A Barbican Cinema programme celebrating rarely seen queer-focused films from places where LGBTQ+ people still suffer societal oppression and struggle for equality.
Despite huge progress made for LGBTQ+ equality, homosexuality remains illegal in more than 70 countries - as identified by Stonewall.
Even in places where legislation has improved, social attitudes are far slower to change and in many societies queer people still suffer oppression, discrimination and a deep lack of genuine acceptance.
Yet, despite the oppression queer people continue to face, some great films portraying sympathetic, well rounded LGBTQ+ characters have emerged from regions where homophobia and persecution of queer people have been normalised. Forbidden Colours showcases these films, celebrating queer visibility in contemporary international cinema.
Barbican Cinema 2 & 3 are located on Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican’s Silk Street entrance. From Silk Street, you’ll see a zebra crossing that will take you across the road to the venue.
The Barbican is widely accessible by bus, tube, train and by foot or bicycle. Plan your journey and find more route information in ‘Your Visit’ or book your car parking space in advance.
Cinemas 2 & 3 are located at Beech Street, a short walk from the Barbican Centre’s main Silk Street entrance. There are a couple of steep, dropped kerbs and an incline to negotiate between the two sites. Level access from Beech Street.
Each auditorium has three permanent wheelchair spaces (two in the third row and one in the front row) and 153 fixed seats with capacity for a further three spaces in the front row. Access to each auditorium is up a ramp. There are also a number of seats with step-free access.
Assistance dogs may be taken into the cinema – please tell us when booking to ensure your seat has enough space. If you prefer, you may leave your dog with a member of the foyer staff during the performance.
An infrared system for hard of hearing customers is provided in each auditorium; headsets or neck loops can be collected from foyer staff. The ticket desk counter is fitted with an induction loop.
For more access information, please visit our Accessibility section.