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Barbican Sessions: Bartosz Glowacki


Accordionist Bartosz Glowacki performs the animated third movement ‘Thieves’ from Five views on the Archipelago Gulag by Ukrainian composer Victor Vlasov in the entrance to the Exhibition Halls.

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Screen Notes: The Films of Lina Wertmüller

Explore the work of one-time arthouse sensation Lina Wertmüller, one of the most acclaimed directors in world cinema in the 1970s whose work has been near-impossible to see in the UK, until now.


Instagrammer in Residence: Alexandra Tzirkoti

Our Instagrammer in Residence project invites emerging Instagrammers from around London to experience life at the Barbican and share their photography on our social channels and also in a digital exhibition throughout the Centre.

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Meet ceramicist Matt Raw

London-based ceramic artist Matt Raw talks us through his creative process as he leads a month–long course, specially put together for Make! The New Brutal

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An introduction to Sufi Music

Navid Akhtar takes us on a brief journey through Sufi music – from its roots all over the Islamic world, to its influence on Western music.

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Introducing Life Rewired

What effect could the rapid pace of scientific and technological progress have on how people create art? Three figures in the field look at whether there’s a creative revolution on the horizon.

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Headway East London at Modern Couples

Barbican Community Partner, Headway East London visit 'Modern Couples' and reflect on what constitutes collaboration and share their artwork in response to the exhibition. 

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Barbican Sessions: Roderick Williams

Filmed in an empty Milton Court Concert Hall, baritone Roderick Williams and pianist Andrew West perform a beautiful rendition of 'An die Nachtigall' by Johannes Brahms.