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

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.

Women and the Golden Age of Mexican Cinema
1 - 4 May 2015
The riches of 1930s, 1940s and 1950s Mexican film, starring the luminous Delores del Río and Maria Félix

I/Eye in Conflict: Personal stories from the Middle East
6 - 27 May 2015
First person accounts from recent wars, revolutions, uprisings, and occupations in the Middle East.

Beckett on Screen
7 - 14 June 2015
A series of rarely-seen and utterly compelling works by Samuel Beckett on television and film, featuring Happy Days, Play, Ghost Trio and Eh Joe.

Glyndebourne 2015
Glyndebourne broadcasts three of its festival productions from the 2015 programme

Station to Station: A 30 Day Happening
Doug Aitken’s ‘living exhibition’ takes over the Centre this summer.

Beyond Barbican
This summer, we present Barking Town Square Street Party and Walthamstow Garden Party. These free events feature music, theatre, arts & crafts, food and family activity.

The Colour of Money
11 - 20 September 2015
A film season all about money, money, money and the different ways it colours our lives, from avarice to freedom.

Rio de Janeiro
24 - 28 September 2015
A dynamic showcase of Rio, Brazil's most vibrant city, captured on film, from the silent film Limite, to Fernando Meirelles' City of God (2002).

RSC Shakespeare on Film
7 - 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.

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 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