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

Kathryn Hall

Our Favourite Places would be nothing without our contributors — a massive thanks to all of them!

Tell us about you…

I like the smell of fresh ink on paper, losing hours in bookshops, and campsites with good views.

What does Sheffield mean to you?

Quite simply, it’s where I feel at home.

What’s your favourite Sheffield place?

Rare and Racy. Maybe it’s the free jazz and the incense emanating from out back, but its air is always calming. I’d set up camp in there indefinitely if they’d have me. And if things like that were socially acceptable.

[Update: Rare and Racy is now closed. So I'll add in a shout out to the Showroom cinema. I started working front of house there as a disillusioned literature student in 2010 and it opened my eyes to how things work, and the behind-the-scenes graft that goes into programming and producing cultural events. It's also where I made most of my friends in Sheffield, so I owe a lot to the place.]

What would you do to improve the city?

A funicular up to the Cholera Monument. Cable cars between Kelham Island and Parkwood Springs. But really I’d settle for more independent bookshops, more affordable spaces for people to try out new ideas, and fewer beautiful buildings left standing sad, empty and crumbling.

Latest contributions

Zoyander Street

An artist repurposing old technology and “toxic garbage” to create playful and playable forms of documentary – using art and gaming to process ideas around emotion, trans issues and the self.

Shapes That Move

Multiple dates

A series delving into the archives of British feminist film collectives from the 70s to the present day, highlighting the power of the collective voice and looking at the politics/experiences of race, class, nationality, gender, sexuality and labour.


Multiple dates

Lea Tsemel is a Jewish-Israeli human rights lawyer who for 50 years has defended Palestinian political prisoners – becoming caught up in the complexities of power relations. This film shares the political significance and personal price of her work.

What We Left Unfinished

Multiple dates

Mariam Ghani digs out films from communist era Afghanistan – films that survived civil war, the Taliban, and the US invasion, but were never finished. She uncovers histories left untold, exploring the impact of war, censorship and politics on art.