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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.

Brian and Charles

Fri. 8 July 2022 — Thu. 11 August 2022


Something of an outcast, Brian builds a robot for company. Charles opens Brian's eyes to a new way of living but also creates problems for the timid inventor. A charming, comedic, robot mockumentary, exploring friendship, family, love and letting go.

The Harder They Come

Fri. 5 August 2022 — Thu. 11 August 2022


The essential rebel story of a young, gifted and black Kingston musician – Ivan, played by Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff – whose attempt to lift himself out of poverty leads to a life of crime and passion. Restored for its 50th anniversary.

Aardman Animation Season

Fri. 22 July 2022 — Thu. 18 August 2022


Join the Showroom as they bring back to the big screen a season of films from Aardman Animation. The world-renowned studio are known for films using stop-motion and clay animation techniques – particularly with the plasticine duo Wallace and Gromit.

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko

Fri. 12 August 2022 — Thu. 18 August 2022


A heartwarming and moving animation about an unconventional family. Nikuko and her 11-year-old daughter Kikuko's life in a small harbour town in north Japan is peaceful until a shocking revelation from the past threatens to uproot their relationship.


Fri. 12 August 2022 — Thu. 25 August 2022

Sibling ranch-owners OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald (Keke Palmer) encounter a mysterious force that affects human behaviour. The latest feature from writer-director Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) crossing the genres horror, mystery and science-fiction.

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.

Miami Connection (1987) and Buckaroo Banzai (1984) double-bill screening

Sat. 27 August 2022

Abbeydale Picture House

Reel Steel present a double-bill of cult 80s films with stories of bands saving the day, this bank holiday Saturday at Abbeydale Picture House.

Spirit of Adventure

Fri. 2 September 2022 — Sat. 3 September 2022

Sheffield Cathedral

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival brings the wild outdoors into the heart of the city. With adventure films, an immersive caving-themed exhibition and live storytelling, all in the amazing surroundings of Sheffield Cathedral.

The Warriors (1979) and Escape From New York (1981) double-bill screening

Sat. 3 September 2022

Abbeydale Picture House

Reel Steel present a double-bill of classic films set on the mean streets of New York city: the 1979 classic The Warriors, with John Carpenter's Escape From New York (1981). Screening in the Fly Tower Cinema at the Abbeydale Picture House.

Sheffield Showcase

Fri. 2 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

A collaborative weekend-long event, showcasing the variety of cultural activity that takes place in Sheffield. With film screenings, music performances, art exhibits, family-friendly activities, and more.

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.

Spirit of Independence Film Festival

Fri. 30 September 2022 — Sat. 1 October 2022


A micro-budget film festival celebrating the best in fiercely independent film making from around the world.


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.

Celluloid Screams

Thu. 20 October 2022 — Sun. 23 October 2022


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

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

Fri. 3 March 2023 — Sun. 5 March 2023


Enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of your cinema seat when ShAFF returns in 2023.