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.

Cinema Matters: The Battle for Representation
2 May 2017 - 21 June 2017
We explore queer films that broke through the celluloid closet including from the ground-breaking, long banned, Un Chant D’Amour to the landmark Lesbian love story, Desert Hearts.


Cinema Matters: What The Movies Do To Us
12 March 2017 - 27 April 2017
We take a look at the unique ways in which cinema constructs us as spectators and the enormous cultural influence of the movies.


KINOTEKA Polish Film Festival 2017
2 - 4 April 2017
KINOTEKA returns with three screenings dedicated to the memory of Andrzej Wajda, one of the giants of post-war Polish cinema.


What London Watches: Ten Films that Shook Our World
6 - 13 April 2017
We asked Londoners to reveal the movies that shook their world and they answered...


James M Cain Weekend
29 - 30 April 2017
Two smouldering movies on 35mm prints, inspired by James M Cain’s novel The Postman Always Rings Twice


Into the Woods
3 - 25 May 2017
Join us as we venture in to the darkness of the forest and mingle with the folk, daemons and monsters who inhabit these haunted landscapes.


UK Green Film Festival 2017
4 - 8 May 2017
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


The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945
 
The first major UK exhibition to focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of the Second World War to now, a field which has consistently produced some of the most influential and extraordinary examples of modern and contemporary design.


Sci-fi Sundays
18 June 2017 - 20 August 2017
Delve into dystopia with this season of sci-fi classics including the hugely influential Ikarie XB-1, Soylent Green and George Lucas’ directorial debut THX 1138.


The Grime and the Glamour: NYC 1976-90
29 September 2017 - 5 October 2017
Get a taste of the scuzzy and blisteringly creative streets of late 1970s and 80s New York City, with films by Susan Seidelman, Chantal Akerman, Jim Jarmusch and Bette Gordon


Film in Focus
1 January 2017 - 31 December 2017
Film in Focus is a year celebrating the power of the moving image and its influence across the arts.


Science on Screen
 
A series of cinematic explorations of the space where science and culture overlap


Oscar® Scores
 
Hear from Academy Award-winning and nominated composers as they discuss their work in film


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


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


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


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


Royal Opera House Live
26 September 2016 - 28 June 2017
We are delighted to bring you selected live screenings from the Royal Opera House


Met Opera Live in HD 2016–17
8 October 2016 - 13 May 2017
The Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live transmissions returns for the 2016-2017 season


Glyndebourne 2017
8 June 2017 - 30 August 2017
Glyndebourne continues its programme of cinema broadcasts with three extraordinary performances from the Festival.


Teatro Alla Scala Opera Season 2017
15 January 2017 - 19 June 2017
Incredible performances from one of the most renowned opera houses in the world.


Relaxed Screenings
 
Film screenings that are specially tailored for film fans who may be on the autistic spectrum, have Tourette Syndrome, anxiety, sensory difficulties or other learning disabilities.


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


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


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


New live music and film experiences
 
Rediscover the classics and explore innovative ways in which film and music can interact.
















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