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

Factory Floor live soundtrack to Metropolis, Sensoria 2017. Photo by Laura Merrill courtesy of Sensoria

A festival named after a track by Sheffield synth pioneers Cabaret Voltaire? You know you’re onto a winner with Sensoria right away.

Sensoria is Sheffield's festival of film, music and digital art. Since it started out in 2008, Sensoria has projected films in places we’d never have thought would make for cinemas – The Big Blue at Hathersage lido, Threads on the hill above Sheffield station, Metropolis with a live soundtrack by Factory Floor in a steel mill turned museum. It's staged bands and installations in buildings we'd thought were beyond use. And Sensoria isn’t just skilled at location scouting; it's hosted some of the most memorable music of recent years in Sheffield, bringing to town the likes of Laurie Anderson, Bo Ningen, Michael Rother, and a roving Richard Hawley, John Grant and Bill Ryder-Jones triple bill.

Come back soon for our picks of Sensoria 2019.

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Join wonderful pianist Annabelle Lawson for a Concerteenies concert including music by Arlen, Bach, Chopin, Debussy and Randy Newman's Toy Story.

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One of Sheffield’s newest venues – with a 500 capacity main room and an 80 capacity second space. It's brought to you by the teams behind DINA and Record Junkee, who say it’s been built "on the creativity, ambition and unity which define the city".

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Join musicians and performers from Music in the Round's network for a series of videos featuring fun songs, nursery rhymes and activities for children aged 0-5.

The Washington

An important venue for Sheffield’s grassroots music scene, hosting sweaty gigs in its side room since the 70s. The pub was a notorious hangout for The Human League and Pulp – the latter's drummer Nick Banks even enjoyed a brief stint as its landlord.