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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.

Childhoods at a Cross Roads in Ghana

Sat. 29 September 2018

The Spiegeltent, Barker's Pool, S1 2HF

Poetry and music exploring the impact of British colonial rule and missionary activities on childhoods in Ghana. With Kewku Sackey (KOG and the Zongo Brigade) and Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh.

My Letter to the World

Sat. 6 October 2018

The Light Cinema, The Moor, S1 4PF

A documentary about Emily Dickinson, delving deep into her poetry and her hometown of Amherst, MA. Followed by Q&A.

Yorkshire: A Lyrical History of England’s Greatest County

Mon. 8 October 2018

Millennium Gallery

Richard Morris digs into history to examine how England’s largest county took shape both geographically and sociologically, and the inspiration it's had on artists and writers.


Tue. 9 October 2018

Pennine Theatre, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, S1 1WB

In 2016 Gina Miller successfully challenged the government’s right to implement Brexit without approval from parliament. Here she discusses fighting injustice and speaking out for what you believe in.

Frankenstein: The First 200 Years

Wed. 10 October 2018

Pennine Theatre, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, S1 1WB

Christopher Frayling explores the enduring appeal of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein and its ability to remain a cultural touchstone over its two centuries.


Thu. 11 October 2018

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

TV presenter Evan Davis charts a route through the mass of information we are bombarded with daily, to try and work out why the manipulation of facts is so rife.

Death in Ten Minutes – Kitty Marion: Activist, Arsonist, Suffragette

Fri. 12 October 2018

Theatre Deli

Historian Fern Riddell delves into the diaries of actress and suffragette bomber Kitty Marion, to tell a story that isn't often included in the relatively sanitised history of the movement.

Strong Language

Fri. 12 October 2018 — Sun. 14 October 2018

Site Gallery

Three days of readings, performances, projections, installations and discussions surrounding radical print.

And Still I Rise

Tue. 16 October 2018

Theatre Deli

A night of feminist poetry inspired by Maya Angelou, in celebration of Black History Month.

Corbyn: The Resurrection

Sat. 20 October 2018

Pennine Theatre, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, S1 1WB

Political cartoonist Steve Bell reflects on the rapid rise of the Labour leader and the political upheaval that followed his election.

The Life and Times of a Very British Man

Sun. 21 October 2018

Firth Hall, Firth Court, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, S10 2TN

A funny and profound exploration of British diversity as the very foundation of the nation as we know it.

Off the Shelf

Sat. 6 October 2018 — Sat. 27 October 2018

Sheffield's annual festival of words.

Verse Matters

Multiple dates

Theatre Deli

A showcase of poetry, spoken word, storytelling, puppetry, music and comedy, hosted by Sheffield's feminist arts collective Verse Matters.