What’s on


A woman pours a drink while a man reads on a sofa in Norwegian melodrama Death is a Caress

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.


Open Lab Showcase

Join us for a thrilling week of work-in-progress performances from Barbican Open Lab's emerging artists and discover the next generation of talent.

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Chronic Youth Film Festival 2020

The Barbican Young Programmers have curated an international roster of films for Chronic Youth Festival 2020 to challenge your perspectives and connect you to experiences we all share as human beings.

A man iin a green field holds a mask of a face over his own face

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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Propaganda: a weekend curated by Shabaka Hutchings

Alter your frames of perception. Saxophonist, clarinetist and composer Shabaka Hutchings curates this weekend of music, spoken word and art, exploring propaganda’s ever-presence in our lives.

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Sir John Eliot Gardiner: Beethoven's Complete Symphonies

Three decades on from his pioneering period instrument Beethoven series, Sir John Eliot Gardiner celebrates Beethoven’s 250th birthday with a bold new vision of this greatest of all symphonic cycles.

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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 Jafar Panahi.