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

Organised by the team behind Now Then, the Festival of Debate returns this spring to help shift some clouds from around the real issues and clear the path towards answers to questions that can sometimes seem too big to ask.

A series of talks, discussions, music and theatre performances, and film screenings, spread across Sheffield, the Festival of Debate aims to get people together to think about democracy and ideas for change. Strands at this year's festival are culture, self and identity, democracy and activism, fairness and equality, futures, and science and environment.

Make some plans with our top 10 Festival of Debate picks – featuring everything from the Vote Leave whistleblower on election scandals, Afua Hirsch on everyday racism in Britain, and lots more.

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Sat. 18 July 2020 — Sun. 19 July 2020

Endcliffe Park

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Illuminate the Gardens

Fri. 1 November 2019 — Sun. 3 November 2019

Sheffield Botanical Gardens

Three spectacular nights of fireworks, street food, and family fun.