Barbican Centre announces 2020 season – Inside Out


The Barbican Centre has just announced its Inside Out season for 2020 – a year exploring the relationship between our inner lives and creativity.

Throughout 2020, Inside Out will showcase the work of artists who have found pioneering ways to articulate their innermost thoughts, feelings and desires, and how this can help us to better understand ourselves and empathise with each other’s experience of the world.

This follows their 2019 Life Rewired season which focused on the ways in which technology is changing us (outside in). Now they are almost reversing that for the 2020 program where we say how we can change the world around us.

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The exiled Belarus Free Theatre Company will be hitting the Barbican Centre this year. Photo by Kolya Kuprich

Inside Out will interrogate themes such as identity, self-expression and how we shape our private selves in a world in which we are more socially connected than ever.

It will highlight courageous artists and individuals who have challenged society’s definition of them, including those that have found ways to express themselves during times of censorship. The ways in which the self protects itself and grows even in the face of great adversity will be a major theme.

Inside Out will take place throughout 2020 with arts and learning events, exhibitions, screenings, live performances and concerts across all art-forms, in all of the Barbican’s venues and public spaces.

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Internationaal Theater Amsterdam – Death in Venice. Photo by Jan Versweyveld

Louise Jeffreys, Artistic Director, Barbican said: “In an increasingly frenetic world, when we’re under pressure to both reveal more and more of ourselves and to conform to societal expectations, Inside Out will create a space for us all to take a step back to consider who we really are and how we share this with others.”

Sir Nicholas Kenyon, Managing Director, Barbican said: “Throughout the year, Inside Out will draw on ideas from the arts, learning, philosophy, politics and culture to present a thought-provoking programme that invites our audiences to delve deep into the minds of extraordinary artists who found revolutionary ways to share their individual experience of the world.”

Lead Image: City of Birmingham Symphony Orchestra and Mirga Gražinytė-Tyla. Photo by Benjamin Ealovega