The Edge of the Centre
The Edge of the Centre is a series that invites artists and organisations working in the areas surrounding the Barbican to curate and co-produce events in our venues.
It takes its cue from London’s cultural histories, diasporas, sites of memory, archives, curiosities and folklore.
Roaming across our venues and artforms, The Edge of The Centre features talks, performances, essays and exhibitions which explore the boundaries of where London’s art-making, culture and everyday life coincide.
Quiet Revolutions: A Celebration of Radical Bookshops
Join us as we host a book fair, discussions and workshops exploring the legacies and futures of radical bookselling.
Discover Arsenal Football Club’s relationship to Black Britain and Black London life in a talk with leading thinker on Race and Society, Paul Gilroy, and Film & Cultural Studies scholar, Clive Nwonka.
Ireland Behind the Wire + Introduction
Join artist, filmmaker, writer, activist and pamphleteer, Stewart Home for the first of an occasional film club inspired by the names of Barbican Estate buildings.
An exhibition exploring how a team of researchers traced the origins of a set of photographs of Bajuni people from the 1930s, offering new ways of interpreting Britain’s colonial archives.
The Strangeness of Dub: Genealogies of Rock Against Racism
Founder-member of the Black Audio Film collective, Edward George excavates a musical history of the anti-fascist movement Rock Against Racism in this live recording of his radio show.
The Strangeness of Dub: The Last Angel of History & Gangsta
The Black Audio Film Collective redefined the documentary genre, chronicling Britain’s multicultural past and present. Join co-founder and writer Edward George for this rare screening of two films.
There’s no need to worry about last orders, as Stanley Schtinter’s unique artwork stitches together every scene that takes place in EastEnders’ pub, The Queen Vic, to create an ‘endless’ screening.
Poets Place and the Barbican in Translation
Acclaimed East London-based poet and translator Stephen Watts shares work from a 40-year project and an anthology of poetry in over 90 languages.
An Evening with Strange Attractor
Join Strange Attractor Press as we celebrate their mission to produce ‘popular books on unpopular culture’ and peer into their world of folklore, counterculture and high weirdness.
Out and About!: Archiving LGBTQ+ history at Bishopsgate
Bishopsgate Institute stage a take-over of The Curve with an archive installation of objects, ephemera and media highlighting 40 moments and stories in London’s LGBTQ+ history.