News from around the Barbican

For the Fallen. at St. Giles’

Right on our doorstep - St Giles' Cripplegate Church has been transformed into a powerful and moving space of remembrance. Renowned photographer Gabrielle Crawford is known for her celebrity photography like the iconic image of Margaret Thatcher and portraits of John Lennon, yet when Orne Department of Contemporary Art in France were looking for a photographer to represent the monuments of Northern France they picked Gabrielle, a woman to capture war. Gabrielle saw this as one of her most exciting missions to date. The exhibition has been a huge success in France and is now open from … [Read more...]

You, Me, The World & Culture Mile Free Open Workshop

Artists Olly and Nick are bringing their fun story exchange community workshop to the Square Mile next week. Feel like you’ve made memories and built a connection with/in the City of London? They would love to create a gathering of those who have lived, worked, made or watched art in this unique place to exchange those stories! For the past six years take stock exchange have been working in boroughs throughout East London, and now they have teamed up with Culture Mile to run a project here. They're trying to engage as broad and diverse a collection of groups of people to work with … [Read more...]

Knitting up The Snow Queen

We are thrilled to fill you in on the news that the Barbican Knitting Group - Craftversation - who meet every Monday at the Barbican Library are on board with helping to make the flowers for the knitted set of The Snow Queen at Park Theatre this Christmas. The Spring section of the show will have a ‘knitted set’ which will look like it has been yarn-bombed with spring flowers.  See some yarn-bombing examples here. In addition to this, the actors playing three of the flowers will have knitted head pieces. Knitters from all across Europe are helping out (from Amsterdam to Yorkshire and … [Read more...]

Dragon Café In The City

Barbican Library, Thursday 14th November, 3-7pm Library Arts Space The dragon cafe is a project to improve mental well-being in the City and a regular one runs at one of the City's other libraries. This is the first time they have run on at the Barbican library - and they are keen to let you know about it. 15:00 - 16:00/ How do we build lasting and lovely working and business relationships? One exchange at a time. It is the quality of the communication that creates the ground for enjoyable, successful work together. As Simon Sinek says, "Be the boss you wish you had!". Join Maggie … [Read more...]

Save the date – Christmas Fair – Charterhouse

Bigger, better, bolder – this year’s Christmas Fair at the Charterhouse Save the date for this year’s splendid Christmas Fair at the Charterhouse, Tuesday 12th November – with over 50 stands of distinctive, high quality and crafted gift ideas you can get your Christmas shopping for friends and family all wrapped up in one day!  Councillor Rakhia Ismail, Mayor of Islington, will be doing the honours to formally open the Fair. Open from 11.00pm to 8.00pm  the Fair will offer a cornucopia of wonderful gift ideas from ceramics to toys, to artisan foods, books and fashion accessories, in the … [Read more...]

Murder in the Cathedral

One more week of rehearsals and Murder in the Cathedral will open in Southwark before travelling to Oxford and Guildford. Thet have sent us a glimpse of events over the last three weeks in the rehearsal room. Do not forget to book your tickets now - see you in church!                       In WEEK 4, "What work... what wrong, shall have been done"? … [Read more...]

First aid compulsory from 2020

Dear editor, You never know how you would act in an emergency, yet our actions could save a life. This is why I think it’s fantastic that, after 10 years of campaigning by the British Red Cross, it will be compulsory for first aid skills to be taught in all state schools in England from 2020. It’s an  impactful way to give young people the confidence they need to help someone.  As parents, Ben and I are so thrilled our children will be able to learn these important skills so that they never feel completely helpless in an emergency situation.  It’s also a relief knowing that if … [Read more...]

St Luke’s celebrates volunteer gardening groups with three awards

St Luke’s Community Centre, Central Street, is celebrating three prestigious gardening accolades after receiving a Gold Award in the Islington in Bloom Competition, Gold Award for London in Bloom 2019 and Outstanding in Britain in Bloom – It’s Your Neighbourhood. Poppy Fishman, Community Gardening Manager at St Luke’s says: “We’re thrilled with our awards, and it’s thanks to our volunteer gardening groups that keep our green areas thriving. They’re friendly, social groups, and we always welcome new faces. You don’t need any experience, just come along and enjoy the benefits of gardening all … [Read more...]

Everyman Cinema Broadgate

At Broadgate’s new Everyman cinema the reels are rolling.  So why would Barbican neighbours be encouraged to switch their cinema-going allegiance from the Barbican Centre’s three screens to those of the Everyman? It depends on your priorities – and maybe time constraints. At the ground floor entrance there’s a small café/bar with agreeable outdoor seating but downstairs the renovation to boutique-style cinema with large well stocked bar and hot food bistro is well styled and impressive. In the three auditoriums colourful comfy double seat sofas have wooden side tables for drinks and food. … [Read more...]

Local Yoga Workshop

Meditation and Healing Workshop with Jeannie When: Friday October 25th 18:30-21:30 Where: Golden Lane Community Centre, Golden Lane Estate, Fann Street, London EC1Y 0RN Cost: £50 Please contact Jeannie at to register. Really relaxing start to the weekend (the 3 hours enables a much more relaxing session than a usual 1 hour session) small pleasant and friendly group led by experienced yoga instructor Jeannie Brèhaut … [Read more...]