Barbican announces autumn programme and welcomes audiences back to Barbican Hall


The Barbican has announced a new programme of live events, digital content and artist development opportunities for the autumn.

After successfully reopening its Galleries and the Conservatory in July/August followed by Cinema 1 last week, the Barbican continues its phased reopening with new events, installations and in-person activities to welcome more audiences back into the Centre.

The autumn programme also sees an expanded online offer as well as providing new initiatives and support for artists to create new work and space for a range of community projects.

Live music and live audiences return to the Barbican this autumn with a newly curated, streamed concert series Live from the Barbican, which takes place in the Hall between 4 October and 13 December 2020 with a digital audience alongside a socially distanced live one.

The line-up, announced today, includes The Divine Comedy, The Kanneh-Mason Family, Emmy the Great, Sir Antonio Pappano, Nubya Garcia, Shabaka Hutchings and Sir Bryn Terfel.

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Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican said: “This is a significant step forward for us and we’re delighted to expand our offer through the autumn, gradually opening up our venues and providing space for artists and communities to connect.

“Our autumn programme features concerts from some of the most exciting musicians working today, a podcast series of conversations between some of our leading creative minds, alongside a whole range of work by new and established artists.

“With the challenges facing the arts and our society, we’re particularly pleased to be able to give research and development space for artists to develop work that responds to the time we’re living in through initiatives including our Open Lab programme. We’re also very excited to bring people in local communities together through events such as Leytonstone Loves Film.

“We know that not everyone will be able to join us in person, so we’re building on our digital offer, delivering events and initiatives that can be experienced online as well as in person.

“We’re fortunate to present this rich variety of work thanks to the continuing support of the City of London Corporation, our founder and principal funder, and the generosity of all our patrons and supporters.”

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