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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar is now focused on promoting virtual events. Helping you continue to enjoy art and culture from Sheffield, at home.

Let's Create Music Drama

Multiple dates

Musician, singer and composer Juwon Ogungbe leads an online participatory creative learning project that aims to create work with an African aesthetic, drawing influences from a diverse range of art forms and genres.

Musical Composition As A Cultural Conversation With English Identity

Fri. 7 August 2020

Percussionist and composer Sola Akingbola explores questions on what is highlighted and what is obscured in theatre and music that creates a particular kind of cultural and political tension around the issue of social integration.

In Conversation With Ayan – Talking Drum

Mon. 31 August 2020

African cultural ambassador and talking drummer Ayan De First teaches us how to play the talking drum and talks about his journey as a musician into theatre, and how artists from different disciplines can collaborate. With Tchiyiwe Chihana.

Recording Found Sound

Wed. 23 September 2020

Composer, music producer and sound designer Lee Affen leads a workshop on the sounds around us – tuning into audio and how it can ‘place’ us. Looking at the value of listening, recording with phones, and layering sounds to create a unique soundscape.

Sound For Film

Wed. 30 September 2020

Led by Lee Affen, this workshop will explore the relationship between sound and film. You will look at how sound can change the meaning of a piece of film, and create your own mix using sound clips and film provided.

Sound For Stage

Wed. 7 October 2020

Composer and sound designer Lee Affen talks about the main uses of sound in a theatre show – music, atmospheres, transitions. Participants will put atmospheric sounds to text, and learn the basics of Qlab.

Activism And The Arts In Light Of Black Lives Matter Movement

Mon. 26 October 2020

Utopia Theatre's Tchiyiwe Chihana is joined in conversation with Aar Maanta, a Somali-British musician whose activism, work and creativity has led him to become a goodwill ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR).

Francesca Amewudah-Rivers in Conversation with Michael Henry

Fri. 4 December 2020

Musician and actor Francesa Amewudah-Rivers is joined in conversation with vocalist, composer, educator and music director Michael Henry.

Edward Carpenter's socialist song ‘England, Arise!’

A performance by Woodhouse Prize Brass Band – one of the country's oldest brass bands – to mark the 175th birthday of 19th-century socialist, vegetarian, poet, gay rights pioneer, and all-round right-on guy Edward Carpenter.

Sheffield Modern: In C

Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece performed from within the Arts Tower's paternoster lift. Revolutionary music in a revolving setting.

On video: Sheffield shows

Our roundup of Sheffield theatre and music shows that you can enjoy online, for free, whenever and wherever!

IsoLates: Gracie T x Shauna

For the second instalment of its IsoLates series, Foodhall presents streams of mixes from DJs Gracie T and Shauna to get you dancing at home. Expect multi-genre pop bootlegs and house/techno bangers.

Home Concert: Roderick Williams

A Concerteenies concert for babies, toddlers and their grown-ups – from musicians' homes, straight to yours!

Meet the Musical Instrument

Little films for little people to meet musical instruments. Enjoy this playlist of eleven videos for under-5s, presented by musicians from Music in the Round's network of performers.

Early Years Songs

Join musicians and performers from Music in the Round's network for a series of videos featuring fun songs, nursery rhymes and activities for children aged 0-5.

PowerPlus Music Writing Advice

Music in the Round presents a series of films, sharing professionals' tips in writing and composition. Learn how to write beautiful piano chords, and how to write for instruments including the double bass and flute.

Schubert in Schools

Led by Music in the Round, this project used 19th-century composer Franz Schubert's Winter Journey as a starting point to help students find their voice and compose their own music. Delve deeper into the music and project in this series of videos.

Rave Trilogy

Video artist Rebecca Salvadori presents her most recent films documenting and exploring contemporary rave culture. Hosted online by Sheffield's No Bounds Festival.

Failed Experiments

AlgoMech is a music and art festival exploring the creative potential of code. Enjoy this footage from AlgoMech 2017 of the piece Failed Experiments by Anne-F Jacques and Ryoko Akama.

Leadmill Live Stream: Kat Eaton

Watch Kat Eaton cover some of the Steel City's great songs, all in aid of The Leadmill's #saveourvenues campaign.

Symposium on Dancing and Braiding

A day of talks bringing together perspectives from digital media, choreography and dance technology, traditional Andean and Ancient Greek textiles, e-textiles, philology, live coding and architecture. Filmed during AlgoMech 2019.

Gut Level Presents: 14 Hour Fundraising Party Live Stream

A stream of a 14-hour, day-to-night party raising money for Foodhall and These Walls Must Fall Coronavirus Solidarity Fund – two organisations who are working harder than ever to help the most vulnerable in the city and wider regions.

Leadmill Live Stream: George Waite (The Crookes)

Join George from the much missed Sheffield band The Crookes for a special live set, playing The Crookes tunes live for the first time since their emotional farewell at the Leadmill in 2017. In aid of the #SaveOurVenues campaign.

Sound Junction online

An online concert from the Sound Junction series. Expect juddering spluttering machines, a journey through the nervous system, and an exploration of technology, meditation, time and space. Turn down the lights and wear headphones!

Foodhall Community Radio

The fantastic Foodhall folk now have their own radio station! Tune in online every weekend for a diverse range of shows featuring music, art, conversation and more – all in the Foodhall ethos of tackling social isolation and encouraging integration.

DJ Rolando at No Bounds

Stream the set from Mexican-American techno DJ/producer DJ Rolando on the Resident Advisor stage at No Bounds in October 2019.

Inspirations and origins: Jazz

A series of livestreams, asking artists to delve into a musical form close to their hearts that they might not be known for but for which they have a serious passion. Starting with Hope Works/No Bounds resident Lo Shea exploring jazz.

Leadmill Live Stream: Billy Bragg

Join legendary singer-songwriter and political campaigner Billy Bragg for a live streamed concert. In support of The Leadmill, as part of the Save Our Venues campaign.

Benn Clatworthy Quartet

Sheffield Jazz presents Benn Clatworthy, a favourite with Sheffield audiences for many years for his emotional playing and his dry sense of humour, supported by a top-class rhythm section. Enjoy this clip from a 2016 performance.

Jean Toussaint Quartet

A clip from an intimate evening in the Crucible Studio with a saxophonist of international stature and his excellent band, hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Steve Fishwick 6

A performance at Sheffield Jazz in February 2016, from a band fronted by the jazz trumpet player widely considered to be one of the UK's greatest.

Home Concert: Annabelle Lawson – Piano

Join wonderful pianist Annabelle Lawson for a Concerteenies concert including music by Arlen, Bach, Chopin, Debussy and Randy Newman's Toy Story.

Under the Stars – Lockdown

Under The Stars is a Sheffield-based arts and events charity for adults with learning disabilities. Members of its music groups have got together remotely to collaborate on this new song, created in response to lockdown.

Musical Mark Making

A home activity from Concerteenies. You might think listening to music is only about using your ears. But what if your favourite piece of music could inspire your latest artistic creation?

Home Concert: James Lyons – Beatbox, Flute and Harmonica

Join James Lyons for a Concerteenies concert from his front room to yours. Join in with audience participation and have a little boogie.

Hudson Records Listening Club

A Sunday morning Listening Club with the Sheffield-based record label specialising in folk and acoustic music. Listening to an album in its entirety and delving deeper with commentary and insight from the artists.

Virtual SUWO: Music from the Incredibles

Enjoy a virtual performance of music from Pixar film The Incredibles, recorded by members of Sheffield University Wind Orchestra (SUWO) from their homes during isolation. In aid of the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Kofi / Barnes Aggregation

A collaboration showcasing the contrasting alto saxophone talents of co-leaders Alan Barnes and Tony Kofi. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz at the Crucible Studio in spring 2016.

Dave O'Higgins Quartet

A performance from a quartet led by saxophonist, composer and educator Dave O'Higgins. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz in autumn 2017.

Can You Draw a Triangle?

Join Concerteenies for some at-home music-based fun, using song to encourage children to draw shapes and patterns to gain confidence using a pencil.

Migration Matters opening party

Theatre Deli

A burst of energy, rhythm, movement and vibrant showcases, kicking off Refugee Week and the first online Migration Matters Festival. Wherever you are – join in with a joyful celebration of sanctuary with artists from Sheffield and around the world.

Make Your Home a Musical Instrument

Turn your house into a musical instrument using free software FoxDot, in a two-part workshop with artist and musician Lucy Cheesman.

Opening Party: Songs of Migration & Lockdown

Textured, melodic music that takes you on a journey. With high energy kwela music inspired by the townships of Zimbabwe, strong melodies, drum rhythms that will summon you to dance, and soulful songs featuring the kora.

Opening Party: Sanctuary Songs

Songs of welcome and celebration from around the globe – reaching beyond borders and out of lockdown. With Stand and Be Counted Theatre in collaboration with Emily Ntshangase-Wood and Zoe Katsilerou.

Barang! ft Kampire

To close a joyous week of celebration, Migration Matters joins festival favourites Barang! for Global Adventures in Bass. Featuring special guest Kampire, among East Africa’s most exciting DJs and a core member of Kampala’s Nyege Nyege collective.

Virtually Global!

Live world music and culture from Middle East and Africa hosted by cultural commentator Ayse Balkose. Featuring four artists who originally arrived in the UK as refugees, who'll be live from their own home music-spaces with songs and conversation.

Stone Flowers

Join in an interactive online music event with Stone Flowers, a music collective using music to support refugee and asylum seeker torture survivors. With musical activities and a performance of their latest composition written in English and Swahili.

Live from the Incubator

A virtual exhibition of art that acts as a powerful, social and political tool – uniting people beyond borders through poetic vulnerability. Melding contemplative writing with trailblazing sounds – with Lucy DK, K.ZIA, Otis Mensah, and Lando Chill.

Music Mind Machine Podcasts

Sheffield University's Music Mind Machine research centre is launching three podcasts on Friday 3 July. Discussing music-colour synaesthesia, expressiveness in music, and music's relationship to space.

Gumbo FM

An online radio station set up by music lovers for music lovers. Broadcasting from its Meersbrook studio with Winston Hazel, DJ STAV, 601 Crew, Ann D and more playing everything from reggae to disco, northern soul to drum and bass, house to new wave.

#OtisMensahExists

Sheffield poet laureate and hip-hop hero Otis Mensah presents a new series of ten songs, accompanied by original animations by illustrator Jim Spendlove. First in the series is a collaboration with Hemlock Ernst of the US-based band Future Islands.

VOX

Video highlights of a unique performance, exploring the musical diversity of the city through singing and live coding. Arranged by SONA and featuring 15 live vocal performances across six indoor and outdoor stages at DINA, for Migration Matters 2018.

The History of Ska

Hear the history of ska music summarised in two minutes in this insightful interview with Dave Campbell, founder of Sheffield-based ska and reggae 12-piece Jungle Lion. Interview by Diana Read for DINA TV.