More than 150 new buyers from corporates, agencies and associations gathered for an evening of entertainment and hospitality on the stage of the world-famous Barbican Hall.

The exclusive event started at the artists entrance with a red-carpet welcome before guests descended into backstage areas for drinks and canapés provided by the venue’s catering partner Searcys. Later on everyone was welcomed into the Barbican Hall where the best seats in the house provided unrivalled views of entertainment from the likes of renowned cellist Jay Jenkinson, Ember (courtesy of Sternberg Clarke) and Drum Works – a Barbican Artistic Associate who use drumming to inspire people creatively, give them confidence in their ideas and empower them to direct their own futures..

“Tonight was the perfect opportunity to celebrate everything the Barbican has to offer whilst highlighting the links between business events, arts and creative learning,”

Comments Oliver Hargreaves, Head of Sales at the Barbican.

“In particular, we were delighted to take our guests backstage to see a totally new view of the Barbican. It really was a one-off opportunity to experience one of the City of London’s most impressive venues from a different perspective.”

Attendees commented:

“This space is fantastic, I have already recommended it to someone looking for a space capable of holding an event for 1,500. It is versatile and so well located in the heart of London. I easily walked here from my earlier meetings and took the time to relax in the public spaces, benefit from the free WiFi and enjoy a drink in the Martini Bar.” Laura Hatton, Hats Off Events

“Tonight’s showcase has been amazing, the food and drink have been fantastic, it is my first time seeing the venue from

this perspective. The entertainment and talent have been great but most important is the high quality of service, which is the reason we are a returning customer.” Jason Melissos, Global PR and Events Manager Dr. Martens

“It is my first time here in the Barbican Hall and I love it. The whole venue has such a cross section of spaces that work superbly together for a host of events. Most importantly though the links to the arts make the Barbican a hub of creativity and an inspiring place to host any event.” Amanda Head from Melon:

“Whilst I have been coming to the Barbican for years as an arts lover this is my first time truly seeing the venue as a conference professional. It is a superb and creative space where you cannot be anything other than impressed. Most importantly though was the attentiveness of the staff. They actively sought the attendees out, took the time to understand our needs and showed genuine interest in us as individuals rather than a room full of potential clients.” Isabelle Ferner from The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in GB & Ireland.

The Barbican

The Barbican is one of the world’s leading conference and international arts venues. Located in the City of London, it is capable of holding meetings from 10-2,000 delegates in its fully equipped concert hall, theatres, conference suites and boardrooms. Barbican Business Events brings together the venue’s expertise in the arts and corporate meetings.

Built as part of London’s Barbican development and officially opened in March 1982 by HM Queen Elizabeth, unlike many other venues, Barbican was specifically built with the dual purpose of holding conferences and arts events

presenting a diverse range of art, music, theatre, dance, film and creative learning.

The Barbican’s Business Events team contributes to the venue’s future success. To make the most of the Barbican’s rich culture and heritage, Barbican Business Events was created to bring together their expertise in three very different areas – the arts, creative learning and corporate business. This approach to corporate events is based on stronger, more in- depth partnerships with their artistic, creative learning and development teams in order to bring more creativity and rich content to events.

The Barbican provides a vibrant and inspiring venue for corporate events, conferences, meetings and entertainment. The venue is capable of holding meetings from 10-2,000 delegates in spaces including a concert hall, theatres, a boardroom and conference suites that can accommodate 10-170 delegates and can be adjusted using sound proofed sliding. As part of its wider investment strategy, the Barbican spent £2.2m on a significant refurbishment throughout the Centre in the summer of 2016 including its Frobisher rooms and Level 4. The focus of the Frobisher refurbishment is designed to create an even stronger connection between the Centre’s main conference and meeting facilities and its arts spaces.

The diverse meeting spaces at the Barbican include:

• Barbican Hall • Barbican Theatre • Three cinemas • The Garden Room • The Conservatory • The Boardroom • Frobisher Suite • Various meeting and conference rooms • Foyers

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