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

Migration Matters Festival

Fri. 14 June 2024 — Sat. 22 June 2024

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. 7 March 2024 — Sun. 26 May 2024

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An exhibition of films by Freya Dooley on themes of replacement, communication and dishonesty. Accompanied by family-friendly events, workshops and a closing music performance. Opening night: Thursday 7 March, 5–8pm.