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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.

See our top picks of the Sensoria 2018 programme.

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Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds

Fri. 21 June 2019

The Leadmill

An evening of reggae-poetry from one of the greatest poets of his generation, strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what he calls “street politics”. With support from Sheffield’s first poet laureate Otis Mensah.

Yellow Arch Studios

Richard Hawley's longstanding go-to studio, now home to a live music venue and bar.

¡Viva!

Tue. 7 May 2019 — Mon. 17 June 2019

Showroom

The best of new Spanish and Latin American cinema comes on tour to Sheffield.

Reinier Baas & Ben Van Gelder

Wed. 22 May 2019

The Lescar

A unique chance to hear two of the foremost musicians on the European and NYC jazz scenes, hosted by Jazz at The Lescar.