Beyond Barbican: The Highlights of Summer 2013

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Dance Nations Dalston at Shoreditch Festival 2012 Copyright Tim Mitchell

World-class arts and learning organisation, the Barbican, is set to put on a sensational array of events and performances, collaborative exhibitions and interactive projects.

Underpinned by its focus on providing an extensive creative learning programme, the Barbican offers a diverse range of contemporary art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and the visual arts to all individuals, in a thriving effort to transform lives through creative learning.


EAST - Queen Elizabeth OlympicPark - Artists impression

EAST – Queen Elizabeth Olympic
Park – Artists impression

The Barbican sees over 1.5 million people pass through its doors each year, alongside the hundreds of artists and performers included in the assortment of events. Last year, the Barbican’s creative learning programme alone involved 40,000 people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities, developing their creative talents through theory and practice, working with schools and communities across East London to inspire and encourage creativity in some of the UK’s most deprived areas.

This June sees the continuation of such impacting creative projects and the launch of Beyond Barbican, a summer of stimulating creative events set to extend beyond the walls of the main centre and sweep through East London in a flurry of pop-up performances, commissions and collaborations.

Leandro Erlich: Dalston Installation

For the inquisitive Arts enthusiast, Leandro Erlich’s curious and skillful installation will hold a definite appeal. Celebrated for his talented ability to create fascinating three-dimensional visual illusions, Erlich has been commissioned by the Barbican to construct an installation in Dalston.

The piece, resembling a movie set and featuring the façade of a late nineteenth-century building, will manipulate structural and reflective surfaces so that when visitors sit, stand or lie upon the horizontal surface of the installation they appear to be standing on, suspended from or climbing the building vertically.

The installation will be complemented by a range of seminars, interactive workshops and live performances centring upon a similar theme.


Bank On ItCopyright Lizzie Oxby

Bank On It
Copyright Lizzie Oxby

Theatre-Rites: Bank On It

For the young creatively-inspired, Theatre-Rites’ site-specific show of fairy-tales, folklore and fun for children invites the audience to explore a bank’s many secrets and stories guided by actors and puppeteers.

The innovative and energetic interactive performance is set to be a delightfully dynamic and spirited exploration of a kingdom of money.

Neon Neon: Praxis Makes Perfect

The theatrical highlight of the Barbican’s summer happenings will most surely be the biographical show entitled Praxis Makes Perfect, inspired by the life of left-wing activist and publisher, Giangiacomo Feltrinelli, written by Neon Neon, the band of Super Furry Animals’ singer Gruff Rhys, LA-based producer Boom Bip and the National Theatre Wales.

In a torrent of live music, stage actors, light projections and unpredictability, this show promises to be a memorable one.

Other unmissable concerts include Asaf Avidan, The Gloaming and MAIS UM!.

How Like An Angel - Norwich CathedralCopyright Chris Taylor

How Like An Angel – Norwich Cathedral
Copyright Chris Taylor

Circa and I Fagiolini: How Like An Angel

Acrobatics also take front stage in the Barbican’s summer programme. The historic St Bartholomew the Great in West Smithfield hosts Circa and I Fagiolini performance of How Like An Angel.

Accompanied by the sublime music of British vocal talents, six spectacular acrobats take to the air in a daring show of beautiful bodily contortions and delicate suspended dance.


To find out more about the event scheduled for this summer’s Beyond Barbican arts programme or to discover more about the Barbican itself, please visit their website on:


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