Local groups invited to apply to hold events at York Barbican

York-based groups, clubs and community organisations are invited to apply for a concessionary day’s hire of York Barbican in 2021.

The council is offering the concessionary days as part of its lease agreement with the Barbican’s operators, SMG. We’re interested in hearing from organisations which would like to take up one of the two opportunities available in 2021.

To be eligible to apply for a concessionary day, proposed events should:

  • Provide activities or entertainment that appeals to the widest cross-section of the local community
  • Be open and accessible to all with no restricted access 
  • Promote the objectives of the City of York Council and where possible enhance campaigns or programmes being delivered by the council and its partners

Priority will be given to events that:

  • Have a high-quality programme
  • Engage communities e.g. through participation opportunities for local 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.

Councillor Darryl Smalley, City of York Council’s Executive Member for Culture, Leisure and Communities, said: “The Barbican Concessionary days are a great opportunity for groups to put on events for the benefit of local residents in York’s largest music and arts venue. I’d urge anyone who’s interested to get in touch to find out more.”

Events that are primarily designed to be fundraisers are not supported.

For further information about the Barbican concessionary days email charlie.croft@york.gov.uk. 

Applications should be submitted by Friday 17 January by email. 

Applicants will be informed of the outcome promptly after that date.