The Barbican reaches out to Dalston and beyond


IN THE 1980s the Barbican arts centre was one of not many local venues for Hackneyites, even though it was in the City.

Now the borough is a thriving centre for wall things cultural and the Barbican is reaching out to it, and, as it entitles its latest initative, Beyond Barbican.

For example, the Barbi is presenting a play The Paper Architect in Leytonstone Library and concerts in the Union Chapel in Islington.

Louise Jeffreys, Barbican programming director, said in a press statement: “Beyond Barbican represents a cross-section of the Barbican’s work, giving people an introduction to our programme.

“By working off-site, we hope the Barbican continues to be thought of not only as a home for outstanding art, but also as a valued local community resource that contributes to East London’s thriving cultural life.”

In Hackney activities include Dance Nations Dalston, a showcase of local talent, or, as the Barbican puts it “a packed day of live music and dance workshops” in “Dalston’s hippest square”. Yes, they speak of Gillett Square.

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* For details of all events, press Beyond Barbican.

* The picture above shows a finch (Gouldian?) getting down with a Fender in a live 2010 exhibit at the Barbican. Hip Central.

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