Barbican lands important three-year deal

The Barbican is to host The Institute of Fundraising conference for at least the next three years following its search for a new venue for the Fundraising Convention, CN can confirm.

More than 3,500 delegates attended the Fundraising Convention across its three days last in July in what was its first year using the Barbican.

Katie Johnson, head of events at the Institute of Fundraising said: “We needed a new home for the convention because we had outgrown our previous venue and we needed opportunities for growth – the Barbican provides that.

“We also identified the Barbican as the perfect venue because of its not-for-profit nature, which fits well with the values of the Institute and its members. The range of spaces available to us was suitable not only for the conference but also additional activities such as film screenings and a charity theatre performance.”

The Barbican is a not-for-profit venue with the profit made by business events reinvested back into the Centre’s arts and outreach programmes. It was this link that has enabled the venue to understand the nature of the Institute of Fundraising and its requirements for the event.

Oliver Hargreaves, head of sales at the Barbican said: “We were of course delighted to win the business because we are always keen to work with clients who share our values.

“The content of the conference was relevant to the Barbican and a number of staff were actual delegates during the three days. We are thrilled that the Fundraising Convention was a huge success and there was a real buzz across the venue. It really is the perfect fit for the Barbican and we look forward to a long and fruitful partnership with the Institute of Fundraising.”

Martin Fullard


Martin Fullard

Martin Fullard: journalist, presenter, producer. Martin is the Deputy Editor at Conference News and Conference & Meetings World magazines. He leads the digital channels on Mash Media’s Conference Division as well as heading up Mash TV. He is formerly a web editor at a national newspaper in the Middle East and motoring journalist.

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