Festival of Debate 2017

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Organised by the team behind Now Then, the Festival of Debate returns this spring to help shift some clouds from around the real issues and clear the path towards answers to questions that can sometimes seem too big to ask.

A series of talks, discussions, music and theatre performances, and film screenings, spread across Sheffield, the Festival of Debate aims to get people together to think about democracy and ideas for change. From discussions on working conditions, the importance of the NHS and, of course, Brexit to tips on how you can make your city a better place, the festival should leave everyone feeling a little more informed about issues that effect the local, national and international community. There'll also be collaborations with Sheffield Food FestivalMigration Matters, and the first Abbeydale Picture House Beer Festival.

Read on for our top picks from the programme and be sure to look at the full listings and venue info on the Festival of Debate site – there's tons more to get involved in, and much of it's free.

I, Daniel Blake

A screening of Ken Loach's heartfelt social realist film, alongside pay-as-you-feel food and a chance to join in a discussion on life in austerity Britain.
26 April, 6pm, Union St, pay as you feel – book now.

Why do we need hospitals?

The NHS is in crisis, and the Conservative government is proposing further cuts to hospital bed numbers. The director of public health for Stockport will be joined by local speakers to address the changing role of large hospitals. 
4 May, 7pm, Quaker Meeting House, free – book now.

LGBT: Solidarity & Intersectionality Q&A

Join LGBT+ rights activists to explore the importance of solidarity and intersectionality. Speakers include Mike Jackson and Dave Lewis, founding members of Lesbian and Gays Support the Miners, whose campaign was immortalised in the film Pride, and Phyll Opoku-Gyimah from UK Black Pride.
8 May, 6pm, Sheffield Students' Union, free – book now.

Tax Dodger's Guide to Fargate

Meet at Sheffield Cathedral for a walking tour of the tax-dodging companies on Sheffield's high street with Blowfish Theatre Company.
13 & 20 May, 1pm, Fargate, free.

Wordlife Open Mic

New writing champions Wordlife host a politics-themed night of poetry and spoken word. Get involved.
16 May, 7pm, DINA, pay-as-you-feel.

Poetry and the City

An evening of new poetry about our hilly city, with Pete Green and Ben Dorey. The poets will also discuss the issues they explore in their work, including regeneration, internationalism, geography and economy.
19 May, 7pm, Roco, free – book now.

Mandatory Redistribution Party

Comedians Sean Morley and Jack Evans present their absurdist take on contemporary political taxonomy.
16 June, 7:30pm, DINA, £5.

Rebel Folk

A showcase of protest songs and music with political themes. Regular Rebel Folk plus special guests will share stories behind their songs, which will be followed by a film about UK folk traditions and an evening concert.
24 June, 3-11pm, The Audacious Art Experiment, £5 ONO.

Girl Gang Sheffield: Battle Royale

Girl Gang Sheffield host some of the best parties in town. This time, they're immersing audiences in the world of cult dystopian Japanese film Battle Royale, about student fighting for survival on an island. There'll be performances and surprises alongside the film, followed by an after-party (from 9:30pm) with DJs battling it out with female-fronted party bangers. Fancy dress encouraged.
24 June, 7pm, DINA, £10-15 – book now.