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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.

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Fri. 22 March 2019

Theatre Deli

In 2016, Volvo launched their ‘Human Made’ advertising campaign. Sam got sort of obsessed – so obsessed he decided to make some adverts of his own. This show is what he made.

Henry Lowther's Still Waters

Fri. 22 March 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulhouse Road, S10 1TD

Sheffield Jazz present Still Waters, a project born out of a long friendship between Henry Lowther and bassist Dave Green.

Veg Out

Multiple dates

92 Burton Road, S3 8DA

Peddler street food market goes veggie/vegan.

Cult of K*nzo

Sat. 23 March 2019

Theatre Deli

How do high end fashion brands seduce? Why do people crave their products?

Stella

Sat. 23 March 2019

The Montgomery

Using projection, playful performance and aerial circus, Stella is the story of a Star Engineer who keeps the stars shining for when we need them.

David Thomas Broughton + Neil McSweeney

Sat. 23 March 2019

Merlin Theatre, Meadow Bank Road, Nether Edge, S11 9AH

Opus and Now Then present a very special show, with two fantastic songwriters in a beautiful, intimate setting, nestled in leafy Nether Edge.

Five Lesbians Eating A Quiche

Fri. 22 March 2019 — Sat. 23 March 2019

The Holt

A charming one-act satirical comedy about sisterhood, manners, and most importantly of all, quiche.

Simon Lethem with Rachel Gerrard

Fri. 22 March 2019 — Sat. 23 March 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

Returning to their home city after many years, songwriter and musician Simon Lethem will be showcasing the album Lessons in Life with singer Rachel Gerrard.

Black Hole

Fri. 22 March 2019 — Sat. 23 March 2019

Cellar Theatre

An exploration into what is presented right before your eyes, asking one big question: who is in the dark?

Scale

Thu. 14 February 2019 — Sun. 24 March 2019

Yorkshire Artspace

An open-door residency and exhibition of new ceramic work by Penny Withers, inspired by Peak District rock formations.

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

Fri. 22 March 2019 — Sun. 24 March 2019

Showroom

The most thrills you can get from the safety of a cinema seat.

Leonardo's Sunday Gallery

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

Let your family be creative in the Leonardo exhibition.

Best of BE FESTIVAL

Mon. 25 March 2019

Drama Studio

Cross Europe with three shows from three countries in one brilliant evening.

Big No No Comedy

Multiple dates

Cellar Theatre

A open mic/scratch night in the city centre's newest mini theatre.

Status

Tue. 26 March 2019

Drama Studio

A globe-spanning journey of an attempted escape from nationality, with songs along the way.

Best of BE FESTIVAL Workshops

Tue. 26 March 2019

Drama Studio

Join performers Marc Oosterhoff and Tom Cassani after their show for two extra-special workshops. Suitable for all – students, performers and members of the public.

Why Isn’t Everybody Talking About Fifi?

Multiple dates

Yellow Arch Studios

A new show from Jamie Campbell, the inspiration behind the hit musical Everybody’s Talking About Jamie. It tells the story from the point of view of his drag-queen alter-ego Fifi la True.

Kite

Wed. 27 March 2019

Drama Studio

A poignant a play without words, with original music, dance, and puppetry about grief, freedom and the joy of play.

Leonardo's Little Inventors

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

Let the gallery's Leonardo da Vinci exhibition inspire your little ones.

The Turk

Thu. 28 March 2019

Drama Studio

A chilling tale of sentience, showmanship and sacrifice inspired by the original ‘thinking machine’.

Here’s Looking At UKIP

Wed. 27 March 2019 — Thu. 28 March 2019

Theatre Deli

A one-woman show about patriotism, nationalism and British exceptionalism, coming to Theatre Deli on the brink of our scheduled departure from the EU.

The Undercover Hippy

Thu. 28 March 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

A drum and bass MC turned singer-songwriter described as being “like the love-child of Steel Pulse, Kate Tempest and the Sleaford Mods.”

Housewives

Thu. 28 March 2019

Picture House Social

Music for the future.

No Such Thing As A Fish

Thu. 28 March 2019

Sheffield City Hall

The QI researchers behind the hit podcast come to town, sharing bizarre and inexplicable trivia in their new live show.

Feeling Good in a Green City

Wed. 27 March 2019 — Thu. 28 March 2019

Weston Park Museum

A two-day festival of nature and wellbeing in three of the city's beautiful green spaces.

Hymns For Robots

Fri. 29 March 2019

Theatre Deli

In a small attic, packed in hundreds of cereal boxes, lies the life’s work of Delia Derbyshire – the unsung genius behind the Doctor Who theme tune and trailblazer of electronic music.

Tony Kofi Sextet: A Portrait of Cannonball

Fri. 29 March 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulhouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD

Sheffield Jazz present a loving celebration of the jazz giant Julian ‘Cannnonball’ Adderley.

Seaside Terror

Sat. 30 March 2019

Drama Studio

A celebration of British horror and holidays of the 1970s.

Sheffield University Symphony Orchestra

Sat. 30 March 2019

Firth Hall, Western Bank, S10 2TN

University of Sheffield’s spring concert.

Ceramics short course with Art House and S1 Artspace

Multiple dates

The Art House

Join artist James Clarkson and ceramics tutor Amanda Packham for a short ceramics course inspired by the pottery workshops at the Bauhaus.

One Hundred Views of the Arts Tower

Mon. 11 February 2019 — Sun. 31 March 2019

Western Bank Library

A celebration a Sheffield modernist beacon, bringing together a hundred artworks shared by the public and delving into the archives.

Festival of the Outdoors

Fri. 1 March 2019 — Sun. 31 March 2019

A monthlong programme of activities championing Sheffield's love of the great outdoors.

Yellow Arch Culture Clash

Sat. 30 March 2019 — Sun. 31 March 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

The sounds of West Africa and the West Indies come together, as Zion Train and K.O.G & The Zongo Brigade meet face-to-face with one thing in common: good vibes.

Beyond Belief

Mon. 1 April 2019

Drama Studio

A captivating and moving story of loss and infinite love, set in a terrifying near-future where tech giants can restore your digital soul.

Leonardo Discovery Days: Leonardo the Scientist

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

Imagine being amazing at drawing and painting and engineering and maths AND science!

Who We Are: Who Are You?

Multiple dates

Weston Park Museum

Have fun learning about what makes you who you are this Easter Holidays.

The Shipping Forecast

Tue. 2 April 2019

Cellar Theatre

Sheffield's very best nautical-themed comedy cabaret night.

As a Tiger in the Jungle

Thu. 4 April 2019

Drama Studio

Using spoken word, movement, circus and ceremony, three performers from Nepal and Vietnam tell the story of how they survived being child circus slaves in India and created their own destiny.

Vula Viel

Thu. 4 April 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

A uniquely engaging mix of African, punk and minimalist influences, based around the gyil – a Ghanaian xylophone.

Tommy Smith Quartet

Fri. 5 April 2019

Crucible Theatre

The internationally-acclaimed saxophonist and his outstanding new group pay tribute to jazz icon John Coltrane.

Concerto

Fri. 5 April 2019

Drama Studio

A unique musical experience inspired by Ravel’s Piano Concerto for the Left Hand, Concerto is a deconstructed and re-orchestrated exploration of the legacy of war and the healing power of music to overcome tragedy.

It'll Be Alt-Right On The Night

Wed. 3 April 2019 — Fri. 5 April 2019

Theatre Deli

A story of friendship, disenfranchisement, punk-rock and a global movement born of economic, political and social frustrations.

Peddler

Multiple dates

92 Burton Road

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

Standing at the Sky's Edge

Fri. 15 March 2019 — Sat. 6 April 2019

Crucible Theatre

A story of 50 years of Park Hill, with music by Richard Hawley. Our review coming soon...

Tim Horton

Sat. 6 April 2019

Crucible Theatre

A cycle of Schubert's major piano sonatas, alongside music by Ravel.

Mausoleum of the Giants

Fri. 15 March 2019 — Sat. 6 April 2019

Eye Witness Works, Milton Street, S3 7WJ

A solo show by Phlegm, creating an immersive sculptural installation in an abandoned factory.

Enable US Festival of Theatre

Mon. 25 March 2019 — Sat. 6 April 2019

Drama Studio

Twice a year the Enable US festival brings unmissable and intriguing pieces of new theatre and performance to the beautiful Drama Studio.

Unsung

Sat. 6 April 2019

Drama Studio

The untold and under-acknowledged stories of four inspirational female figures from British history, asking why they, and hundreds like them, have been relegated to the footnotes.

Nubiyan Twist & special guests

Fri. 5 April 2019 — Sat. 6 April 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

Opus and Now Then present a multi-room party featuring a 10-piece that effortlessly blends Future Jazz, afro beats, heavy dubs and blistering musicianship into their own sound.

Jessica Fostekew

Sat. 6 April 2019

Regather

The co-host of the Guilty Feminist and creator of the Hoovering podcast brings her brand of utterly engaging storytelling to Regather Comedy Club.

Opening Party

Sat. 6 April 2019

The Local Theatre, 24-26 Snig Hill, S3 8NB

Head down Snig Hill for the opening of the newest theatre in Sheffield, with three special acts on the night as well as chance to chat to directors Miranda and Tim.

Sharrow Lantern Carnival

Sun. 7 April 2019

Mount Pleasant Park, Abbeydale Road, S7 1BY

Each spring, a huge parade of wild and wonderful creations illuminates the streets to the south of the city.

Egg-cellent Adventures with Oviparous Animals

Multiple dates

Weston Park Museum

Discover how many dinosaurs roamed the earth and create your own unique dino egg this Easter Holidays.

8 Paint

Fri. 5 April 2019 — Tue. 9 April 2019

Gage Gallery

Eight artists from three of the city's studio groups come together for an exhibition of contemporary painting. Our preview...

Ruskin Live: A Joy Forever

Wed. 10 April 2019

Sheffield Central Library

Actor and art historian Paul O'Keeffe recreates a classic John Ruskin lecture about the political economy of art and exploitation within the workforce.

Rob Newman

Wed. 10 April 2019

The Leadmill

Based on the hit BBC Radio 4 series, Total Eclipse Of Descartes sees Rob Newman take audiences on a whirlwind tour of philosophy exploring 3000 years of ideas from the genius to the utterly wrongheaded.

The Indecision

Thu. 11 April 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

The high-energy ska band come to town with their brand new album, Give It Up!

Harry Allen Quartet with Andrea Pozza

Fri. 12 April 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulhouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD

Sheffield Jazz present the unsurpassable talent of Harry Allen.

Boris The Musical 2: Brexit Harder

Wed. 10 April 2019 — Sat. 13 April 2019

Theatre Deli

A satirical look at the politician's story from the playing fields of Eton to Brexit Britain, with some synth-pop and death metal numbers along the way.

Who We Are: Photographs by Martin Jenkinson

Sat. 24 November 2018 — Sun. 14 April 2019

Weston Park Museum

An exercise in understanding both history and humanity. Read our exhibition review.

Mark Thomas

Tue. 16 April 2019 — Wed. 17 April 2019

Drama Studio

Join comedian, activist and journalist Mark Thomas as he probes into the future of the NHS with his new show Check Up.

Tales Of Whatever

Multiple dates

Shakespeare's

Sheffield’s resident true storytelling night, in which well-known comedians are invited to the stage alongside other artists and performers to tell true stories of their lives which are funny and heartwarming in much the same way.

City of Hope – Sweet + Shore

Sat. 16 March 2019 — Sat. 20 April 2019

Cupola Gallery

An art and science collaboration between Anne Penman Sweet and Dr Jesse Shore.

Construction House: Radical Materials

Thu. 21 February 2019 — Sat. 20 April 2019

S1 Artspace

The final exhibition in S1 Artspace's Bauhaus-inspired series focuses on the practical workshops held at the influential school, which brought together creativity and experimentation with materials with industrial manufacturing processes.

The Horne Section

Tue. 23 April 2019

Sheffield City Hall

A jazz-comedy fusion production whose novelty and spectacle is really something to behold, coming to Sheffield on tour following a TV special and a chart-topping podcast.

Democracy, Data & Election Scandals

Wed. 24 April 2019

Workroom 3, 38 Mappin Street, University of Sheffield S1 3JD

Shahmir Sanni made headlines last year as the whistleblower of Vote Leave's unlawful overspending in the Brexit referendum campaign. Join him and Dr Kate Dommett to explore the implications of online campaigning trends for democracy.

The Life, Work & Legacy of Harry Leslie Smith

Thu. 25 April 2019

Barnsley Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley S70 2JW

Harry Leslie Smith (1923-2018) was an inspiration to the very end, a second world war veteran turned ardent anti-austerity campaigner. Join his son John in Harry's birthplace of Barnsley for a conversation on his father's life, works and legacy.

Brexitannia

Sat. 27 April 2019

The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, S1 4FW

Nearly three years on from the EU referendum the UK faces an uncertain future, where we still barely know much more than “Brexit means Brexit”. Here, voters on both sides of the leave/remain divide share their views.

Women March!

Tue. 5 March 2019 — Sat. 27 April 2019

DINA

Protest photography by women – from Sheffield Woman Against Pit Closures to the Women's March to women standing against Yarlswood detention centre, resisting the occupation in Nabi Saleh, Palestine, and more.

Exquisite Bodies

Thu. 4 April 2019 — Sun. 28 April 2019

Yorkshire Artspace

Four artists collaborate live in the gallery, creating new ceramic pieces based on the game of collective creation known as exquisite corpse.

Joy Labinjo: As We Were

Fri. 5 April 2019 — Sat. 4 May 2019

Bloc Projects

The artist presents new work on themes of identity, the complexity of familial relationships, and what it means to immortalise characters in paint.

Open Up

Multiple dates

Two weekends and a bank holiday Monday worth of noseying around artists' studios.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

Fri. 1 February 2019 — Mon. 6 May 2019

Millennium Gallery

A rare chance to see the working method of a genius up close, 500 years on from his death.

Same Same Different

Thu. 9 May 2019

Theatre Deli

A play about the influences of both nature and nurture, sharing stories from adoptees living all over the world.

Atomic's Rainbow Rampage

Fri. 10 May 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

Let’s see what happens when you mix 1980s pop music from Sheffield’s Atomic 80s band, the LGBT+ community, and the singer from the Everly Pregnant Brothers.

Mingus Profiles Sextet

Fri. 10 May 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulhouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD

A rousing gig to round off the Sheffield Jazz spring season.

The Kingdom Come #5

Sat. 11 May 2019

Abbeydale Picture House

An evening of drag king cabaret with a heavenly theme.

Our Planet Hub Day

Sat. 11 May 2019

Theatre Deli

Man-made climate change is one of the most pressing issues we face today. This day of action goes deep into the daunting challenge, with a vegan breakfast club, and workshops and talks covering zero waste, Attenborough-style TV, and more.

Afua Hirsch: Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

Mon. 13 May 2019

Auditorium, Sheffield Students' Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

The journalist and Sky News presenter discusses her book, Brit(ish) – on everyday racism and our awkward, troubled relationship with our history.

How to Break the Silence on Environmental Collapse

Thu. 16 May 2019

Auditorium, Sheffield Students' Union, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TG

It's one of the most urgent issues we face today, but for some reason the environmental crisis isn't always reported with the urgency it requires. Join passionate and knowledgeable climate communicators George Monbiot & George Marshall in discussion.

Sheffield Zine Fest

Sat. 18 May 2019

The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, S1 2BX

After a year off, Sheffield Zine Fest returns for 2019, filling the Workstation with DIY stapled paper treats. All hail the photocopier.

Re-collections: Susan Hiller, Elizabeth Price, Georgain Starr

Sat. 16 February 2019 — Sun. 19 May 2019

Site Gallery

Bringing together the work of three phenomenal artists from Site’s archive, marking the start of the gallery's 40th year.

How Can Women's & LGBT+ Communities Build Inclusive Spaces?

Tue. 21 May 2019

Firth Court, Western Bank, S10 2TN

Join SheFest, the LGBT+ Hub and a panel of speakers for a discussion on creating inclusive spaces in women's and LGBT+ communities.

Roger McGough & Stan Skinny

Tue. 21 May 2019

Abbeydale Picture House

Carol Ann Duffy calls him "the patron saint of poetry" and Liverpool has long claimed him as their own poet laureate. He even has a poem on the wall in our very own Winter Garden. Don't miss Roger McGough reading his irreverent and spirited poetry.

Tom J Newell: Endless Toil

Thu. 16 May 2019 — Thu. 23 May 2019

99 Mary Street

A solo exhibition of pieces from the pen of one of Sheffield's most distinctive artists.

The Guilty Feminist: Live

Thu. 23 May 2019

Sheffield City Hall

Deborah Frances-White's podcast takes on the insecurities and paradoxes experienced by those who feel like they're just not quite doing good enough at feminism – with lots of laughter along the way. Join her in conversation with special guests.

Sheaf Poetry Festival

Fri. 17 May 2019 — Sat. 25 May 2019

A new celebration of poetry in Sheffield, taking place for the first time over nine days this May with poets Andrew McMillan, Imtiaz Dharker, Raymond Antrobus, Denise Riley and more.

The Vehicle of Nature

Sat. 19 January 2019 — Sun. 26 May 2019

Millennium Gallery

A video installation by Universal Everything, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's exquisitely detailed sketches that capture the rushing flow of water.

Chores

Fri. 31 May 2019

The Montgomery

Two excitable brothers are definitely, probably, maybe, just about to, almost, at some stage, going to do the chores their mother has asked them to do.

Live Late: The People's Palace of Possibility

Fri. 31 May 2019

Millennium Gallery

Museums Sheffield's Friday night social returns, this time with a utopian inclination. Get your imagination going with John Ruskin-inspired performance, music, film and general dream-weaving creativity.

Vessel

Sat. 27 April 2019 — Sat. 1 June 2019

Cupola Gallery

An exhibition from the Northern Potters Association.

Festival of Debate does Question Time

Sat. 1 June 2019

Millennium Gallery

See out this year's festival with a Question Time-style event. You'll have chance to put your questions to political figures and commentators including outgoing Lord Mayor Magid Magid, Novara Media’s Ash Sarkar and openDemocracy editor Adam Ramsay.

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.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Fri. 28 June 2019 — Sat. 29 June 2019

The Montgomery

A mischievous celebration of play, based on the much-loved book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

Festival of Debate

Fri. 19 April 2019 — Sun. 30 June 2019

Get informed, inspired and filled with ideas for positive change.

Uncertain Spaces: Kenopsia

Sat. 8 June 2019 — Sat. 6 July 2019

Cupola Gallery

A solo exhibition of realist paintings by Andy Cropper.

Goldsmiths North

Fri. 12 July 2019 — Sun. 14 July 2019

Cutlers' Hall, Church Street, S1 1HG

The magnificent Cutlers' Hall plays host to a fair bringing together over 60 independent silversmiths and jewellery makers.

Makers Mark

Sat. 13 July 2019 — Sat. 24 August 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show bringing together a mix of artists, works and mediums.

Beyond The Real

Sat. 31 August 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show bringing together a variety of works in different mediums.

NSFW

Sat. 31 August 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show, bringing to Cupola a mix of works on the theme of Not Safe For Work.

Alice in Wonderland

Sun. 20 October 2019

The Montgomery

Join the tea party and meet the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts.

Joanna Whittle

Sat. 19 October 2019 — Sat. 16 November 2019

Cupola Gallery

A solo exhibition of both real and imagined landscapes by a local painter.

Pauline Rignall

Sat. 19 October 2019 — Sat. 16 November 2019

Cupola Gallery

A solo exhibition of paintings.

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios

Sat. 16 November 2019 — Sun. 17 November 2019

Yorkshire Artspace

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