“A building where there is always something rich and strange going on.” The Guardian, March 2007

The Barbican Centre is the largest multi-arts centre in Europe, featuring art, film, music, theatre, dance and education all under one roof and under one creative direction.

The Centre comprises the 1,949 seat Barbican Hall, the 1,166-seat Barbican Theatre, the 200-seat Pit theatre, 3 cinemas, the 1,393 m2 Barbican Art Gallery, a 2nd gallery; The Curve, 4,645m2 of foyers and public spaces, the Lakeside Terrace, a roof-top tropical conservatory, 7 conference suites, 2 trade exhibition halls, private function rooms and the 3 restaurants; Searcy’s, Waterside CafĂ© and Balcony Bistro.

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The City of London Corporation provides the Barbican Centre as part of its contribution to the cultural life of London and the nation. Along with the Government and the BBC it is one of the most significant arts sponsors in the UK. Though it provides local government services for an area of just 3.1 square kilometers, it commits more resources to the arts and culture than any local authority – some 47% of its total service expenditure.

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