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Our story

Our programme

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.

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Artistic vision

We inspire more people to discover and love the arts. 

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Our boundary-pushing music programme cuts across all genres, including work by contemporary artists, experimental collaborations and visits from the world’s best orchestras and soloists.

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Theatre & dance

Our two theatre spaces play host to the finest international theatre, dance and performance by artists and companies who are challenging the idea of what theatre can be.

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Visual arts

Our visual arts programme embraces art, architecture, design, fashion, photography and film. 

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The best international new releases, talks with filmmakers, major curated seasons and leads in the presentation of the performing arts on screen.

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Creative Learning

Pioneering new models for creative and cultural learning across art forms.

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Annual reports

Download the Barbican's annual reports for an overview of the past few years.

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Communities & Neighbourhoods

We work with local communities to create inclusive and sustainable community run festivals, projects and networks.

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International work

Situated at the heart of an international capital city, the Barbican aims to represent the vitality and diversity of London’s languages, cultures and stories.