I have tried, I really have, to like the Barbican.
It has an excellent concert hall with top performers. And a good theatre-space which used to be the home of the Royal Shakespeare Company in London, before they decided that it would be a better move to dump it and just go back home to Stratford. And a good Art-Gallery space, if you can find it.
So what makes the Barbican so unpleasant, apart from the Neo-Brutalist architecture?
The experience of going there - and being there - does everything to make you feel excluded.
Even their website (where they are trying to sell you tickets) is unfriendly.
Try it if you dare. I go occasionally to a concert or a show.
But don't expect to be made welcome.
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