Events to look out for at the Barbican Centre


Every year the Barbican Centre provides incredible entertainment for millions of excited tourists. Anyone looking for raw talent, alternative art and insight into the culture of London can find it all at the Barbican.

Book a room at our luxury hotels near Shoreditch to be close to this iconic performing arts venue. The convenient location means you can enjoy an afternoon of entertainment before relaxing in our M by Montcalm Shoreditch rooms. Here are the must-see events to keep an eye out for.


Another Kind of Life

28 Feb – 27 May, 2018

Put together especially for the Barbican Centre, this photography exhibition has got the world of art and culture in London buzzing with excitement. The aim of the project is to explore the concept of counter-culture by looking into the lives of people from all areas of the world that are living on the fringes of society. Showcasing the raw truth is the aim of this photographic installation and visitors will be introduced to outlaws, romantic rebels, sexual experimenters and all kinds of other unlikely characters. This is a great way to widen your artistic scope and learn more about alternative culture during your time at our hotels near Shoreditch.

Cat on a Hot Tin Roof

22 Feb, 2018

This award-winning live theatrical performance has been showcased on stages all across the UK and this February will see it come to the Barbican Centre for one night only. The story takes place in the deep south of America in rural Mississippi, where an unlikely family experience an evening that will bring to light untold secrets and test their strength. With incredible performances from Sienna Miller and Jack O’Connell, star of the hit TV show Skins, the Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has gained critical acclaim and is sure to make your trip to London one of a kind.

Theatre Censorship: Still Alive and Kicking

21 Feb, 2018

If you’re a fan of the theatre, you may already have your own opinion on the topic raised in the title of this seminar. If so, be sure to head down to the Barbican this month and get involved in the discussion. The event will feature a panel of experts, actors and personalities from within the world of Theatre who will discuss the concept of censorship in modern theatre. More specifically, it will look into whether or not censorship is affecting the quality of performance in today’s industry.

UNIEQAV: Alva Noto

3 March, 2018

Join talented contemporary artist and musician, Alvo Noto as he journeys into the future of music and creates a unique world where light and sound merge to create an unforgettable spectacle. As a minimalist, Alvo aims to reduce all aspects of his work to its rawest form. UNIEQAV is his latest creation and will be staged for the first time ever at the Barbican. If you’re looking for an alternative to the bars and music venues of London, you won’t want to miss this incredible technicolour experience.