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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.

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Sheffield summer holiday picks

Our roundup of some of the arts and culture activities and events for families, kids and young people taking place in Sheffield over the 2021 summer break.

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Out & About

Four summer weekends of family fun, celebrating creativity in Sheffield's Cultural Industries Quarter.

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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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Film picks

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

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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.

Anomaly Life Drawing

Multiple dates

The Millowners Arms, Alma Street, S3 8RY

Non-traditional life drawing classes, aiming to spark new ideas through artist inspiration and set design. Join in this summer in Kelham Island.

Let's Lockkeep

Multiple dates

Tinsley Marina, Lock House Walk, Tinsley, S9 2FN

Join the Canal and River Trust at the beautiful and historic Tinsley Marina for family-friendly fun. Have a go at moving a lock gate, watch people navigate the lock in a pontoon, and join in Lego and crafts activities.

Family Garden Party

Thu. 11 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Have fun with gardening activities and watch the interactive family-friendly musical Errol’s Garden.

Errol's Garden

Wed. 10 August 2022 — Thu. 11 August 2022

An interactive musical for ages 3 to 11 and their grownups, with catchy songs, big ideas and a passion for plants. Take your pick from performances at the Montgomery theatre or outdoors at Gathering Ground in Hillsborough Park.

Brian and Charles

Fri. 8 July 2022 — Thu. 11 August 2022

Showroom

Something of an outcast, Brian builds a robot for company. Charles opens Brian's eyes to a new way of living but also creates problems for the timid inventor. A charming, comedic, robot mockumentary, exploring friendship, family, love and letting go.

Children's Trail and Craft – Superheroes

Sun. 7 August 2022 — Thu. 11 August 2022

Manor Lodge

Use your super hero powers and super crafts to defeat the villains hiding across Manor Lodge. Follow the trail to find their hideouts, and make your own gauntlets and masks.

The Harder They Come

Fri. 5 August 2022 — Thu. 11 August 2022

Showroom

The essential rebel story of a young, gifted and black Kingston musician – Ivan, played by Reggae legend Jimmy Cliff – whose attempt to lift himself out of poverty leads to a life of crime and passion. Restored for its 50th anniversary.

O Adversity, I Will Overcome Thee

Fri. 12 August 2022

Hatch

A varied night of bands all united by their love of very, very loud noise. Expect everything from heavy, doom-laden sounds to psych-infused post-rock to math-rock. Earplugs advised. Raising funds for CRIBS International, supporting pregnant refugees.

Outdoor Adventurers

Fri. 12 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Learn the skills you need to survive in the forest and break out of the outdoor escape room. For ages 11–15.

Quayside Market

Multiple dates

Victoria Quays, S2 5SY

A monthly market by the water in the beautiful Victoria Quays. Bringing craft stalls, street food, craft beer and live music to the historic cobbles.

Alpaca Life Drawing

Multiple dates

Holly Hagg Community Farm Alpacas, Stephen Hill, S10 5AG

Get creative as you draw these wonderful creatures at Holly Hagg Community Farm, overlooking the Rivelin Valley. All drawing abilities and children are welcome.

CTD Community Roadshow: Street Dance

Multiple dates

Olive Grove Sports Club, Heeley Bank Road, S2 3GE

The folks from Chance To Dance, Sheffield's community dance festival, are bringing a series of youth street dance sessions to Olive Grove Sport Club this August. Join Simone Thompson to give it a go – all for free!

Mdou Moctar

Wed. 17 August 2022

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

A fusion of psychedelia, desert rock and folk from an artist who's been called "the Hendrix of the Sahara." Singing primarily in Tamasheq, he covers topics such as imperialism, women’s rights, the natural world, and oppression of people from Niger.

Laura Cortese and The Dance Cards

Wed. 17 August 2022

The Greystones

San Franciscan fiddler and singer Laura Cortese and her band take a progressive approach to folk. They incorporate synths, loops and dancefloor grooves. But always with a core element of classic folk – the ability to connect and move the human soul.

Teddy Bear’s Picnic

Thu. 18 August 2022

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Bring a teddy and a picnic for a lovely day for the family in Sheffield's Botanical Gardens. With an archeology stall, a story corner, a bear hunt, and fun colouring and crafts.

Children's Trail and Craft – Magnificent Mini Beasts

Sun. 14 August 2022 — Thu. 18 August 2022

Manor Lodge

Find magnificent mini beasts in the meadows at Manor Lodge and join in a card craft session to make your own mini beast and a bug hotel to take home.

Aardman Animation Season

Fri. 22 July 2022 — Thu. 18 August 2022

Showroom

Join the Showroom as they bring back to the big screen a season of films from Aardman Animation. The world-renowned studio are known for films using stop-motion and clay animation techniques – particularly with the plasticine duo Wallace and Gromit.

Fortune Favors Lady Nikuko

Fri. 12 August 2022 — Thu. 18 August 2022

Showroom

A heartwarming and moving animation about an unconventional family. Nikuko and her 11-year-old daughter Kikuko's life in a small harbour town in north Japan is peaceful until a shocking revelation from the past threatens to uproot their relationship.

Spy School with Timothy Oddwood

Tue. 16 August 2022 — Fri. 19 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

RivelinCo's fun and exciting holiday club for children aged 7-10: take part in group games, puzzles and challenges on an outdoor adventure around Hillsborough Park.

Circus Skills Workshop

Sat. 20 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Try out circus skills in Hillsborough Park with RivelinCo. For ages 11–15.

Where Do We Draw The Line?

Fri. 29 July 2022 — Sun. 21 August 2022

Yorkshire Artspace

An exhibition of paintings by Nepali artist Manish Harijan exploring migration, memory and mythology.

Sheffield Bricktropolis

Sat. 6 August 2022 — Sun. 21 August 2022

Calling all Lego fans young and old. Join in some dino-themed brick-building fun this August. With a trail of dinosaur models, a showcase of unique creations from super builders, a Lego and Duplo play zone, and chance to help build a giant mosaic.

Villagers

Mon. 22 August 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Irish singer-songwriter Conor J. O’Brien and his band specialise in soul-enriching, life-affirming music that straddles folk, chamber pop and indie rock. NME described their latest album as “woozy, psychedelic soul that conjures another world.”

Children's Trail and Craft – Terrific Tudors

Sun. 21 August 2022 — Thu. 25 August 2022

Manor Lodge

Geddon (short for Armageddon) was Mary Queen of Scots' beloved dog. Follow Geddon's trail around Manor Lodge and explore more about Mary's time spent in captivity here.

Growtheatre

Multiple dates

Ecclesall Woods

Hear the story of extraordinary and enchanting characters and join them in their adventures in a beautiful ancient woodland setting. For families with children under 12.

Nope

Fri. 12 August 2022 — Thu. 25 August 2022

Sibling ranch-owners OJ (Daniel Kaluuya) and Emerald (Keke Palmer) encounter a mysterious force that affects human behaviour. The latest feature from writer-director Jordan Peele (Get Out, Us) crossing the genres horror, mystery and science-fiction.

Dance in the Gardens

Wed. 24 August 2022 — Thu. 25 August 2022

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

A one-act ballet set to an original synth-pop score, exploring the stories of five women in the beautiful surroundings of the Botanical Gardens.

Fun in the Park

Tue. 23 August 2022 — Fri. 26 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

RivelinCo's summer holiday club for children aged 7-10, full of fun, games, and adventures in Hillsborough Park!

Greentop's Five Day Summer Circus

Mon. 22 August 2022 — Fri. 26 August 2022

Greentop Community Circus Centre, St Thomas Building, 74 Holywell Road, S4 8AS

Learn skills like tightwire, diabolo and stilt-walking, and create routines for a show for friends and family.

The Not So Grimm Twins

Fri. 26 August 2022

Sheffield Amphitheatre, South Street Park, S1 2BP

A family adventure where fairytales really do come true. Taking place outdoors at the amphitheatre in South Street Park, as part of The Montgomery theatre's Monty on the Move programme.

Future Filmmakers

Sat. 27 August 2022

Gathering Ground, Hillsborough Park, S6 4HD

Learn some of the skills you need to put a film together, and have a go at making your own. For ages 11–15.

Living with the Past

Sat. 16 July 2022 — Sat. 27 August 2022

Cupola Gallery

A group exhibition of artworks that explore how the past acts as a foundation for the future.

Miami Connection (1987) and Buckaroo Banzai (1984) double-bill screening

Sat. 27 August 2022

Abbeydale Picture House

Reel Steel present a double-bill of cult 80s films with stories of bands saving the day, this bank holiday Saturday at Abbeydale Picture House.

Verismo

Thu. 25 August 2022 — Sat. 27 August 2022

Drama Studio

Join Opera on Location for a reimagining of an iconic double bill: Mascagni's Cavalleria rusticana and Leoncavallo's Pagliacci. As a theatre troupe prepare for a show, love, anger and jealousy take control, blurring lines between theatre and reality.

Playground Concerts

Sun. 28 August 2022

Highfield Adventure Playground, Crowther Place, S7 1BJ

Enjoy live music and musical play in the fresh air with Concerteenies this summer – and have lots fun in the adventure playground. Suitable for babies, toddlers, and big kids of all ages.

Troupe Taster Session

Wed. 31 August 2022

Greentop Circus Centre, St Thomas Building, 74 Holywell Road, S4 8AS

Join Greentop Circus to have a go at troupe performance skills like trapeze, hoop, silks, tumbling, tight wire, juggling and diabolo. For ages 11–25 with no circus experience at all.

New Dawn Fades

Thu. 1 September 2022

The Leadmill

A play about Joy Division and Manchester. New Dawn Fades tells the story of four ordinary lads who, inspired by the 1970s punk revolution, came together to form one of the most influential bands of all time.

Children's Trail and Craft – Music & Mind

Sun. 28 August 2022 — Thu. 1 September 2022

Manor Lodge

Make a dream catcher and mini guitar and take a moment of calm on a mindfulness trail around Manor Lodge.

Karma Leon's Kabaret: Punks Not Dead

Fri. 2 September 2022

Picture House Social

Join Karma Leon's Kabaret as they pay homage to rock, goth, punk and metal legends – and have a royally camp time doing so. With drag, burlesque, circus, comedy and singing. Mohawks and black lipstick encouraged.

Resonance: A Night of Music and Poetry Curated by Otis Mensah

Fri. 2 September 2022

Millennium Gallery

A special night of live poetry and music, exploring memory, sense-of-self and journeying. With a headline performance from literary and sound artist Belinda Zhawi (MA.MOYO). Plus a conversation chaired by artist Ashley Holmes.

Strange Sheffield Ghost Walk

Fri. 2 September 2022

Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 2LA

Experience the stranger side of Sheffield in a night of ghost stories, local legends, and other strange tales.

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.

ArtWorks Open Studios

Sat. 3 September 2022

SOAR Works, 14 Knutton Road, Parson Cross, S5 9NU

A showcase of completed and in-progress work by ArtWorks, a collective of artists with learning disabilities and/or autism. Plus the chance to meet some of the artists and hear about their working processes and sources of inspiration.

Classical Sheffield Showcase

Sat. 3 September 2022

The Moor, S1 4PF

Classical Sheffield brings together the city's best classical music-makers, to showcase more music in more places for more people to enjoy. They'll bring The Moor to life with a day of free pop-up performances from choirs, string ensembles and more.

Buildings and Rivers terracotta workshop

Sat. 3 September 2022

Cupola Gallery

Build a ceramic piece inspired by Sheffield's buildings and rivers, all under the expert supervision of ceramic artist Krishna Alageswaran. Each session lasts an hour and a half and is suitable for all ages.

Offering from the River – Artist Talk

Sat. 3 September 2022

GLOAM Gallery

Hear from artist and researcher Victoria Sharples about the ideas behind their exhibition at GLOAM Gallery. They'll share their thoughts on human and non-human ecologies and collective approaches to making.

Off the Shelf Festival of Words Poetry Takeaway with Helen Rice

Sat. 3 September 2022

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Sheffield poet Helen Rice's work is funny, touching, honest and reflective. Visit Helen at the Off the Shelf stall at Art in the Gardens, and enjoy some of her poetry to-go.

Spirit of Adventure

Fri. 2 September 2022 — Sat. 3 September 2022

Sheffield Cathedral

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival brings the wild outdoors into the heart of the city. With adventure films, an immersive caving-themed exhibition and live storytelling, all in the amazing surroundings of Sheffield Cathedral.

Sheffield Jazz presents Deschanel Gordon Trio

Sat. 3 September 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

“The piano man to watch” according to London Jazz News, and winner of BBC Young Jazz Musician 2020. Expect original tunes influenced by the contemporary London scene and the music of Deschanel's Jamaican heritage, plus his own take on jazz standards.

Central Library Sheffield Showcase

Sat. 3 September 2022

Sheffield Central Library

A free day of fun and inspiring activities for all ages. Discover local history from the archives at a series of talks. Get social over board games. And get creative with craft and art activities.

University of Sheffield Concerts: Danqing Wu

Sat. 3 September 2022

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A concert of classical music from University of Sheffield students. Including works by Bach, Bruch and Vitali, and a performance of baroque cello from Danqing Wu.

For The Record

Sat. 3 September 2022

Yellow Arch Studios

A night of 100% vinyl at Yellow Arch Studios. Expect a mix of rock'n'roll, northern soul, funk, rhythm and blues, ska and two-tone – all played on wax.

The Warriors (1979) and Escape From New York (1981) double-bill screening

Sat. 3 September 2022

Abbeydale Picture House

Reel Steel present a double-bill of classic films set on the mean streets of New York city: the 1979 classic The Warriors, with John Carpenter's Escape From New York (1981). Screening in the Fly Tower Cinema at the Abbeydale Picture House.

Saturday Art Workshop: Liquid Thinking – Exploring Shape and Colour in Paint

Sat. 3 September 2022

Graves Gallery

Join artist Paul Evans for an exciting and intensive practical workshop exploring a range of materials and techniques for abstract painting.

Sheffield Showcase

Fri. 2 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

A collaborative weekend-long event, showcasing the variety of cultural activity that takes place in Sheffield. With film screenings, music performances, art exhibits, family-friendly activities, and more.

Out & About: Sustainability Weekend

Sat. 3 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

CIQ Square in Pinball Park, Brown Street, S1 2BF

An inspiring weekend of family-friendly activity focussed on creative ways of being environmentally conscious. Featuring a wind-powered sculpture. Wild fizzy drinks. Turning pee into plant food. Making ink from foraged plants. And lots more.

Showcase Workshop Weekend

Fri. 2 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

National Videogame Museum

Learn the basics of videogame design at fun drop-in workshops. Plus, handle rare objects from the collection, take selfies with the Game Boy Camera, and enter Hi-Score competitions. Get 10% off entry when you pre-book – read on for the offer code.

Art in the Gardens 2022

Sat. 3 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

One of the largest outdoor art exhibitions in the North. Pick up pieces of art direct from the many artists and craftspeople – all while enjoying the beautiful surroundings of Sheffield Botanical Gardens.

Chance To Dance Online Festival

Sat. 3 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

Join community dance festival Chance to Dance as they host online workshops with local dance teachers and masterclasses with international teachers.

Greentop Circus taster workshops

Sun. 4 September 2022

Greentop Circus, St Thomas Building, 74 Holywell Road, S4 8AS

Experience aerial disciplines including trapeze and silks and have a go at juggling, tightwire and diabolo. With sessions for young people and adults.

Open Up Sheffield Showcase

Sat. 3 September 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

DINA

Open Up Sheffield is one of the country's biggest open studio events. Discover work by some of the artists who took part in this year's event, at this free exhibition at DINA.

Community Gardening with Regather

Sun. 4 September 2022

Regather

Grow plants, get active and meet people with at Regather's garden club.

Play Together this Summer

Mon. 25 July 2022 — Sun. 4 September 2022

National Videogame Museum

Discover and play new games with family and friends at the National Videogame Museum – open every day over the summer holidays. Take part in Hi-Score competitions, design games at drop-in workshops, and handle rare objects from the collections too.

Spiritual Cramp

Tue. 6 September 2022

Delicious Clam

This San Francisco punk band cite the Clash, Blitz and the Modern Lovers as influences, borrowing sounds from pub rock and post-punk. Lyrics centre on a dislike of the police, government, status quo and theirselves – your classic punk stuff really!

Ensemble 360: Beethoven String Quartets

Sat. 10 September 2022

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 1DA

The string players from Ensemble 360 continue their epic cycle of Beethoven's String Quartets – this concert features the composer's early and middle periods.

Rockin the Bowl

Fri. 9 September 2022 — Sun. 11 September 2022

Don Valley Bowl

"Forged in fire, set in steel." A three-dayer dedicated to bringing open-air rock back to the Don Valley.

Offering from the River

Fri. 26 August 2022 — Sun. 11 September 2022

GLOAM Gallery

An exhibition by Victoria Sharples exploring spiritual and scientific ecologies. With performance, laboratory readings and a collection of artefacts, looking at biological and machine matter.

Charles Watson

Thu. 15 September 2022

Sidney + Matilda

As one half of Sheffield’s beloved folk-pop duo Slow Club, Charles Watson is always guaranteed a warm welcome back to the city. His latest solo record, Yes, channels the laid-back psych of late 60s San Francisco. Perfect for a late-summer evening.

Ensemble 360 and Guests: Harmoniemusik

Fri. 16 September 2022

Channing Hall, 45 Surrey Street, S1 2LG

A concert of music for wind instruments by Beethoven and Mozart.

Ensemble 360: Music for Piano and Wind

Sat. 17 September 2022

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2LG

A joyful showcase of music by composers Beethoven, Louise Farrenc and more.

Sheffield Heritage Open Days

Fri. 9 September 2022 — Sun. 18 September 2022

Ten days to explore heritage treasures across the city.

Pollen

Multiple dates

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

A Celebration of the Horn

Sun. 18 September 2022

St Andrew's Church, 31 Psalter Lane, S11 8YL

Stars of the horn world perform lost gems from the musical library of Dennis Brain, the foremost 20th century horn player.

Ensemble 360: Mozart, Bruch and more

Multiple dates

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A lush, varied selection of classical music performed on piano, viola and clarinet.

Much Ado About Nothing

Fri. 9 September 2022 — Sat. 24 September 2022

Crucible Theatre

An adaptation of Shakespeare’s raucous comedy, with integrated creative sign language, audio description and captioning. Besotted young couple Claudio and Hero are quickly engaged. But not everyone finds romance so straightforward.

Float Along Festival

Sat. 24 September 2022

A brand new multi-venue music festival for Sheffield. With Manchester art rock band Everything Everything, local psych and post-punk favourites Sister Wives, London dance-rock band Los Bitchos, and more.

Sheffield Plant Swap

Multiple dates

Exchange house plants and plant knowledge at this social event.

Andrea Bocelli

Sun. 25 September 2022

Sheffield Arena, Broughton Lane, S9 2DF

Celine Dion said "if God would have a singing voice, he must sound a lot like Andrea Bocelli." One of the most successful artists of all time, Bocelli has conquered it all. Now he's coming for Sheffield.

Laura Jurd

Thu. 29 September 2022

Yellow Arch Studios

A brass-fuelled party band led by trumpet player and composer Laura Jurd. With music influenced by Celtic folk traditions, the blues and a sprinkling of alt-rock.

Opus Kink

Thu. 29 September 2022

Record Junkee

Described by the NME as “the point where punk and jazz combine in grimy circumstances,” Opus Kink have a reputation as one of the most exciting live bands around. They sound wild and free while also in complete control of their intricate melodies.

Festival of the Mind

Feed your mind with a series of fascinating and inspiring talks, exhibitions and events. Returning in September 2022 – dates and details coming soon.

A Night At the Opera

Fri. 30 September 2022

Sheffield Cathedral

By candlelight, the London Concertante and some of our greatest opera singers perform works from Madame Butterfly, The Barber of Seville, Carmen, and more. Their aim is to spread the joy of classical music – expect to leave with a smile on your face.

Sounds of Now: Voice(less), with Rosie Middleton & Angharad Davies

Fri. 30 September 2022

Channing Hall, 45 Surrey Street, S1 2LG

An exploration of the sonic force of the human voice – and how easily it can be silenced. Incorporating improvisation, electronic manipulation, morse code and non-verbal communication.

Xhosa Cole & Alex Hitchcock Quintet play Lock & Griffin

Fri. 30 September 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Two of the UK's best young tenor sax players join forces to play music made famous by Eddie ‘Lockjaw’ Davis and Johnny Griffin. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Spirit of Independence Film Festival

Fri. 30 September 2022 — Sat. 1 October 2022

Showroom

A micro-budget film festival celebrating the best in fiercely independent film making from around the world.

Creative Connections Sheffield

Thu. 30 June 2022 — Sun. 2 October 2022

Millennium Gallery

Who are the people that represent Sheffield? From pioneers and performers to athletes and artists, this portrait exhibition celebrates the public figures connected with our city.

Jean Toussaint Quintet

Fri. 7 October 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Grammy winning saxophonist Jean Toussaint returns to Sheffield Jazz with another excellent band. They'll showcase a collection of new compositions in tribute to Jean's siblings and people and places important in his life.

Sensoria

Fri. 30 September 2022 — Sat. 8 October 2022

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

Sounds of Now: Cyborg Soloist, with Zubin Kanga

Sat. 8 October 2022

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Performing on piano, new digital instruments and interactive devices, pianist, composer and inventor Zubin Kanga presents a bewildering extravaganza of sound and movement.

Public Service Broadcasting

Sun. 9 October 2022

O2 Academy Sheffield

A unique band living out a mission statement: “to teach the lessons of the past through the music of the future.” Their soaring rock guitar and innovative use of synths are becoming almost as much of a trademark as their use of archive samples.

Mark Thomas: Black & White

Mon. 10 October 2022

Sheffield City Hall

The political godfather of comedy.

Zoe Rahman Trio

Thu. 13 October 2022

Firth Hall

Join Sheffield Jazz for an evening with this multi-award winning pianist and composer. Zoe's style is rooted in jazz yet also reflects her classical background, British/Bengali heritage and her broad musical taste.

Leonore Piano Trio: Romantic Piano Trios

Fri. 14 October 2022

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A concert featuring music by the father of the piano trio, Joseph Haydn. Plus a brand-new commission created by Huw Watkins.

Accidental Death of an Anarchist

Fri. 23 September 2022 — Sat. 15 October 2022

Crucible Theatre

At Milan’s police headquarters, Inspector Bertozzo interrogates the fraudster known only as The Maniac. Dario Fo’s 20th century classic is adapted by BAFTA-nominated comedy writer Tom Basden.

No Bounds

Fri. 14 October 2022 — Sun. 16 October 2022

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Bringing together music, visual art, and technology. Earlybird weekend passes on sale now.

The Proclaimers

Thu. 20 October 2022

Sheffield City Hall

Having carved out a niche for themselves in popular music, the Proclaimers have achieved worldwide success since their formation in the 1980s, with songs ranging from the beauty and poignancy of Sunshine on Leith to the cathartic, anthemic 500 Miles.

Llŷr Williams plays Mozart, Schumann, Rachmaninov and Liszt

Fri. 21 October 2022

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A solo recital bringing together some of the most captivating works for piano.

Steel City Beer & Cider Festival

Wed. 19 October 2022 — Sat. 22 October 2022

Kelham Island Museum

Sheffield CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) know a thing or two about good beer, cider and perry. Join them for their 46th festival, alongside live music, street food, a bookshop and more.

Celluloid Screams

Thu. 20 October 2022 — Sun. 23 October 2022

Showroom

Sheffield’s horror film festival. Getting you spooked just in time for Halloween.

Sugababes

Tue. 25 October 2022

O2 Academy Sheffield

They’re back! With six number ones and multiple multi-platinum albums, Sugababes are one of this century's most successful British pop groups. 20 years on from their debut album, the original, iconic lineup of Keisha, Mutya and Siobhan come to town.

Ensemble 360: Bach Cello Suites

Fri. 28 October 2022

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Cellist Gemma Rosefield presents two of Bach's well-loved and intimate works – some of the most recognisable solo compositions ever written for cello, regularly featuring in film and TV.

Sounds of Now: Lullaby performed by Manasamitra

Sat. 29 October 2022

Channing Hall, 45 Surrey Street, S1 2LG

An entrancing evening of music inspired by traditional Indian lullabies. Mixing contemporary electronica, live instrumental improvisation, and a collection of sounds gathered in and around Sheffield.

Off the Shelf

Fri. 14 October 2022 — Sun. 30 October 2022

Sheffield's annual festival of words.

The Football Art Prize

Thu. 21 July 2022 — Sun. 30 October 2022

Millennium Gallery

A celebration of the beautiful game. With painting, photography, film and memorabilia that many a hardened supporter will identify with. And such a variety of artworks that non-fans will find something to enjoy. Read our exhibition review.

Ensemble 360: The Lark Ascending

Fri. 4 November 2022

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Join Music in the Round to celebrate the 150th birthday of composer Ralph Vaughan Williams, who embodies the sound of classical English music.

Brandon Allen Quartet – The Stanley Turrentine Project

Fri. 4 November 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Brandon Allen’s latest band celebrates the music of one of his great influences: the late, soulful American tenor player Stanley Turrentine.

Squeeze

Fri. 4 November 2022

Sheffield City Hall

One of the most iconic bands of the new wave period. Cool For Cats and Up the Junction remain solid gold bangers while other gems combine social observation with earworm-level melodies. Supported by punk poet extraordinaire Dr John Cooper Clarke.

The Bug Club

Mon. 7 November 2022

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

Inspired by the likes of the Modern Lovers and the Kinks, the Bug Club create infectiously catchy rock 'n' roll nuggets, shot through with humour. Set to release their debut album this year, catch a band well on their way to perfecting their craft.

Sara Dowling Quartet

Fri. 11 November 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Jazz singer Sara Dowling makes her Sheffield Jazz debut with her regular band of top notch musicians.

Sounds of Now: Rotations (Tabea Debus and Samuele Telari)

Sat. 12 November 2022

Crucible Theatre

A unique programme of music and movement, inspired by Roosendael’s Rotations. With music composed by Roosendael, Cage, Stockhausen, Feldman, and Sylvia Lim.

Four Seasons of Buenos Aires

Sat. 12 November 2022

Crucible Theatre

A performance of the intoxicating rhythms and jaw-dropping virtuosity of the tango, with music by composers Piazzolla, Albeniz and Django Reinhardt.

Sir Scallywag & the Golden Underpants

Sat. 12 November 2022

Crucible Theatre

Musicians bring to life the story based on the best-selling book, for a show filled with wit, invention, songs and actions – and plenty of opportunities to join in.

Ensemble 360: Bohemian Quartets

Fri. 18 November 2022

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

Join Music in the Round for a sumptuous evening of music, with 19th century eastern European music and more.

Andre Canniere Sextet

Fri. 18 November 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

American trumpeter Andre Canniere brings his latest group to Sheffield Jazz, playing music in the territory between jazz, folk and fusion.

Daniel Pioro and Katherine Tinker

Thu. 24 November 2022

Crucible Theatre

Enjoy the ancient sacred sounds of Hildegard von Bingen and Heinrich Biber, alongside a selection of contemporary meditations.

Espen Eriksen Trio with Andy Sheppard

Fri. 25 November 2022

Crucible Theatre

Join Sheffield Jazz for an evening with Norwegian masters of melody Espen Eriksen Trio and multi-award-winning British saxophonist Andy Sheppard.

Ensemble 360: Clarinet Quintet – Brahms and more

Sat. 26 November 2022

Crucible Theatre

Ensemble 360's clarinettist Robert Plane takes centre stage in this programme of rhapsodic music by Brahms and a bravura piece by Dohnányi.

Tim Horton plays Chopin, Schumann and Stockhausen

Fri. 2 December 2022

Crucible Theatre

Pianist Tim Horton explores the music of Frédéric Chopin – one of the greatest composers for piano – and those influenced by his music.

Rory Ingham-James Davison Sextet play Art Blakey

Fri. 2 December 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A celebration of the music of the legendary Art Blakey and the Jazz Messengers, from some of the finest talent on the British jazz scene.

Johny Pitts: Home is Not a Place

Thu. 11 August 2022 — Sat. 24 December 2022

Graves Gallery

What is Black Britain? In 2021, Sheffield-born photographer and writer, Johny Pitts, joined by poet Roger Robinson, followed the British coast in search of an answer.

Brought to Light: The Remarkable Bateman Collection

Fri. 27 May 2022 — Sun. 15 January 2023

Weston Park Museum

Thomas Bateman was a pioneering Victorian antiquarian. Much of Sheffield's collections of local archaeology, minerals, ceramics, metalwork and fossils can be traced back to him. Explore Bateman’s legacy and the origins of civic museum collections.

Standing at the Sky's Edge

Sat. 10 December 2022 — Sat. 21 January 2023

Crucible Theatre

A musical centred around Sheffield’s Park Hill, with music by the city’s own Richard Hawley. Read our review from its sell-out debut run in 2019, and book now for its return to the Crucible stage.

Sheffield Adventure Film Festival

Fri. 3 March 2023 — Sun. 5 March 2023

Showroom

Enjoy the great outdoors from the comfort of your cinema seat when ShAFF returns in 2023.

Young Critics: National Videogame Museum

National Videogame Museum

Our Young Critics took a trip to the NVM in June 2022. They played lots of games, met Sonic, and had a peek behind the scenes at how a videogame museum is run. Find out what they made of it in their reviews from a workshop with writer Akeem Balogun.

Young Critics: Not Without My Ghosts

Millennium Gallery

In May 2022, the Young Critics visited an exhibition of art inspired by spiritualism and the paranormal at Millennium Gallery. After exploring the strange and otherworldly art, they took part in a workshop with Sile Sibanda to write these responses.