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The Sheffield culture guide written by in-the-know locals

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Make some plans with our picks of events, our art and theatre reviews, and programme highlights from the city's main festivals and venues.

Songs from the Seven Hills

Wed. 18 July 2018 — Sat. 21 July 2018

Crucible Theatre

A brand new show celebrating people born, raised and recently settled in Sheffield.

TAAE Tramlines

Fri. 20 July 2018 — Sat. 21 July 2018

The Audacious Art Experiment

"Wild experimental fun, glorious guitar bands and then a descent into madness for the night-times".

Clamlines

Thu. 19 July 2018 — Sat. 21 July 2018

Delicious Clam

A showcase of some of the finest bands from the UK’s DIY music scene.

Tramlines at The Washington

Fri. 20 July 2018 — Sat. 21 July 2018

The Washington, 79 Fitzwilliam Street, S1 4JP

The Washy's fringe event is cramming in 28 bands over Tramlines weekend, with DJs keeping the party going till 3am.

Woodfall Season

Multiple dates

Showroom

A string of true-to-life films from the pioneers of the British New Wave, including The Loneliness of the Long Distance Runner, Look Back in Anger, and A Taste of Honey.

New Clear Waves

Multiple dates

DINA

A three-day celebration of the best of the North, past and present – as part of the Tramlines fringe.

Tramlines

Fri. 20 July 2018 — Sun. 22 July 2018

Hillsborough Park

A three-day summertime celebration of music.

The Folk Forest

Sat. 21 July 2018 — Sun. 22 July 2018

Endcliffe Park

An oasis of calm between the trees.

The Fringe at Tramlines

Sat. 21 July 2018 — Sun. 22 July 2018

Devonshire Green, 158 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF

A free, city-centre programme of music, street theatre and film.

Yellow Arch Tramlines Fringe Weekend

Fri. 20 July 2018 — Sun. 22 July 2018

Yellow Arch Studios

Two late night parties and one all-dayer, with a top drawer lineup of live acts, DJs, MCs and sound systems.

Neighbourhood

Fri. 20 July 2018 — Sun. 22 July 2018

Picture House Social

Picture House's free fringe fest returns, with stages curated by Self Esteem (aka Rebecca from Slow Club) and Bear Tree Records, plus DJs keeping the party going till late.

The Tales of Beatrix Potter

Multiple dates

The Amphitheatre, South Street Park, 21 South Street, S2 5PN

With a national reputation for creating imaginative twists on classic family stories, Gobbledigook Theatre bring a show inspired by three of Potters favourite tales – as well as details of her life and what she achieved.

Our Municipal Dreams

Wed. 25 July 2018

Showroom

A selection of archival short films exploring the changing urban landscape of post-war Britain and radical new visions for town planning.

The Smittens

Thu. 26 July 2018

Cafe Totem, 23 Furnival Gate, S1 4QR

A four-band indie-pop show.

Vertigo

Fri. 20 July 2018 — Thu. 26 July 2018

Showroom

The rare opportunity to see Vertigo on the big screen, to mark its 60th anniversary.

Received Dissent: An American Mail Art Project

Tue. 3 April 2018 — Sat. 28 July 2018

Graves Gallery

A collection of art never meant for gallery walls, but created to be received by post. Featuring work by Man Ray, Yoko Ono, Marcel Duchamp, Roy Lichtenstein and Méret Oppenheim. Our review...

Pride Sheffield

Sat. 28 July 2018

Endcliffe Park

A celebration of equality, diversity and solidarity.

Circus! Show of Shows Family Fun Day

Sat. 28 July 2018

Weston Park Museum

Roll up! Roll up! Be astounded and delighted by acrobats and musicians, get your face painted, and try your hand at circus tricks.

Vulvarine: A New Musical

Sat. 28 July 2018

Theatre Deli

Where is all the tampon tax going? Who is The Mansplainer, and what is his evil plan? Grab your tights, your spanx and your most supportive sports bra. It’s hero time.

This Class Works

Sat. 14 July 2018 — Sun. 29 July 2018

92 Burton Rd, S3 8DA

A celebration of the working class from Pete McKee, with work by Martyn Ware, Maxine Peake, Tish Murtha, and more.

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Fri. 27 July 2018 — Sun. 29 July 2018

Millennium Gallery

A fabulous opportunity to pick up work from over 70 of the UK’s best established and emerging artists and designer-makers.

Artist's Talk & Materials Workshop: Florence Mytum

Wed. 1 August 2018

Bloc Projects

An overview the artist's practice and an interactive workshop on the tactile manipulation of materials.

Friday Night Ride: Sheffield Paintings

Fri. 3 August 2018

The Arts Tower, Western Bank, S10 2TN

A sociable cycle around viewpoints that have inspired artists over the decades.

Peddler

Multiple dates

92 Burton Road

Food, music, art. In a former warehouse. At night.

Pow Wow Club Weekender

Fri. 3 August 2018 — Sat. 4 August 2018

Yellow Arch Studios

An international festival of "badass vintage music".

Bloc Projects Members Show 2018

Sat. 21 July 2018 — Sat. 4 August 2018

Bloc Projects

A selection of work by emerging artists from across the UK.

Urban Astronaut

Multiple dates

The Amphitheatre, South Street Park, 21 South Street, S2 5PN

Find hope again with this show, offering a glimpse of a future that might be.

Park Hill architecture tours

Multiple dates

S1 Artspace

Chance to explore the 1960s brutalist icon with architecture and heritage experts, as part of S1 Artspace's Love Among the Ruins programme of events.

Public Showreel Coffee Mornings

Multiple dates

S1 Artspace

Chance for Park Hill residents both past and present to share stories and photos of the housing estate.

The Village Screen at Peak Cavern

Thu. 9 August 2018 — Fri. 10 August 2018

Peak Cavern, Castleton, Hope Valley, S33 8WS

Head underground and back to the 80s with pop-up screenings of The Goonies and The Lost Boys in a Peak District cave.

Love Among the Ruins exhibition tours

Multiple dates

S1 Artspace

Experts in architecture and social and cultural history shed light on the exhibition of archival photography from the Park Hill and Hyde Park estates.

Sheffield Vegan Beer Festival

Sat. 18 August 2018

Yellow Arch Studios

Fat Gay Vegan is back in town, hosting another excellent array of beers and street food.

Wilko Johnson

Thu. 23 August 2018

The Leadmill

Guitar icon.

Figure

Sat. 14 July 2018 — Sat. 25 August 2018

Cupola Gallery

A group show at Hillsborough's Cupola gallery.

Look Up

Multiple dates

The Amphitheatre, South Street Park, 21 South Street, S2 5PN

Circus, puppets, and aerial tricks!

The Runner

Multiple dates

The Amphitheatre, South Street Park, 21 South Street, S2 5PN

A story of seeking refuge far from home.

Summer of Ghibli

Fri. 20 July 2018 — Thu. 30 August 2018

Showroom

Enter the magical world of Studio Ghibli in this season of animated films.

Bloc Billboard: Alexander Glass

Fri. 6 July 2018 — Sat. 1 September 2018

Bloc Projects

A public artwork on the side of the gallery, from an artist known for his investigations into desire and masculinity.

Heritage Open Days

Multiple dates

Eight days to explore heritage treasures across the city. Go, go, go!

Artist Talk: Anna Douglas, Bill Stephenson and Matthew Conduit

Wed. 12 September 2018

S1 Artspace

Hear from and about the artists behind Love Among the Ruins, an exhibition of archival photography of the Park Hill and Hyde Park estates.

Rachel Parris

Fri. 14 September 2018

The Leadmill

The star of BBC’s The Mash Report brings to the stage her new show, It’s Fun To Pretend.

Love Among the Ruins: A Romance of the Near Future

Fri. 20 July 2018 — Sat. 15 September 2018

S1 Artspace

An exhibition of photography and film of Sheffield’s Park Hill and Hyde Park estates from the 1960s-80s.

Experiments in Living with Elain Harwood and Lynsey Hanley

Sat. 15 September 2018

Arts Tower, Western Bank, S10 2TN

A talk on the history and legacy of Britain’s post-war social housing projects and the controversial repurposing of landmark buildings, including Sheffield’s Park Hill.

Victorian Giants: The Birth of Art Photography

Sat. 30 June 2018 — Sun. 23 September 2018

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of pieces from the National Portrait Gallery, telling the story of photography’s entrance into the art world. Read our review.

Nish Kumar

Thu. 27 September 2018

The Leadmill

Another face from The Mash Report, Nish Kumar is a insightful satirist whose latest offering, It’s In Your Nature To Destroy Yourselves, ruminates on the current political climate.

Sensoria

Thu. 27 September 2018 — Sat. 6 October 2018

Sheffield's distinctly innovative, always interesting festival of sound and vision.

Powerful Silence

Sat. 1 September 2018 — Sat. 6 October 2018

Cupola Gallery

An exhibition of work by Bren Head.

Art Against War: Peter Kennard and the CND Movement

Sat. 9 June 2018 — Sun. 7 October 2018

Millennium Gallery

Era-defining posters and photomontages, marking the 60th anniversary of the Campaign for Nuclear Disarmament.

Off the Shelf

Sat. 6 October 2018 — Sat. 27 October 2018

Sheffield's annual festival of words.

Circus! Show of Shows

Wed. 25 July 2018 — Sun. 4 November 2018

Weston Park Museum

Roll up, roll up, for a celebration of the circus and the performers who brought it to life.

Sheffield Print Fair

Sat. 10 November 2018

St Mary’s Church and Community Centre

Watch printmaking in action and pick up a print or two to take home.

Peaks

Sat. 13 October 2018 — Sat. 17 November 2018

Cupola Gallery

An exhibition of work by Alison Tyldesley, Paul Evans, John Bainbridge and Rebecca Buck.

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios

Sat. 17 November 2018 — Sun. 18 November 2018

Yorkshire Artspace

A weekend of nosying around some of the most fascinating artists' studios in town.

JigDoll Ensemble

Thu. 22 November 2018

Firth Hall, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, S10 2TN

Cutting-edge looping technology mixed with vocal, accordion and composition skill.

Victorian Christmas Market

Sat. 1 December 2018 — Sun. 2 December 2018

Kelham Island Museum

Two days of old time Christmas shopping. Dickensian dress optional.

Doc/Fest

Thu. 6 June 2019 — Tue. 11 June 2019

Showroom

Each June, the world of documentary descends on Sheffield to showcase some of the most fascinating factual films going.