The Barbican Centre


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
A new series of cinematic explorations of the space where science and culture overlap

Met Opera Live in HD 2015–16
The Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live transmissions returns for the 2015-2016 season

Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest
28 - 29 November 2015
Two screenings presented with East London's queer film and arts festival, featuring work by Liz Rosenfeld and General Idea

Never Mind the Baubles
1 - 17 December 2015
Never mind the baubles, here's our punk Christmas line up.

Panic! What Happened to Social Mobility in the Arts?
Join us for a series of music, film and debate highlighting issues around access to the arts.

London International Animation Festival 2015
4 - 13 December 2015
A celebration of the best animation from around the world.

RSC Shakespeare on Screen
9 - 31 January 2016
A film season of William Shakespeare's greatest plays performed by the RSC and their extraordinary company of actors, including Judi Dench, David Tennant and Vanessa Redgrave.

London International Mime Festival 2016
19 January 2016 - 6 February 2016
The very best and newest contemporary visual theatre, including cutting edge circus-theatre, animation and puppetry, physical and object theatre. With five Theatre shows and a mini film season at the Barbican, 2016’s festival is our biggest yet.

Shakespeare on the Silent Screen
6 March 2016 - 10 April 2016
A series of rare and silent Shakespeare films from the dawn of cinema.

Snapshot of London: As Captured by International Filmmakers
5 - 29 May 2016
Explore London, as seen through the lenses of some of international film directors in the 1960’s and ‘70s. Featuring Truffaut’s stunning 1966 adaptation of Fahrenheit 451 and Horace Ové’s landmark feature Pressure.

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

Watch, review and discuss the latest movies and selected classics with a community of likeminded films fans aged 12–18.

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

London Rides: Bicycles on Film
A bi-monthly series of cycle-centred screenings, featuring international documentaries, features and short films

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