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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.

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MRC Festival of Medical Research

Welcome to the marvellous world of medical research! Join the University of Sheffield online from Friday 29 May to Friday 5 June to find out how Sheffield’s top medical scientists are working to help us all to live longer, healthier lives.

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Music in the Round

Music in the Round has been bringing world class chamber music to Sheffield since 1984. For now, you'll find Music in the Round in its second home: online. It's hosting the first online edition of Sheffield Chamber Music Festival this May, and has a whole bunch of videos of past performances and musical fun for kids.

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Site Gallery

While Site Gallery's doors are closed, it remains open online. Introducting the gallery's new online programme: WEB/SITE. Join and take part in reading groups, live workshops for families and enjoy a selection of films from its City of Ideas programme.

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Sheffield Theatres

"The show will go on... but for now we'll go online." Until they reopen the doors to the Crucible, Crucible Studio, and Lyceum once again, the team at Sheffield Theatres are delivering theatre treats right to your living room. Follow this roundup of their online activity to immerse yourself in past productions, let the timeless words of the Bard blow your mind, and create a bit of drama around the house.

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Museums Sheffield

Between its three sites, Museums Sheffield offers a tour through centuries' worth of art history and local history, as well as leading visitors on expeditions into further flung parts of the world. Delve deeper into stories behind its exhibitions and collections with this series of videos.

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National Videogame Museum

"One benefit to having to stay at home, is that’s where the videogames are!" While it's closed, NVM is bringing the museum to you. See their series of at-home activities to learn how to use free software to start making your own videogames, and lots more.

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Foodhall

Foodhall is a cafe and DIY venue on a mission. Since it opened in 2015 it’s been bringing people together through food, music and art; reducing waste; and encouraging community engagement. Its Lates programme of nighttime events is now IsoLates, a series of live streams, pre-recorded shows, mixes and playlists – see details.

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The Art House

The Art House is a super-inclusive creative hub in Sheffield city centre, a space for anyone to discover their creativity. While its doors are closed, you can stay connected with the Art House community through its Big Art Lock In, pottery tutorials, and more.

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No Bounds

A festival building on Sheffield's lineage of electronic music, bringing bleeps, beats and sweaty grins to city. While plans are underway for No Bounds in October 2020, you can enjoy video, audio and livestreams from the organisers in the meantime.

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Doc/Fest

This year's Doc/Fest is no longer taking place in its original form. But there are lots of ways to share in the thrill of factual storytelling thanks to the festival's online content and activity. See our roundup of video highlights from the festival's 2019 talks, enjoy films from past editions online, and to find out about the Digital Industry Pass available to anyone working in film.

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AlgoMech

A festival of algorithmic and mechanical arts, encapsulating the creative potential of code, and has a lot of fun with machines. Come back soon for details of 2020 events, and in the meantime view these videos from past editions.

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ShAFF

Experience the most thrills you can get from the safety of your settee, with films from the Sheffield Adventure Film Festival's archives and weekly watchlists.

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DINA

DINA is an innovative, creative and progressive arts venue, with an ongoing mission to “make room for unheard voices and forms of expression”. It's launching a competition for artists and musicians in lockdown.

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University of Sheffield

The vibrant cultural programme of public festivals and events from the University of Sheffield brings together opportunity for discovery, learning, and participation. Join in quizzes and crafts at the Festival of Medical Research, and stream shows in the university's Concerts programme.

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S1 Artspace

When it's not bringing to town the work of contemporary visual artists from around the world, S1 Artspace regularly showcases the fruits of its own studios. The spring 2020 S1 Studio Holders' Takeover was disrupted by the pandemic, but parts of the programme have gone online – in the form of online exhibitions, film screenings, and radio broadcasts.

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Sheffield Libraries

Sheffield's public libraries and archives are many things to many people. A lifeline. A treasure trove of historic resources. A rare free space in the city to just sit and relax, whether with a book, a newspaper or a board game. During their closure, they're continuing to provide connection and inspiration online through a number of creative projects.

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Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust

Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust is responsible for running three of the city's best preserved – and best loved – heritage sites: Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Kelham Island Museum, and Shepherd Wheel. Explore Abbeydale using SIMT's app, and join in some of the museums' downloadable activities.

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Leadmill

Sheffield's legendary Leadmill is celebrating its 40th birthday in 2020. It's not quite the birthday it had in mind, but during lockdown the music venue is continuing to champion live music with a string of live-streamed gigs.

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Cupola

Cupola has been bringing contemporary art to Hillsborough since 1991. You can continue to enjoy the bright, welcoming Cupola experience online with a series of video interviews, insights into art forms, and peeks at past exhibitions.

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Sheffield Jazz

Get in the groove with a selection of clips from past performances hosted by Sheffield Jazz, purveyors of the best national and international jazz artists for 40+ years.

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Concerteenies

A live music concert series, bringing all kinds of musical joy to children – and their grown-ups! Join the Concerteenies musicians online for Home Concerts and activities.

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Festival of Debate

Join online discussions and debates about the key social, economic and political issues of the day.

Art Talks with Mark Beachell

Multiple dates

Join The Art House and art historian/artist/lecturer Mark Beachell for a six-week series of informal online art talks. Giving you a historical perspective on how movements in western art reflect the dominant ideas of their time.

After Work Play Online

Multiple dates

Get silly from the comfort of your own home with Voz Theatre's playful Thursday evening sessions. Expect games, music, movement, cheesy music, weird and wonderful scenarios, and more.

How to Build Back Better w/ Kate Pickett, Michael Jacobs & Natalie Bennett

Thu. 4 June 2020

Join Festival of Debate for an online discussion about rebuilding Sheffield’s economy post-Covid-19. With speakers arguing that rather than returning to ‘business as usual’ we should seize the chance to build a ‘greener, fairer and kinder’ region.

Offbeat Online

Multiple dates

"Indie heaven since 1997." Sheffield's legendary indie club night Offbeat returns – and it's going online every Friday night.

MRC Festival of Medical Research

Fri. 29 May 2020 — Fri. 5 June 2020

Welcome to the marvellous world of medical research! Join the University of Sheffield online to find out how the city's top medical scientists are working to help us all to live longer, healthier lives.

All About Ears

Fri. 29 May 2020 — Fri. 5 June 2020

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

Fri. 29 May 2020 — Fri. 5 June 2020

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

Fri. 29 May 2020 — Fri. 5 June 2020

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+

Mapping Alcohol Consumption in Great Britain

Mon. 1 June 2020 — Fri. 5 June 2020

Compare numbers of alcohol outlets in different parts of England and explore the drinking habits of people in Sheffield with maps developed by health statistician Dr Ines Henriques-Cadby. Live from 10am on Monday 1 June. Recommended for ages 13+

Run For Your Life!

Tue. 2 June 2020 — Fri. 5 June 2020

Learn about the work of cardiologist Dr Paul Morris and medical physicist Dr David Randall to produce 3D computational models of diseased coronary arteries and develop a virtual reality game. Live from 10am on Tuesday 2 June. Recommended for ages 10+

DNA Repair to the Rescue

Sun. 31 May 2020 — Fri. 5 June 2020

Delve into the world of DNA damage and repair with Professor Sherif El-Khamisy and his team of molecular biologists. Play games that explore how our cells repair DNA damage. Live from 10am on Sunday 31 May. Recommended for ages 10+

Arts and Culture During Covid-19

Thu. 11 June 2020

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.

Jason Rebello: Solo Piano

Fri. 12 June 2020

Jason Rebello is one of the most inventive pianists to emerge from the UK since he burst onto the scene in the early 90s. Join him for an online gig presented by Sheffield Jazz on Friday 12th June.

How Can We Build a Well-being Economy? w/ Centre for Thriving Places

Thu. 18 June 2020

GDP and wealth creation has traditionally been the main measure for the health of our economy but is there another way? This live-stream will explore what a well-being economy is, how it can be measured, and the difference it could make to Sheffield.

Migration Matters

Mon. 15 June 2020 — Sat. 20 June 2020

An online festival marking Refugee Week. Celebrating culture, creativity and companionship in our city of sanctuary and around the world.

The Case for Drug Policy Reform

Wed. 24 June 2020

Is it time for a rethink on the war on drugs? Join Festival of Debate Online for a panel discussion via Zoom on how we can improve current drug laws.

Decolonising the Curriculum: From ABC to PhD

Wed. 24 June 2020

An online panel event exploring issues relating to decolonising the curriculum within institutions of higher education and primary and secondary schools, highlighting local academic, professional and student perspectives from Sheffield.

Lockdown Film Scene Challenge

Tue. 14 April 2020 — Tue. 30 June 2020

Dreams of the silver screen.

Jackpot!

Fri. 1 May 2020 — Tue. 30 June 2020

An online exhibition by S1 Artspace studio-holder Ben Morris, exploring the architecture of the virtual spaces we navigate.

Grace Blakeley: Stolen – How to Save the World from Financialisation

Tue. 30 June 2020

Stolen is an accessible guide to our recent economic and political history. Looking at the impact of finance capitalism on economies, the environment and the future – and how we can change course. Join Grace for a conversation with James Weinberg.

Death Cafe

Wed. 1 July 2020

Join Festival of Debate Online for a digital Death Cafe with Penny Merrett. The aim of Death Cafes is to break down the taboos around discussing death, in order to help people make the most of their finite lives.

Festival of Debate Does Question Time

Fri. 3 July 2020

Festival of Debate Online's closing event – a Question Time-style stream exploring the UK’s response to the Covid-19 crisis so far and where we go from here. Watch live and submit questions for the panel to respond to.

Love Sheffield, Luv

Wed. 1 April 2020 — Fri. 31 July 2020

Get your creativity flowing with this writing competition from Sheffield Libraries and Hive South Yorkshire, open to all ages. They want to hear about the things you love about Sheffield – and that theme can be interpreted any way you like!

Secret Postcard Show

Create a postcard-sized artwork for Cupola gallery's Secret Postcard Show. All pieces will go on display in an exhibition and sold to raise funds for the gallery's survival campaign, with the names of the artists a secret until the artwork is sold.

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.

Doc/Fest Digital Industry Pass

Calling all filmmakers, artists and members of the film, digital art and related industries! Get access to the documentary festival's online programme of screenings, talks, pitches, and panel sessions with the Digital Industry Pass.

Create Your Own Pixel Art Character

Have you ever wanted to make your own Mario character? Perhaps you’ve always been inspired by the artwork of old school RPGs? Follow this guide from the National Videogame Museum and create your own pixel art character!

The Perfect Candidate

A tale of one woman's quest to challenge not only the system but also herself, and the second film by Haifaa Al-Mansour (the Saudi director of 2012's charming and groundbreaking Wadjda). Rent it online and send proceeds towards our beloved Showroom.

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.

The Big Art Lock In

Get creative and join The Art House community online for #TheBigArtLockIn. A safe space to express creativity and share encouragement until the creative hub can open its doors to everyone again.

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.

Project in a Box

Writer Chris Bush has written a story, but she’s having trouble finishing it – she needs your help! Download this activity from Sheffield Theatres and Sheffield Children's University to finish the script and create your own shadowbox puppet theatre.

Game Makers

Ever played a game and thought 'I want to make this!'? Well now is your chance! Follow this guide from the National Videogame Museum and dip your toes into game creation using free children's programming language Scratch.

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.

Anatomy of Loss

Janie Moore was in the process of creating an thoughtful and hopeful interactive sculpture on loss when the gallery at Yorkshire Artspace closed. Contribute your thoughts and feelings through the artist's online dedication page.

Online Sheffield history tours

Uncover Sheffield’s past from your armchair or wherever you may be, with this roundup of apps that will guide you on a tour through the city's history.

Colouring Sheffield

When you can't visit your favourite places, the next best thing is colouring them in! Download this selection of pages from our Colouring Sheffield book, print them out, scribble all over them, and share your pictures with us. Happy colouring!

Lockdown

A call-out and online exhibition set up by Sheffield arts platform Fronteer, showcasing work made by artists during self isolation.

Quarantine Film Club

Join Sheffield Transformed for their Quarantine Film Club, a series of films on political themes that you enjoy from home in the online company of others.

On video: Sheffield shows

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

Sheffield Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

Founded in 1864, Sheffield Photographic Society is one of the oldest such societies in the world. This year's exhibition of its members' work is postponed, but you can now visit the gallery online.

Under-Side, Under-Stood

An online exhibition by artist and S1 Artspace studio-holder Charlotte Dawson, investigating our connection to the ground below us.

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.

Virtual Photomarathon Sheffield exhibition

On the weekend of 20-22 March, 125 people took part in the Virtual Photomarathon Sheffield. See the results of the fun photo challenge, along with the winning snaps in this online exhibition.

Caught in a Fast Lane – Corinna Button

Corinna's solo exhibition was scheduled to be on show at Hillsborough's Cupola gallery at the moment. While the gallery is closed, enjoy a peek at the work in Cupola's video interview with the artist.

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.

Platform Instagram Takeover: Joanna Whittle

View painter Joanna Whittle's weeklong Site Gallery Platform Instagram Takeover. Here she explores the developmental parts of her practice – research, drawing, printmaking and ephemeral pieces – rather than finished material.

Connect: A Poetry Collaboration

What is community? Sheffield People’s Theatre and Sheffield poet laureate Otis Mensah are inviting young people to share their response – words, stories, lyrics, anything! Otis will then create a piece of spoken word poetry using your contributions.

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.

Storyframe: Pause, Imagine, Create

Bring the joy of storytelling and theatre-making into your home with downloadable activity sheets from Sheffield Theatres. Press pause on the classic tale of the Three Little Pigs, to imagine a world of possibilities before you create your own show.

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.

The Bank Vault

The Bank Vault from Sheffield Theatres is a place for theatre makers to submit anything they've created in the time of lockdown.

Office Hours

Sheffield Theatres' weekly Office Hours sessions are now online. This is a chance for you to chat to a member of the theatres' team – whether you have a specific question or idea you need help with, or just need another perspective on a project.

Great Games To Keep you Busy at Home

"One benefit to having to stay at home, is that’s where the videogames are!" Take some tips from the team at the National Videogame Museum, and discover fun educational and family games that will keep the kids (and big kids) busy whilst in lockdown.

Our Sheffield is...

Help Sheffield Libraries create one BIG poem for the city during lockdown!
Write a few words about what Sheffield means to you, and contribute to a poem that will be collated and edited by writer Nik Perring before going on display in a special way.

Become an Interactive Storyteller

Ever wanted to write your own interactive stories? The National Videogame Museum have put together a guide on how to do just that using Twine – free software that enables you to make your own story-based videogame!

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.

Chance to Dance: dance at home

Sheffield’s dance festival Chance to Dance is postponed for 2020, but its organiser Nisha has pulled together a list of the city's dance sessions taking place online. Take your pick from flamenco, Bollywood, parent and child sessions, and lots more!

COVID-19 Archive in Sheffield

Help record this moment in time for future generations by contributing to Sheffield City Archives' COVID-19 Archive. They want to capture the everyday experiences (good and bad, exceptional and mundane) that make this period in history so unique.

Celebrating Your Videogame Collection

The National Videogame Museum is rightly pretty proud of its collection of videogames and videogamey stuff. But they want to hear about yours too! Get thinking about your own collection of videogames with these downloadable activity sheets.

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.

Creatively Exploring Videogames

Let’s get creative! Download these activity sheets from the National Videogame Museum for fun ways to get creative whilst thinking about videogames – by designing your own arcade cabinet or videogame controller.

Adventure On Demand

Revisit former years at ShAFF (Sheffield Adventure Film Festival) and support filmmakers, with the festival's guides to adventure films that are available to rent online.

Cupola on Printmaking

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

Library Spotlight

A regular series of blog posts from Sheffield Libraries, shining a spotlight on all manner of fascinating topics through online resources – images, podcasts, e-books and more.

Make Your Own Museum

Pay a visit to the best museum in the world… your home! While you’re stuck indoors delve into your collections, sift through photographs, find your first bear, or investigate the junk drawer.

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.

NESM Home Activities

During lockdown, Sheffield's National Emergency Services Museum has put together an ever-expanding bunch of free activities to try at home. Make your own 3D ambulance, lifeboat or police van, colour in everyday heroes, and lots more.​

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.

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.

Creativity During Corona

Join Sheffield Libraries on Facebook for its series of creative prompts, encouraging you to write, draw, paint, photograph, knit, sew, sing, anything! Share your creations and they'll go on display at the Central Library when life returns to normal.

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.

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.

Films from previous Doc/Fest editions

Thu. 6 June 2019 — Thu. 24 June 2021

In the spirit of togetherness, the team at Sheffield Doc/Fest have put together a list of documentary films screened at previous editions of the festival, which are now available to watch online.

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!

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 1

The first in a series of free online film lists for your home viewing adventures, curated by Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF). Featuring skiing against a solar eclipse, freerunning on the Isle of Man, and more.

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.

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.

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.

Sensory Scavenger Hunt Trail

Join in this fun Sensory Scavenger Hunt around your home or in the garden, created by Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust. See if you can hunt down everything on the list and write or draw what you found!

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.

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 2

Another week, another roundup of top adventure films to enjoy for free! This week's list from the ShAFF team covers awe-inspiring places, traversing the Canadian Rockies by paraglider, a beautiful story about an ageing climber, and more.

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 3

Ready for an adventure, or five? This week's list of free online films courtesy of ShAFF (Sheffield Adventure Film Festival) includes Greenland explorers, a colourful ultra run, Antarctica climbing epicness, and more.

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.

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.

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 4

Follow an ultra runner to victory on Mont-Blanc. Visit a little known Cumbiran crag. Get to know the people who make an aid station happen. See cycling on the rooftops of Gran Canaria. Join a pro kayaker as they paddle over Niagara Falls.

Cupola Gallery Tour

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

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.

The Runaways

A new Sheffield-made family adventure film, following three kids on the run with a couple of donkeys – now available to watch online.

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.

Festival of Debate

Get informed, inspired and filled with ideas for positive change, as the Festival of Debate launches online. Providing a digital platform for discussion and debate of the key social, political, environmental and economic issues of the day.

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.

Ask a Researcher

As well as finding out how Sheffield’s top medical scientists are working to help us all to live longer, healthier lives, the MRC Festival is giving you the opportunity to put your questions to them! Read their answers here from Friday 5 June.

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.

Now Then

Now Then is all about supporting the things that make a community what it is – creativity, collaboration and conscience. Read past issues online and download the app for more articles and offers.

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.

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 5

Another dose of adrenaline from the ShAFF team. This week's online films feature moments of reflection 1200m off the ground, a bikepacking journey to the very north-west tip of Scotland, one of the world’s wildest mountain ranges, and more.

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 6

A week's worth of adventure films from ShAFF. Featuring paragliding over the Alaska Range, a look at skiing and climate change, a crack climb, a fun ride around rural Scotland, and one of the oldest and toughest mountain races in the world.

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.