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Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival 2021

JAEFF 2021 festival creative

JAEFF 2021 explores how we interact with other beings, spaces around us, and how expressions of the unutterable become vital means of communication and connection.

This third edition of the Japanese Avant-garde and Experimental Film Festival considers the body and sensation. We are living in a time where words, facts and logic are increasingly ineffectual, powerless and absurd. As we attempt to make sense of the nonsensical, the most powerful form of expression is often what we feel, rather than what we can say, write, or even think.

Inspired by the 2021 Tokyo Olympics, our experiences in lockdown, and our loss of words, we present a line-up of features and shorts that examine the body triumphant, and the body in crisis – through dance, performance, sport, exercise, and more.

We invite you to experience JAEFF in your own bodies, as a means of reconnecting with the world.

In partnership with the Japan Foundation


14–25? Join Young Barbican for free

Subject to availability.

Students £11

Unwaged £11

Over 60s £11

Under 18s £6

Access Members

Carers or companions go free with a standard ticket 

Please email [email protected] to book your access tickets

*Excludes £1.50 booking fee


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Barbican Cinema 1 & 3