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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.

Civil War

Thu. 11 April 2024 — Thu. 23 May 2024

A team of military-embedded journalists race across a dystopian near-future USA to reach the White House before rebel factions descend. An adrenaline-fuelled ride from Alex Garland with Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Nick Offerman and Sonoya Mizuno.

Kelham Island Film Club: Kids

Tue. 28 May 2024

Alder

The weekly community cinema ends its May coming-of-age series with Kids. A 1995 American drama directed by Larry Clark, starring Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson in their film debuts.

Love Lies Bleeding

Fri. 3 May 2024 — Thu. 30 May 2024

Gym manager Lou falls for Jackie, a bodybuilder headed to Las Vegas in pursuit of her dream. This 1980s-set crime thriller is an electric love story filled with sex and violence, from writer/director Rose Glass (Saint Maud).

Furiosa

Fri. 24 May 2024 — Thu. 30 May 2024

Snatched during childhood, Furiosa falls into the hands of a biker horde led by warlord Dementus. From original Mad Max (1979) director George Miller, this film tells the origin of the fierce character introduced in 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road.

The Crow (1994)

Multiple dates

The Light, The Moor, S1 4PF

The night before their wedding, Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée are brutally murdered. One year on, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of The Crow, to exact bloody revenge. Celebrate the cult classic's 30th anniversary.

Tiger Stripes

Fri. 31 May 2024 — Thu. 6 June 2024

Showroom

12-year-old Zaffan is the carefree school rebel, until she starts to experience horrifying physical changes. Ostracised by her community, she learns to embrace the body she feared. A stylish coming-of-age body-horror directed by Amanda Nell Eu.

Union

Multiple dates

This documentary captures grassroots activism at Amazon, led by Chris Smalls, who quit over unsafe conditions. Scenes contrast tired workers with Jeff Bezos's rocket launch, setting the stage for the formation of the first Amazon Labor Union.

This Is Ballroom

Multiple dates

In Rio de Janeiro's vibrant outskirts, Brazil's thriving ballroom houses convene in a sweaty, euphoric and electrifying competition. From queer Brazilian artists Juru and Vitã, this film embodies freedom and transformation for queer people of colour.

Dancing Palestine

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Thu. 13 June 2024

In a culture facing erasure, young Palestinians use the traditional dabke as a form of resistance and identity assertion. In the Body as Archive series, this short film showcases how this folk dance embodies collective memory and cultural resilience.

My Sextortion Diary

Multiple dates

Pati's laptop is stolen, leading to blackmail and a descent into the world of privacy invasion. With authorities failing to help, she investigates. Patricia Franquesa exposes the prevalence of this injustice and societal neglect in addressing it.

fawns of the city

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Thu. 13 June 2024

Sheffield artist Otis Mensah and performer Jamal Sterrett's poetic-sonic piece explores diasporic bonding, friendship, and the concept of home. It addresses racial fragmentation and identity, reclaiming Blackness in pursuit of personal liberation.

Teaches of Peaches

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Thu. 13 June 2024

Showroom

A celebration of the provocative career of feminist electroclash musician Peaches – known for her bold lyrics, distinctive style, and advocacy for women in music. The film highlights her groundbreaking artistry and upcoming 20th-anniversary tour.

MADANIYA

Thu. 13 June 2024 — Fri. 14 June 2024

Mohamed Subahi’s film chronicles Sudan's citizen uprising against 30 years of oppression, spurred by the rallying cry for 'freedom, peace and justice.' Through virtual mobilisation, youth protests topple the president as they pursue a civilian state.

HAIYU – Rebel Singer Mariem Hassan and the Struggle for a Free Western Sahara

Multiple dates

Showroom

HAIYU delves into the intertwined life of iconic singer Mariem Hassan and the ongoing revolutionary fight against Spanish colonisation and Moroccan occupation in Western Sahara. The film weaves her music, personal journey, and historical context.

The Battle for Laikipia

Sat. 15 June 2024 — Sun. 16 June 2024

In Kenya's Laikipia County, climate change and historical injustices heighten tensions between Indigenous pastoralists and white ranchers. Filmmakers explore how droughts exacerbate conflicts over dwindling grasslands, rooted in British colonialism.

Harder Than The Rock

Sat. 15 June 2024 — Sun. 16 June 2024

The captivating journey of Cimarons, the pioneering UK band embracing Jamaica's new reggae sound in the 70s. Despite working with legends like Bob Marley, they're yet to be recognised. Battling exploitation and loss, they dream of one last live show.

Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa

Sat. 15 June 2024 — Sun. 16 June 2024

Lhakpa Sherpa, the first Nepalese woman to summit Everest, leaves her life as a single mother in America to climb the mountain again. This film captures her thrilling adventure and abusive marriage, challenging gender imbalances in mountaineering.

Sheffield DocFest

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Mon. 17 June 2024

Showroom

The world of documentary film descends on Sheffield each June. With fascinating factual films, innovative storytelling exhibitions and inspiring talks. Come back soon for our guide to the 2024 festival.

Alternate Realities

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Mon. 17 June 2024

Site Gallery

Alternate Realities is Sheffield DocFest's exhibition of innovative non-fiction and immersive documentary. Including a VR cinema.

LETU: Frankie’s Story

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Mon. 17 June 2024

Site Gallery

Arafa C. Hamadi’s LETU offers an immersive 3D virtual journey into idealised digital spaces for LGBTQIA+ communities in Tanzania. Led by Frankie, viewers explore their memories, from childhood in Arusha to their first authentic expression.

Perinatal Dreaming. Understanding Country

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Mon. 17 June 2024

Site Gallery

Marianne Wobcke’s VR artwork explores perinatal trauma as one of many Indigenous children forcibly separated from their mother at birth. This meditative experience addresses spiritual, emotional and biological aspects of consciousness from the womb.

Film Locos

Fri. 21 June 2024

Showroom

A British Latin American film take-over. With short films telling diverse stories from fresh perspectives.

VR Experience: Phlegm’s Mausoleum of the Giants

Sun. 30 June 2024

Millennium Gallery

Don a virtual reality headset and enjoy a 360-degree film of Phlegm’s Mausoleum of the Giants exhibition.

Children's Media Conference

Tue. 9 July 2024 — Thu. 11 July 2024

Showroom

The UK’s premier event for everyone in kids TV, media and entertainment. With a free exhibition, Playground, bringing together interactive digital art and maker activities for children to play with.

Fan City

Fri. 14 June 2024 — Sun. 14 July 2024

Devonshire Green, Devonshire Street, S1 4GT

It’s coming home! Come together in a celebration football heritage and camaraderie for fans of all ages. With live match screenings, music, film screenings, family entertainment, street food stalls, a bar, talks with footballing legends, and more.

Festival of the Mind

Thu. 19 September 2024 — Sun. 29 September 2024

Feed your mind with a series of fascinating and inspiring talks, exhibitions and performances. Organised by folks from the University of Sheffield in collaboration with local artists and creatives.

Spirit of Independence Film Festival

Fri. 27 September 2024 — Sun. 29 September 2024

A celebration of fiercely independent filmmaking, showcasing raw, bold and passionate films from around the world.

Sensoria

Thu. 3 October 2024 — Sun. 6 October 2024

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

Celluloid Screams

Thu. 24 October 2024 — Sun. 27 October 2024

Showroom

Sheffield’s horror film festival returns for its 16th year in 2024. Getting you spooked just in time for Halloween.

Frozen Sing-A-Long

Sat. 28 December 2024

OEC Sheffield, Penistone Road, S6 2DE

Belt out Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? at this special screening of the Disney fave.