Barbican Centre announces new digital content during temporary closure


The Barbican has announced new digital content available for everyone to read, watch and listen to for free.

All content is available at and via the Barbican’s social channels, and highlights include:

  • A podcast series with Stephen Fry on music, art, isolation, mental health and the healing power of art, starting on 6 May.
  • Ballet Black’s Ingoma (2019), co-commissioned and filmed at the Barbican, available on YouTube from 3 May.
  • Two short films commissioned for the cancelled The Lark Ascending: People, Music, Landscape concert, featuring new sound recordings and compositions by artist and musician Rob St John and readings from author Richard King.
  • A live discussion between filmmaker Kitty Green, Birds Eye View director Mia Bays and Barbican curator Sonia Zadurian about The Assistant on 6 May.
  • A Q&A with Barbican Visual Arts Curator Alona Pardo about the exhibition Masculinities: Liberation through Photography on 7 May.

Podcasts can be accessed from the Read, Watch & Listen page or by subscribing to the Barbican’s Nothing Concrete podcast via AcastSpotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

Since the centre’s temporary closure on 17 March, the Read, Watch & Listen section of the Barbican’s website has seen an increase of 350% in visitors, compared to the same time last year, with numbers of new visitors to the site up by 390%.

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Inspired by the Barbican’s international arts programme, the curated mix of podcasts, playlists, films, videos, talks and articles enables audiences to continue to enjoy the Centre’s rich and varied programme.

Sir Nicholas Kenyon, managing director at the Barbican, said: “During these difficult times, we’re continuing to focus on connecting audiences with the arts and with each other.

“On our website and social channels we’re offering a uniquely Barbican mix of high-quality digital content across all artforms.

“From videos and images to podcasts, articles and talks from some of the amazing artists who regularly appear in our programme, we’re bringing the arts that audiences love direct to their homes.

“We hope there’s something for everyone, whatever their interests. The big increase in traffic to our website since we closed our doors on 17 March shows that in these uncertain and worrying times, the arts continue to inspire, enlighten and comfort.”

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