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

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

Edward Carpenter was a true Sheffield pioneer. He was a socialist, vegetarian and activist who campaigned for women’s rights, animal rights and environmental causes. He lived openly as a gay man with his partner, George Merrill, on the outskirts of Sheffield, and his activism and influential writings laid the foundation for the gay liberation movement of the 20th century. To celebrate Edward Carpenter’s 175th birthday in 2019, the Friends of Edward Carpenter and Museums Sheffield worked together on a series of new displays and events paying tribute to his achievements – including this performance below at Millennium Gallery by the Woodhouse Prize Brass Band of Carpenter's socialist hymn ‘England, Arise!’ The Woodhouse Prize Band, based in Sheffield, was founded in 1853, and is one of the oldest surviving brass bands in the country in continuous existence.

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Cafe #9

Our idea of neighbourhood cafe perfection: excellent coffee, a wood-lined interior, lots of plants, chess, crosswords, ace music, warm cinnamon rolls, and friendly faces.

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.

Kid Acne

If you've spent a decent amount of time in Sheffield, chances are you'll have come across, and come to love, the work of graffiti artist-musician-printmaker Kid Acne in one form or another.

The Washington

An important venue for Sheffield’s grassroots music scene, hosting sweaty gigs in its side room since the 70s. The pub was a notorious hangout for The Human League and Pulp – the latter's drummer Nick Banks even enjoyed a brief stint as its landlord.