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Barbican Halloween ball

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What's it all about?

The inaugural Barbican Halloween Ball will be a party to die for, one that will haunt you eternally!

Join us, if you dare, on Saturday 31 October 2015 in the largest medieval crypts in London, buried deep beneath the Guildhall. The evening’s wicked entertainment will combine fun, food, music, dancing, and an endless stream of treats (and tricks)!

We can’t wait to see you there! But remember, once you come in, you may never come out…

Dress Code: Ghastly, fiendish, monstrous… come dressed as the creature from your nightmare!

All net funds raised from the event will be donated to the Barbican Centre Trust, a registered charity (294282), to inspire more people to discover and love the arts.

Dancing skeletons


About the barbican centre

The Barbican’s vision is arts without boundaries. We believe the arts inspire, unite and challenge us all.

As Europe's largest multi-arts venue, the Barbican presents an ambitious, international programme that crosses art forms, with outstanding artists and performers. The world-class programme includes music, theatre, dance, visual arts and cinema. Around 2 million visitors pass through our doors each year. With thousands of events, there really is something for everyone.

To find more about our amazing work and ways in which you can support the Barbican Centre Trust, visit:

Creative Learning

In partnership with the Guildhall School of Music & Drama, Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning is a pioneering cultural alliance that provides opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to develop their creativity and skills.

Last year 50,000 people benefited from our support and we collaborated with over 144 arts and education partners including schools, local authorities, community groups and social welfare charities. The programme has been recognised across the UK as a model of excellence, focussed on impact and collaborative working.

By 2020, we aim to give every 8-16 year old in east London (c.300,000 people!) access to outstanding arts events; inspirational, hands-on arts experiences; and training opportunities to help them gain skills for the 21st century economy.

Barbican Centre Trust

The Barbican Centre Trust, a registered charity in England and Wales (294282), is dedicated to raising funds to support the Barbican Centre’s arts and creative learning programmes. Funds generated by the Trust, chaired by Emma Kane, provide vital support for the Barbican’s world-class arts and learning programme. The Barbican Centre Trust and Event Fundraising Committee have raised funds to support initiatives such as:

  • Young Barbican – a free membership offering 50,000 affordable tickets a year for 16 – 25 year olds
  • Barbican Box - a range of creative learning programmes for schools to help young people develop their own creativity and skills for life
  • Groundbreaking new work – commissions of work across every art form

In return, the Barbican contributes £47million annually to the London economy

Photo: Sarah Ainslie


  • Johnny Bergius (Ball Chairman)
  • Anabel Fielding
  • Claire Heaney
  • Celestina Hughes
  • Emma Kane (Barbican Centre Trust Chairman)
  • Steve Kemp
  • Natalie Livingstone
  • Nicola Stephenson
  • Duncan Stirling
  • Harry Weller
  • Ayda Williams

With special and heartfelt thanks to: Emperor Design for the design, creation and production of all the communications materials, Quintessentially Events for organising the whole event, both pro bono and our Committee for all your supernatural efforts in making the evening such a devilish treat.We are also delighted to be collaborating with Future us - see Latest News for further information

Skeleton playing the trumpet


Skeleton playing the chello

The Guildhall has been the City powerhouse since the twelfth century. In an era when the Lord Mayor of London rivalled the monarch for influence and prestige, this was where he and the ruling merchant class held court, fine-tuned the laws and trading regulations that helped create London’s wealth.

Today, 800 years on, Guildhall is still home of the City of London Corporation, and acts as a grand setting for glittering banquets in honour of visiting Heads of State and other dignitaries, royal occasions, and receptions for major historical anniversaries.

Situated in the heart of the City of London, this rare and magnificent medieval Grade I listed landmark offers a spectacular backdrop for a Halloween Ball. The Barbican Halloween Ball will be held in the Crypts in the oldest part of the Guildhall, dating back to Edward the Confessor (1042) and is considered to be one of the earliest and finest examples of its kind in England.

See the video below to get a taste of the night.

To download Barbican Halloween 2015 Programme Click Here

Grim Reaper


See our latest press releases

A Party to Die For! – 05.10.15

Barbican Halloween Ball Something Wicked is Coming… Saturday 31 October 2015, The Guildhall Crypts, London Starts at the bewitching hour… Read more »

Collaboration with Future us – 12.8.15

Future us to provide frightening array of experiences at Barbican Halloween Ball The Barbican Centre Trust is pleased to announce… Read more »

Skeleton with coffin



Buy now if you dare

The maximum number of tickets that are available for sale is 330.

  • Ticket type
  • price
  • Single Ticket
  • £500
  • Pair of Tickets
  • £900
  • 6 Tickets
  • £2500
  • 10 Tickets
  • £4000
  • 19-27 Year Olds
  • £150 per ticket (75 tickets allocated to this age group)

Please phone the Barbican Box Office on 020 7382 8891 to buy tickets
Please CLICK HERE to buy tickets online (credit/debit card only)
Please CLICK HERE and complete the booking form if you require an invoice