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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Make some plans with our picks of events, our art and theatre reviews, and programme highlights from the city's main festivals and venues.

High Life

Fri. 10 May 2019 — Thu. 23 May 2019


In deep space, a group of criminals have volunteered for a mission to avoid imprisonment: investigate a black hole. High Life explores what it means to be human, and promises to be one of the most daring films of the year.

Amazing Grace

Fri. 10 May 2019 — Thu. 23 May 2019


In 1971, Aretha Franklin, the undisputed Queen of Soul, recorded her album Amazing Grace before a live audience in an LA church. All these years later, footage of the sessions shot by Sydney Pollack comes to the screen for the first time.

Madeline's Madeline

Fri. 17 May 2019 — Thu. 23 May 2019


Madeline's an effortlessly talented actor but her grasp on reality has started to slip. This mesmerising film explores race and identity, cultural appropriation and exploitation, and the overlap of art and life, alongside the pressures of growing up.


Sun. 26 May 2019

Theatre Deli

An afternoon/evening of films, jiu-jitsu, zine making and more, looking at stories of the Suffragettes through a 21st century lens.

Acts of Rebellion

Multiple dates

Ever felt like dancing in the street? Or lying down with your legs in the air on Fargate? Laura Page invites you enact small acts of quiet rebellion and record them through photography/video. These workshops will culminate in a screening and talk.

Of Flesh and Blood

Sun. 14 April 2019 — Wed. 29 May 2019


A season of films Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, known for his explorations into how life and relationships are never simple. Ending with the brilliant, Oscar-nominated Shoplifters.

Abbeydale Picture House fundraiser

Wed. 29 May 2019 — Fri. 31 May 2019

Abbeydale Picture House

Support the magnificent picture house with its restoration work, all while enjoying some classic cinema.


Thu. 6 June 2019 — Tue. 11 June 2019


Each June, the world of documentary descends on Sheffield to showcase some of the most fascinating factual films going.


Tue. 7 May 2019 — Mon. 17 June 2019


The best of new Spanish and Latin American cinema comes on tour to Sheffield.

The Past in the Present

Sat. 22 June 2019


Short films by three Palestinian filmmakers in different locations, looking at different points in time. On the 1929 launch of the Palestinian women's movement, children's lives/dreams in the West Bank, and the history of photography in Gaza.