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Weekend Labs

Each year we offer theatre and dance artists, from student to professional, an opportunity for in-depth exploration and discovery, inspired by the international Theatre & Dance programme.


Science on Screen

Reality and fiction come together in a series of films and talks that uncovers the connections between science and cinema.

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Love and Anarchy: The Films of Lina Wertmüller

In the first instalment of Hidden Figures, a new strand celebrating filmmakers who have been unjustly neglected in cinema history, we bring you the work of Italian director Lina Wertmüller.

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Poetry in Motion: Contemporary Iranian Cinema

A film season reflecting on how the tradition of storytelling, so deeply rooted in Persian culture, comes alive in cinema.

Lem on Film

Smart Robots, Mortal Engines: Stanislaw Lem on Film

Artificial intelligence, virtual reality, nanotechnology, trans-humanism: Polish author Stanislaw Lem was thinking and writing about today’s hot topics many decades ago.


Fertility Fest

Let’s talk about the science of making babies and modern families as the only arts festival devoted entirely to this affecting and relevant subject arrives at the Barbican for the first time. 

Leytonstone Loves Film

Celebrate Leytonstone’s rich film history with two days of film screenings, music and entertainment across the town centre.