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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.

Titane

Sun. 26 December 2021 — Thu. 20 January 2022

Showroom

Brace yourself for Julia Ducournau's follow-up to her horror hit Raw. Loaded with graphic horrors, it won the Palme d'Or at Cannes – only the second film directed by a woman to have ever done so. One of the most tense and shocking films of the year.

The Tragedy of Macbeth

Sun. 26 December 2021 — Thu. 20 January 2022

Showroom

A bold, fierce adaptation of Shakespeare's iconic tale of murder, madness and ambition, captured in silvery monochrome images. The first solo directorial outing by Joel Coen with breathtaking performances from Denzel Washington and Frances McDormand.

Cow

Fri. 14 January 2022 — Thu. 20 January 2022

Showroom

A documentary bringing us up close and personal with cows in a dairy farm. Inviting us to slow down, experience life as they do, and reckon with the role humanity plays in it. Special screening with Q&A with director Andrea Arnold on 16th January.

Memoria

Fri. 14 January 2022 — Thu. 20 January 2022

Showroom

While visiting her sister in Colombia, Scottish woman Jessica (Tilda Swinton) is awoken by a haunting bang. She obsessively tries find an explanation for it, as she begins experiencing a mysterious sensory syndrome. A mesmerising, immersive film.

Rachael Cohen Quartet

Fri. 21 January 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Saxophonist Rachael Cohen makes her Sheffield Jazz debut leading her own band. Expect a mix of blues, ballads and bop inspired tunes from the jazz catalogue and Rachael’s own compositions.

The Streets

Sat. 22 January 2022

O2 Academy Sheffield

Rap with a British accent that talked about UK-centric issues was a sharp contrast to the American dominated landscape when Mike Skinner released Original Pirate Material in 2002. He's since become one of leading voices in UK music and culture.

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 winter in Kelham Island.

Lunchtime Talk: Park Hill at 60 – Residents’ Stories

Wed. 26 January 2022

Weston Park Museum

Park Hill has become an iconic housing development, but for many people it was simply ‘home’. Join Dr Isabelle Carter lecturer in Twentieth Century British History at the University of Lincoln, to look at life at Park Hill, as told by its residents.

Nightmare Alley

Fri. 21 January 2022 — Thu. 27 January 2022

A carnival worker (Bradley Cooper) with a talent for manipulating people hooks up with a psychiatrist (Cate Blanchett) even more dangerous than he is, in this sleek and stylish film noir from Guillermo del Toro (Pan's Labyrinth, The Shape of Water).

Adam Glasser Quintet

Fri. 28 January 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

South African musician and composer Adam Glasser returns to Sheffield after a highly successful gig in 2018, with a great band of British jazz musicians to play his trademark township jazz. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Brockhampton

Fri. 28 January 2022

O2 Academy Sheffield

A Texas hip-hop collective who also label themselves as "the world’s greatest boyband." Their music ranges from R&B balladry to more aggressive, hard hitting hip-hop.

Down / Stream – Interdisciplinary Outdoor Workshop

Sat. 29 January 2022

Woodhouse Washlands, 67-89 B6064, S13 9XD

Join Arts Catalyst to explore sound and ecology in Woodhouse Washlands.

Sheffield Heritage Fair

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

A weekend-long celebration of Sheffield’s rich history, showcasing the work of heritage groups from around the city.

The Bug Club

Thu. 3 February 2022

Sidney + Matilda

Welsh three-piece The Bug Club make rock 'n' roll nuggets in the vein of The Modern Lovers and The Kinks. Their music is catchy, infectious and fun – the perfect antidote to cold February nights. 

Parallel Mothers

Fri. 28 January 2022 — Thu. 3 February 2022

Showroom

From director Pedro Almodóvar (Pain and Glory, The Skin I Live In), Parallel Mothers follows soon-to-be mothers Janis (Penélope Cruz) and Ana (Milena Smit). They meet in hospital while waiting to give birth and create a bond that changes their lives.

Julian Siegel Quartet

Fri. 4 February 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Saxophonist and composer Julian Siegel is one of the most in-demand jazz musicians in Europe and this quartet features some of the most distinctive voices on the British jazz scene. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Under the Bed Sale

Sat. 15 January 2022 — Sat. 5 February 2022

Cupola Gallery

The annual Cupola New Year sale returns for 2022. Rummage for artworks starting from as little as £1.

Lunchtime Talk: Besides Bloomsbury – Queer Arts of the 20th Century

Thu. 10 February 2022

Millennium Gallery

Join Dr Nicky Hallett for this talk looking at the Bloomsbury Group in the context of a range of Queer artists and writers, including Claude Cahun, Marcel Moore and others. Coinciding with the exhibition Beyond Bloomsbury: Life, Love and Legacy.

Half Man Half Biscuit

Fri. 11 February 2022

The Leadmill

Cult post-punk outfit Half Man Half Biscuit have been writing their own brand of surrealist, sarcastic, sardonic rock songs since 1984, mixing humour and bleakness in equal measure.

Beyond Bloomsbury – Life, Love and Legacy

Thu. 25 November 2021 — Sun. 13 February 2022

Millennium Gallery

A major new exhibition chronicling the lives, loves and work of the Bloomsbury Group during the first half of the 20th century.

Half Term Activity: Sheffield Invents

Mon. 14 February 2022

Kelham Island Museum

Join Sheffield Museums and the Maker{Future} team to get hands on with some local inventions and machines in a pop-up makerspace. Create, tinker, test and modify to invent your own machine.

Lunchtime Talk: Recording Our Portable Past – Finds from Sheffield Recorded by the Portable Antiquities Scheme

Wed. 16 February 2022

Kelham Island Museum

The British Museum’s Portable Antiquities Scheme has recorded over 1.5 million finds – each one a unique object discovered by a member of the public. This talk will look at recent local finds and archaeological knowledge.

Half Term Activity: All Hail The Whale!

Wed. 16 February 2022

Weston Park Museum

In the approach to World Whale Day on 20 February, what better way to celebrate these amazing animals than meeting Weston Park Museum's very own pilot whale skeleton.

Half Term Activity: Bodacious Butterflies & Marvellous Moths

Fri. 18 February 2022

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

In just a few weeks, hibernating butterflies will be waking up! At this workshop, you can look at some of Sheffield Museums' taxidermied butterflies and moths. Make your own dolly-peg moth or butterfly to take home too.

Platform 21

Fri. 21 January 2022 — Sun. 20 February 2022

An exhibition of work by five artists currently in residencies at Sheffield visual arts organisations. Taking place across three galleries: Site Gallery, Yorkshire Artspace, Bloc Projects.

Mark Lockheart’s Dreamers

Fri. 25 February 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, Sheffield, S10 1TD

Mark Lockheart’s new group signals a new direction for the British saxophonist with its bold and unique sound. Expect exciting grooves and textures all cleverly crafted together within Mark’s memorable tunes. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Saturday Art Workshop: Landscape and Memory

Sat. 26 February 2022

Graves Gallery

Join artist Paul Evans for an enriching day of exploration of landscape painting and drawing, based around works on display in the Graves Gallery.

Martin Speake International Quartet

Fri. 4 March 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Saxophonist Martin Speake brings a quartet of top international jazz musicians to Sheffield to play intelligent, searching contemporary jazz. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Emilia Mårtensson Quintet

Fri. 11 March 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Vocalist Emilia Mårtensson is acclaimed for her haunting, ethereal tones and the dark melancholy of her storytelling. She returns to Sheffield Jazz with a superb band to perform a blend of Scandinavian folk, jazz and art pop.

Jason Rebello Trio

Thu. 24 March 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Jason Rebello is one of the most inventive pianists to emerge from the UK since the 90s. He returns to Sheffield with another brilliant trio, hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Partikel

Fri. 1 April 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A highly original sax-led trio, renowned for their exciting, adventurous contemporary jazz. Their music is an eclectic mix of tight melodies, sinewy elegance, spiky funk and languid ballads. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Tommaso Starace & Dave O'Higgins Quartet

Fri. 8 April 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Italian alto saxophonist Tommaso Starace teams up with acclaimed British tenor player Dave O’Higgins. Expect exciting contemporary jazz as they play original compositions and imaginative arrangements of jazz standards.

Liam Noble Trio

Fri. 29 April 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

One of the most inventive composers and pianists on the British jazz scene. His current trio features the rhythm section from the award winning band Polar Bear. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz

Minari

A tender story about what roots us, Minari follows a Korean-American family that moves to a tiny Arkansas farm in search of their own American dream. Available to enjoy at home.

Drive My Car

An evocative road movie inspired by a story by Haruki Murakami. Two years after his wife's death, Yusuke travels to Hiroshima to direct a play. There, the young chauffeur Misaki helps him to confront the mysteries his wife left behind. Watch at home.

Places in Time: The Art of Kenneth Steel

Fri. 17 December 2021 — Mon. 2 May 2022

Weston Park Museum

A voyage through an extraordinarily creative life. Featuring engravings, watercolours, railway poster designs and abstract oil paintings from a relatively little-known Sheffield artist. Read our review by Sean Williams.

VEIN Trio + Stan Sulzmann

Fri. 6 May 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Swiss piano trio VEIN blend the complexity of classical music with the thrills and energy of jazz improvisation. Here they collaborate with lyrical saxophonist Stan Sulzmann to produce a powerful, passionate sound. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

John Law's Re-Creations

Fri. 13 May 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Pianist John Law returns to Sheffield Jazz with his Re-Creations project, a quartet playing imaginative re-interpretations of tunes from jazz, pop and classical music.

Mingus Profiles Sextet

Fri. 20 May 2022

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

An all-star line-up inspired by the great Charles Mingus’s small group music, hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

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.

Olivier Le Goas Quartet 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.

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.