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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

Music picks

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

Our Picks

Theatre picks

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

Our Picks

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.

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

Fri. 13 May 2022 — Sat. 21 May 2022

Crucible Theatre

Nine days of intimate and inviting chamber music performances.

Ensemble 360 and Aga Serugo-Lugo: Music for Curious Minds

Sat. 21 May 2022

Crucible Theatre

A tour through the wondrous world of chamber music, specially created for young audiences aged 7–11. With musical adventures, games, and the chance to join in and make music together.

Ensemble 360: Festival Finale

Sat. 21 May 2022

Crucible Theatre

The 2022 Sheffield Chamber Music Festival comes to a thrilling end with a performance of music by Benjamin Britten, Oliver Knussen, Helen Grime, and Johannes Brahms.

Mozart and Vivaldi performed by Candlelight

Sat. 21 May 2022

Sheffield Cathedral

The title of this event says it all – what more could any classical music fan want? In the stunning setting of Sheffield Cathedral, surrounded by candlelight, the Piccadilly Sinfonietta will perform a selection of works from each composer.

Saturday Art Workshop: Botanical Drawing

Sat. 21 May 2022

Millennium Gallery

Join botanical artist and jewellery designer Josephine Gomersall for a botanical drawing workshop at the Millennium Gallery.

Meet the artist Lee Hardman

Sat. 21 May 2022

Cupola Gallery

Lee will be at Cupola Gallery to talk about his figurative paintings and the ideas behind his current exhibition, Pathos.

Makers’ Market

Multiple dates

Orchard Square, S1 2FB

Join the folks from Sheffield Creative Guild as they host two Makers’ Markets this spring and summer in Orchard Square. With stalls selling everything from pottery to prints, accessories to audio electronics, as well as family workshops.

Weston Park May Fayre

Sun. 22 May 2022

Weston Park, S10 2TP

Join in a day of nostalgic family fun when the attractions and entertainment of Weston Park May Fayre return for 2022. With rides, sideshows, crafts, music, and more.

Vampyr

Sun. 22 May 2022

Showroom

One of the greatest horror films ever made, from legendary director Carl Theodor Dreyer. The dreamlike tale follows a young man drawn into an unsettling mystery in a remote French village. A one-off screening to mark the film's 90th anniversary.

Rock Me Baby: Fran Minney/Tom Gunn Nash/Hoamin

Sun. 22 May 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Join Rock Me Baby for their third baby friendly gig, presenting three alternative music artists. With dreamy indie electronica, experimental folk and cinematic post-rock.

Drawing the Human Figure

Multiple dates

The Art House

Over nine weeks, learn how to capture the human form and build your drawing skills.

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 spring in Kelham Island.

Ed Byrne – If I'm Honest

Wed. 25 May 2022

Sheffield City Hall

Join TV favourite Ed as he takes a long hard look at himself and tries to decide if he has ANY traits that are worth passing on to his children.

ISQ

Multiple dates

The Lescar

A quartet led by vocalist Irene Serra, combining elegant jazz-pop songs with powerful lyrics and Nordic jazz sensibilities.

Dog Life Drawing

Thu. 26 May 2022

Cutlery Works

A night of tail wags and furry form drawing. Artist Liah Edwardes will help you capture canine models with pencil and paper.

Drag King Workshops

Thu. 19 May 2022 — Thu. 26 May 2022

Join Andro and Eve for their two-part online course with drag king Christian Adore. Dream up your own drag persona, explore what you can do with them, and learn some top tips of the trade.

Everything Everywhere All At Once

Fri. 13 May 2022 — Thu. 26 May 2022

A hilarious and big-hearted sci-fi adventure. When an inter-dimensional rupture unravels reality, an unlikely hero (played by Michelle Yeoh) must save the world by exploring parallel universes and connecting with the lives she could have led.

The Innocents

Fri. 20 May 2022 — Thu. 26 May 2022

Showroom

One Norwegian summer, four children in a housing estate become close friends and discover that they possess mysterious powers. From the screenwriter of The Worst Person in the World, The Innocents is a chilling and uncanny psychological thriller.

Conspirators: Listening Session with Shenece Oretha

Thu. 26 May 2022

Site Gallery

Join artist Shenece Oretha for an intimate listening session in tribute to the African American singer Jeanne Lee (1939–2000). Together you'll meditate on the sculpting and shaping of sound, and how it moves and shapes us.

Breaking the News

Fri. 4 March 2022 — Fri. 27 May 2022

Sheffield Central Library

An exhibition all about the news and the power it holds in society. With displays from the British Library and items from Sheffield’s own collections. Plus a series of talks and workshops.

Legs Eleven Present: Gemma Cullingford & Japan Review

Fri. 27 May 2022

Delicious Clam

Join Legs Eleven for a Friday night dose of electronic grooves.

Midland Players present The Effect

Fri. 27 May 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

An amateur dramatic production of The Effect by Lucy Prebble (known for Secret Diary of a Call Girl and I Hate Suzie). Asking if there really is any such thing as love, or if science has proved it to be no more than chemical exchanges in the brain.

Legs Eleven Present: Ghost Car & Honk

Sat. 28 May 2022

Delicious Clam

Two bands from across the Pennines and beyond. Expect glam rock riffs, and vocals sitting somewhere between Clare Grogan and Poly Styrene.

Craft & Flea

Sat. 28 May 2022

Sheffield Cathedral

A one-day shopping experience in the beautiful surroundings of Sheffield Cathedral. With more than 50 stalls from some of the best local producers, makers, designers and collectors.

Festival of Debate

Tue. 19 April 2022 — Mon. 30 May 2022

Get informed, inspired and filled with ideas for positive change. With talks on big social, political, environmental and economic issues. 2022 headliners: Gloria Steinem, David Wengrow, Jeremy Corbyn, Led By Donkeys, Shon Faye and George Monbiot.

Jubilee Celebration

Mon. 30 May 2022

Weston Park Museum

Weston Park Museum celebrates the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee by sharing objects relating to the royal family from the city’s collections.

Half-Term Activities: Decorative Metals

Tue. 31 May 2022

Kelham Island Museum

Search for some decorative metal designs in the museum and create a metallic picture inspired by your finds.

Enable US Festival of Theatre

Sat. 5 March 2022 — Wed. 1 June 2022

Drama Studio

Twice a year the Enable US festival brings unmissable and intriguing pieces of new theatre and performance to the beautiful Drama Studio at Sheffield Uni.

Gallery of Screams

Wed. 1 June 2022

Drama Studio

Two haunting short stories by H. P. Lovecraft, the American master of the weird tale. Adapted and performed by R. M. Lloyd Parry.

DINA's Queer Film Club

Multiple dates

DINA

A showcase of LGBTQ-made short films, on the first Wednesday of each month. Part of DINA's programme of queer socials each Wednesday.

Half-Term Activities: Platinum Jubilee – All About 70

Wed. 1 June 2022

Millennium Gallery

The Queen has been the Queen for 70 years. Create your own artwork inspired by the number 70.

Moore/Pope/Hunter

Wed. 1 June 2022

The Lescar

A true legend of European jazz is joined by two of the UK's finest improvising musicians. Expect a highly charged programme of intuitive, spontaneous, vital and captivating music. Hosted by Jazz at The Lescar and Sheffield Jazz.

Half-Term Activities: What Happened in the 1950s?

Thu. 2 June 2022

Weston Park Museum

Find out more about Sheffield in the 1950s and the amazing emergence of television.

TalkingGigs presents Addictive TV's Orchestra of Samples

Thu. 2 June 2022

Drama Studio

An immersive mix of performance and conversation, with artist collective Addictive TV. They'll share insights into the making of their global music project Orchestra of Samples, as well performing with Sarah Yaseen and Ford Collier.

Rolling Blackouts Coastal Fever

Fri. 3 June 2022

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

This Melbourne based band specialise in energetic indie rock, full of pop hooks, bright guitar lines and dry wit. They describe their style as “tough pop/soft punk” and sound like a mix of The Strokes, The Go-Betweens and REM.

Peddler

Multiple dates

Peddler Warehouse, 92 Burton Road, S3 8DA

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

Dark Peak Demi Paradise

Fri. 13 May 2022 — Sat. 4 June 2022

Yorkshire Artspace

An exhibition of landscape paintings by Richard Johnson inspired by remote parts of the Peak District, illustrating a journey of grief and healing following a personal tragedy.

Pathos + Fulfilment Centre

Fri. 29 April 2022 — Sat. 4 June 2022

Cupola Gallery

Two new exhibitions exploring what it means to be physically and emotionally connected or disconnected with people and our environment. With work by Lee Hardman and Jamie Frost.

Sheffield Food Festival

Thu. 2 June 2022 — Sun. 5 June 2022

Peace Gardens

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

Where We Live

Sat. 15 January 2022 — Sun. 5 June 2022

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of paintings by Trevor Burgess, Jonathan Hooper, Mandy Payne, Narbi Price and Judith Tucker, examining overlooked and under-regarded aspects of the landscape we inhabit today.

Survey II

Sat. 12 March 2022 — Sun. 5 June 2022

Site Gallery

An exhibition of 10 of the most exciting early-career artists in the UK, as chosen by some of the country's leading artists. Exploring how we relate to each other and the world around us, with photography, sculpture, sound, textile, film and more.

Judy and the Jerks

Sun. 5 June 2022

Delicious Clam

This Mississippi four-piece are a band who champion all things weird in their fast, fun and frenetic hardcore punk. Pitchfork said: “their music splatters like mashed potatoes against concrete walls.” This show is sure to be messy but uplifting.

Andro and Eve X Ghetto Fabulous: Feeling Fabulous Workshops

Multiple dates

The Montgomery

Learn to werk a runway, strut, dance and pose!

Curator Walk: Sheffield Shows its Metal

Wed. 8 June 2022

Meet outside Sheffield Station, Sheaf Street, S1 2BP

Learn about the history, craftsmanship, and contemporary design of Sheffield’s celebrated industry, as you walk around the city of makers. The walk will start at Sheffield Station and end at the City Hall.

Shirley Smart + Robert Mitchell

Wed. 8 June 2022

The Lescar

Beautiful, thought-provoking improvised music and poetry from cellist Shirley Smart and pianist and Steinway artist Robert Mitchell. Including responses to the Windrush scandal and the search for global peace. Doors open early, under-18s welcome.

New Dawns / Last Year

Tue. 10 May 2022 — Thu. 9 June 2022

Yorkshire Artspace Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street, S2 5TR

An exhibition of paintings by Andy Jackson, responding to fly-posters found in the streets of Sheffield during the pandemic.

One Small Thing Live

Thu. 9 June 2022

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

Explore the issues facing Muslim, Black and minoritised women in the justice system, and hear from women with lived experience.

Zoetic

Thu. 9 June 2022

Yellow Arch Studios

Join the folks from Jazz at The Lescar at Yellow Arch Studios for an evening of subtle, rhythmic and quietly expressive improvised chamber music from a band of UK jazz and improvised music legends.

Olivier Le Goas and Reciprocity feat. John Escreet

Fri. 10 June 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10

A special one-off gig by an all-star international band, featuring a rare UK appearance by Doncaster-born pianist John Escreet. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Future Classical Live

Fri. 10 June 2022

DINA

Join composer Benjamin Tassie for this special live recording of Resonance FM's Future Classical radio show, with guests Mark Fell and CHAINES.

Peace in the Park

Sat. 11 June 2022

The Ponderosa

Music, community arts and positive vibes in the sunshine.

Engineering Fun: The Story of Orton & Spooner

Mon. 24 January 2022 — Sat. 11 June 2022

Western Bank Library

An exhibition exploring the evolution of fairground rides, architecture and art, and the physics and engineering that went into them. Plus free talks on 10th June on fairground architecture and the research behind thrilling Alton Towers rides.

Kelham Makes: Terrariums

Sun. 12 June 2022

Kelham Island Museum

Make your very own terrarium – a mini garden in a glass container – at Kelham Island Museum, with Emma from Orchis Floral Design.

The Way of the Dragon (1972) anniversary film screening

Sun. 12 June 2022

Showroom

Reel Steel present a rare screening of Bruce Lee's The Way of the Dragon (1972), marking the film's 50th anniversary.

A Reyt Queer Do #6

Sun. 12 June 2022

Sidney + Matilda

Andro and Eve are back with their queer cabaret – and belated fifth birthday celebration!

Neighbourhood Voices

Sun. 12 June 2022

The Montgomery

Neighbourhood Voices are a 60-strong community choir, who in the past year have performed with Self Esteem and opened Steve Lamacq’s show for BBC World Music Day. Expect unique arrangements of Laura Mvula, Caroline Polachek, All Saints and more.

Dolce

Sun. 12 June 2022

Bishops' House

A varied evening of classical and folk music in the intimate setting of Bishops' House in Meersbrook Park.

Revival Room

Wed. 15 June 2022

The Lescar

A fresh and distinctive trio of three musicians from Manchester’s burgeoning improvised music scene. Hosted by Jazz at The Lescar.

Emergence – Mixed Bill 2022

Sat. 18 June 2022

Drama Studio

Emergence is the postgraduate dance company of Joss Arnott Dance and the University of Salford. Following three hugely successful tours, they return with a new cohort of 15 outstanding dancers and four adrenaline-fuelled works.

Workshop: Marks and Traces – Poetry and Art Inspired by the Past

Sat. 18 June 2022

Weston Park Museum

Join poet Abbi Flint and artist Rose Ferraby to create your own response to archaeology from the Bateman Collection, currently on display at Weston Park Museum.

Ozploitation double-bill screening + director Q&A

Sat. 18 June 2022

Showroom

An Ozploitation double-bill screening of Dead-End Drive-In (1986) and The Man from Hong Kong (1975), featuring a Q&A with film director Brian Trenchard-Smith.

Pollen

Multiple dates

An inner-city flower market. Taking over a corner of Castlegate one Sunday a month with plants, flowers, fresh produce and more – for a celebration of all things botanical.

ABC

Tue. 21 June 2022

Sheffield City Hall

Formed in Sheffield in the 80s, ABC became one of the decade's most popular and inspirational new wave bands. 40 years on, they're performing their timeless debut album The Lexicon of Love in its entirety, including iconic tracks like Poison Arrow.

Tour: Not Without My Ghosts

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

A guided tour introducing Millennium Gallery's latest exhibition, Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist as Medium.

Tour: Framed in Friendship

Multiple dates

Graves Gallery

Join in an introductory tour around the latest exhibition at the Graves Gallery. Find out more about artist Mary Adshead and Sheffield’s Agnes ‘Babbie’ Blomfield, whose connections and influence helped Sheffield’s art collection grow.

Jemma Freese

Wed. 22 June 2022

The Lescar

Contemporary jazz metal riffs, heavy synths, choral-inspired vocals, sub-bass and classical piano, hosted by Jazz at The Lescar.

Future Now Festival

Wed. 11 May 2022 — Thu. 23 June 2022

A festival of creativity, showcasing the work of Hallam students. With exhibitions, events, performances and film screenings.

Matt Woosey

Thu. 23 June 2022

Cafe #9

A modern day guitar master. His music spans blues, folk, rock, pop and ambient. Whether he’s playing in fans' living rooms or at some of the most prestigious venues in Europe (or in tiny cafes in Sheffield), intimacy, passion and skill are a given.

Sharing the View: Philosophy in the Gallery

Multiple dates

Graves Gallery

Join with others to enquire into the ideas that emerge when you look at art together. These informal, in-depth discussions draw on the Graves Gallery's collection as a prompt for philosophical enquiry.

Neepsend not Kelham

Wed. 8 June 2022 — Fri. 24 June 2022

Yellow Arch Studios

An exhibition of paintings by Paul Allender inspired by his childhood in Neepsend, just north-west of Sheffield city centre.

Queer Folk

Fri. 24 June 2022

Drama Studio

Queer Folk have been delving into the archives to find stories, songs and dances celebrating LGBTQIA+ history.

Migration Matters Festival

A celebration of culture, creativity and companionship, marking Refugee Week in our city of sanctuary. Come back soon for dates and details of Migration Matters 2022.

Not Without My Ghosts: The Artist As Medium

Thu. 31 March 2022 — Sun. 26 June 2022

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of art inspired by the rituals and practices of mediums and spiritualism. Featuring messages from the beyond and artists seeking to escape their sphere of consciousness. Read our review by Steven Allen.

Sheffield DocFest

Thu. 23 June 2022 — Tue. 28 June 2022

Showroom

The world of documentary film descends on Sheffield each June. With a programme of fascinating factual films, innovative storytelling exhibitions, and inspiring talks.

The Deathless Woman

Sat. 2 July 2022

Firvale Community Hub, 127 Page Hall Road, S4 BGU

A film aiming to draw our attention to the persecution of the Roma people from the 1940s to the present day. Screening alongside a discussion and a language workshop with Romani expert Juice Vamosi.

Rock / Paper / Scissors

Thu. 16 June 2022 — Sat. 2 July 2022

Crucible Theatre

Three theatres. Three plays. One cast. All at the same time! This theatrical first brings individual and interwoven stories to the Crucible, Lyceum and Studio theatres.

Both Sides Now: The Joni Mitchell Songbook

Fri. 8 July 2022

The Greystones

Both Sides Now are back in Sheffield to mark the 50th anniversary of one of the most iconic albums ever made: Blue. Join them as they pay homage to Blue alongside other tracks from Joni Mitchell’s illustrious career.

Sharrow Festival

Sat. 9 July 2022

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.

The Chats

Sun. 10 July 2022

The Leadmill

This Australian band rose to fame through the release of their single Smoko, a song about smoking breaks that went huge on Youtube. Their no-nonsense attitude and anthemic singalongs have gained celebrity fans including Alex Turner and Dave Grohl.

Bassfest Summer Festival

Sat. 16 July 2022 — Sun. 17 July 2022

Don Valley Bowl

Two days dedicated to drum and bass, house, bassline, and beyond. Lineup to be announced.

Creative Ways to Draw

Mon. 16 May 2022 — Mon. 18 July 2022

The Art House

A nine-week course, teaching you how to build depth, light and form in your drawing.

Painting the Human Figure

Tue. 17 May 2022 — Tue. 19 July 2022

The Art House

Learn to paint a human form and a portrait in this nine-week course.

Lino Printmaking: Introduction

Wed. 18 May 2022 — Wed. 20 July 2022

The Art House

Learn the basics of lino prints and develop your own style, with course tutor Dave Elsom.

Forging Turner & Other Famous Artists

Wed. 18 May 2022 — Wed. 20 July 2022

The Art House

Join an art historian to learn all about the techniques of painting employed by old and contemporary masters in this nine-week course.

Lino Printmaking: Intermediate

Thu. 19 May 2022 — Thu. 21 July 2022

The Art House

Expand your skills in lino printing at this nine-week course at The Art House.

Framed in Friendship: The Connections that Shaped Sheffield’s Art Collection

Thu. 31 March 2022 — Sat. 23 July 2022

Graves Gallery

An exhibition telling the story of husband and wife artists Stephen Bone and Mary Adshead, and George and Babbie Blomfield. It also shows how other relationships and links with Sheffield have led to valuable contributions to the city’s collection.

Tramlines

Fri. 22 July 2022 — Sun. 24 July 2022

Hillsborough Park

A three-day summertime celebration of music.

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.”

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.

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.

Sheffield Heritage Open Days

Fri. 9 September 2022 — Sun. 18 September 2022

Ten days to explore heritage treasures across the city.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Off the Shelf

Fri. 14 October 2022 — Sun. 30 October 2022

Sheffield's annual festival of words.

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.