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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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The Fringe at Tramlines

Fri. 19 July 2019 — Sun. 21 July 2019

Devonshire Green, 158 Devonshire Street, S3 7SF

Devonshire Green presents ‘made in Sheffield’ acts with international additions, including Latin-inspired Mango Rescue Team, homegrown rap talent in the form of Medley, and the One World Choir compromised of local asylum seekers and refugees.

A Future Fantastic

Thu. 4 July 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

Theatre Deli

You're invited to imagine, and start making, a world which looks closer to paradise than apocalypse. The festival brings together theatre, installation, workshops, discussions and circus, to explore ideas of protest, performance and utopia-building.

Tramlines

Fri. 19 July 2019 — Sun. 21 July 2019

Hillsborough Park

A three-day summertime celebration of music.

No Bounds

Fri. 11 October 2019 — Sun. 13 October 2019

A weekend of bleeps, beats and sweaty grins. Bringing together music, visual art, poetry, and workshops.