Accessible events

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You'll find a range of accessible events throughout our music, theatre and dance, film and art gallery programme.


Our access programme

Access film screenings

Our cinema access screening include both audio description and captioned film in the same screening, unless stated otherwise. Audio described film is provided for those with a visual impairment. The film soundtrack comes through the speakers in the usual way and a recorded narrator explains what is happening on screen through personal headphones.

Open captioning is provided for those with a hearing impairment and is similar to subtitling, where the dialogue is written in text at the bottom of the screen. Captioning also includes text description of significant sound effects, such as gun shot.  For audio description headphones, please contact a member of Barbican staff on arrival. Barbican Film provides captioning/audio description using the Dolby Screentalk system.

Relaxed Screenings 
On one Friday or Sunday afternoon each month we screen a new release film in a specially tailored environment for adults who may be on the autistic spectrum, have Tourette Syndrome, anxiety, sensory or other learning disabilities. Every other month we also programme a relaxed screening of a performance cinema encore. Friends and carers are very welcome. 

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Art Gallery events

An audio described tour for visually impaired visitors and a BSL tour for Deaf visitors take place for each main Art Gallery show. 

We provide large print guides, magnifiers, gallery stools and self-propelling wheelchairs available to borrow - please speak with a member of staff on arrival at the gallery. Lifts are available in both gallery spaces.

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Theatre events

We offer a range of relaxed performances, captioned and BSL-described performances our theatre programme. 

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Our concert Hall is equipped with a hearing loop and is wheelchair accessible.