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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 both in person and online. See our Joe's picks of the films at this year's documentary festival.

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Festival of Debate

Join online discussions and debates about the key social, economic and political issues of the day.

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Friends of the Botanical Gardens

Since forming in 1984, the Friends of the Botanical Gardens Sheffield (FOBS for short) have played an instrumental role in keeping one of the city's most beautiful outdoor spaces, well, beautiful. Join FOBS for their spring–summer 2021 season of talks, currently taking place online.

Evening Talk: Malice in Wonderland – Cecil Beaton and his Friends

Mon. 14 June 2021

In this evening talk, Hugo Vickers, Cecil Beaton's biographer and literary executor, will explain how the photographer turned himself into an extraordinary figure.

The Meditation Garden: for health, happiness and spiritual wellbeing

Tue. 15 June 2021

Alan Clements is the creator of the Cascades meditation garden near Matlock. Here, he will explore the question: why do we garden? He'll look at our interest in gardening and the satisfaction that we can get from creating a natural sacred space.

Anomaly Life Drawing

Multiple dates

Smithfield Studios, 30 Cross Smithfield, S3 7AU

Get creative at this life drawing class inspired by Sheffield artists.

Covidery (+ Q&A)

Tue. 15 June 2021

Covidery explores a group of characters from all over the world in different situations and their response to the Covid 19 pandemic and lockdown - and make unexpected connections along the way.

Stone Flowers

Tue. 15 June 2021

An interactive music session with the refugee torture survivor collective.

Judas and the Black Messiah

Mon. 17 May 2021 — Wed. 16 June 2021

Inspired by true events and featuring an Oscar winning performance from Daniel Kaluuya, this film follows Chairman of the Chicago chapter of the Black Panther Party Fred Hampton (Daniel Kaluuya) and FBI informant William O'Neal (LaKeith Stanfield).

Sheffield Museums Live: Sheffield-Simplex Cars

Wed. 16 June 2021

Find out all about the Sheffield-Simplex car with Sheffield Museums' Head of Historic Engineering, Eddy Foster.

Anqa Collective: In Conversation

Wed. 16 June 2021

Meet refugee founders from the Anqa Collective, Europe's first marketplace for refugee-led businesses. Hear them share both their inspiring business journeys and personal stories.

Migrants And Calais: The Bigger Picture, The Longer Story

Wed. 16 June 2021

Press and media have focused on "Calais" as a buzz word for coverage of the plight of migrants and refugees in France. How does this link to activities outside of France and the interventions of state and non-state actors?

Nomadland

Mon. 17 May 2021 — Thu. 17 June 2021

Winner of Oscars for best picture, best director and best actress, Nomadland explores life outside conventional society. Following the economic collapse of her hometown, Fern (Frances McDormand) sets off on the road through the vast American West.

First Cow

Fri. 28 May 2021 — Thu. 17 June 2021

Showroom

In the 1820s, two travellers meet in the Oregon territory and dream of making their fortune on the frontier. Their scheme depends on secretly using the landowner's prized Jersey cow. An understated, absorbing tale of friendship from Kelly Reichardt.

Gunda

Multiple dates

Showroom

Director Victor Kossakowsky chronicles the unfiltered lives of a mother pig, a flock of chickens, and a herd of cows with masterful intimacy. The film invites us to slow down, experience life as these animals do and take in their world with patience.

Stella Baraklianou: The Magician

Multiple dates

GLOAM Gallery

A solo exhibition of new works by Stella Baraklianou exploring representations of the Magician figure from the Tarot of Marseilles. Bringing together craftwork, textiles, photography and digital fabrication.

If You Want To Go Far, Go Together

Thu. 17 June 2021

A webinar on inclusion, integration and social change in migration research. Researchers and practitioners in the North of England and Wales discuss their community-based research and practice.

Mapping Journeys, New Directions

Thu. 17 June 2021

Exploring migration in contemporary art. In this illustrated talk, Amanda Tavares examines the art of Bouchra Khalili, looking at how she created a space for collective reflection and responsibility.

Everyday People

Thu. 17 June 2021

Join Leila, Omar, Espoir and young refugees for an interactive music session exploring beats and tunes and showcasing their new music video.

Mandabi

Mon. 14 June 2021 — Thu. 17 June 2021

Showroom

The story of Ibrahim and the transformative effect that a 25,000 franc money order from his nephew in Paris has on his fortunes in Dakar. Made in 1968 by Ousmane Sembène, it's seen as the first feature made in an African language. Restored in 4K.

Voice of Silence

Thu. 17 June 2021

Showroom

A beautifully shot, bittersweet crime caper. Tae-in and Chang-bok run a humble business selling eggs, but the bulk of their income comes from providing spotless crime scene clean-up services to the criminal fraternity.

Byron Wallen’s Four Corners

Fri. 18 June 2021

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Innovative trumpeter and composer Byron Wallen returns to Sheffield Jazz with his dazzling quartet.

Life Drawing

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

Develop your drawing skills working from a nude model with support from one of Millennium Gallery's regular artist tutors.

Ubuntu: I Am Because You Are

Fri. 18 June 2021

Inspiring greatness, preserving traditions. Alim Kamara is a British-Sierra Leonean rapper and storyteller who aims to inspire through storytelling workshops and performances based on traditional Sierra-Leonean folk tales.

E.D.E.N. Digital Online Screening

Fri. 18 June 2021

A free online screening of short films made by members of the LGBTQIA+ community.

A Piece of Turf

Thu. 20 May 2021 — Sat. 19 June 2021

Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street S2 5TR

A collaborative exhibition of drawings by Jamie Mills and text by Beatrice Karol, exploring the complexity of seemingly insignificant patches of earth.

Emergence 21 – triple bill

Sat. 19 June 2021

Drama Studio

Emergence, the postgraduate dance company of Joss Arnott Dance and the University of Salford, comes to Sheffield. With a new cohort of 15 dancers and three brand new works.

Our Mate, Max

Fri. 18 June 2021 — Sat. 19 June 2021

Portland Works

Follow the lives of two young men from starting secondary school, falling into university, being thrown into real life and becoming lost in the regularity of reality. Examining substance abuse, erectile dysfunction, grief, feeling lost, and hats.

My Path: Art by People in the Criminal Justice System

Thu. 20 May 2021 — Sun. 20 June 2021

Millennium Gallery

A creative walk through the criminal justice system. Every work on display has been made by someone in a prison, secure hospital, young offender institution or on probation.

Sheffield Museums Live: From Bells to Blades: Sheffield's Living Craft Heritage

Wed. 23 June 2021

From bells to handmade scissors, take a look at some iconic Sheffield-made objects from the city’s collection. With Mary Lewis, Endangered Crafts Manager at the Heritage Crafts Association.

In The Earth

Thu. 17 June 2021 — Thu. 24 June 2021

The latest from acclaimed director Ben Wheatley. A psychedelic trip exploring the dark side of mother nature. As the world searches for a cure to a virus, a scientist and park scout end up on a voyage through a forest that comes to life around them.

The Reason I Jump

Fri. 18 June 2021 — Thu. 24 June 2021

Showroom

An immersive cinematic exploration of neurodiversity, based on the bestselling book by Naoki Higashida. Based on the experiences of nonspeaking autistic people from around the world and descriptions Higashida wrote about his autism when he was 13.

Andrew McCormack: Solo and Trio

Fri. 25 June 2021

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Pianist, composer and virtuoso improviser Andrew McCormack plays both solo and with his own trio. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Dispatches on the Red Dress

Thu. 24 June 2021 — Sat. 26 June 2021

Portland Works

An intimate new show performed by Rowan Rheingans, weaving immersive storytelling with live fiddle, banjo and original songs.

Reclamation + Return

Wed. 30 June 2021

Portland Works

Sounds Queer presents an evening of laughter, learning, and community, bringing together queer creativity from across Sheffield and South Yorkshire. This event will be at the Makerspace at Portland Works live in person and online.

Neil Woodall

Fri. 4 June 2021 — Wed. 30 June 2021

Artcade Gallery, Unit 10 The Forum, 129 Devonshire Street, S3 7SB

An exhibition of woodcuts and aquatint etchings by painter and printmaker Neil Woodall.

The Dots

Fri. 2 July 2021 — Sat. 3 July 2021

Portland Works

Follow The Dots through the early noughties and into the near future, as they struggle to come to terms with who sank the Titanic, why Ronaldo was forced to play on through injury at the '98 World Cup final, and a lot more mysteries closer to home.

Cecil Beaton's Bright Young Things

Thu. 20 May 2021 — Sun. 4 July 2021

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of glittering portraits by Cecil Beaton (1904-1980), portraying the elite class at play in the decadent 1920s and 30s. Read our review.

A Beautiful Obsession: a plantsman’s journey in his own garden

Tue. 6 July 2021

Jimi Blake recounts the creation of Hunting Brook Gardens in Ireland – five acres of amazing botanical gardens and fifteen acres of wonderful woodland gardens and valley.

Playground

Thu. 1 July 2021 — Sun. 11 July 2021

Site Gallery

Chance to give the latest digital games and toys a go. Ready, set, play!

TADO: AR Character Hunt

Thu. 1 July 2021 — Sun. 11 July 2021

Get exploring outdoors and track down cheeky augmented reality characters in ten city centre locations. Created by design duo TADO.

Dear Beryl

Thu. 15 July 2021 — Sat. 17 July 2021

Portland Works

A dystopian dark comedy imagining a future fuelled by austerity and controlled by technology.

Wentworth Castle and Wentworth Woodhouse: Georgian rivals united through 21st-century restoration and public access

Tue. 20 July 2021

Explore the bitter family rivalry that lead to the establishment, just six miles apart, of two major country estates not far from Sheffield. And find out how they're being united and restored for the public today.

Talent

Wed. 30 June 2021 — Sat. 24 July 2021

Crucible Theatre

Full of Victoria Wood’s unmatched wit and observation, Talent is a play with music about friendship, ambition and the lower rungs of the showbiz ladder. Live at the Crucible and streaming online.

Crazy Gary's Mobile Disco

Thu. 22 July 2021 — Sat. 24 July 2021

Portland Works

Join three young men on an epic quest to right their wrongs, find the perfect girl, and realise their greatest dream – getting the hell out. On the 20th anniversary, Gary Owen’s play about masculinity in crisis remains urgent and provocative.

Sheffield Ceramics Festival

Sat. 24 July 2021 — Sun. 25 July 2021

Kelham Island Museum

Over forty ceramic artists, potters and sculptors will gather at Kelham Island Museum for Sheffield Ceramics Festival this summer.

DINA Young Producers

DINA

An opportunity for a small group of young people to join in free workshops and training, working towards creating their own music event in November in Sheffield. Apply now!

The Sheffield Project: Photographs of a Changing City

Thu. 20 May 2021 — Sun. 28 November 2021

Weston Park Museum

An exhibition of work by socially-engaged photographers from the late 1980s and 90s. Capturing a significant turning point in Sheffield's regeneration and reflecting both the hope and hard realities of the time.