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Barbican sees increase in film shoot bookings

Barbican Business Events has said that it has seen a 50% increase in enquiries for filming and photo shoots. It has proven a common trend among many venues to sustain themselves since the pandemic took hold in 2020.

Shoots have included pop rock band The Vamps, singer and songwriter Becky Hill, and several high-profile fashion and beauty brands. The venue was also a key location in The One, a Netflix top 10 hit, released last week.

Jackie Boughton, head of business events at the Barbican said that while the pandemic has impacted the short-term meetings and event business, they have continued to develop alternative revenue streams taking government guidelines on safety into account. 

“Our filming and photo shoot offering was just coming to fruition when the first lockdown struck, meaning we were in the perfect place to expand it beyond simple ad-hoc responses to a full service, as soon as restrictions lifted,” she said. “The whole team have worked hard to make this offering a reality and I am delighted by the success they have seen in enquiry levels as well as the subsequent confirmed business and delivery.”