Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) information

The Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) is the UK's original, not-for-profit, multi-disciplinary arts centre.

The venue houses two galleries, two cinemas, a theatre, reading room, bookshop and a cafe bar.

Ranked #64 of 89 cinemas in London

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Top film times for Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA)

Fri 19 Oct 2018 to Thu 25 Oct 2018

Eric Clapton: Life In 12 Bars


Sat/Wed late 9.15; Sun late 9.10; Tue 2.05


Sat/Sun 3.55; Wed 3.40
Opening Hours
Opening Hours



11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 23:30


11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 23:00


11:00 - 23:00

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Institute of Contemporary Arts (ICA) reviews

By J.

I went on Monday to the Institute of Contemporary Arts and we had a pint in the cafe just before joining the 50 minutes queue to get in.

After the drink we decided to join the queue and wait, after 20 minutes someone approached us and said that the gallery was going to close at 19:30 and that he was sorry! What! But in my ticket it says that it closes at 23:00! So how does this work? The £1.50 is only to get into the ICA building, once inside the galleries are free. So ee had to go home without any refund. I was not the happiest person around, very disappointed in the Institute of Contemporary Arts!

By Sydney L.

The good news is that now there are no day membership charges at the ICA although there is a charge for gigs , films and some talks . If you become a member then there are all sorts of special offers. I hope this is helpful.

By S.

View London | Dance | Club Review - Batmacumba @ ICA, London

Four out of five stars

The ICA, we’re told, uses its arts facilities (exhibition, film screening and internet space) to full advantage with its uniquely multi-faceted nightlife programming.

The trouble, of course, with such spurious multi-meeja claims, and indeed the risk with any primely-positioned venue characterised by vast vistas of white space and minimal bar areas, is a fondness for the sort of pointedly pretentious promotion that commonly clogs up Brick Lane warehouse space – Tarquin Trustafarian’s night of severed beats and Japanese toilet porn and co.

It’s the exception that throws the insipidness of the rule into relief. And DJ Cliffy’s throbbing, visceral samba and rumba rhythms – which emanate from the ICA’s main bar for the Batmacumba monthly – are the exception.

This characterful take on Latin flair began four years ago, and Cliffy’s monthly Brazilian experience (with film shorts, music and edibles, but all in genuinely South American taste) has been drawing a swelling crowd of clued-up quaffers ever since.

Further claims to exceptionality in the play list: Batmacumba is serious about its sound, specialising – unlike many of the cheesily inclusive Latino-themed club nights – in Brazilian music rather than a ‘mix’ of Latin sounds, with Cliffy undertaking regular trips to Brazil to source his obscurer jungle, jazz and hip-hop tinged output.

It may all sound like a night created for a handlebar-moustache stroking Brazilian beat elite, but don’t be fooled. Batmacumba’s archly alabaster patrons never manage to hold their pose for long, the ICA’s take on Caipirinha – the mind-and-shoe leather warping Brazilian arguadente/lime/sugar/ice drink – soon infuses all with a Latin spirit, promoting the shedding of clothes and down ‘n’ dirty dancing on a intimate upstairs dancefloor the size of a Brazil nut.

By the night’s close, even committed poseurs are slinging off their low-slung shackles to Cliffy’s infectious tunes.

Brazil-related features and shorts shown in the ICA cinema at every event.
Monthly on randomly selected Saturdays (occasionally moves to Friday).
8pm-1pm £6

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