Contact us

Friday, 2 March 2012

Something for the Weekend 3rd-4th March 2012: Barbican Weekender: Urban Stories

Parkour Photo Credit Johnathan Lucas
 Image courtesy of the Barbican. 
Barbican Centre, London, UK Saturday 3 – Sunday 4 March 2012, 10am until late.
All events are free (except evening concerts in the Hall) Part of BBC’s Music Nation and the London 2012 Festival.

Themed as Urban Stories – where Shakespeare meets hip-hop. This much anticipated annual fixture in the Barbican’s calendar coincides with the Centre’s 30th anniversary and is a London 2012 countdown event. We stongly recommend visiting this two day event not only is it actioned packed with dance, theatre and music it is inclusive and offers open participation for anyone eager to try something new. Many events and workshops are available for all ages, the majority of scheduled activities are free allowing for Londoners to really get involved!

With up to 40 events on the schedule, we have handpicked 12 for you to add to your diary.
Saturday 3rd 12.15pm, 2pm, 3.30pm & 5.30pm; Sunday 2.15pm, 5.30pm & 6.15pm
Free Running & Parkour
Be wowed and amazed by the jaw-dropping and gravity-defying stunts performed by Storm free runners. You’ll look at our Barbican foyers in a whole new light…. Not for the faint hearted!
Presented in partnership with Streets United.
Location: Foyers
Free event

Saturday 3rd 12.45-1.35pm Sunday 3.15-4.15pm
Hip-hop Shakespeare Lyric Writing Workshop
The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company.
Founded in 2009 by MOBO award-winning UK hip hop artist Akala, The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company presents a series of energetic ‘Hip-hop Shakespeare’ workshops that explore the social, cultural and linguistic parallels between two of the world’s most famous literary art forms. This workshop is for everyone: even if you are not a fan of hip hop or Shakespeare, you are guaranteed to have fun with words and rhyming.
Location: ClubStage
Age 7+
Free, drop-in

Saturday 3rd 2.15-3.15pm & Sunday 1.15-2.15pm
Street Dance workshops- Blue Boy Entertainment
Impress your friends by learning some classic street dance moves with top artists from award winning
Barbican artistic associates, Boy Blue Entertainment.
Location: ClubStage
Free, sign up on the day
Age 7+

Saturday 3rd 4.45pm
Live performance-Blue Boy Entertainment
Don’t miss this opportunity to watch dancers from hip hop dance company Boy Blue Entertainment as they take over the ClubStage with their trademark moves in this one off performance. Not to be missed!
Location: ClubStage

Blue Boy Entertainment.
Image courtesy of the Barbican.
Saturday 3rd 6.30pm & Sunday 4.45pm Hip-hop Shakespeare Live
Akala and THSC present Hiphop Shakespeare Live, featuring rappers, singers and poets supported by the renowned THSC live band, undiscovered young talent & special guests all performing a medley of songs inspired by scenes/themes from famous Shakespeare plays and sonnets. All ages are welcome to attend this fantastic display of public performance and audience participation.
Location: ClubStage

Sunday 4th 11am – 7pm
Opera in a Day The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company
Join The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company on a musical journey exploring one of William Shakespeare’s classics retold in a modern day opera. From rap to hip hop dance, poetry and performance, join in a day long event fusing Shakespeare, opera and live hip hop music with dance. Directed by award winning hip hop artist Akala, featuring composer/pianist Paul Gladstone-Reid MBE alongside guest collaborators from the BBC Symphony Orchestra and Boy Blue Entertainment. Please note: this event is a day long workshop, culminating in the opportunity for you to perform on stage in the Barbican Theatre at 6.15pm. Your participation is required for the full day of the project (11am– 7pm). Registration from 10.30am, Garden Room (Level 3). Free – limited availability. Call the Barbican Box
Office on 0845 120 7511 to book your place. Age 10+. Open to all levels of experience.

Sunday 4th 12pm
Globe town Performance- Dialogue
Inspired by the urban stories of the city, 100 young people from East London and musicians from the
Guildhall School of Music & Drama have created music that travels across the Barbican foyers
and takes you through the well known story of Hansel and Gretel told from a different perspective.
Location: FreeStage & Foyers

Sunday 4th 2.30pm & 4.15pm
Word Up! Soweto Kinch
Award-winning saxophonist/ hip hop artist Soweto Kinch freestyles your words. Think of London and you think of? Pick up a postcard in the foyer and in a word or two, summarise what London means to you. Post in the Word Up! tombola and on Sunday afternoon, Soweto will pick words at random to create new urban stories with music and rap.Word Up! is produced by Serious
Location: FreeStage

Sunday 4th 3pm
Barbican Young poets
Chill out at the FreeStage and listen to the talented Barbican Young Poets. Aged 14 – 21, the collective of emerging writers will be performing their own work inspired by the theme of urban stories, for your delight and delectation.
Location: FreeStage

Sunday 4th 6.15pm
Opera in a Day Performance The Hip-hop Shakespeare Company
Come and watch our Opera in a Day participants perform their premiere of an adapted version of a Shakespeare play on the Barbican Stage. Directed by award-winning hip hop artist Akala, featuring composer/ pianist Paul Gladstone-Reid MBE in collaboration with the BBC Symphony Orchestra
and Boy Blue Entertainment.
Location: Barbican Theatre

Sunday 4th 7.30pm
Urban Classic Feat. Fazer, Ms Dynamite, Devlin, Skepta and the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
N-Dubz leading producer Fazer and top UK urban artists Ms Dynamite, Skepta and Devlin share the stage for one night only with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, in a unique mashup of musical cultures featuring breakthrough anthems, massive hits and exciting new material. The BBC Symphony Orchestra will be conducted by Jules Buckley, fresh from his collaboration with Basement Jaxx and the Metropole Orchestra, where he is Principal Guest Conductor.
Location: Barbican Hall
Price £10 – £20

Sunday 4th 7.30pm
BBC Symphony Orchestra/ Rufus Wainwright
Rufus Wainwright performs the UK premiere of his exquisite settings of five of Shakespeare’s sonnets with the BBC Symphony Orchestra, in a Shakespeare inspired evening. Also featuring readings of the sonnets by Siân Phillips, excerpts from Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, and music by Erich Korngold and John Adams. Produced by the BBC Symphony Orchestra.
Location: Barbican Hall
Tickets £12 – 40

Address: Barbican Centre, Silk Street, London, EC2Y 8DS
For more information visit:

No comments:

Post a Comment