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

Sherlock Holmes
Landmark silent films about the world's greatest detective

Oscar Week
27 February 2015 - 5 March 2015
Celebrate the Oscars and see all eight Best Picture nominees during one amazing week

Hip-Hop Matters: Music, Dance, Culture
5 - 24 March 2015
A selection of four films from the 1980s and early 1990s, the time of Hip Hop's international growth, and ask if they still resonate today.

Focus Film Festival 2015
12 - 15 March 2015
Our brand new festival for 12-18s has inspiring films from around the world, opportunities to get closer to people in the industry and hands on film making workshops all weekend.

Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2015
20 - 26 March 2015
Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns for another year with a fantastic selection of eye-opening films that challenge and inspire.

This Made Me Laugh
The funniest films, chosen and introduced by leading comedy figures

11 - 28 April 2015
To complement Magnificent Obsessions: The Artist as Collector, we showcase a series of films exploring the traditions and idiosyncrasies manifested in the drive to collect.

Framed Film Club
Framed Film Club is the new 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 new 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

Royal Opera House Live Cinema Season
We are delighted to bring you selected live screenings from the Royal Opera House

Met Opera Live in HD 2014-15
The Metropolitan Opera’s award-winning series of live transmissions will feature ten operas in the 2014-15 season, including all six new productions in the Met season

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