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

Festival of Debate

Fri. 19 April 2019 — Sun. 30 June 2019

Organised by the team behind Now Then, the Festival of Debate returns this spring to help shift some clouds from around the real issues and clear the path towards answers to questions that can sometimes seem too big to ask.

A series of talks, discussions, music and theatre performances, and film screenings, spread across Sheffield, the Festival of Debate aims to get people together to think about democracy and ideas for change. Strands at this year's festival are culture, self and identity, democracy and activism, fairness and equality, futures, and science and environment.

Make some plans with our top 10 Festival of Debate picks – featuring everything from the Vote Leave whistleblower on election scandals, Afua Hirsch on everyday racism in Britain, and lots more.

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The Folk Forest

Sat. 6 July 2019 — Sun. 7 July 2019

Endcliffe Park

An oasis of calm between the trees. With music, arts and crafts market, heritage craft workshops, and more.

Sheaf Poetry Festival

Fri. 17 May 2019 — Sun. 26 May 2019

A ten-day celebration of poetry in Sheffield, with walks, films, and lots of readings – from Roger McGough, Andrew McMillan, Imtiaz Dharker, Raymond Antrobus, Denise Riley, Rebecca Tamás and more.

No Bounds

Fri. 11 October 2019 — Sun. 13 October 2019

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Bringing together music, visual art, poetry, and workshops.


Thu. 6 June 2019 — Tue. 11 June 2019


Each June, the world of documentary descends on Sheffield to showcase some of the most fascinating factual films going.