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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Filled with picks of the city’s arts, culture and heritage events, both in-person and virtual. Plus reviews and festival guides.

Our Picks

Enable US

Twice a year the Enable US festival brings to town unmissable and intriguing pieces of new theatre and performance.

Our Picks

Music picks

Make some dates with excellent bands and artists in Sheffield, with a hand from our Tom's choice of upcoming gigs.

Our Picks

Theatre picks

Our picks of the shows that are taking to the Sheffield stage over the coming weeks and months.

Suzy Homemaker – Workshop with Erica Mulkern

Tue. 7 December 2021

Drama Studio

Join Suzy Homemaker for a workshop involving a yoga style warm up, movement, and devising a physical theatre solo using musicality and characterisation as a starting point.

Anomaly Life Drawing

Multiple dates

The Milliowners Arms, Alma Street, S3 8RY

Life drawing classes that aim to spark new ideas, using artist references and set design to help you push your creative boundaries. Join them this autumn in their new venue, next to The Millowners Arms in Kelham Island Museum.

The Matrix

Fri. 3 December 2021 — Wed. 8 December 2021

Light Cinema, The Moor, S1 4PF

Released at the end of the 20th century in 1999, the impact of The Matrix on cinema and pop culture is almost too big to measure. See the original the way it's meant to be seen – on the big screen – ahead of the release of The Matrix: Resurrections.

Phonetics presents: Secret Night Gang

Wed. 8 December 2021

Sidney + Matilda

Secret Night Gang were handpicked by Gilles Peterson from Manchester’s vibrant live music scene. Newly signed to his record label Brownswood, the multi-generational band are breathing new life into the classic British street-soul sound.

Ella Taylor plus Dorothy Ker, Dominic McHugh & Renee Timmers

Thu. 9 December 2021

Firth Hall

An evening of music lectures and Q&As hosted by University of Sheffield Concerts, followed by a performance from rising young soprano Ella Taylor. This event will take place both in person and online.

The French Dispatch

Fri. 22 October 2021 — Thu. 9 December 2021

A loving ode to the history of print journalism, Wes Anderson's latest film brings to life stories from the final issue of an American magazine published in 20th century France. With Benicio del Toro, Timothée Chalamet, Tilda Swinton and Bill Murray.

Petite Maman

Fri. 19 November 2021 — Thu. 9 December 2021

Showroom

Director Céline Sciamma's follow-up to the modern classic Portrait of a Lady on Fire. A beautiful story of love, loss, family and friendship, centred on eight-year-old Nelly and the little girl she meets in the woods by her mother's childhood home.

The Power of the Dog

Fri. 19 November 2021 — Thu. 9 December 2021

Showroom

Rancher Phil Burbank (Benedict Cumberbatch) inspires fear and awe in those around him, until he finds himself exposed to the possibility of love. Director Jane Campion (The Piano) delivers textured wild west, a harsh but beautiful frontier.

Blue Bayou

Fri. 3 December 2021 — Thu. 9 December 2021

Antonio is a Korean adoptee raised in a small town in Louisiana, struggling to make a better life for his family. He must confront the ghosts of his past when he discovers that he could be deported from the only country he has ever called home.

C'mon C'mon

Fri. 3 December 2021 — Thu. 9 December 2021

Showroom

Johnny (Joaquin Phoenix) and his nephew (Woody Norman) forge a transformational relationship when they're unexpectedly thrown together. A charming drama from Mike Mills about the connections between adults and children, the past and the future.

We Are Not Devo

Fri. 10 December 2021

The Greystones

The UK’s only Devo tribute act.

Yazz Ahmed Quartet

Fri. 10 December 2021

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Yazz Ahmed and her quartet perform music from her latest album. A celebration of female courage, determination and creativity, blending Western and Middle Eastern influences. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Titane

Multiple dates

Showroom

Brace yourself for Julia Ducournau's follow-up to her horror hit Raw. Loaded with graphic horrors, it won the Palme d'Or at Cannes – only the second film directed by a woman to have ever done so. One of the most tense and shocking films of the year.

Kick in the Eye – Christmas!

Fri. 10 December 2021

Sheffield General Cemetery

Kick in the Eye is a night dedicated to dark 80s, post punk, new wave and synth pop sounds. Join their DJs for a Christmas special in beautiful Samuel Worth Chapel within the General Cemetery.

Breaking Ground: Signature Signage with Suzi Kemp

Multiple dates

PXI Community Allotments, 336 Herries Road, S5 7HB

Work with local artist Suzi Kemp on creating a look and feel for the Brightbox community allotment. Expect DIY, hand painted lettering, bold colours and getting stuck in.

Open Up Christmas Show

Wed. 8 December 2021 — Sun. 12 December 2021

DINA

For over 20 years, Open Up Sheffield has been a platform for artists to showcase their skills and share their creative disciplines with their annual open studios event. Join the artists for their Christmas exhibition.

The Libertines

Thu. 16 December 2021

O2 Academy Sheffield

The Libertines re-energised a flailing UK music scene back in 2002 when they released their debut single, What a Waster. Whatever you think of them, they definitely left a legacy.

Lamb

Fri. 10 December 2021 — Thu. 16 December 2021

Showroom

A couple in rural Iceland discover a strange newborn in their sheep barn. Raising her as their own, they soon face the consequences of defying the will of nature in this genre-defying mix of horror and folklore. Unlike anything you've seen before.

Dale Storr

Thu. 16 December 2021

The Greystones

Described by Jazz Journal magazine as the "piano man's piano man," Dale Storr is one of the UK's leading exponents of New Orleans-style piano. He’s been wowing audiences with his highly acclaimed Sounds of New Orleans show since 2008.

An Evening with Joe Scarborough

Thu. 16 December 2021

Sheffield Town Hall, Pinstone Street, S1 2HH

The Lord Mayor of Sheffield, Gail Smith, hosts an evening with Sheffield artist Joe Scarborough at the Town Hall this December, raising money for the Sheffield Hospital Charity.

Mullstock

Fri. 17 December 2021

Delicious Clam

Join DIY music venue Delicious Clam as they throw a Christmas party with Mr Ben and the Bens, Thumbuster and R.Loomes. All the money raised from sales of tickets and mulled drinks will go to homeless charity HARC (Homeless And Rootless at Christmas).

Awake Arise: A Christmas Show For Our Times

Sat. 18 December 2021

Firth Hall

Traditional songs, folk carols, spoken word and newly written music to galvanise and brighten the winter season, Awake Arise is a warm gift to the wintertime from five of the most engaging and celebrated performers on the English folk scene.

Vivaldi’s Four Seasons at Christmas by Candlelight

Sat. 18 December 2021

Sheffield Cathedral

What better way to get into the festive spirit than an evening in Sheffield Cathedral, surrounded by candlelight, listening to classical Christmas music. With the Piccadilly Sinfonia, an orchestra made up of some of the UK’s leading young talent.

Tokyo Story

Sun. 19 December 2021

Showroom

Shūkichi and Tomi are an elderly couple who journey to Tokyo to visit their now-adult children. Screening as part of a Mini Season dedicated to Yasujirō Ozu, widely regarded as one of the world’s greatest and most influential filmmakers.

Home Alone

Sun. 19 December 2021

The Light, The Moor, S1 4PF

A festive film favourite. Eight-year-old Kevin McCallister is mistakenly left behind when his family flies to Paris for their Christmas vacation in this action-packed adventure.

A Christmas Carol

Sun. 19 December 2021

Drama Studio

Join Ebenezer Scrooge on his supernatural journey of redemption through the past, present and yet-to-come. Storytelling and a live violin score will bring to life the atmosphere of Victorian London, as the ghosts of Christmas return from the dead.

Pollen

Multiple dates

Castlegate, S3 8LB

An inner-city flower market. Taking over a corner of Castlegate one Sunday a month with plants, flowers, fresh produce and more – for a celebration of all things botanical.

Graphic Novel Reading Room

Multiple dates

Showroom

Delve into graphic novels further, or perhaps for the first time, at this new social event.

Carols with Sonority Choir

Sun. 19 December 2021

Sheffield General Cemetery

Gather around the steps of the Samuel Worth Chapel for carol singing with Sonority Choir. The cafe will also be open for mulled wine and cosy hot drinks, and there'll be free kids' festive crafts.

International Teachers of Pop

Tue. 21 December 2021

The Leadmill

A self professed ‘nerd disco’ project from members of Moonlandginz, Eccentronic Research Council, All Seeing I, and The Soundcarriers. It’s music made for the dancefloor and the perfect soundtrack to your alternative Christmas.

Rafaël Rozendaal – Permanent Distraction

Thu. 23 September 2021 — Thu. 23 December 2021

Site Gallery

"Abstract forms, shifting perspectives and geometric sprites." Read our writer Steven's review of this meditative exhibition, which aims to answer the question: how do we blend the physical and digital space?

Handmade for Christmas

Sat. 30 October 2021 — Thu. 23 December 2021

Millennium Gallery

A showcase of gifts that are truly special, created by over 40 makers from across Sheffield, Yorkshire and Derbyshire.

It's a Wonderful Life

Fri. 17 December 2021 — Fri. 24 December 2021

Showroom

Released in 1946, this black and white iconic film is the heartwarming treat you need on a chilly December night.

Sleeping Beauty

Fri. 3 December 2021 — Mon. 3 January 2022

Lyceum Theatre

It's panto time!

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Sun. 26 December 2021 — Thu. 6 January 2022

Showroom

A bold, fierce adaptation of Shakespeare's iconic tale of murder, madness and ambition, captured in silvery monochrome images. The first solo directorial outing by Joel Coen with breathtaking performances from Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand.

Tony Kofi ‘Kind of Blue’ Sextet

Sat. 8 January 2022

Crucible Theatre

Tony Kofi leads an all-star band celebrating Miles Davis’ highly acclaimed and innovative album, Kind of Blue. Featuring the original numbers and some of the band’s own compositions inspired by it. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Scion: Cupola Christmas Exhibition

Fri. 26 November 2021 — Sat. 8 January 2022

Cupola Gallery

Cupola Gallery in Hillsborough presents its 2021 Christmas exhibition, inspired by themes of new growth, protection and descendants.

Precision as a State of Mind: Sculptures by Mark Firth

Fri. 3 September 2021 — Sat. 15 January 2022

Graves Gallery

The Graves Gallery reopens after its refurbishment with a new exhibition celebrating the work of acclaimed sculptor Mark Firth.

She Loves Me

Sat. 11 December 2021 — Sat. 15 January 2022

Crucible Theatre

A glorious romantic comedy musical to warm the chilly winter evenings. From the writer of Cabaret and the songwriters of Fiddler on the Roof, and based on the story that inspired You’ve Got Mail.

Rachael Cohen Quartet

Fri. 21 January 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Saxophonist Rachael Cohen makes her Sheffield Jazz debut leading her own band. Expect a mix of blues, ballads and bop inspired tunes from the jazz catalogue and Rachael’s own compositions.

The Streets

Sat. 22 January 2022

O2 Academy Sheffield

Rap with a British accent that talked about UK-centric issues was a sharp contrast to the American dominated landscape when Mike Skinner released Original Pirate Material in 2002. He's since become one of leading voices in UK music and culture.

Adam Glasser Quintet

Fri. 28 January 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

South African musician and composer Adam Glasser returns to Sheffield after a highly successful gig in 2018, with a great band of British jazz musicians to play his trademark township jazz. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Brockhampton

Fri. 28 January 2022

O2 Academy Sheffield

A Texas hip-hop collective who also label themselves as "the world’s greatest boyband." Their music ranges from R&B balladry to more aggressive, hard hitting hip-hop.

The Bug Club

Thu. 3 February 2022

Sidney + Matilda

Welsh three-piece The Bug Club make rock 'n' roll nuggets in the vein of The Modern Lovers and The Kinks. Their music is catchy, infectious and fun – the perfect antidote to cold February nights. 

Julian Siegel Quartet

Fri. 4 February 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Saxophonist and composer Julian Siegel is one of the most in-demand jazz musicians in Europe and this quartet features some of the most distinctive voices on the British jazz scene. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Half Man Half Biscuit

Fri. 11 February 2022

The Leadmill

Cult post-punk outfit Half Man Half Biscuit have been writing their own brand of surrealist, sarcastic, sardonic rock songs since 1984, mixing humour and bleakness in equal measure.

Beyond Bloomsbury – Life, Love and Legacy

Thu. 25 November 2021 — Sun. 13 February 2022

Millennium Gallery

A major new exhibition chronicling the lives, loves and work of the Bloomsbury Group during the first half of the 20th century.

Mark Lockheart’s Dreamers

Fri. 25 February 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 1TD

Mark Lockheart’s new group signals a new direction for the British saxophonist with its bold and unique sound. Expect exciting grooves and textures all cleverly crafted together within Mark’s memorable tunes. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Martin Speake International Quartet

Fri. 4 March 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Saxophonist Martin Speake brings a quartet of top international jazz musicians to Sheffield to play intelligent, searching contemporary jazz. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Emilia Mårtensson Quintet

Fri. 11 March 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Vocalist Emilia Mårtensson is acclaimed for her haunting, ethereal tones and the dark melancholy of her storytelling. She returns to Sheffield Jazz with a superb band to perform a blend of Scandinavian folk, jazz and art pop.

Tommaso Starace & Dave O'Higgins Quartet

Fri. 8 April 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Italian alto saxophonist Tommaso Starace teams up with acclaimed British tenor player Dave O’Higgins. Expect exciting contemporary jazz as they play original compositions and imaginative arrangements of jazz standards.

Places in Time: The Art of Kenneth Steel

Fri. 17 December 2021 — Mon. 2 May 2022

Weston Park Museum

Kenneth Steel was a skilled artist who created visuals for mid-century travel posters and architectural landmarks, yet his name remains little known. This exhibition will shed new light on Steel’s achievements.

VEIN Trio + Stan Sulzmann

Fri. 6 May 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Swiss piano trio VEIN blend the complexity of classical music with the thrills and energy of jazz improvisation. Here they collaborate with lyrical saxophonist Stan Sulzmann to produce a powerful, passionate sound. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.