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

Migration Matters Festival

Fri. 14 June 2024 — Sat. 22 June 2024

Otis Mensah at Migration Matters 2019

In 2007 Sheffield became the UK’s first City of Sanctuary – a place that welcomes asylum-seekers and refugees, that offers a hand to people in need of safety. Held around Refugee Week each June, Migration Matters Festival is a celebration of diversity and the positive impact migration and refugees have in Sheffield.

The festival launched in 2016, the year of the Brexit referendum and Syrian refugee crisis. Each year the Migration Matters programme brings communities together over fantastic, globe-spanning variety of theatre, music, dance, workshops, exhibitions, and more.

Migration Matters Festival 2024 headliners include Grammy-nominated husband-and-wife Afrobeat duo Amadou & Mariam, genre-hopping Swiss band Sirens of Lesbos, and prize-winning poet Roger Robinson.

Tickets are on sale now for these headline events, plus the opening and closing night parties. Festival passes also available.

Come back soon for more programme highlights.

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The Art House

A workshop space and occasional gallery, hidden away off busy Division Street. Try your hand at pottery, life drawing, textiles and watercolour, or join in a 'sip and paint' session over wine.

Peace in the Park

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The Ponderosa

Music, community arts and positive vibes in the spring sunshine.

Tommi Bryson

A theatremaker whose work centres on community, representation and comedy. Tommi co-hosts monthly variety performance night Sounds Queer, and is currently developing a one-woman musical about a trans Disney princess.