netia Jones with music by Britten Sinfonia and an outstanding British cast led by tenor Ian Bostridge. Part of Barbican Britten: Find out more about Curlew River on the Barbican Blog: Tweet using #BarbicanBritten and follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

Barbican Britten: Curlew River Echo

Witness the transformation of one of the City of London's most glorious medieval churches. Curlew River Echo is an audio-visual installation playing in the atmospheric environment of St Giles, Cripplegate. Visitors are invited to experience an echo of the opera in a mysterious, evanescent and thought-provoking way. The installation runs from 11am on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 November 2013. The final cycle on both days finishes at approx. 4.45pm. Read more about how to visit the installation here: See full credits and details of the Barbican's production of Curlew River here: Tweet using #BarbicanBritten and follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

Young Jean Lee: The Shipment

10 - 14 June 2014 Info & Tickets: Not afraid to tackle thorny issues of race and religion, Young Jean Lee is New York's most adventurous downtown playwright. Developed in collaboration with an all-black cast, this biting satire invites audiences on a rollercoaster ride through the assumptions, clichés and distortions that arise when exploring the experience of African-Americans today. Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

Pop Art Design, Barbican Art Gallery

22 October 2013 - 9 February 2014 Info & Tickets: Art and design collide in Pop Art Design: the bold new exhibition featuring work by over 70 trailblazing artists and designers of the multicoloured Pop era. Pop Art Design is the first comprehensive exhibition to explore the exciting exchange of ideas between art and design in the Pop age. Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

A Microcosm of London

Based on Peter Ackroyd's essay, 'A Microcosm of London', Brighton based animators, Persistent Peril recreate the illustrious history of the Barbican site from the Romans to present day in animation. Find out more on the Barbican Blog: Visit Persistent Peril:

Exploring Brahms with Gewandhausorchester Leipzig

As part of the Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig International Associate Residency, a group of 40 young instrumentalists from East London were given the opportunity to learn and perform their interpretation of Brams' Symphony No 4 over two days. With the help of Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig, orchestral musicians from London and students from the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, this film provides a glimpse of how they achieved their inspiring performance. With thanks to Newham Music Trust, Mossborne Community Academy Hackney, and Redbridge Music Service. The Gewandhaus Orchestra Leipzig International Associate Residency was generously supported by The City Bridge Trust, J Paul Getty Jr Charitable Trust and SHM Foundation The final performance took place on the Barbican freeStage on Wednesday 30 October 2013. Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra

Archie Shepp Attica Blues Orchestra Sun 24 Nov Part of EFG London Jazz Festival The firebrand saxophonist's seminal 1970s response to the civil right struggle is recreated in a collision of African American musics - blues, spirituals, classic big band and free jazz. Find out more and book your tickets visit Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

Charleroi Danses: Kiss & Cry

25 - 28 June 2014 Info & Tickets: Alone on a station platform, a woman recalls her great -- and once forgotten -- loves. Her memories take shape in a miniature world where toys, figurines and everyday objects have the power to delight. Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

Cheek by Jowl: 'Tis Pity She's a Whore

9 - 26 April 2014 Info & Tickets: Transposed to a contemporary, visceral setting, John Ford's potent tragedy charts an incestuous relationship. Vivid and violent, it examines one of society's last taboos through a brother and sister's passionate descent into hell. Morality, religion and corruption collide in this 'scintillating production' (The Sunday Times), ensuring the Jacobean drama remains as shocking and controversial as it was almost 400 years ago. Footage from 2012 production. Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

Cheek by Jowl: Ubu Roi

18 - 22 June 2014 Info & Tickets: Alfred Jarry's menacing depiction of a despot was outlawed after its first performance in 1896. Causing outrage with scandalous language and animalistic brutality, its satire showed the worst excesses of greed and abuse of power. A sell-out in 2013, Ubu Roi is the second triumphant production by Cheek by Jowl to be revived this season. Follow us on Twitter: (@BarbicanCentre) Facebook:

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