Festival of Arts & Humanities 2017

Multiple locations
- , 2017

Tickets cost £ various (most events are free)

A citywide series of concerts, talks, film screenings and exhibitions reflecting on what it means to be human.

Visit site
Festival of Arts & Humanities 2017 Archived

Languages, history, literature, music, philosophy, archeology. The areas of study in the arts and humanities may be varied, but at the centre of them all beats the human heart. They each reflect on how human beings relate to one another and how people – across different times, geographies and cultures – make sense of the world around them.

Back for a third year, the University of Sheffield's Festival of Arts and Humanities showcases the latest thinking in these fields, in collaboration with writers, filmmakers, musicians and artists from the city and beyond. There's plenty in the programme to tickle curiosities and satisfy interests in the arts and humanities, however niche or broad.

You can see the full programme on the Festival of Arts and Humanities' site but here are a few of our own picks from the listings to get you started:

N – The Madness of Reason with Ben Okri
This mesmeric film hangs suspended over the life of encyclopaedist Raymond Borremans who spent the latter part of his life obsessively creating an A-Z of African culture, only reaching the letter N. Followed by a Q&A with Booker Prize winner Ben Okri, who scripted the film.
Wed 3 May, 7pm, Showroom Cinema – book now

How does writing and social media affect our interpretation of the natural world? Landscape laid bare and unedited, with writer and filmmaker Claire Carter and award-winning poet Helen Mort.
Tue 16 May, 7pm, Adelphi Room, The Crucible, free – register

Roman Feast
Get your best robes on and indulge in four courses of Roman-inspired cuisine, washed down with wine, philosophy, stories and poetry.
Thu 18 May, 7:30, Inox Dine – book now

Democracy. What is it and do we need it?
Is democracy genuinely under threat in 2017? Professor Angie Hobbs thinks so, and will explain why it is vital to defend it, despite its difficulties. A collaboration with the Festival of Debate.
Thu 18 May, 6pm, Quaker Meeting House, free – register

A Black History of Britain
David Olusoga – broadcaster, historian and author – peels back our papered-over British history, and shares stories of black British people going back to Roman times.
Mon May 22, 6pm, The Diamond, free – register

Man with a Movie Camera + live score
Groundbreaking upon its release in the 1920s, this delightful experimental film saw director Dziga Vertov playing with now commonplace visual techniques as he documented city life in the Soviet Union. A bonkers journey, aurally matched by double bass player Laurène Durantel.
Sun 7 May, 3:30pm, Sheffield University Students’ Union Auditorium, free – register

A Cushion of Mist
A short film from some of Sheffield’s most fertile minds. Dearne Valley is the focus, with the writing of Barry Hines and reflections of local residents informing this landscape exploration by filmmaking team Picture Story Productions and designer Jon Cannon. Followed by a panel discussion.
Wed 10 May, 5:30, Arts Tower, free – register

Written by Nat Loftus; April 8, 2016