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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.

Clamlines

Thu. 18 July 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

Delicious Clam

Last year saw queues around the block as hundreds tried to cram into this cosy DIY venue. Friday’s lineup is put together by All Girls Arson Club and includes pop sensation Self Esteem. Saturday is headlined by Leeds post-punkers Cowtown.

Life of Pi

Fri. 28 June 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

Crucible Theatre

A mesmerising adaptation of Yann Martel’s prize-winning novel. Read our review...

Horrible Histories

Wed. 17 July 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Bringing historical figures and events back to life in incredible ways.

High Hopes

Multiple dates

An outdoor show by a Troupe of 15 talented young circus performers, sharing their hopes and feelings on climate action using trapeze, hoops and silks, and celebrating the potential of ordinary humans to be extraordinary.

Edible Yarden

Sat. 20 July 2019

Theatre Deli

Join Manor and Castle Development Trust for a workshop in how to take control of what you eat and use what is available around you – like recycling old shoes and growing your own food in them.

Sci-Fi Poetry & Art Workshop

Sat. 20 July 2019

Theatre Deli

Join spoken word artist and theatre maker Edalia Day for a workshop using sci-fi, robots, aliens and space travel to explore neurodiversity, disability, gender, and the idea of being an outsider. See where your imagination takes you.

The Forest of Arden

Sat. 20 July 2019

Theatre Deli

Join cycling Shakespeare company The HandleBards for the launch of their latest adventure, which aims to build a global forest connected by stories, culture and poetry. With poetry and theatrical performances and a tree planting workshop.

The People's Palace of Possibility

Multiple dates

Theatre Deli

Help us to build the People’s Palace of Possibility in this participatory installation created by The Bare Project. Discover distant utopias, cast off your fears for the future, and begin to create a better one.

A Future Fantastic

Thu. 4 July 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

Theatre Deli

You're invited to imagine, and start making, a world which looks closer to paradise than apocalypse. The festival brings together theatre, installation, workshops, discussions and circus, to explore ideas of protest, performance and utopia-building.

Dipped in Gold present...

Sat. 20 July 2019

The Great Gatsby

Record label Dipped in Gold curate the Saturday lineup in Gatsby's upstairs room. Artists include avant-garde post punk troubadours Bilge Pump and Sunderland’s Roxy Girls with their awkward, angular and angry guitar music akin to Gang of Four.

Gilles Peterson

Sat. 20 July 2019

Peddler, 92 Burton Rd, S3 8BX

Gilles Peterson has dedicated his life to cutting-edge music from across the globe. He headlines this event alongside some of the north’s finest DJ collectives: Banana Hill, Nice Like Rice and Apricot Ballroom. Read on for chance to win tickets.

Out of the Hatch

Fri. 19 July 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

Hatch, 107 Harwood Street, S2 4SE

With 30+ acts over 30+ hours, Hatch (formerly The Audacious Art Experiment) have put together an eclectic lineup of musicians, performers, AV and more – from techno, synth-pop, jazz and lo-fi indie to ambient, folk, and experimental sound collages.

Kab-al-Dayer

Sat. 20 July 2019

Hagglers Corner

From 2001 to 2016, Kabal was the most exciting, and most clandestine, party in town. Bask in its return this summer at a free all-dayer.

Mobility Justice Tours

Thu. 18 July 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

S1 Artspace

RESOLVE teams up with writer/editor/researcher George Kafka and urban designer Sheeba Shetty to lead a number of tours and workshops looking at how we traverse our city and what our access to different places and modes of transport tells us about it.

Tan-lines

Multiple dates

Sidney + Matilda

An alternative weekend of free yard parties in the city centre gallery and social space, with local artisans, artists, chefs, musicians and DJs.

Tramlines

Fri. 19 July 2019 — Sun. 21 July 2019

Hillsborough Park

A three-day summertime celebration of music.

The Fringe at Tramlines

Fri. 19 July 2019 — Sun. 21 July 2019

Devonshire Green, 158 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF

Devonshire Green presents ‘made in Sheffield’ acts with international additions, including Latin-inspired Mango Rescue Team, homegrown rap talent in the form of Medley, and the One World Choir compromised of local asylum seekers and refugees.

O Brother, Where Art Thou?

Sun. 21 July 2019

The Crowded House, 215 Sharrow Vale Road, S11 8ZB

One of Sheffield's longstanding community cinema events Sharrow Reels is sadly coming to an end, and their final screening is this Coen Brothers classic. Join them to say goodbye and show how much independent film events in Sheffield mean to us all.

Dub Lines

Sat. 20 July 2019 — Sun. 21 July 2019

Yellow Arch Studios

Dub Shack and Yellow Arch present Dublines, a celebration of sound system culture this Tramlines weekend. Starting outside in the courtyard and taking you all the way through to 4am inside, with bass music, dub, reggae and roots.

Bal Fashion Fringe Party

Sat. 20 July 2019 — Sun. 21 July 2019

Bal Fashion Social, 16 Exchange Street, S2 5TS

Bal Fashion have recruited Chris Duckenfield, one of Sheffield’s favourite DJs and producers, for a huge party at their space on Exchange Street. He'll be DJing alongside PBR Streetgang and Thatmanmonkz, taking you through to 4am.

Temple of Jazz

Sun. 21 July 2019

Church: Temple of Fun, 4a Rutland Way, S3 8DG

What better way to soothe a sore head on Sunday than relaxing with an evening of jazz, R&B and soul? Featuring bedroom soul crooner Jackie Moonbather, explosive jazz fusion trio Flok, and the smooth R&B/jazz-inspired sounds of Tonia Victoria.

Horse Meat Disco

Sun. 21 July 2019

The original 'queer party for everyone', the disco revival geniuses behind Horse Meat Disco are bringing a glittering set to the Peddler Warehouse on Tramlines Sunday. Read on for a chance to win a pair of tickets.

The Bungalows Fringe

Fri. 19 July 2019 — Mon. 22 July 2019

Bungalows and Bears

Covering the weekend, the Bungalows lineup features Galaxians – who channel the spirit of 80s NYC ‘freak disco’, neo-soul and jazz from the Tom Ravenscroft-championed Yazmin Lacey, local psych warriors Baba Naga, and grunge four-piece Babe Punch.

Gomez

Tue. 23 July 2019

The Leadmill

A special show to celebrate the 20th anniversary of their second studio album Liquid Skin.

From Brooklyn Works to Brooklynism

Mon. 17 June 2019 — Wed. 24 July 2019

Kelham Island Museum

A series of talks, walks and performances in Kelham Island, looking at untold stories of the area's transformation, urban regeneration, and hipster enterprise.

Helen McCookerybook

Thu. 25 July 2019

Lantern Theatre

A John Peel favourite. The original bass player and lead singer of 70s/80s Brighton-based punk band The Chefs, whose upbeat pop tunes about everyday subjects became a key influence on the C-86 and twee pop movements that would follow.

Unfortunate

Multiple dates

Theatre Deli

Disney villain. Octo-woman. Plus-size icon. But who is the woman behind the tentacles? This musical parody tells the untold story of Ursula the Sea Witch

Botanicals

Sat. 6 July 2019 — Sat. 27 July 2019

Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street, S2 5SZ

Floral-themed pieces from 30 artists from the UK and Europe, plus chances to get hands-on in creative painting and perfume making workshops.

The Future of Men

Sat. 27 July 2019

Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

An afternoon of talks and performances about mental health and masculinity, with Olympic gold medal winning boxer Luke Campbell, comedian Russell Kane, adventurer Megan Hine and Sheffield poet laureate Otis Mensah.

Nordic By Nature: Modern Design and Prints

Sat. 4 May 2019 — Sun. 28 July 2019

Weston Park Museum

A small piece of Scandinavia has come to Sheffield.

A Strange Weave of Time and Space

Fri. 12 July 2019 — Sun. 28 July 2019

Site Gallery

An exhibition and research project looking at aura and authenticity in a post-digital world.

White Denim

Wed. 31 July 2019

The Leadmill

Texan psych-rockers. Their latest album is full of hard hitting riffs and psychedelic breakdowns that take you from A to B in the blink of an eye, as if someone has cut and spliced together every classic rock album since the 1960s.

Making a Planter with Girls with Drills

Thu. 1 August 2019

Bright Box Makerspace

A one-off woodworking workshop for teens (ages 12-16).

Peddler

Multiple dates

92 Burton Road

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

Avenue Q

Mon. 29 July 2019 — Sat. 3 August 2019

Lyceum Theatre

The naughtiest puppets around are heading to town for a hilarious musical with a warm (and fuzzy) heart.

Bloc Projects Members Show 2019

Fri. 19 July 2019 — Sat. 3 August 2019

Bloc Projects

A selection of work by artists from across the UK who are currently benefitting from being part of the Bloc Projects Members Scheme.

Making an Ottoman with Girls with Drills

Mon. 5 August 2019

Bright Box Makerspace

Back by popular demand, this workshop will introduce you to the basic functions of a drill. You'll learn to make a pilot hole and how to choose the right screw for the job, and you'll take home a handcrafted ottoman with hidden storage.

Intro to Woodworking with Girls with Drills

Thu. 8 August 2019

Bright Box Makerspace

A one-off woodworking workshop for young makers (ages 7-11).

[Public] Bodies & Organ[isation]s Panel Discussion

Fri. 9 August 2019

S1 Artspace

London-based social enterprise Public Practice will host a public discussion around local governance and how our participation can make positive change. The event will also showcase some of their innovative public-sector work and research.

Performing the City with Utopia Theatre

Sat. 10 August 2019

S1 Artspace

Join S1 Artspace for a night that questions our everyday performances in the city. How do these performances contribute to the look and feel of cities and how do they make us look and feel?

Sew and Code a MiniMu Musical Glove

Sat. 10 August 2019

Bright Box Makerspace

A workshop for ages 12 to 15, building a musical instrument that you control with the movement of your hand.

Deep Listening & Conversational Workshops with EYESORE Magazine

Thu. 15 August 2019

S1 Artspace

A workshop listening to and revealing the myriad ways that Sheffield has been experienced and thought about throughout history and into the present day.

Listening Party with EYESORE Magazine

Fri. 16 August 2019

S1 Artspace

How have themes such as gender, race, mental health and ableism shaped familiar stories of Sheffield? Gather together to hear the conversations recorded with EYESORE through their work with RESOLVE in Sheffield.

RESOLVE Collective Closing Party

Thu. 22 August 2019

S1 Artspace

Bringing together various aspects of RESOLVE’s two-month gallery residency at S1 Artspace, the closing party will showcase some of the stories, projects and relationships RESOLVE have found and made during their time in Sheffield.

Makers Mark

Sat. 13 July 2019 — Sat. 24 August 2019

Cupola Gallery

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

RESOLVE Collective: The Garage

Multiple dates

S1 Artspace

This summer, interdisciplinary design collective RESOLVE will transform S1 Artspace into a "living archive" – with a series of events that explore how we feel about our shared built environment.

Lucy Freeman

Mon. 1 July 2019 — Sat. 31 August 2019

DINA

Lucy merges the traditional crafts of embroidery and printmaking with vibrant contemporary design, fresh colour palettes and lush botanical imagery. She's exhibiting work and running a pair of workshops in DINA Diner this summer.

Platform 2019

Thu. 8 August 2019 — Sun. 1 September 2019

Site Gallery

Highlights of work by the first five artists on the Freelands Artists Programme, an initiative supporting emerging artists in Sheffield City Region.

B L A K E

Fri. 26 July 2019 — Sun. 1 September 2019

The Viewing Room, Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

A solo show by Peter Blake, AKA the Godfather of British Pop Art.

Summer of Buttons

Wed. 24 July 2019 — Sun. 1 September 2019

National Videogame Museum

A family-friendly programme of playable exhibits and workshops dedicated to the humble button.

John Ruskin: Art and Wonder

Wed. 29 May 2019 — Sun. 15 September 2019

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of artworks, books and artefacts exploring John Ruskin's thinking on art and natural history, 200 years on from his birth.

Heritage Open Days

Fri. 13 September 2019 — Sun. 22 September 2019

Ten days to explore heritage treasures across the city. Go, go, go!

Reasons To Stay Alive

Fri. 13 September 2019 — Sat. 28 September 2019

Crucible Theatre

A theatrical adaptation of Matt Haig's frank and funny bestseller, celebrating what it means to be alive.

Cinderella

Tue. 24 September 2019 — Sat. 28 September 2019

Lyceum Theatre

An enchanting winter wonderland with Northern Ballet’s beautiful re-imagining of Cinderella.

We Will Rock You

Mon. 30 September 2019 — Sat. 5 October 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Queen and Ben Elton's mega hit comes to the Sheffield stage.

Creep Show

Sat. 5 October 2019

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

Sensoria host the premiere live performance by a group made up of John Grant and the dark analogue electro of Wrangler (Stephen Mallinder, Phil Winter, Benge).

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.

Making Masterpieces in Sheffield & Venice

Fri. 18 October 2019

Exchange Street, S2 5TR

A big day of creative activities and an evening of projections, celebrating John Ruskin and Renaissance painter Jacopo Tintoretto – happening simultaneously in Sheffield’s Castlegate and Venice.

The Last King of Scotland

Fri. 27 September 2019 — Sat. 19 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

The first stage adaptation of the novel that inspired the Oscar-winning movie, The Last King of Scotland is an electrifying thriller about corruption and complicity set in Uganda.

On Your Feet!

Tue. 15 October 2019 — Sat. 19 October 2019

Lyceum Theatre

The true love story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, told in musical form.

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.

Genevive Pilley: 50 years’ devotion to Ruskin at Meersbrook Museum

Sat. 26 October 2019

Millennium Gallery

Miss Genevive Pilley began working at the Ruskin Museum aged just 20, becoming Museum curator in 1931. Helen Parker provides an account of this exceptional woman who devoted so much of her life to the Museum.

It Moves Forward

Sat. 20 July 2019 — Sat. 26 October 2019

Graves Gallery

An exhibition of the work of Richard Hamilton, one of the founding fathers of Pop Art.

Signals

Mon. 28 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

A new dark comedy about human connection, space exploration and Jaffa Cakes.

The Unthanks Sing Emily Brontë

Fri. 1 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

Marking Emily Brontë’s 200th birthday, The Unthanks turn a selection of her poems into song.

Curtains

Tue. 29 October 2019 — Sat. 2 November 2019

Lyceum Theatre

A hilarious whodunnit packed full of catchy songs, unforgettable characters and plot twists galore.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Tue. 5 November 2019 — Sat. 9 November 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magical family musical comes to Sheffield, retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours.

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.

Motown

Tue. 19 November 2019 — Sat. 30 November 2019

Lyceum Theatre

The hit West End musical brings the story of the record label's founder and legendary artists to the Sheffield stage.

Cinderella

Fri. 6 December 2019 — Sun. 5 January 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Panto time!

Guys and Dolls

Sat. 7 December 2019 — Sat. 18 January 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Roll the dice and fall in love under the bright lights of New York city.

Once

Tue. 5 May 2020 — Sat. 9 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

A spell-binding and uplifting story of hopes and dreams centred on two lost souls: a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician.

Derren Brown: Showman

Tue. 14 July 2020 — Sat. 18 July 2020

Lyceum Theatre

The master of mind control and psychological illusion returns to the stage with a brand new live show.