Barbican Centre turns 40

Lakeside Terrace, Barbican Centre. Photo by Max Colson

The Barbican Centre marks 40th birthday with an exciting programme of music, art, theatre, dance and cinema celebrating London and its many creative communities.

On March 3, 2022, the Barbican will celebrate its 40th birthday with an eclectic and vibrant programme of events, exhibitions, films, concerts, dance and theatre showcasing the Barbican’s unique role as an internationally-acclaimed multi-disciplinary venue, located in the heart of the City of London.

Since 1982, the Barbican has welcomed millions of visitors and thousands of artists; been a home for artistic exchange and performance; a public place for discovery; a resource for local communities, and played a significant role inspiring and developing future artists.

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Photo by Max Colson

Over the course of a long weekend (March 3-6), the programme will highlight the important work of the Barbican’s long-standing residents and partners. Various elements of the programme will explore art and film created in the period the Barbican was conceived and built; and also bring Bishopsgate Institute to the Centre for the first time, who will guest curate an archive display highlighting 40 moments and stories in London’s LGBTQ+ history.

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Will Gompertz, Artistic Director, Barbican, said: “To mark our 40th birthday, we have an exciting programme that offers something for everyone, showcasing the variety and eclectic mix of art, artists, events and approaches that is uniquely possible at the Barbican.

“For 40 years we have been a space for artistic exchange, learning, performance and debate and we are grateful to the many artists, funders, visitors and our employees who have made the Barbican a unique and successful venue for all the arts.

“As we look ahead, with a new artistic vision, our ambition is to ensure that we continue to be an international beacon for the arts where everyone feels welcome.

“We will put education, inclusion and access at the heart of the work we do from our creative programme to the renewal of our building to ensure we present the diversity of perspectives represented in our society and develop the creative energy of the future.”

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