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

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. Normally held on and around Refugee Week, Migration Matters Festival is a celebration of diversity in the city. Each year the Migration Matters programme brings together a fantastic variety of theatre, music, dance, interactive workshops, exhibitions, and more.

For 2022, the Migration Matters headliners include British author Lemn Sissay talking about his extraordinary life and his book My Name is Why. Nigerian musician Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, will perform with Fela’s original band Egypt 80 in a collaboration with La Rumba. And all-female world music supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique will bring their high-energy show to Sheffield.

Other events include a nature writing ‘walkshop’, a continuation of Désirée Reynolds’ archival project Dig Where You Stand, a night of comedy, a film night with Queer East, a family makerspace, and more.

Venues for this year include cultural spaces and parks across Sheffield: Bloc Projects, the Ponderosa, Sidney and Matilda, the Botanical Gardens, SHU Performance Lab, The Montgomery, Millennium Gallery, and more.

Come back soon for more details of Migration Matters 2022.

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