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Explore our programme and our building with our regular series of videos and short films

From interviews to scenes from the rehearsal room, find out more about the artists and creatives behind our events in our fortnightly videos on our YouTube channel. 

We also produce and commission short films inspired by the Barbican and our artists and record highlights from our talks series, such as Architecture on Stage. 

Subscribe to the Barbican YouTube channel - you can also find our short films on Vimeo



Barbican Sessions

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Barbican Sessions #7: Laura Cannell

For our latest Barbican Session, experimental musician Laura Cannell performs in our Car Park 5.

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Barbican Sessions #6: Microdisney


For our latest Barbican Session, Irish rock band Microdisney perform their song 'Dolly' in the Barbican Exhibition Halls.

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Barbican Sessions #5: Christoph Sietzen


For our latest Barbican Session, percussionist Christoph Sietzen performs in an empty Cinema 1.

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Barbican Sessions #4: Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain perform 'High


The Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain take to the stairs outside the Barbican Hall to perform a raucous rendition of AC/DC's 'Highway to Hell'.

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Watch: Barbican Sessions #2 - Felicita

In this Barbican Session, London-based electronic musician felicita performs Track 6 from the 2016 'a new family' EP in our Conservatory.

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Watch: Barbican Sessions #1- Black Top


In the first of our Barbican Sessions, Black Top, the duo of multi-instrumentalist Orphy Robinson and pianist Pat Thomas, perform a live concert after hours in our 'Basquiat: Boom for Real' exhibition.

Barbican Meets

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Barbican Meets: Actress


We talk to Actress (Darren Cunningham), about his upcoming project with the London Contemporary Orchestra, and his relationship to acoustic instruments.

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Barbican Meets: Simon McBurney

What is consciousness? Simon McBurney and Marcus du Sautoy discuss The Encounter.

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Watch: Barbican Meets - Samantha Cristoforetti

We meet Italian astronaut Samantha Cristoforetti (who holds a few spaceflight records — including being the first person ever to brew an espresso in space) shares her thoughts on Science Fiction and what the genre can tell us about the future.

Short Films

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Watch: Welcome by Paul Haworth

From finding your way inside the Barbican and stage set up to latecomers and no-interval performances, we celebrate a day in the life of the Centre, as seen through the eyes of a Barbican Host. 

Barbican Portraits

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Watch: Barbican Portraits

Explore the unseen areas of London's Barbican Centre in this series of exploratory, behind the scenes videos leading you around, within and beneath the Centre's iconic architecture and intriguing spaces.