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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Make some plans with our picks of events, our art and theatre reviews, and programme highlights from the city's main festivals and venues.

Leonardo's Little Inventors

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

Let the gallery's Leonardo da Vinci exhibition inspire your little ones.

Democracy, Data & Election Scandals

Wed. 24 April 2019

Workroom 3, 38 Mappin Street, University of Sheffield S1 3JD

Shahmir Sanni made headlines last year as the whistleblower of Vote Leave's unlawful overspending in the Brexit referendum campaign. Join him and Dr Kate Dommett to explore the implications of online campaigning trends for democracy.

Artist's Talk & Collage Workshop: Larry Amponsah

Wed. 24 April 2019

Bloc Projects

The Ghanaian artist introduces his practice, concerned with reviving existing imagery through collage, and leads a workshop exploring themes of love which extend beyond family/age/community/race/gender/hierarchies.

Oh Yes Oh No

Multiple dates

Theatre Deli

A show about having sexual fantasies that don’t align with your politics. About trying to understanding what you want, and wondering how the hell to ask for it.

Pond Life + Q&A

Wed. 24 April 2019

Showroom

It's summertime 1994 in a quiet ex-mining village. When rumours of a giant carp at the local pond begin to swirl, the community embark on an expedition they'll never forget. Followed by a Q&A with director Bill Buckhurst and composer Richard Hawley.

The Life, Work & Legacy of Harry Leslie Smith

Thu. 25 April 2019

Barnsley Digital Media Centre, County Way, Barnsley S70 2JW

Harry Leslie Smith (1923-2018) was an inspiration to the very end, a second world war veteran turned ardent anti-austerity campaigner. Join his son John in Harry's birthplace of Barnsley for a conversation on his father's life, works and legacy.

Mid90s

Fri. 12 April 2019 — Thu. 25 April 2019

Stevie is a 13-year-old in 90s LA, who spends his summer navigating between his troubled home life and a group of new friends he meets at a skate shop. It's an authentic coming-of-age story, which will resonate with fans of last year's Skate Kitchen.

Sound Junction II

Multiple dates

Firth Hall, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, S10 2TN

A weekend of incredible soundscapes, presented in the dark.

Brexitannia

Sat. 27 April 2019

The Circle, 33 Rockingham Lane, S1 4FW

Nearly three years on from the EU referendum the UK faces an uncertain future, where we still barely know much more than “Brexit means Brexit”. Here, voters on both sides of the leave/remain divide share their views.

Women March!

Tue. 5 March 2019 — Sat. 27 April 2019

DINA

Protest photography by women – from Sheffield Woman Against Pit Closures to the Women's March to women standing against Yarlswood detention centre, resisting the occupation in Nabi Saleh, Palestine, and more.

Make/Shift

Fri. 26 April 2019 — Sat. 27 April 2019

The Local Theatre

A spoken word show discussing queerness, found family, and the socio-financial struggles of a generation that was promised the universe but gifted a broken world.

Leonardo's Sunday Gallery

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

Let your family be creative in the Leonardo exhibition.

Exquisite Bodies

Thu. 4 April 2019 — Sun. 28 April 2019

Yorkshire Artspace

Four artists collaborate live in the gallery, creating new ceramic pieces based on the game of collective creation known as exquisite corpse.

Rob Auton

Mon. 29 April 2019

Foundry, Sheffield University Students' Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

One of the most unique comic voices the live circuit has to offer. Living in the space between comedy and poetry, Auton takes on subjects that are at once banal and profound and uses them as a lens to explore all manners of facets of humanity.

Taking Lives

Multiple dates

Showroom

A season looking at art, activism and the death penalty on screen, organised with Amnesty International and Sheffield University. Featuring In Cold Blood, Dancer in the Dark, The Widow of Saint-Pierre, and A Short Film About Killing.

Ligeti Quartet: Shared Consciousness

Thu. 2 May 2019

Firth Hall, Firth Court, Western Bank, S10 2TN

What does the brain sound like?

Lou Sanders

Thu. 2 May 2019

The Leadmill

A vibrant over-sharer, Lou Sanders is happy to let the audience in on parts of her life that others would keep under lock and key. Lou has done some things that others might be ashamed about, but is she? See her on the Shame Pig tour to find out.

Peddler

Multiple dates

92 Burton Road

Food, music, art. In a former warehouse. At night.

Joy Labinjo: As We Were

Fri. 5 April 2019 — Sat. 4 May 2019

Bloc Projects

Paintings that perfectly capture domesticity and the range of human emotion, inspired by the British-Nigerian artist's family albums and found images. Read our review.

My Name is Rachel Corrie

Wed. 1 May 2019 — Sat. 4 May 2019

Theatre Deli

March 2003. The Gaza Strip. 23-year-old American activist Rachel Corrie stands between a Palestinian house and an armoured bulldozer. Based on Corrie's diaries and emails, this play is a tribute to a courageous, compassionate spirit.

Open Up

Multiple dates

Two weekends and a bank holiday Monday worth of noseying around artists' studios.

Leonardo da Vinci: A Life in Drawing

Fri. 1 February 2019 — Mon. 6 May 2019

Millennium Gallery

A rare chance to see the working method of a genius up close, 500 years on from his death.

Big No No Comedy

Multiple dates

Cellar Theatre

A open mic/scratch night in the city centre's newest mini theatre.

Behind the Curtain: A Night With The Directors

Wed. 8 May 2019

Theatre Deli

Join three incredible female minority theatre directors to learn from their experiences in the industry.

Same Same Different

Thu. 9 May 2019

Theatre Deli

A play about the influences of both nature and nurture, sharing stories from adoptees living all over the world.

Eighth Grade

Fri. 26 April 2019 — Thu. 9 May 2019

Showroom

Thirteen-year-old Kayla endures the tidal wave of contemporary suburban adolescence as she makes her way through the last week of middle school. Eighth Grade is a coming-of-age comedy-drama that is both a hilarious and heart-warming.

Atomic's Rainbow Rampage

Fri. 10 May 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

Let’s see what happens when you mix 1980s pop music from Sheffield’s Atomic 80s band, the LGBT+ community, and the singer from the Everly Pregnant Brothers.

Mingus Profiles Sextet

Fri. 10 May 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulhouse Road, Sheffield S10 1TD

A rousing gig to round off the Sheffield Jazz spring season.

Rhapsody

Fri. 10 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

Join Ensemble 360 for the opening concert of Sheffield Chamber Music Festival, as they weave a story that travels from melancholy to joy.

Studio Lates: The End of Time

Fri. 10 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

A profound 20th-century masterpiece, inspired by the visionary language of the Apocalypse.

The Kingdom Come #5

Sat. 11 May 2019

Abbeydale Picture House

An evening of drag king cabaret with a heavenly theme.

Our Planet Hub Day

Sat. 11 May 2019

Theatre Deli

Man-made climate change is one of the most pressing issues we face today. This day of action goes deep into the daunting challenge, with a vegan breakfast club, and workshops and talks covering zero waste, Attenborough-style TV, and more.

Giddy Goat Family Concert

Sat. 11 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

A musical story for families following the trials and tribulations of Giddy, a young mountain goat who is scared of heights.

All Classical Music Explained

Sat. 11 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

A stand-up comedy show with a difference from Rainer Hersch.

Out of the Shadows

Sat. 11 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

Ensemble 360 presents a tempestuous collection of music for strings, piano and winds, including Elgar’s greatest chamber music work.

Studio Lates: Shiva Feshareki

Sat. 11 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

In the surround sound of the Crucible Studio, Shiva Feshareki will use her trademark turntabling techniques to manipulate music, from classical to club, into new forms using only the original vinyl material.

Bill Bailey

Sat. 11 May 2019

FlyDSA Arena, Broughton Lane, S9 2DF

A British comedy icon. His latest show, Larks In Transit, is a compendium of tales and shenanigans replete with Bailey’s trademark musical interludes, surreal tangents and intelligence.

Desperately Seeking Susan

Sun. 12 May 2019

Dorothy Pax, Arch 17, Wharf Street, Victoria Quays, S2 5SY

New Jersey housewife Roberta (Rosanna Arquette) spices up her life by going through personal ads, particularly those placed by the mysterious Susan (Madonna). Join Magic Lantern Film Club by the quays for this special screening – dressing up welcome.

The Story of Noor Inayat Khan

Sun. 12 May 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

The story of the musical life of the remarkable Noor Inayat Khan, who also worked as a radio operator in the Second World War – told with musical interludes.

Kamalbir Singh

Sun. 12 May 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

Chance to listen to a master of traditional Indian music at work and hear him discussing his craft with Charles Ritchie of Talking Gigs.

String Quartets

Sun. 12 May 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

Three string quartets performed by Sheffield's resident musicians Ensemble 360 and Music in the Round's Bridge Quartet.

Chamber Folk Strings Day

Sun. 12 May 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

Outstanding folk musicians Sam Sweeney and Miranda Rutter lead this one-off workshop, using English folk music to introduce participants to chamber music-making.

Tony Law

Sun. 12 May 2019

The Leadmill

The king of nonsense, flights of fancy, wild diversions and rip-roaring surreal tales. This show deviates from the norm, dealing with Law’s history of addiction – and a happier healthy Tony Law is even more of a comedic force to be reckoned with.

Afua Hirsch: Brit(ish): On Race, Identity and Belonging

Mon. 13 May 2019

Auditorium, Sheffield Students' Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

The journalist and Sky News presenter discusses her book, Brit(ish) – on everyday racism and our awkward, troubled relationship with our history.

Meet the Musicians: Adrian Wilson

Mon. 13 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

A recital on the theme of figures from Greek legends, from a world-class oboe player.

The Lady and the Dragon

Mon. 13 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

Stories in words and music with expert storyteller Hugh Lupton and Sheffield's chamber musicians Ensemble 360.

Leveret and Hugh Lupton

Mon. 13 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

A special one-off performance interweaving Hugh Lupton's masterful storytelling and irresistible tunes from the English tradition.

Meet the Musicians: Juliette Bausor

Tue. 14 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

Widely recognised as one of the UK’s leading flute players, Juliette presents a wonderful selection of music – starting with Poulenc’s Sonata, a classic of 20th-century flute repertoire.

The Blackbird

Tue. 14 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

Ensemble 360 presents enchanting Mozart, Messiaen's mesmerising representation of the song of the blackbird, and one of the finest works of Romantic chamber music: Brahms's glorious Piano Quintet.

Meet the Musicians: Naomi Atherton

Wed. 15 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

Beethoven and Haydn are among the composers to feature in Naomi's friendly recital.

The Audience

Wed. 15 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

Actor Henry Goodman and broadcaster Paul Allen join the musicians from Ensemble 360 for conversation and performance, including Wendy Cope's witty collection of poems set to music by Roxana Panufnik.

Romances & Quartets

Wed. 15 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

An evening of music and poetry. Sheffield's resident chamber musicians Ensemble 360 and actor Henry Goodman present TS Eliot's Burnt Norton from The Four Quartets and music by Beethoven, and Robert and Clara Schumann.

Tales Of Whatever

Multiple dates

Shakespeare's

Sheffield’s resident true storytelling night, in which well-known comedians are invited to the stage alongside other artists and performers to tell true stories of their lives which are funny and heartwarming in much the same way.

How to Break the Silence on Environmental Collapse

Thu. 16 May 2019

Auditorium, Sheffield Students' Union, Western Bank, Sheffield, S10 2TG

It's one of the most urgent issues we face today, but for some reason the environmental crisis isn't always reported with the urgency it requires. Join passionate and knowledgeable climate communicators George Monbiot & George Marshall in discussion.

Meet the Musicians: Amy Harman

Thu. 16 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

A short, informal concert, introducing a bassoonist with Ensemble 360, English National Opera and the Aurora Orchestra.

Stephen Hough

Thu. 16 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

Voted one of Classic FM’s top 25 greatest pianists of all time, Stephen Hough returns to the Crucible Studio for Sheffield Chamber Music Festival.

Meet the Musicians: Matthew Hunt

Fri. 17 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

Meet one of world's top clarinettists – a charismatic performer, renowned for the vocal quality of his playing.

Round-table: Johannes Brahms

Fri. 17 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

A panel of musicians, broadcasters and professors attempt to unravel this famously prickly composer.

Clara and Agathe

Fri. 17 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

Sheffield's resident chamber musicians Ensemble 360 perform this Friday afternoon rush-hour concert featuring Brahms's glorious Sextet in G for strings.

Serenade

Fri. 17 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

Folk-inspired melodies abound in Dvořák’s popular American string quartet, performed by Ensemble 360 alongside two gorgeous works by Brahms.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

Fri. 10 May 2019 — Sat. 18 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

Nine days of intimate and inviting chamber music performances.

Sheffield Zine Fest

Sat. 18 May 2019

The Workstation, 15 Paternoster Row, S1 2BX

After a year off, Sheffield Zine Fest returns for 2019, filling the Workstation with DIY stapled paper treats. All hail the photocopier.

Songs and Stories of Albion

Sat. 18 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

A warm-hearted and transporting hour of music-making from Fraser Wilson and friends, including fresh takes on timeless folk songs such as Greensleeves and Scarborough Fair.

Animal Antics

Sat. 18 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

A relaxed Saturday afternoon of music inspired by the animal kingdom, alongside animal poetry narrated by actor, writer and musician Matthew Bugg.

Trout

Sat. 18 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

Mozart, Sibelius and Schubert's much-loved Trout Quintet all feature in this joyous finale of Sheffield Chamber Music Festival.

Freeman

Thu. 16 May 2019 — Sat. 18 May 2019

Theatre Deli

Inspired by the first man in America to plead insanity as his defence, this Amnesty International-advocated show examines the unspoken link between mental health and systemic racism.

Crit-a-Öke

Sat. 18 May 2019

Site Gallery

A night of karaoke-style performances, introducing art criticism and theory through the medium of pop music.

Re-collections: Susan Hiller, Elizabeth Price, Georgina Starr

Sat. 16 February 2019 — Sun. 19 May 2019

Site Gallery

Site starts its 40th year with an excavation of its own history, in an exhibition concerned with memory, the process of thinking through collections, and bringing past moments to life once again.

AlgoMech

Fri. 17 May 2019 — Sun. 19 May 2019

A festival that encapsulates the creative potential of code, and has a lot of fun with robots and machines.

How Can Women's & LGBT+ Communities Build Inclusive Spaces?

Tue. 21 May 2019

Firth Court, Western Bank, S10 2TN

Join SheFest, the LGBT+ Hub and a panel of speakers for a discussion on creating inclusive spaces in women's and LGBT+ communities.

Roger McGough & Stan Skinny

Tue. 21 May 2019

Abbeydale Picture House

Carol Ann Duffy calls him "the patron saint of poetry" and Liverpool has long claimed him as their own poet laureate. He even has a poem on the wall in our very own Winter Garden. Don't miss Roger McGough reading his irreverent and spirited poetry.

Tom J Newell: Endless Toil

Thu. 16 May 2019 — Thu. 23 May 2019

99 Mary Street

A solo exhibition of pieces from the pen of one of Sheffield's most distinctive artists.

The Guilty Feminist: Live

Thu. 23 May 2019

Sheffield City Hall

The Guilty feminist podcast is an online comedy phenomenon. Deborah Frances-White and her guests explore the noble goals of modern day feminists while confessing all manner of insecurity, hypocrisies and paradoxes that undermine them in this pursuit.

Tales of Whatever: Nation

Fri. 24 May 2019

Theatre Deli

An evening of true stories, live music and poetry from four people of different nationalities, exploring what national identity means to them.

Sheaf Poetry Festival

Fri. 17 May 2019 — Sat. 25 May 2019

A new celebration of poetry in Sheffield, taking place for the first time over nine days this May with poets Andrew McMillan, Imtiaz Dharker, Raymond Antrobus, Denise Riley and more.

Jeremiah

Sat. 25 May 2019

Theatre Deli

From the critically-acclaimed rap storyteller behind Grandad and the Machine comes a raucous new show with live music about England’s forgotten revolution.

The Vehicle of Nature

Sat. 19 January 2019 — Sun. 26 May 2019

Millennium Gallery

A video installation by Universal Everything, inspired by Leonardo Da Vinci's exquisitely detailed sketches that capture the rushing flow of water.

Of Flesh and Blood

Sun. 14 April 2019 — Wed. 29 May 2019

Showroom

A season of films Japanese director Hirokazu Kore-eda, known for his explorations into how life and relationships are never simple. Ending with the brilliant, Oscar-nominated Shoplifters.

Chores

Fri. 31 May 2019

The Montgomery

Two excitable brothers are definitely, probably, maybe, just about to, almost, at some stage, going to do the chores their mother has asked them to do.

Live Late: The People's Palace of Possibility

Fri. 31 May 2019

Millennium Gallery

Museums Sheffield's Friday night social returns, this time with a utopian inclination. Get your imagination going with John Ruskin-inspired performance, music, film and general dream-weaving creativity.

Vessel

Sat. 27 April 2019 — Sat. 1 June 2019

Cupola Gallery

An exhibition from the Northern Potters Association.

Festival of Debate does Question Time

Sat. 1 June 2019

Millennium Gallery

See out this year's festival with a Question Time-style event. You'll have chance to put your questions to political figures and commentators including outgoing Lord Mayor Magid Magid, Novara Media’s Ash Sarkar and openDemocracy editor Adam Ramsay.

Far Gone

Wed. 29 May 2019 — Sat. 1 June 2019

Theatre Deli

“If I invited you to come with me on a journey, a story, will you come with me?”

Doc/Fest

Thu. 6 June 2019 — Tue. 11 June 2019

Showroom

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

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Fri. 28 June 2019 — Sat. 29 June 2019

The Montgomery

A mischievous celebration of play, based on the much-loved book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

Festival of Debate

Fri. 19 April 2019 — Sun. 30 June 2019

Get informed, inspired and filled with ideas for positive change.

Uncertain Spaces: Kenopsia

Sat. 8 June 2019 — Sat. 6 July 2019

Cupola Gallery

A solo exhibition of realist paintings by Andy Cropper.

This Life is so Everyday

Sat. 30 March 2019 — Sat. 6 July 2019

Graves Gallery

A an exhibition on the home in British art from 1950 to 1980, looking at the ways we're shaped by the space behind the front door.

Goldsmiths North

Fri. 12 July 2019 — Sun. 14 July 2019

Cutlers' Hall, Church Street, S1 1HG

The magnificent Cutlers' Hall plays host to a fair bringing together over 60 independent silversmiths and jewellery makers.

Makers Mark

Sat. 13 July 2019 — Sat. 24 August 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show bringing together a mix of artists, works and mediums.

Beyond The Real

Sat. 31 August 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show bringing together a variety of works in different mediums.

NSFW

Sat. 31 August 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show, bringing to Cupola a mix of works on the theme of Not Safe For Work.

The Woman in Black

Mon. 7 October 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes to the Sheffield stage, with the story of a lawyer who becomes convinced that his family are cursed.

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.

Alice in Wonderland

Sun. 20 October 2019

The Montgomery

Join the tea party and meet the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts.

Joanna Whittle

Sat. 19 October 2019 — Sat. 16 November 2019

Cupola Gallery

A solo exhibition of both real and imagined landscapes by a local painter.

Pauline Rignall

Sat. 19 October 2019 — Sat. 16 November 2019

Cupola Gallery

A solo exhibition of paintings.

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios

Sat. 16 November 2019 — Sun. 17 November 2019

Yorkshire Artspace

A weekend of nosying around some of the most fascinating artists' studios in town.

My Mother Said I Never Should

Fri. 8 November 2019 — Sat. 23 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

A moving exploration of the lives of four generations of women in one family, shifting back and forth in time through the huge social changes of the past century.