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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. 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.

See our guide to 2024 Migration Matters programme highlights.

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Sat. 5 October 2024

The Steamworks, 109–111 Randall Street, S2 4SJ

A journey into the craftsmanship and diversity of this timeless spirit, with renowned distilleries, tastings and masterclasses.

Mojisola Kareem-Elufowoju

An artistic director and founder of Utopia Theatre. Working with those underrepresented in the arts and inspiring, engaging and empowering people through African theatre.

We are the Monument

Sat. 27 January 2024 — Sat. 21 December 2024

Graves Gallery

An exhibition curated by artist Yuen Fong Ling, encouraging us to consider the significance of those represented on, or in opposition to, the plinth.

Theatre Deli

Theatre Deli turn disused spaces into experimental arts venues and creative hubs. In an old Mothercare, their northern outpost has been taken to heart by Sheffield's communities of writers and performers.