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


Opus believes we can live in a place where everyone works to make things better for each other. ‘Better’ means fair, diverse, accessible, independent and heard. Working with a cross-section of independent, community and voluntary sector organisations, their projects connect people to each other and to music, arts, culture, ideas, action and conversations that will make change.

Opus is passionate about supporting ‘upstream’ solutions to social, political, economic and environmental concerns and creates platforms which champion social causes, independent businesses, not-for-profits, emerging talent, active citizenship and community participation.

Through projects like Now Then, the Now Then App and Opus Distribution, Opus strives to create platforms for independent information and communication which amplify voices within the local economy, voluntary, community and campaign sectors.

They support active citizenship and community participation through projects like Festival of Debate, which each year reaches 15,000 to 20,000 people through over 100 events delivered with dozens of community partners, and regular work which addresses social cohesion in our city.

Opus also incubates campaign groups which they believe have the potential to radically change the world we live in for the better, like UBI Labs; undertakes research projects in collaboration with other third sector organisations, like Cohesion Sheffield; and holds organisational trustee and board positions with Voluntary Action Sheffield, Cohesion Sheffield, Sheffield Climate Alliance and Healthwatch Sheffield.

Scroll down to enjoy the Festival of Debate Online programme, read past issues of Now Then online, watch videos from Wordlife literature events, and discover stories from the UBI Lab Sheffield campaign.

Now Then

Now Then is all about supporting the things that make a community what it is – creativity, collaboration and conscience. Download the app for articles and offers.


Literature champions, bringing events, publications and projects to Sheffield and across Yorkshire since 2006. Enjoy video highlights of past shows – including literary projections on a Sheffield landmark, poetry in a brewery, and more.

UBI Lab Sheffield

A network seeking to explore the potential of universal basic income (UBI) and its effects on paid and unpaid work, leisure, wellbeing, relationships and our community. Watch a series of video interviews by UBI Lab Sheffield.

UBI and the creative industries

How would a Universal Basic Income help the creative industries? We asked Opus and artist Toby Lloyd for their thoughts.