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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Filled with picks of the city’s arts, culture and heritage events, both in-person and virtual. Plus reviews and festival guides.

Our Picks

Film picks

Our picks of the cinematic delights on Sheffield's screens and online this month.

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Festival of Debate

Sparking conversations on big social, political, environmental and economic issues of the day, and inspiring positive change in Sheffield and beyond. Through talks, films, performances, activities and more.

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Migration Matters

A celebration of the positive impact that migration and refugees have had on Sheffield and beyond. With theatre, art, poetry, music, and more.

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Music picks

Make some dates with excellent bands and artists in Sheffield, with a hand from our Tom's choice of upcoming gigs.

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Theatre picks

Our picks of the shows that are taking to the Sheffield stage over the coming weeks and months.

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Art picks

Take a Sheffield art tour with our picks of the exhibitions and artists' events on now and coming soon – both online and in person.

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Young Critics 2022

In May–June 2022, 12 students from Brinsworth Academy joined us for our first Young Critics programme. They went on trips to cultural places, met staff behind the scenes and took part in workshops to write about their experiences. Read their reviews.

Romantic Piano

Thu. 23 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Pianist Mishka Rushdie Momen performs music encompassing three centuries – from the baroque lyricism of Rameau to the impressionism of Ravel.

An Evening with Steven Isserlis

Thu. 23 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Steven Isserlis is guest curator at the 2024 Sheffield Chamber Music Festival. Join him, Irène Duval and Mishka Rushdie Momen as they perform music they adore – celebrating the musical loves and legacy of French composer Gabriel Fauré.

Jackie Kay: May Day

Thu. 23 May 2024

The Leadmill

Join the much-loved poet for an evening of readings and reflections hosted by Désirée Reynolds. Jackie's poems span decades of political activism – from her Glasgow childhood, through 80s/90s feminist, LGBT+ and anti-racist movements, to the present.

Civil War

Thu. 11 April 2024 — Thu. 23 May 2024

A team of military-embedded journalists race across a dystopian near-future USA to reach the White House before rebel factions descend. An adrenaline-fuelled ride from Alex Garland with Kirsten Dunst, Jesse Plemons, Nick Offerman and Sonoya Mizuno.

Eliza Clark: Penance. A Conversation with Holly Williams

Thu. 23 May 2024

The Mowbray, 118 Mowbray Street, Neepsend, S3 8EN

Join the folks from Juno Books as they host Newcastle-born Eliza Clark for the launch of her second novel Penance. The novel invites us to question our voyeuristic love for true crime and explores the secret inner worlds of teenage girls.

Fauré String Quartet

Fri. 24 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Violinist Irène Duval joins Ensemble 360 to perform a programme of compositions by Fauré and Enescu.

Friday Night in Paris

Fri. 24 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Musical national treasure Roderick Williams is singer-in-residence with Music in the Round. Join him and Ensemble 360 for a magical musical tour through the City of Light.

Festival of Debate

Tue. 16 April 2024 — Sat. 25 May 2024

Get informed, inspired and filled with ideas for positive change. With talks on big social, political, environmental and economic issues. Come back soon for details of the 2024 programme.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

Fri. 17 May 2024 — Sat. 25 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Nine days of intimate and inviting classical music performances for all ages.

Park Hill Tour – Walk the Streets in the Sky

Multiple dates

Park Hill

Join Park Hill residents for a tour of this iconic Grade II* listed building. Along the way you'll take in grand views of Sheffield, courtyard gardens in bloom, and the inside of a flat.

Close Up: Music for Curious Young Minds

Sat. 25 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Wind musicians and singers breathe life into the wondrous world of chamber music. Ideal for 7–11 year-olds and their families.

Finale

Sat. 25 May 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Join Music in the Round for the finale of their 40th anniversary Sheffield Chamber Music Festival. Guest curator Steven Isserlis and Ensemble 360 perform pieces by George Onslow, Gabriel Fauré and Tchaikovsky.

Africa Day

Sat. 25 May 2024

Utopia Theatre Creative Hub, 11 Rockingham Gate, S1 4JD

Join Utopia Theatre to celebrate Africa Day. With music, dance, poetry, games and food throughout.

80s & 90s Silent Disco

Sat. 25 May 2024

The Steamworks, Randall Street, S2 4SJ

Join the Steamworks Warehouse for your choice of 80s or 90s music from two DJs, with prizes for best retro-dressed.

Sheffield Plant Swap

Multiple dates

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Exchange house plants and plant knowledge at this social event.

False Note

Thu. 7 March 2024 — Sun. 26 May 2024

Site Gallery

An exhibition of films by Freya Dooley on themes of replacement, communication and dishonesty. Accompanied by family-friendly events, workshops and a closing music performance. Opening night: Thursday 7 March, 5–8pm.

Sheffield Food Festival

Sat. 25 May 2024 — Mon. 27 May 2024

Peace Gardens

Three (hopefully) sunny days of food, food and more food.

Kelham Island Film Club: Kids

Tue. 28 May 2024

Alder

The weekly community cinema ends its May coming-of-age series with Kids. A 1995 American drama directed by Larry Clark, starring Leo Fitzpatrick, Justin Pierce, Chloë Sevigny and Rosario Dawson in their film debuts.

Alder bar weekly quiz

Multiple dates

Alder

Join Alder in Kelham Island for the bar's weekly quiz night. With prizes that vary each week – ranging from a multi box of crisps to a gift card to a local cafe or some locally made artwork.

False Note: Live Performance

Thu. 30 May 2024

Site Gallery

Join artist Freya Dooley and musician Emma Daman Thomas for a performance, experimenting with layering synths and voice with samples, fragments and false notes. Expanding on the score to Site Gallery's False Note exhibition.

Powerdrill, Get the F**** Outta Dodge & Asboface

Thu. 30 May 2024

Alder

A free gig from a Steel City power violence band, supported by a scrappy punk duo and a punk band with a rap/hard metal twist.

Love Lies Bleeding

Fri. 3 May 2024 — Thu. 30 May 2024

Gym manager Lou falls for Jackie, a bodybuilder headed to Las Vegas in pursuit of her dream. This 1980s-set crime thriller is an electric love story filled with sex and violence, from writer/director Rose Glass (Saint Maud).

Furiosa

Fri. 24 May 2024 — Thu. 30 May 2024

Snatched during childhood, Furiosa falls into the hands of a biker horde led by warlord Dementus. From original Mad Max (1979) director George Miller, this film tells the origin of the fierce character introduced in 2015's Mad Max: Fury Road.

Get Out and Garden – May Half Term Crafts and Activities

Mon. 27 May 2024 — Thu. 30 May 2024

Manor Lodge

It’s National Children’s Gardening Week this May half term. Head down to Sheffield Manor Lodge and have some fun with gardening-themed crafts, activities and a trail.

Sheffield Life, Loss and Death Festival

Wed. 1 May 2024 — Fri. 31 May 2024

"Death is part of life. Let’s talk about it." A month-long series of free creative workshops, exhibitions, talks and more, exploring why conversations around life, loss and death matter. Organised by Compassionate Sheffield.

The Crow (1994)

Multiple dates

The Light, The Moor, S1 4PF

The night before their wedding, Eric Draven (Brandon Lee) and his fiancée are brutally murdered. One year on, Eric rises from the grave and assumes the gothic mantle of The Crow, to exact bloody revenge. Celebrate the cult classic's 30th anniversary.

Emergence 2024 Triple Bill

Sat. 1 June 2024

Firth Hall

Three adrenaline-fuelled dance works performed by a new company of extraordinary dancers from Joss Arnott Dance and the University of Salford.

Organic by Kathryn Watson and In Praise of Shadows by Fumi

Sat. 4 May 2024 — Sat. 1 June 2024

Cupola Gallery

Two exhibitions exploring the strength and fragility of nature. With stoneware clay sculptures by Kathryn Watson, and delicate sculptures of insects made with natural materials by Fumi.

Sheffield General Cemetery History Tour

Multiple dates

Sheffield General Cemetery

Learn about the stories buried in this sprawling, picturesque 19th-century cemetery. Taking place on the first Sunday of each month.

Crossed Wires Festival

Fri. 31 May 2024 — Sun. 2 June 2024

Bringing some of the UK's top names in podcasting from your headphones to the stage for one weekend. With Adam Buxton Show and Self Esteem, Brown Girls Do It Too, TalkArt, Uncanny, Katherine Ryan, and more. Plus free fringe events in Bethel Chapel.

Capture Sheffield Weekend Photography Course

Multiple dates

Yorkshire Artspace: Exchange Place Studios

Immerse yourself in the magical world of photography with professional photographer and tutor Laura Page.

Steam Kitchen

Fri. 31 May 2024 — Sun. 2 June 2024

The Steamworks, 111 Randall Street, S2 4SJ

Tantalise your taste buds at the Steam Kitchen street food market. With live music and free face painting for kids.

Key Of She – Music Improv Jam

Multiple dates

Theatre Deli

A monthly jam night for women, non-binary people and transfolk to explore musical improvisation.

Tiger Stripes

Fri. 31 May 2024 — Thu. 6 June 2024

Showroom

12-year-old Zaffan is the carefree school rebel, until she starts to experience horrifying physical changes. Ostracised by her community, she learns to embrace the body she feared. A stylish coming-of-age body-horror directed by Amanda Nell Eu.

Peddler

Multiple dates

Peddler Warehouse, 92 Burton Road, S3 8DA

Food, music and art in a former warehouse, one weekend a month. Plus kids craft activities on the Saturday afternoons. With bonus Christmas crafts for their festive edition.

Mosfest

Sat. 8 June 2024

Don Valley Bowl, S9 2DF

A family music festival with a charity fundraising heart, returning for the final time in 2024.

Union

Multiple dates

This documentary captures grassroots activism at Amazon, led by Chris Smalls, who quit over unsafe conditions. Scenes contrast tired workers with Jeff Bezos's rocket launch, setting the stage for the formation of the first Amazon Labor Union.

Kelham Makes: Polymer Clay Jewellery Workshop

Wed. 12 June 2024

Kelham Island Museum

Join artist Gill Cosford for a fun and creative workshop where you’ll learn how to make stunning jewellery pieces with silk screened polymer clay. 

Paloma Faith: In Conversation Motherhood, Identity, Love and F*uckery

Thu. 13 June 2024

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

An exclusive conversation with musical artist Paloma Faith, delving deep into the complexities of womanhood in the modern age.

This Is Ballroom

Multiple dates

In Rio de Janeiro's vibrant outskirts, Brazil's thriving ballroom houses convene in a sweaty, euphoric and electrifying competition. From queer Brazilian artists Juru and Vitã, this film embodies freedom and transformation for queer people of colour.

Dancing Palestine

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Thu. 13 June 2024

In a culture facing erasure, young Palestinians use the traditional dabke as a form of resistance and identity assertion. In the Body as Archive series, this short film showcases how this folk dance embodies collective memory and cultural resilience.

My Sextortion Diary

Multiple dates

Pati's laptop is stolen, leading to blackmail and a descent into the world of privacy invasion. With authorities failing to help, she investigates. Patricia Franquesa exposes the prevalence of this injustice and societal neglect in addressing it.

fawns of the city

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Thu. 13 June 2024

Sheffield artist Otis Mensah and performer Jamal Sterrett's poetic-sonic piece explores diasporic bonding, friendship, and the concept of home. It addresses racial fragmentation and identity, reclaiming Blackness in pursuit of personal liberation.

Teaches of Peaches

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Thu. 13 June 2024

Showroom

A celebration of the provocative career of feminist electroclash musician Peaches – known for her bold lyrics, distinctive style, and advocacy for women in music. The film highlights her groundbreaking artistry and upcoming 20th-anniversary tour.

MADANIYA

Thu. 13 June 2024 — Fri. 14 June 2024

Mohamed Subahi’s film chronicles Sudan's citizen uprising against 30 years of oppression, spurred by the rallying cry for 'freedom, peace and justice.' Through virtual mobilisation, youth protests topple the president as they pursue a civilian state.

HAIYU – Rebel Singer Mariem Hassan and the Struggle for a Free Western Sahara

Multiple dates

Showroom

HAIYU delves into the intertwined life of iconic singer Mariem Hassan and the ongoing revolutionary fight against Spanish colonisation and Moroccan occupation in Western Sahara. The film weaves her music, personal journey, and historical context.

The Monocle

Sat. 15 June 2024

Drama Studio

The untold story of Le Monocle, a secretly notorious lesbian cabaret in 1930s Paris. With contemporary dance and jazz vocals. Come down and be a guest at The Monocle, where the air is thick and the women laugh loudly and dance the night away.

LAND Photographs by Matthew Conduit

Tue. 2 January 2024 — Sat. 15 June 2024

Graves Gallery

Post-industrial landscapes, expressing the Sheffield-based artist's ideas about place, time, context and history.

Jazz on the Park

Sat. 15 June 2024

Weston Park, S10 2TP

An outdoor music and arts festival, coming to Weston Park and its iconic bandstand. With live acts, DJs, A/V installations, food traders and a roller-disco. Organised by Footprints Jazz Club and Mondo Radio in aid of low-grade serous ovarian cancer.

(un)interrupted tongues

Sat. 15 June 2024

Weston Park Museum

A creative zine-making workshop for people of colour, exploring themes of the 1947 Partition of India. With writer and community facilitator Dal Kular, inspired by her own exploration as a 'grandchild of the partition'.

Family Catwalk Extravaganza

Sat. 15 June 2024

The Montgomery

Come together in a fabulous celebration of self-expression. Four dancers go head to head in a dance, fashion and lip sync competition where you, the audience, decides the winner. Get ready to clap, stamp and make some noise for your favourite.

longerr inheritances

Multiple dates

An event in two acts, exploring jazz experimentation and what it means to bend genre and artistic expression as Black and artists of Colour. Curated by Otis Mensah, with headliners Summer Pearl and Savanna Morgan. At Yellow Arch and SADACCA.

Shelia’s Island

Tue. 11 June 2024 — Sat. 15 June 2024

The Library Theatre

The Tudor Players present Tim Firth's comedy drama. A story of survival and teamwork on the Pennine Mineral Water Ltd's annual annual outward-bound team-building weekend.

Pollen

Multiple dates

Grey to Green, S3 8LB

An inner-city flower market, celebrating all things botanical. Taking over a patch of Sheffield city centre one Sunday a month, with plants, flowers, fresh produce and music.

It’s All a Show: Fairground Showmen, Identity and Mental Health

Mon. 5 February 2024 — Sun. 16 June 2024

Western Bank Library

An exhibition exploring what it means to be a showman in the 21st century. With interviews, photographs, poems and archive records looking at the relationship between identity and mental health in the community.

Moving Mountains and Everything Within

Sun. 16 June 2024

Utopia Theatre, 11 Rockingham Gate, S1 4JD

Join artist Taey Iohe to delve into sounds exploring nature's perpetual movement amid currents of resistance. Drawing on a 1914 folk song by Kang Hong Sik unearthed from the archives, and its narrative of time ruptures and longing for home.

The Battle for Laikipia

Sat. 15 June 2024 — Sun. 16 June 2024

In Kenya's Laikipia County, climate change and historical injustices heighten tensions between Indigenous pastoralists and white ranchers. Filmmakers explore how droughts exacerbate conflicts over dwindling grasslands, rooted in British colonialism.

Harder Than The Rock

Sat. 15 June 2024 — Sun. 16 June 2024

The captivating journey of Cimarons, the pioneering UK band embracing Jamaica's new reggae sound in the 70s. Despite working with legends like Bob Marley, they're yet to be recognised. Battling exploitation and loss, they dream of one last live show.

Mountain Queen: The Summits of Lhakpa Sherpa

Sat. 15 June 2024 — Sun. 16 June 2024

Lhakpa Sherpa, the first Nepalese woman to summit Everest, leaves her life as a single mother in America to climb the mountain again. This film captures her thrilling adventure and abusive marriage, challenging gender imbalances in mountaineering.

Sheffield DocFest

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Mon. 17 June 2024

Showroom

The world of documentary film descends on Sheffield each June. With fascinating factual films, innovative storytelling exhibitions and inspiring talks. Come back soon for our guide to the 2024 festival.

Alternate Realities

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Mon. 17 June 2024

Site Gallery

Alternate Realities is Sheffield DocFest's exhibition of innovative non-fiction and immersive documentary. Including a VR cinema.

LETU: Frankie’s Story

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Mon. 17 June 2024

Site Gallery

Arafa C. Hamadi’s LETU offers an immersive 3D virtual journey into idealised digital spaces for LGBTQIA+ communities in Tanzania. Led by Frankie, viewers explore their memories, from childhood in Arusha to their first authentic expression.

Perinatal Dreaming. Understanding Country

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Mon. 17 June 2024

Site Gallery

Marianne Wobcke’s VR artwork explores perinatal trauma as one of many Indigenous children forcibly separated from their mother at birth. This meditative experience addresses spiritual, emotional and biological aspects of consciousness from the womb.

Walking From the Palm of Your Hand

Tue. 18 June 2024

Cholera Monument, 30 Norfolk Road, S2 2SX

Artist Alisa Oleva invites you to share a collective walk. Exploring our relationship to the landscape around us, what's on a horizon in the distance, and how we can walk between the two.

Celya AB: Of All People

Tue. 18 June 2024

Yellow Arch Studios

The French stand-up comedian tackles the big three: beauty, money and the void. As seen/heard on Off Menu, The Guilty Feminist and Live at the Apollo, and support act for Maria Bamford, Fern Brady and St. Vincent.

Dig Where You Stand

Wed. 19 June 2024

Soft Ground

An archival project unearthing untold stories about people of colour who have lived, worked and put down roots in South Yorkshire over hundreds of years. Discover creative responses by local artists.

Karma Sheen

Fri. 21 June 2024

Sidney & Matilda

A unique band, inspired by 60/70s psychedelia, classical Indian music and fuzztone guitars. Led by Sameer Khan, who has been formally trained by a 600-year-old lineage of musicians from modern-day Pakistan. A free show to celebrate summer solstice.

Film Locos

Fri. 21 June 2024

Showroom

A British Latin American film take-over. With short films telling diverse stories from fresh perspectives.

Migration Matters Festival

Fri. 14 June 2024 — Sat. 22 June 2024

A celebration of culture, compassion, and the positive impact migration and refugees have in Sheffield. Held on and around Refugee Week each June, this year's festival features headliners Amadou & Mariam, Sirens of Lesbos and Roger Robinson.

Welcoming Cultures

Sat. 22 June 2024

Millennium Gallery

A celebration of our magnificent, multicultural city, marking Refugee Week and Gypsy Roma Traveller History Month. Expect exhibitions, talks and performances from across Sheffield’s diverse communities.

She Rises

Sat. 22 June 2024

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Immerse yourself in a powerful and moving experience with the upper-voice vocal consort Sonority.

Migration Matters exhibitions

Sat. 15 June 2024 — Sat. 22 June 2024

Soft Ground

A series of five exhibitions. With photography from South Yorkshire's queer asylum seeking community, Czech and Slovak Roma women’s perspectives on health, Venezuelan children's experiences of forced migration, and more. Launch evening on 17 June.

If Henna Could Speak

Sat. 15 June 2024 — Sat. 22 June 2024

Bloc Projects Meanwhile Space, 2–4 Matilda Street, 2-4 Matilda Street, S1 4QY

An exhibition centred on henna – its design, symbolic motifs and the ways it transcends bodies and borders.

Africa Calling

Sat. 22 June 2024

Tudor Square/Winter Garden, Surrey Street, S1 1XZ

Khula African Arts bring drum rhythms and dance movements from West and Southern Africa to the city centre. With two 30-minute performances and a dance workshop.

Ilo Ya Play – One Man Comedy with Segun Lafup

Sat. 22 June 2024 — Sun. 23 June 2024

Utopia Theatre Creative Hub, 11 Rockingham Gate, S1 4JD

A one-man play from Capetown-based Nigerian standup comedian and actor Oluwasegun Lafup Ogundipe. The hilarious tale of Mokan, a young Nigerian who tries to navigate different challenges on his way to achieve “The Nigerian Dream”.

Playground: Urban Dwellers

Mon. 3 June 2024 — Sun. 30 June 2024

Site Gallery

Cheeky characters by artists TADO and Lisa O'Hara are hiding across Sheffield city centre. Hunt them and bring them to life in augmented reality on your smartphone. Aimed at ages 5–12, open to all. From the folks at the Children’s Media Conference.

Blueprint Festival

Fri. 28 June 2024 — Sun. 30 June 2024

SteelYard Kelham, The Yard, Bardwell Road, Neepsend, S3 8AS

Three immersive days of house music, curated by legendary Haçienda DJ Graeme Park. With Greg Wilson, Todd Terry, Norman Jay MBE, Fat Tony, Jon Pleased Wimmin, K-Klass, Lottie, HiFi Sean, Smokin Jo, and many more.

VR Experience: Phlegm’s Mausoleum of the Giants

Sun. 30 June 2024

Millennium Gallery

Don a virtual reality headset and enjoy a 360-degree film of Phlegm’s Mausoleum of the Giants exhibition.

Whirlow Rabbits & Friends: The Immersive Summer Experience

Wed. 29 May 2024 — Mon. 1 July 2024

Whirlow Hall Farm Trust, Whirlow Lane, S11 9QF

An immersive experience taking you through the farm, meeting various woodland friends along the way.

Phlegm: Pandemic Diary

Sat. 13 January 2024 — Sun. 7 July 2024

Millennium Gallery

Pen and ink observations of daily life in lockdown during Covid-19, from artist Phlegm.

Children's Media Conference

Tue. 9 July 2024 — Thu. 11 July 2024

Showroom

The UK’s premier event for everyone in kids TV, media and entertainment. With a free exhibition, Playground, bringing together interactive digital art and maker activities for children to play with.

Fan City

Fri. 14 June 2024 — Sun. 14 July 2024

Devonshire Green, Devonshire Street, S1 4GT

It’s coming home! Come together in a celebration football heritage and camaraderie for fans of all ages. With live match screenings, music, film screenings, family entertainment, street food stalls, a bar, talks with footballing legends, and more.

Luke Kidgell: Happy Hour

Sat. 20 July 2024

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

Luke Kidgell's viral stand-up videos often showcase outrageous and quick-witted crowd interactions. You’ve seen him on the internet, now it’s time to see him in real life.

Bassfest Summer Festival

Sat. 20 July 2024 — Sun. 21 July 2024

Don Valley Bowl

Dedicated to drum and bass, house, bassline, and beyond.

Sheffield Transformed Festival

Fri. 19 July 2024 — Sun. 21 July 2024

SADACCA, 48 Wicker, S3 8JB

A celebration of left-wing politics and arts. With chance to hear new ideas, take part in discussion, enjoy art, be creative, and get together at a party.

Queen by Candlelight

Thu. 25 July 2024

The Octagon Centre

A night of Queen anthems performed by a cast of West End Singers and an epic band, all by candlelight.

The Ultimate Classic Rock Show

Sat. 27 July 2024

Octagon Centre, The University of Sheffield, S10 2TQ

Dust off your air guitars for an evening of classic rock anthems from legends past and present.

Chariots Of Fire

Sat. 6 July 2024 — Sat. 27 July 2024

Crucible Theatre

1924 Paris Olympic Games, as Harold Abrahams and Eric Liddell vie to become the fastest men on earth, they each battle for their faiths and nation. A moving true tale of courage, honour and conviction, set to a soaring musical score.

Future Now Festival of Creativity

Mon. 22 April 2024 — Sat. 27 July 2024

A showcase of work by Sheffield Hallam University’s graduating artists, designers, filmmakers, animators, writers, architects and performers.

Tramlines

Fri. 26 July 2024 — Sun. 28 July 2024

Hillsborough Park

A three-day summertime celebration of music. Lineup for 2024 coming soon.

Sharrow Festival

Mount Pleasant Park, Abbeydale Road, S7 1BY

Sharrow Festival has been a special part of its local community since 1996. Join in the family-friendly celebration of the area's culture and diversity – 2024 details to come.

Chance To Dance

One big day of music and movement in the city centre each summer. Come back soon for details for 2024.

Seeing Beauty: Mindful Photography in Natural Landscapes with Jess Petrie

Sat. 10 August 2024

Connect with nature through the lens of your camera in this enchanting day of mindful exploration and creative vision. Led by photographer Jess Petrie in the landscape of Sheffield Manor Lodge.

The Music Of James Bond By Candlelight

Sat. 24 August 2024

The Octagon Centre

A night of music that will leave you shaken, not stirred. With a cast of West End singers accompanied by a live band, performing iconic Bond songs by candlelight.

Fleetwood Mac by Candlelight

Sun. 25 August 2024

The Octagon Centre

Enjoy songs like The Chain, Rhiannon, Don’t Stop and many more, performed live in an atmospheric candlelit setting.

Sheffield Fayre

Mon. 26 August 2024

Norfolk Heritage Park, Guildford Avenue, S2 2PL

Celebrating its 21st year, Sheffield Fayre is bringing family fun to the beautiful Norfolk Heritage Park once again this August bank holiday. Expect kite flying demos, brilliant food, rides, a 50s-inspired vintage village, woodland crafts and more.

Rock N Roll Circus

Thu. 29 August 2024 — Sat. 31 August 2024

Don Valley Bowl, S9 2DF

Roll up, roll up! Part music festival, part circus, the Rock N Roll Circus is coming back to town. With headliners Richard Hawley, Becky Hill and Milburn. Plus aerialists, stilt walkers, fortune tellers and more.

Art in the Gardens

Sat. 7 September 2024 — Sun. 8 September 2024

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

One of the largest outdoor art exhibitions in the north. Discover paintings in the pavilions and marquees, sculptures on the lawns, and say hello to artists and craft makers – all in beautiful surroundings.

Elton John by Candlelight

Thu. 12 September 2024

The Octagon Centre

Iconic hits like I’m Still Standing, Goodbye Yellow Brick Road, and Bennie and the Jets, performed by in a candlelit Octagon Centre.

The Music of Adele by Candlelight

Fri. 13 September 2024

The Octagon Centre

The UK’s leading Adele tribute J’Adele and her live band bring to the Octagon Centre an evening packed full of hits like Rolling in the Deep, Someone Like You, Hello and more.

The Music of Abba by Candlelight

Sat. 14 September 2024

The Octagon Centre

A night of Abba anthems, performed by candlelight by tribute act Abba Reunion.

Piano Favourites

Sat. 14 September 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Acclaimed pianist Kathryn Stott returns to Sheffield for her final recital. Promising a whirlwind tour through a unique career – including Bach, a brand new farewell commission, the spirit of Broadway, Chopin, and more.

Sheffield Heritage Open Days

Fri. 6 September 2024 — Sun. 15 September 2024

Ten days to explore heritage treasures across the city.

Mladi & More

Wed. 18 September 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Janacek’s beloved Mládí (Youth) was written towards the end of his life as a nostalgic celebration of memories of his youth, drawing on his early writing. Music in the Round celebrate the 100th anniversary of this iconic piece for wind.

The Music of The Beatles by Candlelight

Sat. 21 September 2024

The Octagon Centre

A sing-along spectacular with the sounds of the Beatles performed in a candlelit setting.

The Last Dinner Party

Wed. 25 September 2024

The Octagon Centre

In support of their forthcoming debut album, Prelude To Ecstasy, the London-based band bring their dark guitar-pop and beguiling live presence to Sheffield.

Float Along Festival

Sat. 28 September 2024

Float Along music festival returns to Sheffield city centre to do it all again for the third year running. This year's lineup includes: Shame, Antony Szmierek, Fat Dog, Scaler, Snapped Ankles, and more.

Festival of the Mind

Thu. 19 September 2024 — Sun. 29 September 2024

Feed your mind with a series of fascinating and inspiring talks, exhibitions and performances. Organised by folks from the University of Sheffield in collaboration with local artists and creatives.

Spirit of Independence Film Festival

Fri. 27 September 2024 — Sun. 29 September 2024

A celebration of fiercely independent filmmaking, showcasing raw, bold and passionate films from around the world.

Ed Byrne: Tragedy Plus Time

Sun. 29 September 2024

The Leadmill

One of the UK’s favourite masters of observational comedy returns to Sheffield following a sell-out show last year.

Scouting For Girls

Wed. 2 October 2024

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

Scouting For Girls make their Octagon Centre debut, bringing to Sheffield their rich catalogue of hits including She’s So Lovely, This Ain’t A Love Song, Heartbeat, and Elvis Ain’t Dead.

Bach for Solo Violin

Fri. 4 October 2024

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Benjamin Nabarro performs the first in a new series of concerts celebrating JS Bach’s much-loved music for solo violin. With performances at 1pm or 7pm.

Sensoria

Thu. 3 October 2024 — Sun. 6 October 2024

Sheffield's festival of film and music. Expect a truly unique mix of performance, live film scores, screenings, exhibitions, and music industry activity.

Romantic Piano Trios

Tue. 8 October 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

The Leonore Piano Trio's series of concerts traces the intimate form of the piano trio. This time, Robert Schumann’s Trio No.1 takes centre stage.

The Music of Jersey Boys by Candlelight

Fri. 11 October 2024

The Octagon Centre

A night of iconic harmonies and unrivalled showmanship made famous by Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons, taking you back to ‘late December back in ’63.’

A Doll's House

Sat. 21 September 2024 — Sat. 12 October 2024

Crucible Theatre

Nora Helmer is the envy of many. But her happy home is built on false foundations, and long hidden secrets are starting to surface. A powerful drama written by Henrik Ibsen, directed by Elin Schofield and adapted by Chris Bush.

Dizzy

Mon. 23 September 2024 — Sat. 12 October 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

When 15-year-old Qamar’s brother dies in an accident, nothing makes sense. Until her brother’s friend introduces her to the world of street art and an underground realm, and she finds herself on an odyssey of grief, love and unexpected heroes.

Shed Seven

Thu. 14 November 2024 — Mon. 14 October 2024

The Octagon Centre

A career-spanning 30th-anniversary set from Shed Seven. With special guests The Sherlocks.

Jess Gillam and Friends

Thu. 17 October 2024

Crucible Theatre

The first saxophonist to reach the finals of BBC Young Musician and the youngest ever soloist to perform at the Last Night of the Proms. Jess's infectious enthusiasm and passion for music light up every stage.

Tindersticks

Sat. 26 October 2024

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

Tindersticks return this autumn with a new album recorded in Girona, Spain and extensive tour of Europe.

Mendelssohn String Quartets, Consone Quartet

Sat. 26 October 2024

St. Matthew's Church, 45 Carver Street, S1 4FT

Music in the Round’s new visiting string quartet celebrate the quartets of Fanny and Felix Mendelssohn.

Mendelssohn Roundtable, Consone Quartet & Laura Tunbridge

Sat. 26 October 2024

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Join Music in the Round’s new visiting string quartet in conversation with the University of Oxford's Prof. Laura Tunbridge.

Mendelssohn Octet, Ensemble 360 & Consone Quartet

Sat. 26 October 2024

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

The Consone Quartet join forces with the string players of Ensemble 360 to perform Felix Mendelssohn’s Octet, full of joyful invention.

Celluloid Screams

Thu. 24 October 2024 — Sun. 27 October 2024

Showroom

Sheffield’s horror film festival returns for its 16th year in 2024. Getting you spooked just in time for Halloween.

Off the Shelf

Sheffield's festival of words, taking place each October. Look out for our guide to the writer talks, workshops and events in the 2024 programme in coming months.

No Bounds

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Returning in October to bring together music, visual art and technology. 2024 dates and lineup TBC.

Steel City Beer & Cider Festival

Kelham Island Museum

Sheffield CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) know a thing or two about good beer, cider and perry. Join them for their 48th festival in October 2024 – details TBC.

The Monster In The Maze

Fri. 1 November 2024 — Sat. 2 November 2024

Crucible Theatre

Opera for the people of Sheffield and with the people of Sheffield. Bringing together people of all ages alongside professional musicians for an epic take on ancient Greek myth.

City of Rivers

Fri. 24 November 2023 — Sun. 3 November 2024

Weston Park Museum

An exhibition of stories, objects, artwork, film and photography chronicling Sheffield's relationship with its waterways.

Sheffield Plastic Free Market

Sun. 3 November 2024

The Steamworks, 109-111 Randall Street, S2 4SJ

Join Sheffield Action on Plastic for their market. Browse wares from local businesses, tuck into delicious food and drink, and enjoy a showcase of local music talent. All without single use plastics.

The Libertines

Mon. 4 November 2024

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

The iconic band that dominated the 00s indie music scene are back with a bang.

Vienesse Masterworks. Brahms and more for solo piano

Thu. 7 November 2024

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

In his new recital series, Tim Horton celebrates the music of Vienna, a city famous for its classical music, through works by Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Brahms and more.

Lightning Seeds

Fri. 8 November 2024

The Octagon Centre, Clarkson Street, S10 2TQ

Celebrate 35 years of pure joy with one of the country’s best loved bands on their greatest hits tour.

Tina Turner by Candlelight

Fri. 15 November 2024

The Octagon Centre

Dixie Daye and her band perform Tina Turner's biggest hits in an atmospheric candlelit concert.

KENREX

Sat. 26 October 2024 — Sat. 16 November 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

July 10th 1981. Skidmore, Missouri. A man is shot dead in broad daylight. There are 60 witnesses – but no one saw a thing. Part western, part true crime, with an Americana soundtrack, KENREX is a gritty one-man thrill ride.

Meat Loaf by Candlelight

Sat. 16 November 2024

The Octagon Centre

Stars of the West End's Bat Out of Hell present the ultimate tribute to Meat Loaf.

Queen of the Qanun

Fri. 29 November 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Hailed as ‘the queen of the qanun’, the Middle Eastern 78-stringed plucked zither. Based on Arabic classical traditions, Maya's sound has echoes of everything from jazz to flamenco, infused with warmth and humour.

Schuman & Chopin for solo piano. Stephen Hough

Fri. 29 November 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Voted one of Classic FM’s top 25 greatest pianists ever, Stephen Hough returns to the Crucible Playhouse to perform works including Schumann’s Fantasie in C and Chopin’s final piano sonata.

Fanfare! Trumpet Classics. Aaron Azunda Akugbo & Zeynep Özsuca

Sat. 30 November 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

Rising star trumpeter Aaron Akugbo makes his Sheffield debut. Citing Louis Armstrong as his greatest musical influence, this charismatic performer presents an eclectic mix of works by Vivaldi, Florence Price, Eugene Bozza and more.

Sounds of Now: Meltwater. Manasamitra

Sat. 30 November 2024

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

An immersive meditation on the environmental crisis, exploring the destructive power and awesome beauty of water. With vocals from Carnatic tradition singer Supriya Nagarajan, film, and acoustic and electronic music from Duncan Chapman.

The Ruskin Collection: Hand, Head and Heart

Sat. 9 December 2023 — Sun. 1 December 2024

Millennium Gallery

A display about the positive power of making by hand. Including a new memorial quilt commemorating Terry Higgins, the first named person in the UK to die of an AIDS-related illness, on public display for the first time.

Empirical & Jason Rebello

Fri. 6 December 2024

Crucible Theatre

The jazz outfit bring their signature sound to Sheffield – a combination of complex, thoughtful writing and spontaneous improvisation.

PostNatures

Thu. 16 March 2023 — Sat. 7 December 2024

Graves Gallery

An exhibition curated by artist Victoria Lucas, centred around a painting of an imaginary landscape by JMW Turner. Exploring perceptions of reality and representations of the relationship between women and nature.

Contrasts

Sat. 7 December 2024

Crucible Theatre

Two utterly different string quartets from two giants who typify the staggering range of fin de siècle classical music: Schoenberg and Debussy.

Spirit of the Guitar

Sat. 7 December 2024

Crucible Theatre

An afternoon concert with the Aquarelle Guitar Quartet, performing everything from classical favourites to irresistible tango and famous movie hits.

Portraiture and the Human Figure

Thu. 16 March 2023 — Sun. 8 December 2024

Graves Gallery

“A celebration of being, making and looking.” Read our writer Wemmy's review of this inspiring exhibition full of love letters to bodies.

A Boy Was Born

Fri. 13 December 2024

Sheffield Cathedral

The choir of Sheffield Cathedral brings to life Benjamin Britten's beautiful A Boy Was Born, capturing the spirit of Christmas. Plus other seasonal classics performed with Ensemble 360.

Comedy Drag Lunch

Sun. 15 December 2024

OEC Sheffield, Penistone Road, S6 2DE

Celebrate the festive season with OEC's Christmas comedy drag show.

Bublé Christmas by Candlelight

Thu. 19 December 2024

The Octagon Centre

An evening of Christmas hits made famous by Michael Bublé, with big band accompaniment.

Christmas by Candlelight

Fri. 20 December 2024

The Octagon Centre

A magical evening of best-loved festive hits performed by candlelight.

We are the Monument

Sat. 27 January 2024 — Sat. 21 December 2024

Graves Gallery

An exhibition curated by artist Yuen Fong Ling, encouraging us to consider the significance of those represented on, or in opposition to, the plinth.

Treasure Island: An Adult Panto

Sat. 21 December 2024

Drama Studio

Get ready for a cheeky romp with Far Out Theatre on Pleasure Island with their latest, adult pantomime!

Frozen Sing-A-Long

Sat. 28 December 2024

OEC Sheffield, Penistone Road, S6 2DE

Belt out Let It Go and Do You Want to Build a Snowman? at this special screening of the Disney fave.

Little Shop Of Horrors

Sat. 7 December 2024 — Sat. 18 January 2025

Crucible Theatre

The killer rock musical comes to the Crucible in time for Christmas. When flower shop assistant Seymour acquires a mysterious new plant, he names it ‘Audrey II’ after his crush. But this plant’s out for blood.

Death and the King's Horseman

Mon. 3 February 2025 — Sat. 8 February 2025

Crucible Theatre

Set in Nigeria in the late 1940s and based on a true story, Elesin, the king's horseman, is tasked with carrying out a sacred ritual upon the death of the king. However Elesin is overtaken by the allure of earthly desires.

Pig Heart Boy

Thu. 27 February 2025 — Sat. 15 March 2025

Tanya Moiseiwitsch Playhouse

All Cameron wants is to be normal, but he needs a heart transplant. When he's finally offered a new heart, he must choose how far he’ll go to get his life back. Based on the novel by award-winning writer Malorie Blackman OBE (Noughts and Crosses).

Classical Weekend

One big celebration of classical music. Bringing classical music to concert halls, gardens and public spaces across the city, every other year. Returning in 2025.

Sheffield Stories: Caribbean Footsteps

Fri. 10 May 2024 — Sun. 2 May 2027

Weston Park Museum

An exhibition celebrating the many ways that people of African Caribbean heritage have contributed to Sheffield life. With stories of sport, carnival, fighting racism, and more.