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The Barbican

The Barbican centre is located in the heart of the City of London, in the Barbican estate. Walking through the Barbican estate can be a little misleading, for the estate also houses over 4000 residents. This combination of residents and art creates a welcome embrace unexpectedly found in the financial district. The centre opened its doors in 1982 with the mission to become the biggest multicultural arts centre in Europe.

The Barbican centre is located in the heart of the City of London, in the Barbican estate. Walking through the Barbican estate can be a little misleading, for the estate also houses over 4000 residents. This combination of residents and art creates a welcome embrace unexpectedly found in the financial district. The centre opened its doors in 1982 with the mission to become the biggest multicultural arts centre in Europe.

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Though it is not the prettiest structure in London, don’t be deceived! The ambitious project of 1982 has certainly paid off and it is now the largest multi-arts centre in Europe. The centre is host to a diverse range of music, theatre, film, dance, art and incredible creative learning workshops and events. It is even home to the famous London Symphony Orchestra and the Guildhall School of Music & Drama.

It is well worth keeping your finger on the pulse with the schedule, for it is jam-packed with extraordinary events and exhibitions throughout the year. This place truly is an astonishing hub of diversity, as they boldly fulfil their vision to celebrate the unique creativity of the human spirit in all artistic mediums.

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There are tours of the Barbican centre for adults, and family adventure trails for the kids. If you want to breathe in the energy and relive your own arty youth, the cafés are a must. Or check out the bars and restaurants. For unusual and exciting gifts, the shop is worth a visit; one can pick up beautiful prints and fabrics.

www.barbican.org.uk

The Barbican
Silk Street
London
EC2Y 8DS