The Barbican 1982 Ball

Let's Go Dancing and get Hungry Like The Wolf, because this ball is going to get Hot in the City.




My attitude is if fashion says it’s forbidden, I’m going to do it.

Michael Jackson

Join us on 8/2/18 to relive the magic of 1982 – the year that brought us Hungry like the Wolf, Eye of the Tiger, Oh Julie and… the Barbican!

We’re reigniting the magic of 1982 at the Barbican 1982 Ball. Get Hot In The City with Billy Idol; we’ll be Steppin’ Out with Joe Jackson. Come On Eileen – it’s time to Rock the Casbah!

The Dress Code: It’s time to relive the magic of 1982. Linger over legwarmers, pull out those power suits, and bring back backcombing. Hunt down those high tops, frolic in floral frills and shimmy in shoulder pads. We don’t care what you wear, so long as it’s a statement about 1982.


One of the modern wonders of the world.

The Queen, describing the Barbican Centre, at its opening in 1982

In 1982, Fleetwood Mac released Hold Me and the cool kids rocked out to The Clash’s Should I Stay Or Should I go. Cult classic film Blade Runner came out to mixed reviews, Annie and Daddy Warbucks graced the silver screen, and Glenn Close made her film debut. Time Magazine’s ‘Machine of the Year’ was The Computer and Italy won the FIFA World Cup.

Also in 1982, the Queen opened the Barbican Centre. Seen as a landmark in terms of its scale, cohesion and ambition, the building immediately became an internationally recognised venue. Set within an urban landscape, the Barbican Centre continues to be acknowledged as one of the most significant architectural achievements of the 20th century.

View our Pinterest board for costume ideas



About the Barbican Centre

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

As a world-class arts and learning centre, the Barbican presents an ambitious, international programme that crosses art forms, uniting outstanding artists and performers.

With over 1.1 million attendances to our events last year, there really is something for everyone across music, theatre, dance, visual arts and cinema.

Image credit: Sarah Ainslie

Creative Learning

Barbican Guildhall Creative Learning is a pioneering cultural alliance that provides opportunities for people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to discover their creativity and access world-class arts for free.

Ranging from workshops, events and talent development programmes that give people their first taste of the arts, to those that enable existing artists to push the boundaries of their practice, all Creative Learning projects are designed to bring people together and equip them with new skills and confidence.

Thousands of people including children, young people, families, teachers and artists have access our cutting edge Creative Learning programme at the Barbican and out in the community. Last year 68,576 people attended our free events and a further 13,000 people participated in our programmes and workshops.

Image credit: Matthew Kaltenborn

Barbican Centre Trust

Net profits from the Barbican 1982 Ball will be donated the Barbican Centre Trust, a registered charity in England and Wales (294282).

The Barbican Centre Trust supports the Barbican’s world-class arts and learning programmes including:

  • Young Barbican – a free membership scheme helping 14-25 year olds experience world-class art, film, music, theatre and dance by offering affordable tickets to over 42,000 young people
  • Large-scale Community Events – the fourth Walthamstow Garden Party took place in July and was attended (for free) by almost 34,00 people
  • Creative Careers – 500 young people attended Creative Career seminars last year offering them networking and training opportunities to open doors to the creative industry
  • Groundbreaking new work – bringing new work to life by commissioning work from artists across every art form at all stages of their career

To find out more about how you can support the Barbican Centre Trust, visit:

Image credit: Susana Sanroman


  • Emma Kane (Barbican Centre Trust Chairman)
  • Lynette Brooks
  • Michele Fajtmann
  • Anabel Fielding
  • Jenni Fulton
  • Nicole Gibson-Clark
  • Steve Kemp
  • Geoffrey Leong
  • June MacGeachy
  • Barbara Merry
  • Elizabeth Shaw
  • Steven Tredget
  • Alice Wilkinson

With special and heartfelt thanks to: Emperor 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 dazzling efforts in making the evening such a sparkling treat.



The Barbican 1982 Ball will be held at the Cafe de Paris – the most righteous space in central London, complete with bitchin’ chandeliers and the baddest staircase you ever saw!

Get ready to motor over to the ballroom floor – this party’s about to get totally tubular!

Café de Paris
3-4 Coventry Street, London, W1D 6BL

Café de Paris is a 7-minute walk from Charing Cross and a 10-minute tube ride from Euston (Northern Line), Kings Cross St Pancras (Piccadilly Line), Waterloo (Northern Line) or Paddington (Bakerloo Line)

Café de Paris is a Grade II listed building, therefore there is no non–assisted disabled access to the venue and within the venue. However the security team are trained to assist guests who require further assistance. Please also note there is no non-assisted disabled toilets.


Watch this space!


Updates on The Barbican 1982 Ball coming soon!


The maximum number of tickets that are available for sale is 240.

Table of 10 £5000
Single ticket £500

Please contact the Barbican Box Office to book tickets.
Phone: 0207 382 7211
Email: or

For information about advertising and sponsorship, please contact Emma Kane


  • Founder sponsors
  • AV & Lighting sponsor
  • Champagne sponsor
  • Video production sponsor
  • Hair and makeup sponsor
  • Furniture sponsor
  • Spirits sponsor