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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.

A Conversation with Werner Herzog

One of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The man who ate his shoe after losing a bet, who was shot whilst being interviewed, and who has made countless features and docs exploring man’s eternal struggle against nature. Filmed at Doc/Fest 2019.

A Conversation with Jeremy Deller & Sharna Jackson

Turner prize winning artist Jeremy Deller talks to Site Gallery Creative Director Sharna Jackson, exploring the ability of art and social movements to illuminate the politics of everyday life. From the Doc/Fest 2019 Exchange programme of free talks.

Blaze Tarsha: A Portrait of an Aerialist

A performance by the fabulous aerialist Blaze Tarsha, created in response to the world’s most famous circus painting – Degas’ Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando. Filmed especially for Museums Sheffield's 2018 exhibition Circus! Show of Shows.

Talking Art

A new video series from Museums Sheffield, featuring curators talking through some of the fascinating and best loved artworks in the city's collections.

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.

Lloyd Stewart 'Lloydie' – Sheffield Bodybuilding Legend

Lloyd Stewart has been a well-known and respected part of Sheffield’s boxing, bodybuilding and gym community since the 1960s. Watch this short documentary about 'Lloydie' by Museums Sheffield, from Weston Park Museum's display on his accomplishments.

Picturing Sheffield: Views of a City

Explore three of the city's lost landmarks – the divisive 'Egg Box', the beloved Tinsley Towers, and the iconic Kelvin Flats – in this trio of films created by Museums Sheffield.

Life in the Big Village with Joe Scarborough

Joe Scarborough's affectionate, often humorous, depictions of everyday scenes of Yorkshire life pay tribute to the region and its people. In this short film, join Joe on a trip around Sheffield to discover the inspiration behind his bold paintings.

Made in Sheffield

Celebrate the excellence and innovation of Sheffield makers with these short films, originally created for a Millennium Gallery exhibition. Shining a spotlight on local companies creating products ranging from menswear to sweets, crisps and bikes.

Matt Haig and Susan Calman in conversation

Author Matt Haig and comedian Susan Calman reflect on the ways the arts give us ‘reasons to stay alive’ – drawing from songs, books, theatre and comedy, celebrating art that has kept people going in their darkest hours. Hosted by Sheffield Theatres.

A tour of The Art House

Take an online tour of the workshops, cafe and kilns of Sheffield's super inclusive creative hub.

Sheffield Modern: In C

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

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.

The Art House pottery tutorials

A series of video tutorials from the workshops at The Art House. Teaching you how to knead and prepare clay, and the basics of throwing on the wheel.

Spaces for Creation: The Provocative City

A conversation about urbanism and cultural space. Architect, curator, researcher and consultant Andreia Garcia offers her insight into site-specific provocations in cities and large towns.

Spaces for Creation: Morag Myerscough

A conversation with artist-designer Morag Myerscough about Legible Cities. How do we get around cities instinctively? How can we make navigating a city easier, and ultimately, more fun?

Spaces for Creation: Skateboarding

A conversation about how we can use skateboarding as a tool for better understanding the urban environment – particularly if we want our cities to offer more than just the flow of capital. With Professor Iain Borden and Dr. Dani Abulhawa.

Home Concert: Roderick Williams

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

Celebrating Shakespeare

Sheffield Theatres has invited some brilliant actors from its past Shakespeare plays to share their favourite speeches. Enjoy these videos of some of the Bard's best bits!

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.

Picturing Sheffield Gallery

Weston Park Museum's Picturing Sheffield brings together local scenes and views of the city from the past 250 years. These accompanying videos delve into the practices of four of its artists: Emilie Taylor, Pete McKee, David Hepher, and Pete Clarke.

Explore Julius Caesar

Immerse yourself in the world of the Crucible's modern take on Shakespeare's gripping play, in Sheffield Theatres' online collection of videos, photos and interviews from rehearsals, backstage and on stage.

Explore A Midsummer Night's Dream

Immerse yourself in the Crucible's 2018 charming, inventive version of the classic Shakespeare comedy, with music by Dan Gillespie Sells. This online experience brings together videos, photos and interviews from rehearsals, backstage and on stage.

Devising with Joe Boylan

Join theatre-maker and actor Joe Boylan for a four-part video workshop in devising for theatre.

Poetry with Connie Treves

Join Sheffield Theatres' Resident Assistant Director Connie Treves for an online poetry workshop in the video below.

Picture the Poet

In 2014 the National Portrait Gallery brought to town portraits of the likes of Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy. Alongside the exhibition, Museums Sheffield and Word Life hosted performances by the city's own literary talents.

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.

Cupola on Printmaking

Karen Sherwood is managing director at Sheffield's Cupola Contemporary Art. In this video she shares some thoughts on printmaking.

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.

A Conversation with Ai Weiwei

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei in conversation at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 following the screening of his film The Rest, about refugees who fled war and persecution and arrived in Europe yet have not found the safe havens of their dreams.

A Conversation with Waad al Kateab, Edward Watts & Jon Snow

A conversation with For Sama directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts and protagonist Hamza al-Kateab, hosted by TV's Jon Snow. Told as a message from a young Syrian mother to her daughter, For Sama traces Waad's life through the uprising in Aleppo.

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.

In Conversation with The Slumflower

Chidera Eggerue preaches her messages of self-love and body positivity to thousands on her blog The Slumflower. Hear her discuss her campaigning work and plans for a documentary questioning ideals of beauty, in a talk filmed at Doc/Fest 2019.

Going Public

How might public galleries and philanthropists develop better relationships? Going Public explored this question with exhibitions of artwork from some of Europe's finest private collections. Here the collectors discuss their approaches to collecting.

Cupola's Thought for the Day

Karen Sherwood set up Cupola Contemporary Art in Hillsborough in 1991. In this video she talks about why she runs the gallery.

Interview with Shaeron Caton Rose

​​​​​​​Amid by Shaeron Caton Rose was a 2017 exhibition at Cupola Gallery, featuring work made in response to the artist’s residencies in two different faith communities.

Seahorse: A Conversation with Jeanie Finlay and Freddy McConnell

Seahorse follows Freddy, a gay transgender man, in his quest to carry his own baby. Stream Freddy and the documentary's director Jeanie Finlay in conversation, filmed at Doc/Fest 2019.

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!

Cupola on Collage

Cupola has been bringing contemporary art to Hillsborough since 1991. Now, you can continue to enjoy the bright, welcoming Cupola experience online – see below for the gallery's Graham sharing some thoughts on collage.

Original 200

"What can you get in a gallery for £200? What is the value of art and does it have anything to do with its price?” Cupola posed these questions with its 2017 exhibition Original 200. See video of the exhibition, featuring the work of 33 artists.

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.

Cupola Gallery Tour

Take a video tour around Cupola – showing you all four galleries and the sculpture garden.

CMC 2013 Keynote: Frank Cottrell Boyce

The writer of Millions and 24 Hour Party People, and a key collaborator on the Olympic Opening Ceremony, shares a view on the power of story.

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.

Spaces for Creation Symposium

A symposium to wrap up the City of Ideas series of conversations about urbanism and cultural space. With leading artists, architects, urbanists and public designers. Watch recordings of the talks from the day.

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.

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.

Park Hill Reimagined

A look at the new beginnings of one the most talked about buildings in Sheffield. With contributions from residents, former MP and Housing Committee Chairman Roy Hattersley, and the building's developers Urban Splash.

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.

Portland Works Virtual Tour

Take a peek around this fascinating building steeped in Sheffield's metalworking past. A former cutlery works, the birthplace of stainless steel cutlery, and now a community-run home to artists, craftspeople, musicians and small-scale manufacturers.

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.

In Conversation with George Monbiot

Writer and environmentalist George Monbiot discusses the effect of the Covid-19 crisis on our society and the systemic change we need to be able to respond to it. Watch the recording from the live-streamed event.

UBI Lab Sheffield

A network seeking to explore the potential of universal basic income (UBI) and its effects on paid and unpaid work, leisure, wellbeing, relationships and our community. Watch a series of video interviews by UBI Lab Sheffield.

Wordlife

Literature champions, bringing events, publications and projects to Sheffield and across Yorkshire since 2006. Enjoy video highlights of past shows – including literary projections on a Sheffield landmark, poetry in a brewery, and more.

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.

All About Ears

Join Professor Walter Marcotti’s Hearing Research Group for a journey inside the ear, with audio-visual illusions, a simulation of age-related hearing loss, and more. Live from 10am on Friday 29 May. Recommended for ages 10+, some activities 7+ / 5+

Detangling DNA

Join materials scientist Dr Alice Pyne and learn about the fundamentals of DNA topology. Get your hands on DNA structures with DNA Origami and learn how scientists are using 3D scanning. Live from 10am on Friday 29 May. Recommended for ages 13+

Vaccinations: Keeping us Healthy

Explore the role of vaccinations in preventing diseases with Dr Helen Marriott. Learn about the structure of viruses and get to grips with how vaccines combat pathogens with crafts and games. Live from 10am on Friday 29 May. Recommended for ages 7+

Arts and Culture During Covid-19

How can the arts and culture sector weather this crisis and how can it respond? Sara Hill from Theatre Deli hosts a discussion via Facebook Live and YouTube with representatives from Sheffield’s arts and culture organisations to discuss these issues.

Dr Iona Hine – Exile and Precarity in the 1930s: the Case of H.W. Cassirer

An insightful look at exiled German Jewish academic Heinrich Walter Cassirer, stripped of his position by Hitler's first anti-Jewish law. Dr Iona Hine reconstructs the precarious experiences of a migrant academic in 1930s Britain.

Kids in the Time of Corona

What’s changed – and what hasn’t – in UK young people’s media and technology use because of physical distancing and isolation? What do children’s media professionals need to consider when developing content for the short- and long-term?

Surviving as a Freelancer under Lockdown

What freelancers and the self-employed can do to survive the COVID-19 lockdown. Everything you need to know to keep going! This CMC Webinar took place on 1st May 2020 – stream a video of it here.

Content in the Time of Corona

The third CMC webinar explores what’s being commissioned and made for kids that responds to or reflects the crisis – in TV, digital and social media – with expert analysis from CMC’s top regular rapporteurs and research into commissioning trends.

Commissioner Conversation: Cheryl Taylor

BBC Children’s Head of Content Cheryl Taylor discusses how a major broadcaster copes with the current crisis. Plus children’s author Laura Henry-Allain considers what influences in her childhood led to her way of thinking, creating and working.

CMC 2019 Keynote: Nadiya Hussain

Ahead of the publication of her first children’s picture book, Nadiya took to the stage to open CMC 2019. Watch her discuss mental health, intolerance, inequality, as she considers what we can all do to inspire young people to feel truly limitless.

ArtWorks: Altered Places

In 2019 Site Gallery worked with artists with physical and learning disabilities from ArtWorks on a month-long residency at Sidney + Matilda. Enjoy this film documenting the residency.

CMC 2014 Keynote: Malorie Blackman

An inspirational creative keynote talk from Malorie Blackman OBE – bestselling author and then children’s laureate – titled ‘The right to be seen, the need to be heard’.

CMC 2015 Keynote: Jenny Sealey

Since becoming deaf at the age of seven, Jenny Sealey has been determined to tackle challenges her way. In this talk on the theme 'All Change,' she discusses her work in creating a new theatrical language where difference is embraced as the norm.

CMC 2016 Keynote: Lemn Sissay

Poet Lemn Sissay presents a talk titled ‘Superman was a Foundling’. In a wide sweep exploring childhood, and the outsider at the heart of popular culture, Lemn reveals much about the role of divergence and difference in our lives.

CMC 2016 Keynote: George the Poet

Spoken-word artist, poet, rapper George Mpanga AKA George the Poet presents some poetic reflections on childhood, kids’ media, and how we serve the audience.

CMC 2018 Keynote: Michael Rosen

Children’s novelist, poet, broadcaster, and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen delivers a talk championing creativity and imagination in the face of what he calls “data-driven education”. With a performance by Rio-Leanna and Sam Castle.

CMC 2018 Keynote: Beeban Kidron

An award-winning director and producer, and co-founder of educational charity Into Film, Beeban Kidron is passionate about the role stories can play in the development of young people’s identities and their sense of what it is to be human.

CMC 2016 Keynote: Chris Riddell

Illustrator, author and political cartoonist Chris Riddell is passionate about the act of creation, politically committed, and in 2016 was meeting thousands of young people from every background across the UK in his role as Children’s Laureate.

Celebrating LGBT+ experiences in Sheffield

A video from Museums Sheffield celebrating LGBT+ experiences in Sheffield through their Proud! exhibition and displays at Weston Park Museum.

Fluorescent Minerals

A little film about minerals and fossils from Museums Sheffield’s Geology collection, and how and why they change under UV light. It's a beauty.

Creative Thinking & Problem Solving with Kisha Bradley

Join engineer, educator and Bright Box Makerspace founder Kisha Bradley for a workshop aimed at guiding you through developing creative ideas and initial designs.

Beginnings of Brand with Heather Ditch

Freelance brand planner and copywriter Heather Ditch hosts an online workshop about the importance of branding. What does brand mean, why does it matter, what should it tell the world and how can you start to explore and express your own?

Welcome to The Lit Collective Online Festival

Sahra, Aisha, Emily and Amal, organisers and members of The Lit Collective book club, introduce themselves, explain the origins of the book club and why they felt it was important to put the book club and festival together.

Reimagining Black Feminist Futures

Amber Lascelles, Amina Jama and Désirée Reynolds discuss what Black Feminism means to them, its relationship with the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the role of imagination in dismantling systemic racism and misogynoir.

Home in Britain

Mubeenah Waheed, Aniqah Majid and Loma Jones explore the concept of Home in Britain through poetry by Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan and Nat Raha. And discuss ways that creative expression provides a home of sorts for those who are marginalised/disempowered.

Imagination and Futurity

Researcher on Islamophobia, trauma and power Dr Maryam Jameela & internationally acclaimed poet-educator Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan discuss the importance of imagination and futurity in the context of literature and the politics of social transformation.

We Will Not Be Erased: A Book Club Discussion About gal-dem’s I Will Not Be Erased

Sahra, Aisha and other members and friends of The Lit Collective discuss gal-dem’s essay collection I Will Not Be Erased. Reflecting on what lessons they would impart on their younger selves and the importance of role models in and beyond literature.

Sister, Sister

Two sisters, Warda and Sundus Yassin, discuss how books and poetry have impacted their relationship and reflect on their favourite sisters in literary texts. Sundus is an original member of TLC and Warda is a school teacher and award-winning poet.

Musical Numbers

Sheffield Theatres have compiled some favourite numbers from their big musicals of previous years, including The Wizard of Oz, Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Kiss Me Kate, and Guys and Dolls.

John Pedder Live Printing

Watch a time-lapse video of a live printing event at Cupola, with printmaker John Pedder and assistant Emily Peak inking up and printing off a 7ft x 4ft woodcut piece called Hinged.

Inside the Circle of Fire: A Sheffield Sound Map by Chris Watson

"You can find music, if you choose to listen, in almost anything." In 2013 sound recordist Chris Watson created an incredible, immersive soundscape at Millennium Gallery. Now he's turned it into a stereo experience for Museums Sheffield from Home.

An Intro to Live Coding

Electronic musician Alex McLean leads a tutorial in live coding.

#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.

Online Showcase: Six New Short Works

The premiere of new work performed by local artists and co-created by the supported artists from The Bank at Sheffield Theatres.

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.