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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.

Home Ground

Tue. 16 April 2024

Showroom

In 1996, Lesbos, Korea's first lesbian bar, opened its doors. Myung-woo, one of its proprietors, reflects on Seoul’s lesbian scene and the city's queer spaces over the past five decades in director Aram Kwon’s sensitive and hilarious documentary.

Cats' Apartment

Wed. 17 April 2024

Showroom

A huge, almost abandoned apartment complex in Seoul is set to be demolished, but is home to a thriving community of stray cats. Concerned citizens gather to seek ways to keep them happy in this thoughtful documentary from Jeong Jaeeun.

Robot Dreams

Fri. 29 March 2024 — Thu. 18 April 2024

Tired of being alone, Dog builds himself a robot companion. Their friendship blossoms and they become inseparable in 1980s New York. A gorgeous, emotionally engaging animation about friendship, based on the graphic novel by Sara Varon.

Perfect Days

Fri. 23 February 2024 — Thu. 18 April 2024

Hirayama, a cleaner in Tokyo, lives alone and never deviates from his routine. He cherishes music cassettes, books, and photographing trees – until unexpected things happen. A moving reflection on the beauty of the everyday from director Wim Wenders.

Ratcatcher

Fri. 12 April 2024 — Thu. 18 April 2024

Showroom

The 25th anniversary of director Lynne Ramsay’s debut. An unsentimental coming-of-age story of unlikely friendships, first love and working-class life through the eyes of 12-year-old James in mid-70s Glasgow. With Reclaim The Frame intro on 12 April.

Civil War

Thu. 11 April 2024 — Thu. 25 April 2024

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

The Greatest Showman Cinema Experience

Sat. 4 May 2024

OEC Sheffield, Penistone Road, S6 2DE

Sing along to the movie sensation that is The Greatest Showman, with a drag host.

Remembering the Lindsays

Mon. 20 May 2024

Showroom

A 1977 BBC documentary on the Lindsay String Quartet. Screening alongside behind-the-scenes footage, and a conversation between broadcaster Paul Allen, The Lindsays' former viola player Robin Ireland and other guests.

Sheffield DocFest

Wed. 12 June 2024 — Mon. 17 June 2024

Showroom

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

Children's Media Conference

Tue. 9 July 2024 — Thu. 11 July 2024

Showroom

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

Fan City

Fri. 14 June 2024 — Sun. 14 July 2024

Devonshire Green, Devonshire Street, S1 4GT

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

Festival of the Mind

Thu. 19 September 2024 — Sun. 29 September 2024

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

Spirit of Independence Film Festival

Fri. 27 September 2024 — Sun. 29 September 2024

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

Sensoria

Thu. 3 October 2024 — Sun. 6 October 2024

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

Celluloid Screams

Thu. 24 October 2024 — Sun. 27 October 2024

Showroom

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

Frozen Sing-A-Long

Sat. 28 December 2024

OEC Sheffield, Penistone Road, S6 2DE

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