Barbican made available for local groups

City of York Council is inviting York-based groups, clubs or community organisations to apply for a discounted, concessionary day’s hire of York Barbican.

The council offers the concessionary days as part of its lease agreement with the Barbican’s operators, SMG. It’s interested in hearing from organisations who would like to take up one of the two bookings available in 2019.

The proposed events should be open and accessible to all. They should positively engage York’s communities, either by providing new opportunities for local residents to get involved as participants in putting on a show or event, or by creating new audiences, drawing in those who would not normally have the opportunity to attend cultural events. Above all, events must add to the quality and vibrancy of York’s offer. Events which are primarily designed to be fund-raisers are not supported.

Recent events have included Tang Hall SMART hosting an event involving a wide range of community groups from the Tang Hall area in an inclusive community gig.

Later this year, the York Music Hub Festival, attracting around 1,000 performers drawn from schools, out of school provision and community groups, will celebrate the musical achievements of children and young people across the city whilst, in the second event, the LGBT forum will be creating an evening of song and dance to celebrate a life of diversity in York for the whole city.

Councillor Nigel Ayre, executive member for culture, leisure and tourism, said: “The concessionary days offer a fantastic opportunity for local groups and organisations to perform in York’s largest entertainment venue. We look forward to receiving a wide range of proposals which will enhance York’s cultural scene for residents.”

The concessionary day covers rental fees as well as charges for backstage and front of house facilities, technical equipment, front of house management, and stewarding.

It will not, however, cover items such as box office and credit card commission, marketing and additional staff for duties such as loading and unloading production equipment.

For further information about the Barbican concessionary days visit or email

Applications should be submitted by Friday 27 April by email and organisations will be informed in early May.

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