The Barbican is owned, funded and managed by the City of London, The third largest funder of the arts in the UK.
Designed in the 1960s and constructed in the 1970s the Barbican Centre was opened on 3 March 1982 by HM The Queen who described it as 'one of the wonders of the modern world'. Owned, funded and managed by the City of London, the third largest sponsor of the arts in the UK, it was built as 'the City's gift to the nation' at an historical capital cost of £161million, equivalent to almost £400 million today.
Open 363 days a year, the Barbican presents a uniquely diverse programme of world-class performing and visual arts, encompassing all forms of classical and contemporary music, international theatre and dance, visual arts and design, and a cinema programme which blends first-run films with special themed seasons.
The bite season at the Barbican presents fresh new work that hovers on the very edges of classification. Work that marries dance, theatre and music in unexpected ways, explores what theatre could be, stirs emotions, is passionate, mischievous and makes you smile.
Much of the work that we present is produced or co-commissioned by bite. We aim to enable the realization of dreams, encourage ambitious plans and promote the exploration of new ideas. Our support as co-commissioners helps to launch young artists onto the international scene, mature ongoing relations and create a vibrant London home for established international artists. Previous home-grown productions include Robert Wilson's The Black Rider (bite04 ), Deborah Warner's Julius Caesar (bite05 ) and first ever Christmas panto – Dick Whittington & his Cat (bite06). Both played to enormous public and critical acclaim, before transferring to San Francisco and Sydney (The Black Rider) and Paris, Madrid and Luxembourg (Julius Caesar).