More than 150 new buyers from corporates, agencies and associations gathered for an evening of entertainment and hospitality on the stage of the world-famous Barbican Hall last night.

The exclusive event started at the artists entrance with a red-carpet welcome before guests descended into backstage areas for drinks and canapés provided by the venue’s catering partner Searcys. Later on everyone was welcomed into the Barbican Hall where the best seats in the house provided unrivalled views of entertainment from the likes of renowned cellist Jay Jenkinson, Ember (courtesy of Sternberg Clarke) and Drum Works – a Barbican Artistic Associate who use drumming to inspire people creatively, give them confidence in their ideas and empower them to direct their own futures..

“Tonight was the perfect opportunity to celebrate everything the Barbican has to offer whilst highlighting the links between business events, arts and creative learning,” comments Oliver Hargreaves, head of sales at the Barbican.  “In particular, we were delighted to take our guests backstage to see a totally new view of the Barbican.  It really was a one-off opportunity to experience one of the City of London’s most impressive venues from a different perspective.”

Attendees commented:

“This space is fantastic, I have already recommended it to someone looking for a space capable of holding an event for 1,500. It is versatile and so well located in the heart of London.  I easily walked here from my earlier meetings and took the time to relax in the public spaces, benefit from the free WiFi and enjoy a drink in the Martini Bar.”  Laura Hatton, Hats Off Events

“Tonight’s showcase has been amazing, the food and drink have been fantastic, it is my first time seeing the venue from this perspective. The entertainment and talent have been great but most important is the high quality of service, which is the reason we are a returning customer.”  Jason Melissos, Global PR and Events Manager Dr. Martens

“It is my first time here in the Barbican Hall and I love it. The whole venue has such a cross section of spaces that work superbly together for a host of events. Most importantly though the links to the arts make the Barbican a hub of creativity and an inspiring place to host any event.” Amanda Head from Melon:

“Whilst I have been coming to the Barbican for years as an arts lover this is my first time truly seeing the venue as a conference professional.   It is a superb and creative space where you cannot be anything other than impressed.  Most importantly though was the attentiveness of the staff. They actively sought the attendees out, took the time to understand our needs and showed genuine interest in us as individuals rather than a room full of potential clients.” Isabelle Ferner from The Society for Cardiothoracic Surgery in GB & Ireland.

 

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