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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar is now focused on promoting virtual events. Helping you continue to enjoy art and culture from Sheffield, at home.

Culture Hub

Off the Shelf picks

Three weeks of literary delights, online and in real life. See our top picks from the festival's packed programme.

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Utopia Theatre Creative Hub

Utopia Theatre’s Creative Hub brings together over 40 African theatre professionals to offer free online workshops and masterclasses to people of African origin aged 16 and above.

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Andro and Eve

Andro and Eve have been creating joyful spaces for the LGBTQ+ community since 2016. This summer, they're launching an online programme, starting with a three-part drag king course.

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Site Gallery

While Site Gallery's doors are closed, it remains open online. Introducting the gallery's new online programme: WEB/SITE. Join and take part in reading groups, live workshops for families and enjoy a selection of films from its City of Ideas programme.

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Bloc Projects

Bloc Projects is a not-for-profit, artist-led space, currently making space for artists and dialogue around art – both online and through outdoor commissions.

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The Lit Collective Online Festival

The Lit Collective (TLC) Sheffield is a book club and online festival dedicated to centring and celebrating womxn writers of colour. Watch back the discussions from this year's festival.

Sheffield Doc/Fest Autumn Programme

Fri. 2 October 2020 — Thu. 26 November 2020

Online

Highlights from this year's documentary film festival, including an online selection of films available on the Doc/Fest Selects player.

Presentation

Fri. 27 November 2020

Utopia Theatre presents a biographical film on Michael Henry, ahead of the musical director, vocalist and composer’s In Conversation event taking place on Friday 4th December.

Far Gone

Thu. 3 December 2020 — Fri. 4 December 2020

Crucible Theatre

Follow Okumu on his journey from innocent boy to child soldier in this gripping, physical one-man play. Written and performed by John Rwothomack and directed by Utopia Theatre's Mojisola Elufowoju.

Francesca Amewudah-Rivers in Conversation with Michael Henry

Fri. 4 December 2020

Musician and actor Francesa Amewudah-Rivers is joined in conversation with vocalist, composer, educator and music director Michael Henry.

Final Presentation

Sat. 12 December 2020

Participants and creatives from across Utopia Theatre's Creative Hub Online 2020 programme come together to give a final presentation. Utopia Theatre will be inviting industry professionals to this showcase.

Illustrating Anthropology

Tue. 8 December 2020 — Sat. 12 December 2020

Bloc Projects

An exhibition at Bloc Projects and online, exploring human lives around the world through comics, drawings, and paintings of anthropological research.

Here's What She Said to Me

Our writer Armarni reviews the world premiere of Here’s What She To Me at the Crucible. Switching from storytelling to song, poetry and back again, this bold piece from Utopia Theatre follows three proud Nigerian women across decades and continents.

Zoom Party

Fri. 18 December 2020

Utopia Theatre celebrates the end of its huge Creative Hub Online 2020 series of talks, workshops and events with an end of programme party.

Handmade for Christmas

Sat. 17 October 2020 — Wed. 23 December 2020

Millennium Gallery

Christmas will be a little different this year, but Millennium Gallery's popular Handmade for Christmas is returning, with gifts created by talented makers from across the region.

Points of Rupture

Wed. 9 September 2020 — Thu. 31 December 2020

Site Gallery

Artist Phoebe Davies dives into the world of competitive sport. Her exhibition of film and sound work lays bare the physical and mental strength necessary to thrive and – fundamentally – to win. Read more in our review.

LGBTQ* Writing List Challenge

To mark Pride Month, Sheffield Libraries put together an LGBTQ* writing list challenge. Featuring 120 books all available from the libraries – including memoir, fiction, comic books, graphic novels, oral history, and poetry.

Rebel Season

Tue. 27 October 2020 — Thu. 31 December 2020

Delve into our city's heritage of rebellion with Sheffield Libraries' programme of online talks, podcasts and blog posts. Highlights stories of people who have stood up for what they believed in and refused to play by the rules.

Damian’s Pop-Up Panto!

Wed. 16 December 2020 — Sun. 3 January 2021

Crucible Theatre

Sheffield panto legend Damian Williams returns with a fun-sized festive treat for the whole family. When a baddie steals the joy of pantomime, will Dame Dolly and her friends manage to rescue it? Oh yes they will!

Bloc Billboard: Kedisha Coakley

Fri. 13 November 2020 — Sun. 14 February 2021

Bloc Projects

A brand new outdoor artwork commission by Kedisha Coakley exploring the history of wallpaper, blackness, and legacies of the British empire.

fud: Gary Zhexi Zhang

Fri. 16 October 2020 — Fri. 16 April 2021

Bloc Projects

A new three-part series by Gary Zhexi Zhang, drawing on the artist's research into the role of insurance in shaping the times and spaces we inhabit. With a digital commission, study groups and more.

The Sheffield Project: Photographs of a Changing City

Fri. 23 October 2020 — Mon. 3 May 2021

Weston Park Museum

An exhibition of work by socially-engaged photographers from the late 1980s and 90s. Capturing a significant turning point in Sheffield's regeneration and reflecting both the hope and hard realities of the time.

Cupola's Thought for the Day

Karen Sherwood set up Cupola Contemporary Art in Hillsborough in 1991. In this video she talks about why she runs the gallery.

Gut Level Presents: 14 Hour Fundraising Party Live Stream

A stream of a 14-hour, day-to-night party raising money for Foodhall and These Walls Must Fall Coronavirus Solidarity Fund – two organisations who are working harder than ever to help the most vulnerable in the city and wider regions.

Creativity During Corona

Join Sheffield Libraries on Facebook for its series of creative prompts, encouraging you to write, draw, paint, photograph, knit, sew, sing, anything! Share your creations and they'll go on display at the Central Library when life returns to normal.

Interview with Shaeron Caton Rose

​​​​​​​Amid by Shaeron Caton Rose was a 2017 exhibition at Cupola Gallery, featuring work made in response to the artist’s residencies in two different faith communities.

Films from previous Doc/Fest editions

In the spirit of togetherness, the team at Sheffield Doc/Fest have put together a list of documentary films screened at previous editions of the festival, which are now available to watch online.

Seahorse: A Conversation with Jeanie Finlay and Freddy McConnell

Seahorse follows Freddy, a gay transgender man, in his quest to carry his own baby. Stream Freddy and the documentary's director Jeanie Finlay in conversation, filmed at Doc/Fest 2019.

Leadmill Live Stream: George Waite (The Crookes)

Join George from the much missed Sheffield band The Crookes for a special live set, playing The Crookes tunes live for the first time since their emotional farewell at the Leadmill in 2017. In aid of the #SaveOurVenues campaign.

Sound Junction online

An online concert from the Sound Junction series. Expect juddering spluttering machines, a journey through the nervous system, and an exploration of technology, meditation, time and space. Turn down the lights and wear headphones!

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 1

The first in a series of free online film lists for your home viewing adventures, curated by Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF). Featuring skiing against a solar eclipse, freerunning on the Isle of Man, and more.

Foodhall Community Radio

The fantastic Foodhall folk now have their own radio station! Tune in online every weekend for a diverse range of shows featuring music, art, conversation and more – all in the Foodhall ethos of tackling social isolation and encouraging integration.

Cupola on Collage

Cupola has been bringing contemporary art to Hillsborough since 1991. Now, you can continue to enjoy the bright, welcoming Cupola experience online – see below for the gallery's Graham sharing some thoughts on collage.

DJ Rolando at No Bounds

Stream the set from Mexican-American techno DJ/producer DJ Rolando on the Resident Advisor stage at No Bounds in October 2019.

Inspirations and origins: Jazz

A series of livestreams, asking artists to delve into a musical form close to their hearts that they might not be known for but for which they have a serious passion. Starting with Hope Works/No Bounds resident Lo Shea exploring jazz.

Sensory Scavenger Hunt Trail

Join in this fun Sensory Scavenger Hunt around your home or in the garden, created by Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust. See if you can hunt down everything on the list and write or draw what you found!

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 2

Another week, another roundup of top adventure films to enjoy for free! This week's list from the ShAFF team covers awe-inspiring places, traversing the Canadian Rockies by paraglider, a beautiful story about an ageing climber, and more.

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 3

Ready for an adventure, or five? This week's list of free online films courtesy of ShAFF (Sheffield Adventure Film Festival) includes Greenland explorers, a colourful ultra run, Antarctica climbing epicness, and more.

Original 200

"What can you get in a gallery for £200? What is the value of art and does it have anything to do with its price?” Cupola posed these questions with its 2017 exhibition Original 200. See video of the exhibition, featuring the work of 33 artists.

Leadmill Live Stream: Billy Bragg

Join legendary singer-songwriter and political campaigner Billy Bragg for a live streamed concert. In support of The Leadmill, as part of the Save Our Venues campaign.

Benn Clatworthy Quartet

Sheffield Jazz presents Benn Clatworthy, a favourite with Sheffield audiences for many years for his emotional playing and his dry sense of humour, supported by a top-class rhythm section. Enjoy this clip from a 2016 performance.

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 4

Follow an ultra runner to victory on Mont-Blanc. Visit a little known Cumbiran crag. Get to know the people who make an aid station happen. See cycling on the rooftops of Gran Canaria. Join a pro kayaker as they paddle over Niagara Falls.

Cupola Gallery Tour

Take a video tour around Cupola – showing you all four galleries and the sculpture garden.

CMC 2013 Keynote: Frank Cottrell Boyce

The writer of Millions and 24 Hour Party People, and a key collaborator on the Olympic Opening Ceremony, shares a view on the power of story.

Britishness

Online

A creative documentary by Eelyn Lee, who joins a group of young writers from Sheffield on a quest to find out the meaning of Britishness – through poetry and interviews with the likes of former Lord Mayor Magid Magid, amongst others. Read our review.

Jean Toussaint Quartet

A clip from an intimate evening in the Crucible Studio with a saxophonist of international stature and his excellent band, hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

The Runaways

A new Sheffield-made family adventure film, following three kids on the run with a couple of donkeys – now available to watch online.

Spaces for Creation Symposium

A symposium to wrap up the City of Ideas series of conversations about urbanism and cultural space. With leading artists, architects, urbanists and public designers. Watch recordings of the talks from the day.

Steve Fishwick 6

A performance at Sheffield Jazz in February 2016, from a band fronted by the jazz trumpet player widely considered to be one of the UK's greatest.

Home Concert: Annabelle Lawson – Piano

Join wonderful pianist Annabelle Lawson for a Concerteenies concert including music by Arlen, Bach, Chopin, Debussy and Randy Newman's Toy Story.

Under the Stars – Lockdown

Under The Stars is a Sheffield-based arts and events charity for adults with learning disabilities. Members of its music groups have got together remotely to collaborate on this new song, created in response to lockdown.

Musical Mark Making

A home activity from Concerteenies. You might think listening to music is only about using your ears. But what if your favourite piece of music could inspire your latest artistic creation?

Home Concert: James Lyons – Beatbox, Flute and Harmonica

Join James Lyons for a Concerteenies concert from his front room to yours. Join in with audience participation and have a little boogie.

Hudson Records Listening Club

A Sunday morning Listening Club with the Sheffield-based record label specialising in folk and acoustic music. Listening to an album in its entirety and delving deeper with commentary and insight from the artists.

Festival of Debate

Get informed, inspired and filled with ideas for positive change, as the Festival of Debate launches online. Providing a digital platform for discussion and debate of the key social, political, environmental and economic issues of the day.

Platform Instagram Takeover: Siân Williams

Wed. 6 May 2020 — Fri. 31 May 2030

During lockdown, artist Siân Williams is making short films using her phone, her hands, a patch of floor space, and whatever she has access to in her flat. Siân will share her work and contemplate on touch, proximity, and intimacy in her takeover.

Virtual SUWO: Music from the Incredibles

Enjoy a virtual performance of music from Pixar film The Incredibles, recorded by members of Sheffield University Wind Orchestra (SUWO) from their homes during isolation. In aid of the Sheffield Hospitals Charity.

Park Hill Reimagined

A look at the new beginnings of one the most talked about buildings in Sheffield. With contributions from residents, former MP and Housing Committee Chairman Roy Hattersley, and the building's developers Urban Splash.

Kofi / Barnes Aggregation

A collaboration showcasing the contrasting alto saxophone talents of co-leaders Alan Barnes and Tony Kofi. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz at the Crucible Studio in spring 2016.

Dave O'Higgins Quartet

A performance from a quartet led by saxophonist, composer and educator Dave O'Higgins. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz in autumn 2017.

Portland Works Virtual Tour

Take a peek around this fascinating building steeped in Sheffield's metalworking past. A former cutlery works, the birthplace of stainless steel cutlery, and now a community-run home to artists, craftspeople, musicians and small-scale manufacturers.

Can You Draw a Triangle?

Join Concerteenies for some at-home music-based fun, using song to encourage children to draw shapes and patterns to gain confidence using a pencil.

In Conversation with George Monbiot

Writer and environmentalist George Monbiot discusses the effect of the Covid-19 crisis on our society and the systemic change we need to be able to respond to it. Watch the recording from the live-streamed event.

UBI Lab Sheffield

A network seeking to explore the potential of universal basic income (UBI) and its effects on paid and unpaid work, leisure, wellbeing, relationships and our community. Watch a series of video interviews by UBI Lab Sheffield.

Now Then

Now Then is all about supporting the things that make a community what it is – creativity, collaboration and conscience. Read past issues online and download the app for more articles and offers.

Wordlife

Literature champions, bringing events, publications and projects to Sheffield and across Yorkshire since 2006. Enjoy video highlights of past shows – including literary projections on a Sheffield landmark, poetry in a brewery, and more.

Migration Matters opening party

Theatre Deli

A burst of energy, rhythm, movement and vibrant showcases, kicking off Refugee Week and the first online Migration Matters Festival. Wherever you are – join in with a joyful celebration of sanctuary with artists from Sheffield and around the world.

Pizza Shop Heroes (+ Q&A)

Powerful, celebratory, affirming; this is theatre where refugees take centre stage. This is a story of male and cultural identity, of family and fatherhood, a lyrical collage of memories, hopes, dreams and imagined realities.

Make Your Home a Musical Instrument

Turn your house into a musical instrument using free software FoxDot, in a two-part workshop with artist and musician Lucy Cheesman.

Arts and Culture During Covid-19

How can the arts and culture sector weather this crisis and how can it respond? Sara Hill from Theatre Deli hosts a discussion via Facebook Live and YouTube with representatives from Sheffield’s arts and culture organisations to discuss these issues.

Drift Project: Cargo Station

A film from Taiwan's Performosa Theatre, entangling family histories and stories about drifting within Asian islands. From economic immigration to war turmoil, time is used to look at the unsolved refugee crises, history and geography.

African Fusion Dance Workshop

A dance workshop with Angelina from Mulembas d'Africa, a dance class concept strongly rooted in her Angolan background. Pursuing dance as a passion and communication method, and focussing on the primal power of movement as ritual and performance.

Opening Party: Songs of Migration & Lockdown

Textured, melodic music that takes you on a journey. With high energy kwela music inspired by the townships of Zimbabwe, strong melodies, drum rhythms that will summon you to dance, and soulful songs featuring the kora.

Opening Party: Sanctuary Songs

Songs of welcome and celebration from around the globe – reaching beyond borders and out of lockdown. With Stand and Be Counted Theatre in collaboration with Emily Ntshangase-Wood and Zoe Katsilerou.

Opening Party: 038

A search for identity, a yearning for home. This dance piece is by Kuo-Shin Chuang Pangcah Dance Theatre – who develop their movements from traditional aboriginal dance in Taiwan, seeking new possibilities for traditional dance in modern times.

Barang! ft Kampire

To close a joyous week of celebration, Migration Matters joins festival favourites Barang! for Global Adventures in Bass. Featuring special guest Kampire, among East Africa’s most exciting DJs and a core member of Kampala’s Nyege Nyege collective.

Fabric of Our Lives

An immersive photography, textile and audio story exhibition. Based on collaborative workshops and the stories of local and refugee women living in UK textile and industrial towns, and a Refugee Women’s Safe House in Calais.

'On The Line' Showcase

Celebrate the creative talents and contributions of young people seeking sanctuary. A showcase of spoken word, stories and songs created during lockdown by young people across the UK, curated by Compass Collective and streaming live for Refugee Day.

Tales of Love & Loss

Picture a mother seeking asylum in the UK. What do you see? What you imagine may be far removed from reality. In this performance you will meet inspirational mothers from around the world who will share stories of Love and Loss.

Eastern Margins Roundtable

Exploring global perspectives on the East and Southeast Asian migrant creative experience. The roundtable draws from the Eastern Margins creative community – drawing out collective experiences and discussions from different disciplines/geographies.

Imaginary Communities Workshop

Play, imagine and co-create a new city in a live, interactive workshop with Chol Theatre. Imagine the people and creatures that inhabit this unique place, and establish the seeds of new stories in a shared new world.

Virtually Global!

Live world music and culture from Middle East and Africa hosted by cultural commentator Ayse Balkose. Featuring four artists who originally arrived in the UK as refugees, who'll be live from their own home music-spaces with songs and conversation.

Alim Kamara Storytelling Workshop

Join international storyteller and hip-hop artist Alim Kamara for a L.I.P.S. (Listen, Imagine, Participate, Share) Storytelling Workshop. Sharing engaging stories along with tips and techniques to get you ready for the stage. For children and adults.

Hip Hop Dance Workshop

Have fun, break a sweat, and learn something fresh in this hip hop dance workshop for people of all levels! With Si Rawlinson from Wayward Thread, who use hip hop, contemporary dance and physical theatre to explore compassion and identity.

Integrate That

A podcast by researcher and comedian Abdulwahab Tahhan, giving a voice to refugees and allowing them to own the narrative of their stories. Taking the listener through some of the reality of trying and making a life in a foreign country.

Through My Window

What do you see through your window? Ignite Imaginations invites you to explore the experience of migration in the context of lockdown during a global pandemic. Watch the digital installation and join in with your own creative response.

Maternity Peer Support: Perceptions and Progress

A workshop discussing the maternity peer supporters programme for recent migrants in pregnancy and after birth – and its evolution to a community led Friendly Mothers group. Looking at how to reduce social isolation and increase access to healthcare.

Stone Flowers

Join in an interactive online music event with Stone Flowers, a music collective using music to support refugee and asylum seeker torture survivors. With musical activities and a performance of their latest composition written in English and Swahili.

Dr Iona Hine – Exile and Precarity in the 1930s: the Case of H.W. Cassirer

An insightful look at exiled German Jewish academic Heinrich Walter Cassirer, stripped of his position by Hitler's first anti-Jewish law. Dr Iona Hine reconstructs the precarious experiences of a migrant academic in 1930s Britain.

Stories from Quarantine

Imaginary characters in their own homes tell stories from quarantine. From Side by Side, a community drama group working with refugees, asylum seekers and other people local to Sheffield, using drama as a tool for community cohesion and integration.

Where We Began (+ Q&A)

Five performers from across the globe challenge existing notions of ‘home’ in this multilingual celebration of personal identity. Combining storytelling, movement and music – from Stand and Be Counted, the UK’s first Theatre Company of Sanctuary.

Escaping Quicksand: Stuckness and Self-Determination

A sociodrama workshop enabling participants to collaboratively explore their situations during and post coronavirus. Considering a world that escapes the stuckness of no or limited movement, where everyone can move towards a certain kind of freedom.

Indian Migrant Women's Contribution to the Suffragette Movement and World War II

A talk with Dr Stella Mascarenhas-Keyes recognising Indian migrant women's contribution to the UK. Focussing on Sophia Duleep's role in the Suffragette movement, and Noor Inayat Khan, a British secret agent who was captured and killed by the Nazis.

The Hum of Words Beneath our Feet: A Poetry Show from Change the Word

A bold global poetry show. Featuring Change the Word collectives from Sheffield and Coventry. With poets from DRC, Ethiopia, Guyana, Ivory Coast, Kenya, Pakistan, Sudan and the UK, exploring what it means to be separate, connected, and to find hope.

Poetry in Conversation

A politically infused spoken-word performance with Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan. Her debut collection Postcolonial Banter came out in 2019. Her words are a disruption of comfort, a call to action, a redistribution of knowledge and an outpouring of dissent.

Racial Justice Network: Resist, Remember, Repair

Calls to ‘decolonise’ are now commonplace on UK university campuses and activist spaces. In this interview, Racial Justice Network and African Voices Platform discuss the term, its historical and socio-political context, and its radical impetus.

Our Story (+ Q&A)

Young people performing stories of migration between Sheffield and Brooklyn. Groups from the two places have been working together with Chol Theatre on a play based on their family stories. Here, they share a documentary and their experience so far.

Dr Jawad Shah: What can Practitioners Learn from the Narratives of Young Refugees?

Post-migration narratives of young refugees living in the UK. Dr Jawad Shah discusses his research, aimed at empowering people to embrace their interpretations of their journey and resettlement. Themes include language, racism and the role of family.

What We Are Made Of

Untold stories of British Asian refugees of the African diasporas. Based on journalist/playwright Wersha Bharadwa’s interviews with women largely marginalised in history – their accounts of love, loss, courage and the effects of the British Empire.

Live from the Incubator

A virtual exhibition of art that acts as a powerful, social and political tool – uniting people beyond borders through poetic vulnerability. Melding contemplative writing with trailblazing sounds – with Lucy DK, K.ZIA, Otis Mensah, and Lando Chill.

Is Covid-19 Racist?

Covid-19 disproportionately affects black and ethnic minority lives. Explore policy, healthcare and institutionalised discrimination with former mayor and MEP Magid Magid, doctor and campaigner Sonia Adesara, NHS worker and filmmaker Hassan Akkad.

Kids in the Time of Corona

What’s changed – and what hasn’t – in UK young people’s media and technology use because of physical distancing and isolation? What do children’s media professionals need to consider when developing content for the short- and long-term?

Surviving as a Freelancer under Lockdown

What freelancers and the self-employed can do to survive the COVID-19 lockdown. Everything you need to know to keep going! This CMC Webinar took place on 1st May 2020 – stream a video of it here.

Content in the Time of Corona

The third CMC webinar explores what’s being commissioned and made for kids that responds to or reflects the crisis – in TV, digital and social media – with expert analysis from CMC’s top regular rapporteurs and research into commissioning trends.

Commissioner Conversation: Cheryl Taylor

BBC Children’s Head of Content Cheryl Taylor discusses how a major broadcaster copes with the current crisis. Plus children’s author Laura Henry-Allain considers what influences in her childhood led to her way of thinking, creating and working.

CMC 2019 Keynote: Nadiya Hussain

Ahead of the publication of her first children’s picture book, Nadiya took to the stage to open CMC 2019. Watch her discuss mental health, intolerance, inequality, as she considers what we can all do to inspire young people to feel truly limitless.

Small Pleasures Project: Online Poetry and Art Anthology

DINA presents an online anthology of new work on the theme of small pleasures during lockdown, from 10 poets and 10 artists.

Small Pleasures Project: Give us a Gif

A digital patchwork stemming from the theme of small pleasures during these uncertain times, made up of 64 gifs sent in from Sheffield and around the world!

ArtWorks: Altered Places

In 2019 Site Gallery worked with artists with physical and learning disabilities from ArtWorks on a month-long residency at Sidney + Matilda. Enjoy this film documenting the residency.

CMC 2014 Keynote: Malorie Blackman

An inspirational creative keynote talk from Malorie Blackman OBE – bestselling author and then children’s laureate – titled ‘The right to be seen, the need to be heard’.

CMC 2015 Keynote: Jenny Sealey

Since becoming deaf at the age of seven, Jenny Sealey has been determined to tackle challenges her way. In this talk on the theme 'All Change,' she discusses her work in creating a new theatrical language where difference is embraced as the norm.

CMC 2016 Keynote: Lemn Sissay

Poet Lemn Sissay presents a talk titled ‘Superman was a Foundling’. In a wide sweep exploring childhood, and the outsider at the heart of popular culture, Lemn reveals much about the role of divergence and difference in our lives.

CMC 2016 Keynote: George the Poet

Spoken-word artist, poet, rapper George Mpanga AKA George the Poet presents some poetic reflections on childhood, kids’ media, and how we serve the audience.

CMC 2018 Keynote: Michael Rosen

Children’s novelist, poet, broadcaster, and former Children’s Laureate Michael Rosen delivers a talk championing creativity and imagination in the face of what he calls “data-driven education”. With a performance by Rio-Leanna and Sam Castle.

CMC 2018 Keynote: Beeban Kidron

An award-winning director and producer, and co-founder of educational charity Into Film, Beeban Kidron is passionate about the role stories can play in the development of young people’s identities and their sense of what it is to be human.

CMC 2016 Keynote: Chris Riddell

Illustrator, author and political cartoonist Chris Riddell is passionate about the act of creation, politically committed, and in 2016 was meeting thousands of young people from every background across the UK in his role as Children’s Laureate.

Music Mind Machine Podcasts

Sheffield University's Music Mind Machine research centre is launching three podcasts on Friday 3 July. Discussing music-colour synaesthesia, expressiveness in music, and music's relationship to space.

UBI and the creative industries

How would a Universal Basic Income help the creative industries? We asked Opus and artist Toby Lloyd for their thoughts.

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 5

Another dose of adrenaline from the ShAFF team. This week's online films feature moments of reflection 1200m off the ground, a bikepacking journey to the very north-west tip of Scotland, one of the world’s wildest mountain ranges, and more.

Celebrating LGBT+ experiences in Sheffield

A video from Museums Sheffield celebrating LGBT+ experiences in Sheffield through their Proud! exhibition and displays at Weston Park Museum.

Fluorescent Minerals

A little film about minerals and fossils from Museums Sheffield’s Geology collection, and how and why they change under UV light. It's a beauty.

Sheffield Adventures – Hocus Pocus Potions

Fancy making some super-power potion, some magic medicine or a spell or two? Take a look at some science mixed in with lots of fun, but be careful… It could get messy!

Sheffield Adventures – musical mark-making

You might think listening to music is only about using your ears. But what if your favourite piece of music could inspire your latest artistic creation?

Sheffield Adventures – Sheffield in pictures

The Picturing Sheffield exhibition at Weston Park Museum shows how our city has reinvented itself over the centuries. It showcases everything from 19th-century oil paintings to 21st-century street art to remind us that change is pretty much constant.

Sheffield Adventures – your city is a film set

Tue. 21 July 2020 — Wed. 31 July 2030

As a film fan, you might think movies only get made in places like London, Paris and New York, but films and TV are made in Sheffield all the time. Can you make one too?

Sheffield Adventures – adventures in architecture

Way back in the 1970s our city was home to some of the most radical modernist architecture in Europe. Who are the architects of the future? Could it be you?

Sheffield Adventures – our heritage

Tue. 21 July 2020 — Wed. 31 July 2030

Create your own guide to the city’s heritage, such as a video, a magazine or a map.

Creative Thinking & Problem Solving with Kisha Bradley

Join engineer, educator and Bright Box Makerspace founder Kisha Bradley for a workshop aimed at guiding you through developing creative ideas and initial designs.

Beginnings of Brand with Heather Ditch

Freelance brand planner and copywriter Heather Ditch hosts an online workshop about the importance of branding. What does brand mean, why does it matter, what should it tell the world and how can you start to explore and express your own?

Welcome to The Lit Collective Online Festival

Sahra, Aisha, Emily and Amal, organisers and members of The Lit Collective book club, introduce themselves, explain the origins of the book club and why they felt it was important to put the book club and festival together.

ShAFF Weekly Watchlist – Week 6

A week's worth of adventure films from ShAFF. Featuring paragliding over the Alaska Range, a look at skiing and climate change, a crack climb, a fun ride around rural Scotland, and one of the oldest and toughest mountain races in the world.

Reimagining Black Feminist Futures

Amber Lascelles, Amina Jama and Désirée Reynolds discuss what Black Feminism means to them, its relationship with the Black Lives Matter Movement, and the role of imagination in dismantling systemic racism and misogynoir.

Home in Britain

Mubeenah Waheed, Aniqah Majid and Loma Jones explore the concept of Home in Britain through poetry by Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan and Nat Raha. And discuss ways that creative expression provides a home of sorts for those who are marginalised/disempowered.

Imagination and Futurity

Researcher on Islamophobia, trauma and power Dr Maryam Jameela & internationally acclaimed poet-educator Suhaiymah Manzoor-Khan discuss the importance of imagination and futurity in the context of literature and the politics of social transformation.

We Will Not Be Erased: A Book Club Discussion About gal-dem’s I Will Not Be Erased

Sahra, Aisha and other members and friends of The Lit Collective discuss gal-dem’s essay collection I Will Not Be Erased. Reflecting on what lessons they would impart on their younger selves and the importance of role models in and beyond literature.

Sister, Sister

Two sisters, Warda and Sundus Yassin, discuss how books and poetry have impacted their relationship and reflect on their favourite sisters in literary texts. Sundus is an original member of TLC and Warda is a school teacher and award-winning poet.

Musical Numbers

Sheffield Theatres have compiled some favourite numbers from their big musicals of previous years, including The Wizard of Oz, Everybody's Talking About Jamie, Kiss Me Kate, and Guys and Dolls.

John Pedder Live Printing

Watch a time-lapse video of a live printing event at Cupola, with printmaker John Pedder and assistant Emily Peak inking up and printing off a 7ft x 4ft woodcut piece called Hinged.

Inside the Circle of Fire: A Sheffield Sound Map by Chris Watson

"You can find music, if you choose to listen, in almost anything." In 2013 sound recordist Chris Watson created an incredible, immersive soundscape at Millennium Gallery. Now he's turned it into a stereo experience for Museums Sheffield from Home.

An Intro to Live Coding

Electronic musician Alex McLean leads a tutorial in live coding.

Pizza Shop Heroes

"An unconventional coming of age story that is totally unfiltered and original," following the journey of four young men from Afghanistan, Eritrea and Albania travelling to the UK with hopes of seeking asylum. Read more in Safiya's review.

The Book of Sheffield

A series of online discussions with authors Johny Pitts, Désirée Reynolds and more, to launch a book of our city in short fiction. Part of Sheffield Year of Reading 2020.

A Conversation with Werner Herzog

One of the greatest filmmakers of all time. The man who ate his shoe after losing a bet, who was shot whilst being interviewed, and who has made countless features and docs exploring man’s eternal struggle against nature. Filmed at Doc/Fest 2019.

Sheffield Modern: In C

Terry Riley's minimalist masterpiece performed from within the Arts Tower's paternoster lift. Revolutionary music in a revolving setting.

Online Sheffield history tours

Uncover Sheffield’s past from your armchair or wherever you may be, with this roundup of apps that will guide you on a tour through the city's history.

Colouring Sheffield

When you can't visit your favourite places, the next best thing is colouring them in! Download this selection of pages from our Colouring Sheffield book, print them out, scribble all over them, and share your pictures with us. Happy colouring!

On video: Sheffield shows

Our roundup of Sheffield theatre and music shows that you can enjoy online, for free, whenever and wherever!

Create Your Own Pixel Art Character

Have you ever wanted to make your own Mario character? Perhaps you’ve always been inspired by the artwork of old school RPGs? Follow this guide from the National Videogame Museum and create your own pixel art character!

Sheffield Photographic Society Annual Exhibition

Founded in 1864, Sheffield Photographic Society is one of the oldest such societies in the world. This year's exhibition of its members' work is postponed, but you can now visit the gallery online.

Under-Side, Under-Stood

An online exhibition by artist and S1 Artspace studio-holder Charlotte Dawson, investigating our connection to the ground below us.

IsoLates: Gracie T x Shauna

For the second instalment of its IsoLates series, Foodhall presents streams of mixes from DJs Gracie T and Shauna to get you dancing at home. Expect multi-genre pop bootlegs and house/techno bangers.

Virtual Photomarathon Sheffield exhibition

On the weekend of 20-22 March, 125 people took part in the Virtual Photomarathon Sheffield. See the results of the fun photo challenge, along with the winning snaps in this online exhibition.

Caught in a Fast Lane – Corinna Button

Corinna's solo exhibition was scheduled to be on show at Hillsborough's Cupola gallery at the moment. While the gallery is closed, enjoy a peek at the work in Cupola's video interview with the artist.

The Art House pottery tutorials

A series of video tutorials from the workshops at The Art House. Teaching you how to knead and prepare clay, and the basics of throwing on the wheel.

Spaces for Creation: The Provocative City

A conversation about urbanism and cultural space. Architect, curator, researcher and consultant Andreia Garcia offers her insight into site-specific provocations in cities and large towns.

Spaces for Creation: Morag Myerscough

A conversation with artist-designer Morag Myerscough about Legible Cities. How do we get around cities instinctively? How can we make navigating a city easier, and ultimately, more fun?

Spaces for Creation: Skateboarding

A conversation about how we can use skateboarding as a tool for better understanding the urban environment – particularly if we want our cities to offer more than just the flow of capital. With Professor Iain Borden and Dr. Dani Abulhawa.

Platform Instagram Takeover: Joanna Whittle

View painter Joanna Whittle's weeklong Site Gallery Platform Instagram Takeover. Here she explores the developmental parts of her practice – research, drawing, printmaking and ephemeral pieces – rather than finished material.

Home Concert: Roderick Williams

A Concerteenies concert for babies, toddlers and their grown-ups – from musicians' homes, straight to yours!

Celebrating Shakespeare

Sheffield Theatres has invited some brilliant actors from its past Shakespeare plays to share their favourite speeches. Enjoy these videos of some of the Bard's best bits!

Meet the Musical Instrument

Little films for little people to meet musical instruments. Enjoy this playlist of eleven videos for under-5s, presented by musicians from Music in the Round's network of performers.

Early Years Songs

Join musicians and performers from Music in the Round's network for a series of videos featuring fun songs, nursery rhymes and activities for children aged 0-5.

PowerPlus Music Writing Advice

Music in the Round presents a series of films, sharing professionals' tips in writing and composition. Learn how to write beautiful piano chords, and how to write for instruments including the double bass and flute.

Schubert in Schools

Led by Music in the Round, this project used 19th-century composer Franz Schubert's Winter Journey as a starting point to help students find their voice and compose their own music. Delve deeper into the music and project in this series of videos.

Talking Art

A new video series from Museums Sheffield, featuring curators talking through some of the fascinating and best loved artworks in the city's collections.

Edward Carpenter's socialist song ‘England, Arise!’

A performance by Woodhouse Prize Brass Band – one of the country's oldest brass bands – to mark the 175th birthday of 19th-century socialist, vegetarian, poet, gay rights pioneer, and all-round right-on guy Edward Carpenter.

Lloyd Stewart 'Lloydie' – Sheffield Bodybuilding Legend

Lloyd Stewart has been a well-known and respected part of Sheffield’s boxing, bodybuilding and gym community since the 1960s. Watch this short documentary about 'Lloydie' by Museums Sheffield, from Weston Park Museum's display on his accomplishments.

Picturing Sheffield Gallery

Weston Park Museum's Picturing Sheffield brings together local scenes and views of the city from the past 250 years. These accompanying videos delve into the practices of four of its artists: Emilie Taylor, Pete McKee, David Hepher, and Pete Clarke.

Picturing Sheffield: Views of a City

Explore three of the city's lost landmarks – the divisive 'Egg Box', the beloved Tinsley Towers, and the iconic Kelvin Flats – in this trio of films created by Museums Sheffield.

Life in the Big Village with Joe Scarborough

Joe Scarborough's affectionate, often humorous, depictions of everyday scenes of Yorkshire life pay tribute to the region and its people. In this short film, join Joe on a trip around Sheffield to discover the inspiration behind his bold paintings.

Blaze Tarsha: A Portrait of an Aerialist

A performance by the fabulous aerialist Blaze Tarsha, created in response to the world’s most famous circus painting – Degas’ Miss La La at the Cirque Fernando. Filmed especially for Museums Sheffield's 2018 exhibition Circus! Show of Shows.

Made in Sheffield

Celebrate the excellence and innovation of Sheffield makers with these short films, originally created for a Millennium Gallery exhibition. Shining a spotlight on local companies creating products ranging from menswear to sweets, crisps and bikes.

Explore Julius Caesar

Immerse yourself in the world of the Crucible's modern take on Shakespeare's gripping play, in Sheffield Theatres' online collection of videos, photos and interviews from rehearsals, backstage and on stage.

Explore A Midsummer Night's Dream

Immerse yourself in the Crucible's 2018 charming, inventive version of the classic Shakespeare comedy, with music by Dan Gillespie Sells. This online experience brings together videos, photos and interviews from rehearsals, backstage and on stage.

Matt Haig and Susan Calman in conversation

Author Matt Haig and comedian Susan Calman reflect on the ways the arts give us ‘reasons to stay alive’ – drawing from songs, books, theatre and comedy, celebrating art that has kept people going in their darkest hours. Hosted by Sheffield Theatres.

Storyframe: Pause, Imagine, Create

Bring the joy of storytelling and theatre-making into your home with downloadable activity sheets from Sheffield Theatres. Press pause on the classic tale of the Three Little Pigs, to imagine a world of possibilities before you create your own show.

Project in a Box

Writer Chris Bush has written a story, but she’s having trouble finishing it – she needs your help! Download this activity from Sheffield Theatres and Sheffield Children's University to finish the script and create your own shadowbox puppet theatre.

Devising with Joe Boylan

Join theatre-maker and actor Joe Boylan for a four-part video workshop in devising for theatre.

Poetry with Connie Treves

Join Sheffield Theatres' Resident Assistant Director Connie Treves for an online poetry workshop in the video below.

The Bank Vault

The Bank Vault from Sheffield Theatres is a place for theatre makers to submit anything they've created in the time of lockdown.

Office Hours

Sheffield Theatres' weekly Office Hours sessions are now online. This is a chance for you to chat to a member of the theatres' team – whether you have a specific question or idea you need help with, or just need another perspective on a project.

Game Makers

Ever played a game and thought 'I want to make this!'? Well now is your chance! Follow this guide from the National Videogame Museum and dip your toes into game creation using free children's programming language Scratch.

Great Games To Keep you Busy at Home

"One benefit to having to stay at home, is that’s where the videogames are!" Take some tips from the team at the National Videogame Museum, and discover fun educational and family games that will keep the kids (and big kids) busy whilst in lockdown.

The Big Art Lock In

Get creative and join The Art House community online for #TheBigArtLockIn. A safe space to express creativity and share encouragement until the creative hub can open its doors to everyone again.

A tour of The Art House

Take an online tour of the workshops, cafe and kilns of Sheffield's super inclusive creative hub.

A Conversation with Jeremy Deller & Sharna Jackson

Turner prize winning artist Jeremy Deller talks to Site Gallery Creative Director Sharna Jackson, exploring the ability of art and social movements to illuminate the politics of everyday life. From the Doc/Fest 2019 Exchange programme of free talks.

Gumbo FM

An online radio station set up by music lovers for music lovers. Broadcasting from its Meersbrook studio with Winston Hazel, DJ STAV, 601 Crew, Ann D and more playing everything from reggae to disco, northern soul to drum and bass, house to new wave.

#OtisMensahExists

Sheffield poet laureate and hip-hop hero Otis Mensah presents a new series of ten songs, accompanied by original animations by illustrator Jim Spendlove. First in the series is a collaboration with Hemlock Ernst of the US-based band Future Islands.

Online Showcase: Six New Short Works

The premiere of new work performed by local artists and co-created by the supported artists from The Bank at Sheffield Theatres.

Picture the Poet

In 2014 the National Portrait Gallery brought to town portraits of the likes of Benjamin Zephaniah, Simon Armitage and Carol Ann Duffy. Alongside the exhibition, Museums Sheffield and Word Life hosted performances by the city's own literary talents.

Become an Interactive Storyteller

Ever wanted to write your own interactive stories? The National Videogame Museum have put together a guide on how to do just that using Twine – free software that enables you to make your own story-based videogame!

Creatively Exploring Videogames

Let’s get creative! Download these activity sheets from the National Videogame Museum for fun ways to get creative whilst thinking about videogames – by designing your own arcade cabinet or videogame controller.

Celebrating Your Videogame Collection

The National Videogame Museum is rightly pretty proud of its collection of videogames and videogamey stuff. But they want to hear about yours too! Get thinking about your own collection of videogames with these downloadable activity sheets.

Failed Experiments

AlgoMech is a music and art festival exploring the creative potential of code. Enjoy this footage from AlgoMech 2017 of the piece Failed Experiments by Anne-F Jacques and Ryoko Akama.

A Conversation with Ai Weiwei

Artist and activist Ai Weiwei in conversation at Sheffield Doc/Fest 2019 following the screening of his film The Rest, about refugees who fled war and persecution and arrived in Europe yet have not found the safe havens of their dreams.

Adventure On Demand

Revisit former years at ShAFF (Sheffield Adventure Film Festival) and support filmmakers, with the festival's guides to adventure films that are available to rent online.

Rave Trilogy

Video artist Rebecca Salvadori presents her most recent films documenting and exploring contemporary rave culture. Hosted online by Sheffield's No Bounds Festival.

Library Spotlight

A regular series of blog posts from Sheffield Libraries, shining a spotlight on all manner of fascinating topics through online resources – images, podcasts, e-books and more.

COVID-19 Archive in Sheffield

Help record this moment in time for future generations by contributing to Sheffield City Archives' COVID-19 Archive. They want to capture the everyday experiences (good and bad, exceptional and mundane) that make this period in history so unique.

Make Your Own Museum

Pay a visit to the best museum in the world… your home! While you’re stuck indoors delve into your collections, sift through photographs, find your first bear, or investigate the junk drawer.

Cupola on Printmaking

Karen Sherwood is managing director at Sheffield's Cupola Contemporary Art. In this video she shares some thoughts on printmaking.

VOX

Video highlights of a unique performance, exploring the musical diversity of the city through singing and live coding. Arranged by SONA and featuring 15 live vocal performances across six indoor and outdoor stages at DINA, for Migration Matters 2018.

Symposium on Dancing and Braiding

A day of talks bringing together perspectives from digital media, choreography and dance technology, traditional Andean and Ancient Greek textiles, e-textiles, philology, live coding and architecture. Filmed during AlgoMech 2019.

Going Public

How might public galleries and philanthropists develop better relationships? Going Public explored this question with exhibitions of artwork from some of Europe's finest private collections. Here the collectors discuss their approaches to collecting.

A Conversation with Waad al Kateab, Edward Watts & Jon Snow

A conversation with For Sama directors Waad al-Kateab and Edward Watts and protagonist Hamza al-Kateab, hosted by TV's Jon Snow. Told as a message from a young Syrian mother to her daughter, For Sama traces Waad's life through the uprising in Aleppo.

In Conversation with The Slumflower

Chidera Eggerue preaches her messages of self-love and body positivity to thousands on her blog The Slumflower. Hear her discuss her campaigning work and plans for a documentary questioning ideals of beauty, in a talk filmed at Doc/Fest 2019.

NESM Home Activities

During lockdown, Sheffield's National Emergency Services Museum has put together an ever-expanding bunch of free activities to try at home. Make your own 3D ambulance, lifeboat or police van, colour in everyday heroes, and lots more.​

Leadmill Live Stream: Kat Eaton

Watch Kat Eaton cover some of the Steel City's great songs, all in aid of The Leadmill's #saveourvenues campaign.

The History of Ska

Hear the history of ska music summarised in two minutes in this insightful interview with Dave Campbell, founder of Sheffield-based ska and reggae 12-piece Jungle Lion. Interview by Diana Read for DINA TV.

Chance to Dance: dance at home

Sheffield’s dance festival Chance to Dance is postponed for 2020, but its organiser Nisha has pulled together a list of the city's dance sessions taking place online. Take your pick from flamenco, Bollywood, parent and child sessions, and lots more!