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festivals & seasons


The Barbican hosts a wide variety of film festivals and seasons, with a host of screenings, special ScreenTalks and festival events every year - check out what we have coming up.

Science on Screen
19 April 2016 - 6 February 2017
A series of cinematic explorations of the space where science and culture overlap

Oscar® Winning Scores
20 April 2016 - 8 March 2017
Hear Academy Award-winning composers discuss their work in film

New East Cinema
27 April 2016 - 21 September 2019
Contemporary cinema from Eastern Europe and beyond

UK Green Film Festival 2016
1 - 7 May 2016
A stunning programme of titles from around the world exploring issues ranging from the rights of local communities to global concerns such as climate change, energy and pollution

Studio Ghibli Forever
1 May 2016 - 24 July 2016
Join us for season of films celebrating gems from the iconic film studio’s catalogue.

Snapshots of London: As Captured by International Filmmakers
5 - 29 May 2016
Explore London, as seen through the lenses of legendary international film directors in the 1960’s and ‘70s.

Discover Arts
26 May 2016 - 6 July 2016
Be transported to some of the world's most captivating galleries, theatres and works of art with this breath-taking season.

She’s So Giallo – Women of 1970s Italian Thrillers
7 - 28 June 2016
Four classic and under-screened examples of vintage Italian thrillers, presented on rare 16mm and 35mm prints.

Glyndebourne 2016
21 June 2016 - 9 August 2016
Glyndebourne continues its programme of cinema broadcasts, with three titles from the 2016 Festival

Framed Film Club
Framed Film Club is a year-round programme of film and learning for young people taking place every Saturday morning

Parent and Baby Screenings
Enjoy the best new films on the big screen with your little ones of twelve months and under

Live and encore cinema screenings
See the best theatre, opera, ballet and music from the comfort of our cinema screens

National Theatre Live and Encore
National Theatre Live presents live and encore screenings of some of their most astonishing recent productions

RSC Live
We are delighted to present live broadcasts from Shakespeare’s home town to our cinema screens

Silent Film & Live Music Series
Barbican is the home of silent cinema in London

Architecture on Film
A season of one-off events where architecture meets cinema, curated by The Architecture Foundation

Members' screenings
Exclusive Member's screenings and enjoy priority booking on ScreenTalks and special events.

New live music and film experiences
New live music and film experiences