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Royal Opera House Live 2019/20

Enjoy a dazzling display from The Royal Ballet and Royal Opera from the comfort of our cinemas.

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London International Mime Festival 2020

Now in its 44th year, Mime Festival returns to the Barbican with four captivating theatre shows and a event in the cinema, spanning the spectrum of contemporary visual performance.

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Oscar® Week 2020

Catch up with this year's Best Picture and International Feature Film nominees in one glamorous week.

South, dir. Morgan Quaintance, UK, 2019
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Second Sight

In association with LUX, the ICO’s 2020 national film tour Second Sight explores the legacy, methods, aesthetic strategies and histories of the UK’s Black Film Workshop Movement.

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Her Lens, His Story: Female Directors and Masculinities

Explore complex, revealing and often provocative takes on men and masculinity, as seen through the lens of female filmmakers around the world.

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Human Rights Watch Film Festival 2020

Human Rights Watch Film Festival returns to the Barbican for its 24th edition, offering critical insights on human rights concerns impacting people around the world.

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Chronic Youth Film Festival 2020

Chronic Youth is our annual festival, curated by the Barbican Young Programmers, which champions new voices and platforms emerging talent. 

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Autism and Cinema: An exploration of neurodiversity

This season debates new ideas arising from the relationship between autism and cinema.

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Forbidden Colours: Queer East Film Festival

Queer East Film Festival breaks the under-representation of the East and Southeast Asian LGBTQ+ community on screen, with a fortnight of screenings and events across London this April.

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Inner States: A series of first-person films

A series of pivotal films that reveal inner personal and political truths, shot from a first-person perspective,  including the work of Raed Andoni, Laurie Anderson and Sha Qing.