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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.

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Sheffield DocFest picks

Share in the thrill of factual storytelling with our writer Raluca's top 10 picks of the documentaries at this year's festival.

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Out & About

Four summer weekends of family fun, celebrating creativity in Sheffield's Cultural Industries Quarter.

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Music picks

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

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Theatre picks

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

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Film picks

Our picks of the cinematic delights on Sheffield's screens and online this month.

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Art picks

Take a Sheffield art tour with our picks of the exhibitions and artists' events on now and coming soon – both online and in person.

Sheffield DocFest

Thu. 23 June 2022 — Tue. 28 June 2022

Showroom

The world of documentary film descends on Sheffield each June. With a programme of fascinating factual films, innovative storytelling exhibitions, and inspiring talks.

Alternate Realities

Thu. 23 June 2022 — Tue. 28 June 2022

Step into the lives of others and explore documentaries in entirely new ways. Alternate Realities is DocFest's exhibition of innovative, immersive and interactive documentaries. With VR experiences, digital games and more.

8 Bar – The Evolution of Grime

Multiple dates

Showroom

One of the most exciting docs of the festival, showcasing the people, sounds, fashion, hidden hits and global appeal of grime. Interviewing its originators and unsung heroes in an attempt to give the art form the wide recognition it deserves.

Pongo Calling

Multiple dates

​​​​​​Štefan Pongo starts a campaign for Romani in the Czech Republic to post selfies from their workplaces after the president claims that Romani people are “socially unadaptable and refuse jobs”. As the movement grows, his family life is affected.

The Melt Goes On Forever: The Art & Times of David Hammons

Multiple dates

A portrait of the socially committed conceptual artist David Hammons. With interviews with artists, curators and critics, evocative sounds from Marshall Allen, Idris Ackamoor and Shabaka Hutchings, and a reading by hip-hop forefather Umar Bin Hassan.

Marwan – Tomorrow's Freedom

Multiple dates

A portrait of Marwan Barghouti, the ‘Palestinian Nelson Mandela’, serving five life sentences in an Israeli prison while predicted to become the next Palestinian president. The relentless struggle of a people fighting for freedom, justice and peace.

I Didn't See You There

Multiple dates

Reid Davenport offers a first person account of disability and (in)visibility from his wheelchair. Prompted by a circus tent appearing outside his home, he reflects on the ableist consequences of freak shows, (in)accessibility, stigma, and beauty.

Julie on line

Multiple dates

Julie is a survivor of psychiatry, in the pursuit of the autonomy to redefine her present and reinvent her future. Could her childhood trauma and unusual experiences be grounds for identity and culture, resistance and meaning?

Singing In... Hillsborough Park

Multiple dates

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Join a new community choir in Hillsborough Park – open to anyone who wants to sing.

Printmaking in the Park

Multiple dates

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Have a go at printing with Hillsborough-based artist and printmaker Sam Groom. Pick up skills in drawing, mark making, mono printing, paint and stencils, engraving, design, and stamp printing.

Krar Collective

Fri. 1 July 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

From London via Addis Ababa, Krar Collective have been called "the White Stripes of Ethiopia" due to their stripped back take on contemporary African roots music. They play hypnotic, groove-laden jams centred around the Ethiopian krar harp.

Music in the Square

Fri. 1 July 2022

Sheffield Plate, 31-33 Orchard Square, S1 2FB

A night of live music from talented local artists, delicious food and summer atmosphere. Hosted by Sheffield Creative Guild with Boxie and Sheffield Plate.

Peddler

Multiple dates

Peddler Warehouse, 92 Burton Road, S3 8DA

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

The Deathless Woman

Sat. 2 July 2022

Firvale Community Hub, 127 Page Hall Road, S4 BGU

A film aiming to draw our attention to the persecution of the Roma people from the 1940s to the present day. Screening with an introduction by Rosa Cisneros and a discussion and language workshop with Romani expert Juice Vamosi.

Secrets of the Stack

Sat. 2 July 2022

Sheffield Central Library

Join broadcaster, historian and after-tea speaker Sheridan Shacklethwaite for a light-hearted, vaguely historical, torch-lit exploration of the basement at Sheffield Central Library.

Rock / Paper / Scissors

Thu. 16 June 2022 — Sat. 2 July 2022

Crucible Theatre

Three theatres. Three plays. One cast. All at the same time! This theatrical first brings individual and interwoven stories to the Crucible, Lyceum and Studio theatres.

Going to Pot

Wed. 29 June 2022 — Sat. 2 July 2022

Drama Studio

A laugh-out-loud comedy, showing how the lives of ordinary people can easily turn into the stuff of hilarious farce. Presented by amateur dramatic group Sheffield University Drama Society (SUDS).

The Monochrome Set

Sat. 2 July 2022

The Greystones

Legendary music journalist John Robb called the Monochrome Set "arguably the first truly postmodern pop band." A huge influence the Smiths and Franz Ferdinand, the band are noted for their wry humour and their crisp, well constructed post-punk.

Chance To Dance

Sat. 2 July 2022

Peace Gardens, 50 Pinstone Street, S1 2HH

One big day of music and movement in the city centre.

Filmosophy for Families

Multiple dates

Showroom

Take a philosophical voyage at the Showroom this summer. A series of curious kids' films followed by fun philosophy sessions, exploring some of life's biggest questions and getting those brains whirring.

FlatSpin

Tue. 28 June 2022 — Sat. 2 July 2022

The Library Theatre

A night of romance with the good-looking stranger from next door. What could possibly go wrong? Join long-standing Sheffield amateur group Tudor Players as they bring this Alan Ayckbourne play to the Library Theatre stage.

Classics in the Gardens: Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra

Sun. 3 July 2022

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

An evening of classical music in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanical Gardens, with the Sheffield Philharmonic Orchestra supported by the Keith Peters’ Big Band. Part of the Music in the Gardens weekend.

Music in the Gardens

Fri. 1 July 2022 — Sun. 3 July 2022

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Three evenings of music and picnics against the backdrop of the Botanical Gardens in full bloom. Take your pick from pop, jazz or classical.

Out & About: Urban Futures Weekend

Sat. 2 July 2022 — Sun. 3 July 2022

CIQ Square in Pinball Park, Brown Street, S1 2BF

Explore what the future of our city could look like at this weekend of free family-friendly fun. With architecture tours, print making, trails of the area, and exciting new artworks to discover on the streets of the Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ).

SBC Theatre Presents Secret Summer

Sat. 2 July 2022 — Sun. 3 July 2022

Endcliffe Park

An immersive audio adventure for the whole family, leading you on a story walk through Endcliffe Park. Available in English and Arabic.

Drawing the Human Figure

Multiple dates

The Art House

Over nine weeks, learn how to capture the human form and build your drawing skills.

Life Drawing

Multiple dates

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Join Broomhall Life Drawing for relaxed community drawing sessions in Hillsborough Park.

Both Sides Now: The Joni Mitchell Songbook

Fri. 8 July 2022

The Greystones

Both Sides Now are back in Sheffield to mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic albums ever made: Blue. Join them as they pay homage to Blue alongside other tracks from Joni Mitchell’s illustrious career.

Sharrow Festival

Sat. 9 July 2022

Mount Pleasant Park, Abbeydale Road, S7 1BY

Sharrow Festival has been a special part of its local community since 1996. Join in the family-friendly celebration of the area's culture and diversity.

Quayside Market

Multiple dates

Victoria Quays, S2 5SY

A monthly market by the water in the beautiful Victoria Quays. Bringing craft stalls, street food, craft beer and live music to the historic cobbles.

Palfest Sheffield

Tue. 14 June 2022 — Sat. 9 July 2022

A festival of friendship with Palestine. Celebrate Palestinian resilience through culture, with dance performances, film screenings, exhibitions and more.

Wild: Women & Nature + Veiled

Sat. 11 June 2022 — Sat. 9 July 2022

Cupola Gallery

Two exhibitions of paintings of women, by artists with an uncompromising, female gaze. Opening evening Friday 10 June.

The Big Hillsborough Poetry Picnic

Sat. 9 July 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

A snack-heavy family event with poet Simon Mole and musician Gecko. Join in silly games, pen a poem, and play some Beatles meets the Beastie Boys-style bangers. BYOB (bring your own biscuits!).

The Chats

Sun. 10 July 2022

The Leadmill

This Australian band rose to fame through the release of their single Smoko, a song about smoking breaks that went huge on Youtube. Their no-nonsense attitude and anthemic singalongs have gained celebrity fans including Alex Turner and Dave Grohl.

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 summer in Kelham Island.

For The Love Of: Photography. Writing. Place.

Wed. 29 June 2022 — Wed. 13 July 2022

A photography and writing project about places you love. With free workshops and an open call for entries for a digital publication.

Craft & Flea

Sat. 16 July 2022

Sheffield Cathedral

A one-day shopping experience in the beautiful surroundings of Sheffield Cathedral. With more than 50 stalls from some of the best local producers, makers, designers and collectors.

Pollen

Multiple dates

An inner-city flower market. Taking over a corner of Castlegate one Sunday a month with plants, flowers, fresh produce and more – for a celebration of all things botanical.

Bassfest Summer Festival

Sat. 16 July 2022 — Sun. 17 July 2022

Don Valley Bowl

Two days dedicated to drum and bass, house, bassline, and beyond. Lineup to be announced.

Graphic Novel Reading Room

Mon. 18 July 2022

The Treehouse Board Game Cafe

Delve into graphic novels further, or perhaps for the first time, at this relaxed social event.

Creative Ways to Draw

Mon. 16 May 2022 — Mon. 18 July 2022

The Art House

A nine-week course, teaching you how to build depth, light and form in your drawing.

Painting the Human Figure

Tue. 17 May 2022 — Tue. 19 July 2022

The Art House

Learn to paint a human form and a portrait in this nine-week course.

Lino Printmaking: Introduction

Wed. 18 May 2022 — Wed. 20 July 2022

The Art House

Learn the basics of lino prints and develop your own style, with course tutor Dave Elsom.

Forging Turner & Other Famous Artists

Wed. 18 May 2022 — Wed. 20 July 2022

The Art House

Join an art historian to learn all about the techniques of painting employed by old and contemporary masters in this nine-week course.

Lino Printmaking: Intermediate

Thu. 19 May 2022 — Thu. 21 July 2022

The Art House

Expand your skills in lino printing at this nine-week course at The Art House.

Idris Ackamoor and The Pyramids

Thu. 21 July 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A seminal afrocentric spiritual jazz group led by alto and tenor saxophonist, multi-instrumentalist, composer, actor and tap dancer Idris Ackamoor. Formed 50 years ago and resurrected in 2007.

Framed in Friendship: The Connections that Shaped Sheffield’s Art Collection

Thu. 31 March 2022 — Sat. 23 July 2022

Graves Gallery

An exhibition telling the story of husband and wife artists Stephen Bone and Mary Adshead, and George and Babbie Blomfield. It also shows how other relationships and links with Sheffield have led to valuable contributions to the city’s collection.

Tramlines

Fri. 22 July 2022 — Sun. 24 July 2022

Hillsborough Park

A three-day summertime celebration of music.

Evening Talk: Magid Magid and Chris Saunders in Conversation

Thu. 28 July 2022

Millennium Gallery

Find out about how this iconic photograph of Sheffield's former Lord Mayor’s came about. Its photographer, Chris Saunders, and Magid Magid will discuss what image and identity mean to them.

A Reyt Queer Extravaganza

Sat. 30 July 2022

The Leadmill

Join Andro and Eve for a night of queer performance like no other. With performers from across the north of England, hosted by Rikki Beadle Blair.

Out & About: Freshly Squeezed Weekend

Sat. 30 July 2022 — Sun. 31 July 2022

CIQ Square in Pinball Park, Brown Street, S1 2BF

A festival of live music and workshops, programmed by and for young people. Expect a selection of the most talented young musicians and producers in the city. Full weekend details to come soon!

Grease – Outdoor Cinema

Thu. 4 August 2022

Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Road, Nether Edge, S7 1NQ

Summer Nights don't get much better than this.

The Full Monty – Outdoor Cinema

Fri. 5 August 2022

Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Rd, Nether Edge, Sheffield S7 1NQ, UK

The Village Screen will be popping up in the grounds of Kenwood Hall for a local classic this August, alongside a silent disco.

Makers’ Market

Multiple dates

Orchard Square, S1 2FB

Join the folks from Sheffield Creative Guild as they host two Makers’ Markets this spring and summer in Orchard Square. With stalls selling everything from pottery to prints, accessories to audio electronics, as well as family workshops.

Dirty Dancing – Outdoor Cinema

Sat. 6 August 2022

Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Road, Nether Edge, S7 1NQ

Join the Village Screen in a beautiful outdoor setting for a cinematic classic along with a silent disco.

Jurassic Park – Outdoor Cinema

Sun. 7 August 2022

Kenwood Hall Hotel, Kenwood Road, Nether Edge, S7 1NQ

A summer's evening of classic cinema and silent disco in the grounds of Kenwood Hall.

Out & About: Paint Jam Weekend

Sat. 6 August 2022 — Sun. 7 August 2022

CIQ Square in Pinball Park, Brown Street, S1 2BF

An exciting showcase of live art and creativity in public spaces in the Cultural Industries Quarter. With impressive new work by nationally and internationally recognised artists, celebrating everything that makes Sheffield unique. More details soon.

Family Garden Party

Thu. 11 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Have fun with gardening activities and watch the interactive family-friendly musical Errol’s Garden.

O Adversity, I Will Overcome Thee

Fri. 12 August 2022

Hatch

A varied night of bands all united by their love of very, very loud noise. Expect everything from heavy, doom-laden sounds to psych-infused post-rock to math-rock. Earplugs advised. Raising funds for CRIBS International, supporting pregnant refugees.

Outdoor Adventurers

Fri. 12 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Learn the skills you need to survive in the forest and break out of the outdoor escape room. For ages 11–15.

Mdou Moctar

Wed. 17 August 2022

The Foundry, Sheffield Students' Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

A fusion of psychedelia, desert rock and folk from an artist who's been called "the Hendrix of the Sahara." Singing primarily in Tamasheq, he covers topics such as imperialism, women’s rights, the natural world, and oppression of people from Niger.

Spy School with Timothy Oddwood

Tue. 16 August 2022 — Fri. 19 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

RivelinCo's fun and exciting holiday club for children aged 7-10: take part in group games, puzzles and challenges on an outdoor adventure around Hillsborough Park.

Circus Skills Workshop

Sat. 20 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Try out circus skills in Hillsborough Park with RivelinCo. For ages 11–15.

Villagers

Mon. 22 August 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Irish singer-songwriter Conor J. O’Brien and his band specialise in soul-enriching, life-affirming music that straddles folk, chamber pop and indie rock. NME described their latest album as “woozy, psychedelic soul that conjures another world.”

Fun in the Park

Tue. 23 August 2022 — Fri. 26 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

RivelinCo's summer holiday club for children aged 7-10, full of fun, games, and adventures in Hillsborough Park!

Future Filmmakers

Sat. 27 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Learn some of the skills you need to put a film together, and have a go at making your own. For ages 11–15.

New Dawn Fades

Thu. 1 September 2022

The Leadmill

A play about Joy Division and Manchester. New Dawn Fades tells the story of four ordinary lads who, inspired by the 1970s punk revolution, came together to form one of the most influential bands of all time.

Out & About: Sustainability Weekend

Sat. 3 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

CIQ Square in Pinball Park, Brown Street, S1 2BF

An inspiring weekend of family-friendly activity looking into ideas around environmental, social and personal sustainability. With creative contributions from local community groups and environmentally conscious artists. More info coming soon.

Rockin the Bowl

Fri. 9 September 2022 — Sun. 11 September 2022

Don Valley Bowl

"Forged in fire, set in steel." A three-dayer dedicated to bringing open-air rock back to the Don Valley.

Sheffield Heritage Open Days

Fri. 9 September 2022 — Sun. 18 September 2022

Ten days to explore heritage treasures across the city.

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.

Float Along Festival

Sat. 24 September 2022

A brand new multi-venue music festival for Sheffield. With Manchester art rock band Everything Everything, local psych and post-punk favourites Sister Wives, London dance-rock band Los Bitchos, and more.

Laura Jurd

Thu. 29 September 2022

Yellow Arch Studios

A brass-fuelled party band led by trumpet player and composer Laura Jurd. With music influenced by Celtic folk traditions, the blues and a sprinkling of alt-rock.

Festival of the Mind

Feed your mind with a series of fascinating and inspiring talks, exhibitions and events. Returning in September 2022 – dates and details coming soon.

Creative Connections Sheffield

Thu. 30 June 2022 — Sun. 2 October 2022

Millennium Gallery

Who are the people that represent Sheffield? From pioneers and performers to athletes and artists, this portrait exhibition celebrates the public figures connected with our city.

Sensoria

Fri. 30 September 2022 — Sat. 8 October 2022

Sheffield's festival of film and music. Expect a truly unique mix of performance, live film scores, screenings, exhibitions, and music industry activity.

Mark Thomas: Black & White

Mon. 10 October 2022

Sheffield City Hall

The political godfather of comedy.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Fri. 23 September 2022 — Sat. 15 October 2022

Crucible Theatre

At Milan’s police headquarters, Inspector Bertozzo interrogates the fraudster known only as The Maniac. Dario Fo’s 20th century classic is adapted by BAFTA-nominated comedy writer Tom Basden.

No Bounds

Fri. 14 October 2022 — Sun. 16 October 2022

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Bringing together music, visual art, and technology. Earlybird weekend passes on sale now.

Steel City Beer & Cider Festival

Wed. 19 October 2022 — Sat. 22 October 2022

Kelham Island Museum

Sheffield CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) know a thing or two about good beer, cider and perry. Join them for their 46th festival, alongside live music, street food, a bookshop and more.

Celluloid Screams

Thu. 20 October 2022 — Sun. 23 October 2022

Showroom

Sheffield’s horror film festival. Getting you spooked just in time for Halloween.

Off the Shelf

Fri. 14 October 2022 — Sun. 30 October 2022

Sheffield's annual festival of words.

Brought to Light: The Remarkable Bateman Collection

Fri. 27 May 2022 — Sun. 15 January 2023

Weston Park Museum

Thomas Bateman was a pioneering Victorian antiquarian. Much of Sheffield's collections of local archaeology, minerals, ceramics, metalwork and fossils can be traced back to him. Explore Bateman’s legacy and the origins of civic museum collections.

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.