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

Otis Mensah at Migration Matters 2019

In 2007 Sheffield became the UK’s first City of Sanctuary – a place that welcomes asylum-seekers and refugees, that offers a hand to people in need of safety. Held around Refugee Week each June, Migration Matters Festival is a celebration of diversity and the positive impact migration and refugees have in Sheffield.

The festival launched in 2016, the year of the Brexit referendum and Syrian refugee crisis. Each year the Migration Matters programme brings communities together over fantastic, globe-spanning variety of theatre, music, dance, workshops, exhibitions, and more.

See our guide to 2024 Migration Matters programme highlights.

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Thu. 16 March 2023 — Sat. 7 December 2024

Graves Gallery

An exhibition curated by artist Victoria Lucas, centred around a painting of an imaginary landscape by JMW Turner. Exploring perceptions of reality and representations of the relationship between women and nature.

Gage Gallery

Sitting above a factory, wonderfully illuminated by skylights, Gage is run by Kelham Island Art Collective (KIAC). It puts on shows by its members, who include painters, sculptors, stone carvers and textile artists, as well as other local artists.

Sheffield Fayre

Mon. 26 August 2024

Norfolk Heritage Park, Guildford Avenue, S2 2PL

Celebrating its 21st year, Sheffield Fayre is bringing family fun to the beautiful Norfolk Heritage Park once again this August bank holiday. Expect kite flying demos, brilliant food, rides, a 50s-inspired vintage village, woodland crafts and more.

Madeline Shann

Madeline Shann is a theatre maker, choreographer and writer whose work meets anxiety and absurdity with a mixture of laughter and fury. We got to know Madeline ahead of her 2019 solo show, Here's Looking at UKIP.