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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Filled with picks of the city’s arts, culture and heritage events, both in-person and virtual. Plus reviews and festival guides.

Our Picks

Music picks

Make some dates with excellent bands and artists in Sheffield, with a hand from our Tom's choice of upcoming gigs.

Our Picks

Theatre picks

Our picks of the shows that are taking to the Sheffield stage over the coming weeks and months.

Lunchtime Talk: Park Hill at 60 – Residents’ Stories

Wed. 26 January 2022

Weston Park Museum

Park Hill has become an iconic housing development, but for many people it was simply ‘home’. Join Dr Isabelle Carter lecturer in Twentieth Century British History at the University of Lincoln, to look at life at Park Hill, as told by its residents.

Nightmare Alley

Fri. 21 January 2022 — Thu. 27 January 2022

A carnival worker (Bradley Cooper) with a talent for manipulating people hooks up with a psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) even more dangerous than he is, in this sleek and stylish film noir from Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, The Shape of Water).

Memoria

Fri. 14 January 2022 — Thu. 27 January 2022

Showroom

While visiting her sister in Colombia, Scottish woman Jessica (Tilda Swinton) is awoken by a haunting bang. She obsessively tries find an explanation for it, as she begins experiencing a mysterious sensory syndrome. A mesmerising, immersive film.

Harp Double Bill: Alina Bzhezhinska & Julie Walkington + Manon McCoy & Johnny FK

Thu. 27 January 2022

Yellow Arch Studios

Jazz at The Lescar presents a double bill at Yellow Arch Studios. With a true virtuoso on the harp, Alina Bzhezhinska, paired with an emerging creative talent on the northern music scene, Manon McCoy.

Adam Glasser Quintet

Fri. 28 January 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

South African musician and composer Adam Glasser returns to Sheffield after a highly successful gig in 2018, with a great band of British jazz musicians to play his trademark township jazz. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Brockhampton

Fri. 28 January 2022

O2 Academy Sheffield

A Texas hip-hop collective who also label themselves as "the world’s greatest boyband." Their music ranges from R&B balladry to more aggressive, hard hitting hip-hop.

Down / Stream – Interdisciplinary Outdoor Workshop

Sat. 29 January 2022

Woodhouse Washlands, 67-89 B6064, S13 9XD

Join Arts Catalyst to explore sound and ecology in Woodhouse Washlands.

Sheffield Heritage Fair

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

A weekend-long celebration of Sheffield’s rich history, showcasing the work of heritage groups from around the city.

Anomaly Life Drawing

Multiple dates

The Millowners Arms, Alma Street, S3 8RY

Non-traditional life drawing classes, aiming to spark new ideas through artist inspiration and set design. Join in this winter in Kelham Island.

The Bug Club

Thu. 3 February 2022

Sidney + Matilda

Welsh three-piece The Bug Club make rock 'n' roll nuggets in the vein of The Modern Lovers and The Kinks. Their music is catchy, infectious and fun – the perfect antidote to cold February nights. 

Parallel Mothers

Fri. 28 January 2022 — Thu. 3 February 2022

Showroom

From director Pedro Almodóvar (Pain and Glory, The Skin I Live In), Parallel Mothers follows soon-to-be mothers Janis (Penélope Cruz) and Ana (Milena Smit). They meet in hospital while waiting to give birth and create a bond that changes their lives.

Julian Siegel Quartet

Fri. 4 February 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Saxophonist and composer Julian Siegel is one of the most in-demand jazz musicians in Europe and this quartet features some of the most distinctive voices on the British jazz scene. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Under the Bed Sale

Sat. 15 January 2022 — Sat. 5 February 2022

Cupola Gallery

The annual Cupola New Year sale returns for 2022. Rummage for artworks starting from as little as £1.

Gender Awareness Training

Tue. 8 February 2022

An online training session to help you better meet the needs of clients and audiences of all genders, particularly those who are transgender.

Sylvie Courvoisier / Mary Halvorson Duo

Tue. 8 February 2022

Firth Hall

A collaboration between two singular musicians: pianist, composer and improviser Sylvie Courvoiser and American avant-garde jazz guitarist Mary Halvorson. Their new album draws on the chemistry and familiarity forged over their tours together.

Lunchtime Talk: Besides Bloomsbury – Queer Arts of the 20th Century

Thu. 10 February 2022

Millennium Gallery

Join Dr Nicky Hallett for this talk looking at the Bloomsbury Group in the context of a range of Queer artists and writers, including Claude Cahun, Marcel Moore and others. Coinciding with the exhibition Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy.

Half Man Half Biscuit

Fri. 11 February 2022

The Leadmill

Cult post-punk outfit Half Man Half Biscuit have been writing their own brand of surrealist, sarcastic, sardonic rock songs since 1984, mixing humour and bleakness in equal measure.

Sharing the View: Philosophy in the Gallery

Multiple dates

Graves Gallery

Join with others to enquire into the ideas that emerge when you look at art together. These informal, in-depth discussions draw on the Graves Gallery's collection as a prompt for philosophical enquiry.

Love and Lust

Fri. 11 February 2022

Gut Level, Snow Lane, S3 7AL

A queer Valentine's dance party, bringing together DJs and performers from across the UK. As the organisers say, "nothing says romance quite like techno."

Human Nurture

Wed. 26 January 2022 — Sat. 12 February 2022

Crucible Theatre

A new play from Ryan Calais Cameron about race, privilege and belonging. Best friends Roger and Harry share the same food, music, laughs, computer games and dreams. Roger is Black and Harry is white – but what does that matter?

Double Dare Ya: Queer Prom

Sat. 12 February 2022

Yellow Arch Studios

Queer collective Double Dare Ya are hosting a Valentine's themed Queer Prom at Yellow Arch. Their aim is to create an accepting space for LGBTQ+ folks who didn’t have the opportunity to enjoy their school prom as their true selves.

Beyond Bloomsbury – Life, Love and Legacy

Thu. 25 November 2021 — Sun. 13 February 2022

Millennium Gallery

A major new exhibition chronicling the lives, loves and work of the Bloomsbury Group during the first half of the 20th century.

Half Term Activity: Sheffield Invents

Mon. 14 February 2022

Kelham Island Museum

Join Sheffield Museums and the Maker{Future} team to get hands on with some local inventions and machines in a pop-up makerspace. Create, tinker, test and modify to invent your own machine.

Lady Bunny

Tue. 15 February 2022

The Leadmill

Lady Bunny moved from Atlanta to New York in the 1980s with her friend RuPaul. She's been a fixture in the city's drag scene since, and is now one of the world's most iconic drag queens. Expect an evening of "gutter-glam fierceness."

Lunchtime Talk: Recording Our Portable Past – Finds from Sheffield Recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme

Wed. 16 February 2022

Kelham Island Museum

The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme has recorded over 1.5 million finds – each one a unique object discovered by a member of the public. This talk will look at recent local finds and archaeological knowledge.

Half Term Activity: All Hail The Whale!

Wed. 16 February 2022

Weston Park Museum

In the approach to World Whale Day on 20 February, what better way to celebrate these amazing animals than meeting Weston Park Museum's very own pilot whale skeleton.

Chiao-Ying Chang

Thu. 17 February 2022

Firth Hall

Taiwanese pianist Chiao-Ying Chang is one of the leading classical performers of her generation. Join her for a classical solo recital of music by Beethoven and Chopin, hosted by University of Sheffield Concerts.

Half Term Activity: Bodacious Butterflies & Marvellous Moths

Fri. 18 February 2022

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

In just a few weeks, hibernating butterflies will be waking up! At this workshop, you can look at some of Sheffield Museums' taxidermied butterflies and moths. Make your own dolly-peg moth or butterfly to take home too.

Platform 21: Imprint(s)

Fri. 21 January 2022 — Sat. 19 February 2022

Bloc Projects

Imprint(s) is an immersive work by Sheffield-based Anisa Nuh-Ali that uses scavenged fragments (photos, documents and inherited objects) to explore the experiences of the Somali diaspora within the context of global Black histories.

Platform 21

Fri. 21 January 2022 — Sun. 20 February 2022

An exhibition of work by five artists currently in residencies at Sheffield visual arts organisations. Taking place across three galleries: Site Gallery, Yorkshire Artspace, Bloc Projects.

Manchester Camerata Presents: The Music Of Arthur Russell, Philip Glass and Julius Eastman

Thu. 24 February 2022

Firth Hall

Disco cellist meets classical minimalists, in this tribute to three legends of the 1980s New York avant-garde music scene.

Mark Lockheart’s Dreamers

Fri. 25 February 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 1TD

Mark Lockheart’s new group signals a new direction for the British saxophonist with its bold and unique sound. Expect exciting grooves and textures all cleverly crafted together within Mark’s memorable tunes. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Far Gone

Thu. 17 February 2022 — Sat. 26 February 2022

Crucible Theatre

Follow Okumu on his journey from innocent boy to child soldier in this gripping, physical one-man play. Written and performed by John Rwothomack and directed by Utopia Theatre's Mojisola Elufowoju.

Saturday Art Workshop: Landscape and Memory

Sat. 26 February 2022

Graves Gallery

Join artist Paul Evans for an enriching day of exploration of landscape painting and drawing, based around works on display in the Graves Gallery.

Anna Karenina

Sat. 5 February 2022 — Sat. 26 February 2022

Crucible Theatre

A bold new production of Leo Tolstoy’s epic novel about desire, duty and defiance. Russian socialite Anna is faced with a choice: remain with her husband to keep her beloved child, or risk ruin in the pursuit of passion.

The Orlando Consort

Thu. 3 March 2022

Firth Hall

A visual and aural feast featuring some of the greatest painters and composers of the Renaissance. Get closer to works of art in this multimedia production, and discover how it connects to music from the era.

Martin Speake International Quartet

Fri. 4 March 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Saxophonist Martin Speake brings a quartet of top international jazz musicians to Sheffield to play intelligent, searching contemporary jazz. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Indie Beer Feast

Fri. 4 March 2022 — Sat. 5 March 2022

Trafalgar Warehouse, 120 Trafalgar Street, S1 4JT

Get off to a head start on Sheffield Beer Week with this two-day showcase of craft breweries, fine cider, street food and natural wine in the iconic Abbeydale Picture House.

Tin Man

Multiple dates

Drama Studio

Joss Arnott Dance presents a magical retelling of a classic story, seen through the rusty eyes of the Tin Man. Join him on his journey to find his heart and happiness. Aimed at families with children aged 7+.

Contemporary Music For All (CoMA) Festival Sheffield

Sat. 5 March 2022

Drama Studio

Join in a day of accessible, open contemporary music workshops, followed by a performance from a new Sheffield ensemble.

Lunchtime Talk: Precious Little Gems

Tue. 8 March 2022

Millennium Gallery

This International Women’s Day, join three designer-silversmiths – Holly Clifford, Helena Russell and Abigail Asher – to hear about their work and contemporary silverwork design in Sheffield.

Feel Good Art Club: Drawing Class

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

Join artist and tutor Donna Brewins-Cook for a mindful drawing class at the Millennium Gallery.

Rice

Mon. 7 March 2022 — Wed. 9 March 2022

Crucible Theatre

Nisha is an ambitious executive at Australia’s largest producer of rice, determined to become the country's first female Indian CEO. Nisha forms a powerful bond with Yvette, an older Chinese woman who cleans her desk, who has ambitions of her own.

Emilia Mårtensson Quintet

Fri. 11 March 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Vocalist Emilia Mårtensson is acclaimed for her haunting, ethereal tones and the dark melancholy of her storytelling. She returns to Sheffield Jazz with a superb band to perform a blend of Scandinavian folk, jazz and art pop.

Sheffield Beer Week

Mon. 7 March 2022 — Sun. 13 March 2022

7 days of beery fun.

Subdural Hematoma

Wed. 16 March 2022 — Thu. 17 March 2022

The Montgomery

Presented by Eleanor May Blackburn, Subdural Hematoma is the story of several people’s journeys through a brain injury and a celebration of what lies ahead on the other side.

Saturday Art Workshop: Paradise Found – A Journey Through Watercolour

Sat. 19 March 2022

Millennium Gallery

Join painter Donna Brewins-Cook for a creative journey through watercolours and inks into urban paradise, taking inspiration from the nearby Winter Garden.

Jason Rebello Trio

Thu. 24 March 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Jason Rebello is one of the most inventive pianists to emerge from the UK since the 90s. He returns to Sheffield with another brilliant trio, hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Hidden Depths

Fri. 4 March 2022 — Sat. 26 March 2022

Yorkshire Artspace

An exhibition of photography by Laura Page, reimagining what it means to be older, subverting stereotypes and defying expectation.

Lunchtime Talk: A Transformation in Everyday Life? Telling Stories about the 1950s, 60s and 70s

Wed. 30 March 2022

Weston Park Museum

Hear about life in the 1950s, 60s and 70s, with reference to objects on display in the Sheffield Stories gallery at Weston Park Museum.

Partikel

Fri. 1 April 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A highly original sax-led trio, renowned for their exciting, adventurous contemporary jazz. Their music is an eclectic mix of tight melodies, sinewy elegance, spiky funk and languid ballads. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Nish Kumar: Control

Thu. 7 April 2022

Crucible Theatre

"It has been a period of upheaval and uncertainty with COVID and the political situation. You will be amazed by my capacity to somehow take all these things personally." A new show from the host of Late Night Mash.

Tommaso Starace & Dave O'Higgins Quartet

Fri. 8 April 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Italian alto saxophonist Tommaso Starace teams up with acclaimed British tenor player Dave O’Higgins. Expect exciting contemporary jazz as they play original compositions and imaginative arrangements of jazz standards.

Liam Noble Trio

Fri. 29 April 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

One of the most inventive composers and pianists on the British jazz scene. His current trio features the rhythm section from the award winning band Polar Bear. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz

Minari

A tender story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream. Available to enjoy at home.

Drive My Car

An evocative road movie inspired by a story by Haruki Murakami. Two years after his wife's death, Yusuke travels to Hiroshima to direct a play. There, the young chauffeur Misaki helps him to confront the mysteries his wife left behind. Watch at home.

Places in Time: The Art of Kenneth Steel

Fri. 17 December 2021 — Mon. 2 May 2022

Weston Park Museum

A voyage through an extraordinarily creative life. Featuring engravings, watercolours, railway poster designs and abstract oil paintings from a relatively little-known Sheffield artist. Read our review by Sean Williams.

VEIN Trio + Stan Sulzmann

Fri. 6 May 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Swiss piano trio VEIN blend the complexity of classical music with the thrills and energy of jazz improvisation. Here they collaborate with lyrical saxophonist Stan Sulzmann to produce a powerful, passionate sound. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

The Paradis Files

Wed. 11 May 2022 — Thu. 12 May 2022

Crucible Theatre

A new chamber opera inspired the story of Maria-Theresia von Paradis, an 18th-century pianist and composer known as the Blind Enchantress. Behind Maria-Theresia's success, darker forces are at work. With BSL, captioning and audio description.​​​​​​​

John Law's Re-Creations

Fri. 13 May 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Pianist John Law returns to Sheffield Jazz with his Re-Creations project, a quartet playing imaginative re-interpretations of tunes from jazz, pop and classical music.

Mingus Profiles Sextet

Fri. 20 May 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

An all-star line-up inspired by the great Charles Mingus’s small group music, hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Where We Live

Sat. 15 January 2022 — Sun. 5 June 2022

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of paintings by Trevor Burgess, Jonathan Hooper, Mandy Payne, Narbi Price and Judith Tucker, examining overlooked and under-regarded aspects of the landscape we inhabit today.

Olivier Le Goas Quartet feat. John Escreet

Fri. 10 June 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10

A special one-off gig by an all-star international band, featuring a rare UK appearance by Doncaster-born pianist John Escreet. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Engineering Fun: The Story of Orton & Spooner

Mon. 24 January 2022 — Sat. 11 June 2022

Western Bank Library

An exhibition exploring the evolution of fairground rides, architecture and art, and the physics and engineering that went into them.

Much Ado About Nothing

Fri. 9 September 2022 — Sat. 24 September 2022

Crucible Theatre

An adaptation of Shakespeare’s raucous comedy, with integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning. Besotted young couple Claudio and Hero are quickly engaged. But not everyone finds romance so straightforward.

Standing at the Sky's Edge

Sat. 10 December 2022 — Sat. 21 January 2023

Crucible Theatre

A musical centred around Sheffield’s Park Hill, with music by the city’s own Richard Hawley. Read our review from its sell-out debut run in 2019, and book now for its return to the Crucible stage.