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Inua Ellams: 05Fest

A festival that puts poetry and words centre stage

Inua Ellams standing against a bright yellow background

Award-winning poet and playwright Inua Ellams (Barber Shop Chronicles, The Half-God of Rainfall) showcases the power of words as he curates and hosts a series of creative and thought-provoking events.

This festival brings poetry centre stage and unites the best of Ellams' work with everything from spoken word to hip-hop DJ sets. The events all explore the theme of ‘Belonging’ and venues include the Theatre and our iconic Conservatory. With a mix of old favourites and world premieres, there’s a feast of inspiration waiting just for you.

Take a look at the full programme of events below.


Presented by the Barbican



‘Is there anything that Inua Ellam's can't do?‘
Time Out
‘One of the UK's most dynamic cultural impresarios‘
The Guardian

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Pay no booking fees, enjoy Members' priority booking and Member-only pre-show talks and open rehearsals (T&Cs apply)