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Details for the Barbican’s 2017 arts programme have been revealed, and include residencies from musicians and theatre companies as well as some major art exhibitions.

The arts centre, located in London, will offer a programme of music, art, dance and film throughout the year. Here are some of the highlights…

Musical performances

New York Philharmonic Orchestra, 31st March – 2nd April: These performances will include the European premiere of a new cello concerto by Esa-Pekka Salonen.

Sound Unbound, 29th and 30th April: This weekend festival will explore music from Medieval times to the modern day.

Tan Dun: The Martial Arts Trilogy, 30th November: Chinese composer and conductor Tan Dun will lead a performance of suites from his scores for Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon, Hero and The Banquet, performed by the London Symphony Orchestra and accompanied by visuals from the films.

Art exhibitions

The Japanese House: Architecture and Life after 1945, 23rd March – 25th June: This exhibition will focus on Japanese domestic architecture from the end of World War Two to the present day.

Basquiat: Boom for Real, 21st September – 28th January 2018: A large-scale exhibition of the work of 20th century American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat.

John Akomfrah, 6th October – 7th January 2018: A new commission from experimental filmmaker John Akomfrah, whose films investigate subjects such as memory, identity and post-colonialism.

Theatre and film

Toneelgroep Amsterdam: After the Rehearsal/Persona, 27th – 30th September: Two Ingmar Bergman screenplays will be reimagined for the stage in a double bill about the chaotic lives of theatre people, exposing the fine line between art and reality.

In Conversation: Women in Film, running throughout 2017: The Barbican, in collaboration with the London Film School, will present a series of six filmed conversations highlighting the impact of women in the film industry.

Darren Johnston: Zero Point, 25th – 27th May: Light displays and video projections will fill a space onstage to form virtual architecture to accompany an ensemble of Japanese dancers.

Group travel organisers should call 020-7382 7211 to make a group booking.

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