Barbican Business Events has launched a range of virtual, hybrid and socially-distanced event packages for clients looking to use the leading arts and conference center for meetings and events going forward.
The new offering includes three different levels of client-branded and hybrid-event solutions, titled Conversations, Connections and Visuals. These include everything an organizer needs to run a hybrid event with add-ons such as vision mixing, pre-event planning and a bespoke branded website for higher-value event packages. Further technical upgrades also include breakout spaces, additional cameras and technicians.
The enhanced and adapted offerings are being delivered in partnership with the Barbican’s own expert in-house AV team as well as industry partners including AV provider Jacobs Massey and catering company Searcys.
As part of safety measures being introduced, delegates on site will experience a new style of catering provided by Searcys at the Barbican, focusing on high quality through a low contact “grab and go” service, pre-packaged snack bags and Bento boxes for lunches.
Clients will be provided with detailed information highlighting the venue’s new operating procedures, including social distancing and hygiene measures, advice on transport to and from the Barbican and the new catering options.
In support of its new event offering, the Barbican has achieved both AIM Secure and the Visit Britain Good to Go accreditations, two industry safety standards demonstrating that the Centre is following the official Government and public health guidance.
Jackie Boughton, head of Barbican Business Events says, “We’ve worked hard to provide our clients with the same high-quality business event experience they expect from the Barbican, delivered in new and creative ways. As a world-leading arts venue, which delivers high-quality AV for a wide range of exhibitions, concerts and theatrical performances, we were confident we would be able to deliver something special when it came to hybrid events—it is great to see it come together, ready for delivery to clients across the coming months. We are already seeing high demand for these kinds of events and I look forward to welcoming clients back through our doors in the future.”
Paul Black, head of Business Events, London & Partners adds, “As London continues to evolve and develop its world-leading digital and hybrid meeting offering, it is great to see another one of our key partner venues offering creative ways to support their clients. The Barbican’s new offering is a great example of how we are increasing our broadcasting and technical abilities across the whole of the capital. As a city appealing to clients from all sectors around the world it is vital that London maintains a diverse and flexible offering, of which the Barbican is a key part.”
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 that can accommodate 10-170 delegates and can be adjusted using sound proofed sliding. 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. 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. For more info, visit www.barbican.org.uk/conferences
A world-class arts and learning organization, the Barbican pushes the boundaries of all major art forms including dance, film, music, theatre and visual arts. Its creative learning program further underpins everything it does. Over a million people attend events annually, hundreds of artists and performers are featured, and more than 300 staff work onsite. The architecturally renowned centre opened in 1982 and comprises the Barbican Hall, the Barbican Theatre, The Pit, Cinemas 1, 2 and 3, Barbican Art Gallery, a second gallery The Curve, public spaces, a library, the Lakeside Terrace, a glasshouse conservatory, conference facilities and three restaurants. The City of London Corporation is the founder and principal funder of the Barbican Centre. For more info, visit www.barbican.org.uk