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Barbican announces new live programmes and digital content

Published 24 October 2020

The Barbican continues to welcome back live audiences to enjoy its autumn programme in the Art Gallery, The Curve, the Cinema, the Conservatory and most recently the Hall.

The Barbican’s Theatre and Dance programme also returns with an exciting new collaboration with the Bridge Theatre to bring Flight to London, live performances of The Ghost Light in the Barbican Theatre, and an interactive online show for families, We Cover the Universe. These live events run alongside rehearsals and artist development in the theatre spaces.

Combined with these, a curated mix of digital content, including podcasts, playlists, films, videos and more, allow audiences to enjoy the Barbican programme wherever they are.   

Visitor Safety

In a recent survey, 95% of Barbican visitors said they felt safe or very safe in the Barbican venues. In the auditoriums there are fewer available seats and fewer shows/ screenings to allow cleaning between events.

Audiences can only sit in the same seating cluster as someone from their own household (or support bubble) and we ask visitors not to swap seats so we can maintain a safe distance between groups. All essential safety information can be viewed here.                                            

Highlights include:  

  • The Barbican reopens the theatre spaces to artists and audiences starting with The Ghost Light in the Theatre, a live experience for one audience member and up to five of their guests.
  • The Barbican announces a new partnership with the Bridge Theatre to bring the highly acclaimed theatre installation, Flight, by Vox Motus, to the Bridge Theatre.
  • Live from the Barbican concert series continues this week with The Kanneh-Mason Family in Concert as well as Richard Dawson – including a conversation between Dawson and the comedian Stewart LeeLive from the Barbican is for socially-distanced live audiences and global livestream.
  • Soundhouse: Intimacy and Distance, a free digital showcase of experimental audio works and written commissions exploring audio culture in a physically distanced world. Part of the Level G programme.
  • Enter the Brainbox – the first Emerging Film Curators’ Lab screening – a showcase of rare shorts and forgotten gems from the animation underground, programmed by Bristol based animator and curator Christopher Childs.
  • Dancing Nymphs and Nature: the cinema of Nao Yoshigai – the second Emerging Film Curators’ Lab screeningthe UK premiere of a short film selection by Nao Yoshigai, programmed by the film writer and curator Serena Scateni.
  • JARV IS… performance at the Barbican – A Musical Response to Michael Clark: Cosmic Dancer – is available to watch for free online.
  • A digital walkthrough of the exhibition Toyin Ojih Odutola: A Countervailing Theory on the Barbican YouTube Channel. Narrated by Toyin Ojih Odutola. 

All of our Read, Watch and Listen digital content is available for everyone for free at barbican.org.uk/readwatchlisten and via the Barbican’s social channels. In addition, podcasts can also be accessed by subscribing to the Nothing Concrete podcast via AcastSpotify or wherever you get your podcasts.

The Barbican believes in creating space for people and ideas to connect through its international arts programme, community events and learning activity.

To keep its programme accessible to everyone, and to keep investing in the artists it works with, the Barbican needs to raise more than 60% of its income through ticket sales, commercial activities and fundraising every year. Donations can be made here:


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We look forward to welcoming you back into our theatres as soon as we are allowed to resume performances. In the meantime stay safe and healthy.

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While theatres are currently closed, various venues and productions are making announcements for their individual shows, including cancellations and rescheduled performances. Please check with the individual shows for details.