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

What's On

Our Sheffield culture calendar. Make some plans with our picks of events, our art and theatre reviews, and programme highlights from the city's main festivals and venues.

This Is Going To Hurt: Secret Diaries of a Junior Doctor

Mon. 17 February 2020 — Tue. 18 February 2020

Crucible Theatre

Award-winning comedian Adam Kay shares entries from his diaries as a junior doctor in an evening of stand-up and music.

Half Term Workshop with Lucy Vann

Tue. 18 February 2020

Site Gallery

Join Platform artist Lucy Vann for a workshop exploring sentimentality in the language and construction of pop music. For ages 14+.

Professor Marston and the Wonder Women

Tue. 18 February 2020

The Void, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University, Howard Street, S1 1WB

This story of the unconventional life of Wonder Woman creator William Marston, whose polyamorous relationship with wife and inventor Elizabeth and academic Olive was key to the creation of the creation of the character and her feminist ideals.

I Go Gaga My Dear + Director Q&A

Tue. 18 February 2020

Showroom

Filmmaker Nobutomo begins to notice gradual changes affecting her nonagenarian mother. Turning the camera on her parents’ life, she presents an intimate portrait of a family living with Alzheimer’s and the reality of geriatric care in Japan.

LGBT+ History Month at Hallam

Tue. 18 February 2020

Hallam Hall, Level 6, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University, S1 1WB

Join Sheffield Hallam University's LGBT+ Staff Network as they host a public afternoon of activities in celebration of this year's LGBT+ History Month theme: poetry, prose and plays. With talks, crafts, and chance to buy zines, prints and more.

The Invention Station: Meet and Make

Multiple dates

Kelham Island Museum

Join Kelham Island Museum to make your own mini 3D birdhouse. Experiment with different materials in the Engine Room at this workshop inspired by the museum's current exhibition Stand.

Fascinating Aida

Wed. 19 February 2020

Crucible Theatre

Dillie Keane, Adèle Anderson and Liza Pulman are heading out on tour with a selection of old favourites, songs you haven’t heard before and some you wish you’d never heard in the first place.

MoonMot

Wed. 19 February 2020

The Lescar

A vibrant collaboration between UK band Word of Moth and Swiss musicians OIi Kuster and Simon Petermann; exploratory improvisation, acoustic and electronic sounds: powerful, fiery and driving music.

Hazard, KAZ, Clouwds & Andy H

Tue. 18 February 2020 — Wed. 19 February 2020

Foundry, Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

Hazard returns to Sheffield's Tuesday Club off the back of his brand new EP.

Barbara Hammer – For Her Pleasure

Wed. 19 February 2020

Showroom

“It has been the goal of my life to put a lesbian lifestyle on the screen. Why? Because when I started I couldn’t find any!” Maverick queer cinema pioneer Barbara Hammer (1939-2019) explores the female body, desire and pleasure in these short films.

What Happened to Agnes

Wed. 19 February 2020

Theatre Deli

What Happened to Agnes is a staged song cycle that tells the story of Nishla Smith's grandmother’s sister, who disappeared as a child in Malaysia.

Literary Magic: Tomihiko Morimi in conversation with Emily Balistrieri

Wed. 19 February 2020

Crucible Theatre

Tomihiko Morimi’s magic-realist stories have made him a sensation in Japan. His works have recently been adapted for major anime films and are now available in English for the first time. Penguin Highway is a surreal foray into science fiction.

Creative Works: Stories and Scones

Multiple dates

Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet

Join characters from the hamlet for storytelling sessions and learn how to make the Victorian pancakes known as drop scones – just in time for Pancake Day!

Making Planters for Families

Wed. 19 February 2020

Bright Box Makerspace

A relaxed and friendly woodworking workshop suitable for beginners. Pairs of children and adults can come together to create their very own planter to take home – all tools, materials and protective equipment provided, as well as teas and coffees.

1917

Fri. 10 January 2020 — Thu. 20 February 2020

The story of two young British soldiers with a seemingly impossible mission – to cross enemy territory and deliver a message that will stop a deadly attack. An ambitious, innovative and utterly absorbing film, that plays out as one continuous shot.

The Lighthouse

Fri. 31 January 2020 — Thu. 20 February 2020

Showroom

From the filmmaker behind standout modern horror The Witch comes this tale of two lighthouse keepers on a remote, mysterious island in the 1890s. A hypnotic, truly original film with extraordinary performances from Willem Dafoe and Robert Pattinson.

Parasite

Fri. 7 February 2020 — Thu. 20 February 2020

From South Korean director Bong Joon-ho (Okja, The Host, Memories of Murder) comes one of the most talked about films of recent years – a phenomenal, suspense-filled social satire exploring the class divide while delivering pitch-black humour.

Exhibition Preview: Points of Rupture

Thu. 20 February 2020

Site Gallery

Join Site Gallery for the preview of Phoebe Davies's first solo exhibition, Points of Rupture.

Alden Patterson and Dashwood

Thu. 20 February 2020

Cafe #9

An award winning folk trio, with songs depicting tales of young travellers, sleepy seas and their affection for home.

First Love

Fri. 14 February 2020 — Thu. 20 February 2020

Showroom

A young boxer falls in love with a woman caught in the crossfire of rival gangs in a fight over stolen drugs, in this film set over one night in Tokyo. From renowned Japanese director Takashi Miike (13 Assassins, Audition, Blade of the Immortal).

Sheffield’s LGBTQ+ History: A Talk

Thu. 20 February 2020

Sheffield Central Library

Sandra Barker-Donnelly tells the fascinating history of Sheffield’s LGBTQ+ community with reference to key figures and pivotal events in the city’s fight for equality.

Identity, Culture and Work: The Art of Tomoko Sawada

Thu. 20 February 2020

Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

Tomoko Sawada is a Japanese contemporary feminist photographer and performance artist. Her work explores ideas of identity, status, culture, individualism, and conformity through traditional and contemporary methods.

Hiromi Itō and Jeffrey Angles: Writing, Translating, and Killing Kanoko

Thu. 20 February 2020

Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

Poet Hiromi Itō and translator Jeffrey Angles discuss Killing Kanoko / Wild Grass on the Riverbank – a defiantly autobiographical exploration of sexuality, community, and postpartum depression, that's now widely taught as a feminist classic.

David Greilsammer: Labyrinth

Thu. 20 February 2020

Firth Hall

Pianist David Greilsammer returns to Sheffield to take the audience on a musical journey to the heart of a strange and dazzling labyrinth in this solo recital.

Space Week

Mon. 17 February 2020 — Thu. 20 February 2020

Manor Lodge

Manor Lodge is blasting off this half-term with a week of holiday crafts all on the theme of space. Make space dust rockets, solar system scenes and pocket rocket gliders – and, while you're there, play in the sandpit and lavender labyrinth too.

The Runaways

Mon. 17 February 2020 — Fri. 21 February 2020

Showroom

A new Sheffield-made family adventure film, following three kids on the run with a couple of donkeys.

Martin Speake Quartet ft. Ethan Iverson

Fri. 21 February 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A great quartet fronted by two of the most original improvisers on either side of the Atlantic.

Lunchtime Talk: Proud! How to Find Yourself in History – Queering the Ancient World

Fri. 21 February 2020

Weston Park Museum

Explore some of the ways we can use stories from the ancient world to think about modern LGBT+ identities, and how we can use LGBT+ identities to reflect back on the ancient world.

Strange Work: Hiroko Oyamada in conversation with Kyoko Yoshida

Fri. 21 February 2020

Site Gallery

Born in Hiroshima, Hiroko Oyamada is an award winning author whose novel The Factory combines a dystopian vision of the modern workplace with the surreal elements that make up her distinctive voice. Now available for the first time in English.

Eternal Sunshine of the Spotless Mind

Fri. 21 February 2020

Film Unit

Joel is heartbroken when his ex-girlfriend Clementine undergoes a medical procedure to completely erase him from her memory, and decides to go through the same procedure.

Collage Club

Multiple dates

Cutlery Works

A monthly craft social for adults, bringing people together for a fun and cosy morning of cake, chat and collage.

Tulpa: Allan Gardner & Sean Patrick Campbell

Sat. 8 February 2020 — Sat. 22 February 2020

Bloc Projects

Tulpa is a collaborative exhibition of works from two artists whose work explores cultural myths, fear, control, and the relationships between the personal, social, philosophical and psychological.

The Poetry Business Writing Days

Multiple dates

The Print House, 21-23 North Church Street, S1 2DH

Join independent poetry publisher The Poetry Business for one of their upcoming monthly Writing Days. Each Writing Day is led by Ann and Peter Sansom – who Poet Laureate Simon Armitage called "the UK's most astute and effective tutors".

Beats with Joseph Bond

Sat. 22 February 2020

Site Gallery

Join artist and basketball coach Joseph Bond for a family workshop exploring sound recording, sampling and beat making using samples from Site Gallery's current exhibition.

Sketchbook Weekend with Colette Cameron

Multiple dates

The Art House

Two whole days learning the art of keeping a sketchbook, including outdoor sketching in Weston Park.

FreeDome Festival

Thu. 20 February 2020 — Sun. 23 February 2020

Barker’s Pool, S1 2JA

A free four-day arts extravaganza, in a dome that was originally built in the Jungle refugee and migrant camp in Calais. Creating a welcoming space for new connections, conversations and creations through music, poetry, dance, painting, and more.

Green Hill Zone

Fri. 14 February 2020 — Sun. 23 February 2020

National Videogame Museum

This February half term sees the National Videogame Museum celebrate everything Sonic!

Corpus Christi

Multiple dates

Film Unit

20-year-old Daniel experiences a spiritual transformation while living in a youth detention centre, though his wish to become a priest is complicated by his criminal record.

Discovery Days: Incredible Egypt

Mon. 17 February 2020 — Sun. 23 February 2020

Weston Park Museum

Celebrate the opening of Weston Park Museum's brand new Ancient Egypt gallery with Egyptian-themed crafts and fun. You'll be getting inspired by everything from mummies and myths, to pyramids, pharaohs and the art of hieroglyphics.

Desert Hearts

Mon. 24 February 2020

Showroom

A soulful, electrifying romance against a breath-taking desert landscape, with an evocative jukebox soundtrack. Strait-laced professor Vivian arrives in Nevada to file for divorce, where she catches the eye of free-spirited young Cay.

Portico Quartet + Before Breakfast

Wed. 26 February 2020

The Leadmill

Mercury Prize-nominated Portico Quartet debut new music, sending out echoes of jazz, electronica, ambient music and minimalism. Support comes from Before Breakfast, one of the rising stars of the Sheffield scene. Presented by Opus and Now Then.

The Big Fat Quiz of the Queers

Wed. 26 February 2020

Spirit of Sheffield, 24 Cumberland Street, S1 4PT

Join your hosts Anna Kissed and Max Satisfaction for a special LGBT+ History Month quiz raising money for SAYiT, Sheffield's LGBT+ youth charity.

An Evening With Masayuki Uemura

Wed. 26 February 2020

National Videogame Museum

For one night only, the legendary creator of the NES and the SNES will be regaling tales from Nintendo throughout the 70s, 80s and 90s.

Moonrise Kingdom

Wed. 26 February 2020

Film Unit

Wes Anderson's modern classic. Two 12-year-olds in love go missing and must be found before a big storm hits.

Drip Drip Drip

Wed. 26 February 2020

Theatre Deli

Bed 6, Oncology ward, a local NHS hospital. Over time, carers and cared-for become an unlikely, dysfunctional family, in this National Health Story of bigotry and belonging.

Barry Green Trio

Thu. 27 February 2020

Firth Hall, Firth Court, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, S10 2TN

A welcome return of one of the best pianists to play in Sheffield in recent years.

Spaces for Creation Symposium

Thu. 27 February 2020

Site Gallery

A symposium to wrap up the City of Ideas series of conversations about urbanism and cultural space. With leading artists, architects, urbanists and public designers.

Something Wild – City of Ideas Party

Thu. 27 February 2020

Site Gallery

Wild Combination have explored parks and hedges, planned and unplanned growth between our streets, identifying edibles all around us. Join them to celebrate the wild spaces within our city’s built environment, through the joy of food and drink!

Aniara

Fri. 21 February 2020 — Thu. 27 February 2020

Showroom

Following ecological disaster, humanity flees for their new home-planet Mars. As her spaceship drifts off-course, one woman tries to find a way to help her fellow passengers hold on to their humanity. Screening as part of the Made in Europe! season.

Neighbourhood Quiz

Thu. 27 February 2020

Nice Neighbourhood

Join the Neighbourhood monthly quiz! Covering topics from art and design to science and nature, with rounds designed to test your knowledge and your team's creativity.

Empire Hangover

Fri. 31 January 2020 — Fri. 28 February 2020

Sidney + Matilda

An exhibition of paintings, drawings and prints by mixed media artist Dan Cimmermann, interrogating British identity, class divide, and social behaviour. Read our review.

Major!

Fri. 28 February 2020

SAYiT, Scotia Works, Leadmill Road, S1 4SE

Join charities SAYiT and Ashiana for this documentary exploring the life and campaigns of Miss Major Griffin-Gracy – a formerly incarcerated Black transgender activist who has been fighting for the rights of trans women of colour for over 40 years.

Everybody’s Talking About Jamie

Sat. 8 February 2020 — Sat. 29 February 2020

Lyceum Theatre

The homecoming of Sheffield Theatres' smash hit teenage drag queen musical.

Wetlands

Tue. 19 November 2019 — Sat. 29 February 2020

DINA

An earthy and sensual collection of figures, fauna and horses by London-based artist Jessica Jane Charleston in DINA Diner – comprised of the largest linocuts she's printed yet, alongside small jewel-like oils on board.

Julian Cope

Sat. 29 February 2020

The Leadmill

Musician, author, historian, hallucinogen enthusiast, and devotee of all things cosmic, who came to fame in the late 70s as the frontman of The Teardrop Explodes.

The Four Horsemen

Sat. 29 February 2020

Theatre Deli

A satirical comedy bringing the fabled Horsemen of the Apocalypse into the modern world.

Mark Thomas

Sun. 1 March 2020

Sheffield City Hall

Storytelling, comedy and standup from a stalwart comedian-activist. Thomas's latest show, 50 Things About Us, is like a Who Do You Think You Are? for the British consciousness and an emollient for people worried about the future of a divided nation.

Ensemble 360

Tue. 3 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A lunchtime concert featuring two of the most glorious works for violin and piano of the later Romantic period: Polish composer Karol Szymanowski’s Myths and César Franck’s majestic Sonata.

Transmission: Platform Artists In Conversation

Tue. 3 March 2020

Charles Street Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University, 33 Charles Street, S1 2ND

Join Site Gallery curator Angelica Sule for a conversation with artists Alison J. Carr, Yuen Fong Ling, Zoyander Street, Lucy Vann, and Siân Williams.

Mella Dee

Tue. 3 March 2020 — Wed. 4 March 2020

Foundry, Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

The Tuesday Club and The Night Kitchen present a special all night long set with Warehouse Music head honcho Mella Dee.

Portrait of a Lady on Fire

Multiple dates

Showroom

A moving tale of forbidden love by Céline Sciamma. In Brittany in 1760, painter Marianne is commissioned to create a portrait of reluctant bride-to-be Heloise. Part of the Showroom's LGBTQ+ History Month: Ground-Breaking Moments in Lesbian Cinema.

Åkervinda

Thu. 5 March 2020

Firth Hall

Original and modern interpretations of the traditional folk songs of Scandinavia.

Anthropology Band

Fri. 6 March 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Sheffield-based saxophonist, composer and record producer Martin Archer brings a highly talented octet of musicians to revisit the electric period of Miles Davis.

LATE: IWD – She Draws the Line x SheFest 2020

Fri. 6 March 2020

Millennium Gallery

Mark International Women’s Day with an evening of inspiring talks, activities, stalls, craftivism and workshops shining a spotlight on women artists, makers and creators.

Sofie Hagan

Fri. 6 March 2020

The Leadmill

The comedian brings her critically acclaimed Edinburgh Fringe show Bumswing to SheFest. A riotous medley of standup and storytelling, it takes us on a side-splittingly funny journey through the moments we remember and moments we wish we could forget.

Late: IWD – She Draws the Line x SheFest

Fri. 6 March 2020

Millennium Gallery

Celebrate International Women’s Day with an evening of craftivism, workshops, inspirational talks and activities. This Late is all about celebrating female artists and steering away from the male-focused art narrative to shine the spotlight on women.

Priscilla, Queen of the Desert

Mon. 2 March 2020 — Sat. 7 March 2020

Lyceum Theatre

An adventure of self-discovery, sassiness and acceptance.

The Pottery Experience

Multiple dates

The Art House

A full-day workshop providing a great introduction to traditional hand-building techniques and giving you a guided session on the electric potter’s wheel. 

Hospitality Sheffield 2020

Fri. 6 March 2020 — Sat. 7 March 2020

Foundry, Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

Join The Tuesday Club for "a night of guaranteed vibes and unbeatable music with the best drum and bass family in the world."

OneFest and Shabaka Hutchings

Sat. 7 March 2020

The Leadmill

A festival bringing music business education to young people alongside world-class jazz musicians.

New Tricks: SLR Filmmaking

Sat. 7 March 2020

Site Gallery

Learn how to work the camera and capture your own footage at this beginners' workshop.

Elvis Costello and the Imposters

Sat. 7 March 2020

Sheffield City Hall

A Rock and Roll Hall of Famer who, o​​​​​ver the course of his 40 year long career, has embraced multiple genres, inspired millions and written songs many consider to be amongst the best in the world.

Landmass

Mon. 2 March 2020 — Sat. 7 March 2020

Sidney + Matilda

A sonic and visual portrait of the Scottish archipelago of Orkney, created by sound art collective SONA – using photography, field recordings, data visualisation and sonification techniques.

The Duck

Sat. 7 March 2020

Theatre Deli

Sometimes we all feel different, but not everyone has that confirmed by a professional. A funny and moving new play by Rhi Lloyd-Williams, The Duck is an exploration of one woman’s life after she gets her autism diagnosis.

SheFest Saturday

Sat. 7 March 2020

Tudor Square, S1 2LA

SheFest takes over the city centre with this free family friendly day full of activities and live performances showcasing talented Sheffield women. There’ll also be workshops and street food, and stalls from local women's groups and charities.

Girl Gang Period Party

Sat. 7 March 2020

DINA

Girl Gang and menstrual stigma-busting charity Dig Deep bring us an all-dancing, all-singing celebration of periods. A taboo-breaking twist on a party (including the classic game ‘pin the ovary on the fallopian tube’) with fancy dress encouraged.

Anti Diet Riot Club Bus

Sat. 7 March 2020

Tudor Square, Sheffield, S1 2LA

Hop aboard the UK’s first body positivity bus as it delivers intimate women-led workshops on building self-love and acceptance. With Life Drawing, including the chance to model, and Gratitude Journaling where you’ll explore the power of gratitude.

Stand

Sun. 26 January 2020 — Sun. 8 March 2020

Kelham Island Museum

A sculptural sound installation, reinterpreting the museum's collections through contemporary art – drawing connections between the processes of making, the products made, and mental wellbeing. Read our review.

In conversation with Munroe Bergdorf

Sun. 8 March 2020

Sheffield Students' Union Auditorium, Western Bank, S10 2TG

Social activist and model Munroe Bergdorf leads a discussion covering race, gender and her experiences as a transgender woman in the spotlight. The event also features a Q&A with the fierce feminist icon who Teen Vogue call an “unstoppable force”.

Ensemble 360

Tue. 10 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

This lunchtime concert features two of the most glorious works for violin and piano of the later Romantic period.

Raku Tea Bowls with Mike Scown

Wed. 29 January 2020 — Wed. 11 March 2020

The Art House

Make and fire tea bowls using techniques inspired by the 16th-century Japanese tradition of Raku.

TTC x Peachy x SheFest: ANZ, Jossy Mitsu, Tino, & More

Tue. 10 March 2020 — Wed. 11 March 2020

Foundry, Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

The Tuesday Club and Peachy team up to present a very special event in association with SheFest – a group dedicated to championing self-defining women's rights and gender equality through events, activities, workshops, film screenings and more.

Polly: The Heartbreak Opera

Wed. 11 March 2020

Theatre Deli

A raucous, radical, rallying adaptation of 18th-century rom-com Polly, John Gay's banned sequel to The Beggar's Opera. A satirical, unashamedly sexy, and very funny not-quite-musical with songs inspired by Peaches, Britney and Nina Simone.

Spinning Wrists: Synaptic Island Listening Session

Thu. 12 March 2020

Site Gallery

Join DJ collective Synaptic Island for a listening session for female, non binary and trans identifying people and local collectives – sharing influences in sound, music and sampling.

Kabantu

Thu. 12 March 2020

Firth Hall

A bold quartet creating new marriages of music from around the globe to celebrate the space where different cultures meet.

Beach Body Ready

Thu. 12 March 2020

Theatre Deli

The Roaring Girls present this thought-provoking show about the bumpy road to body positivity. Summer is fast approaching, and these women are sticking two fingers up to media ideals of what women should look like. Feel-good theatre at its finest.

How to Use Instagram for Business

Thu. 12 March 2020

Council Room 80, Firth Court, The University of Sheffield, Western Bank, Sheffield

Perfect for entrepreneurs and small business owners, this workshop is delivered by social media agency founder Shehla Ali. Informal and hands on, it will give you the knowledge and tools you need to build awareness of your brand through Instagram.

A Monster Calls

Tue. 10 March 2020 — Sat. 14 March 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Patrick Ness’s A Monster Calls is brought to life by visionary director Sally Cookson. A dazzling insight into love, life and healing.

Drawing Techniques: People, Places and Things with Flora Menager

Sat. 29 February 2020 — Sat. 14 March 2020

The Art House

A crash course in a variety of techniques to help you see and depict all types of subject matter.

Bloc Projects Members Show 2020

Fri. 28 February 2020 — Sat. 14 March 2020

Bloc Projects

The Bloc Projects Members Show is an annual group exhibition that forms a key part of their yearly curated programme and made up of work selected from an open call to Bloc Projects Members.

SheFest Closing Party by Boxie

Sat. 14 March 2020

Record Junkee

See out SheFest at this women-led closing party – with live bands, including the brilliant Sister Wives, as well as DJs and videographers. Delivered by female-focussed events company Boxie, this night closes the chapter on the 2020 festival.

Sheffield Beer Week

Mon. 9 March 2020 — Sun. 15 March 2020

7 days of beery fun.

Reel Steel Cult Weekender

Fri. 13 March 2020 — Sun. 15 March 2020

Abbeydale Picture House

A celebration of iconic cinema. Featuring a double bill of classic horror, some Studio Ghibli magic, Robocop on 35mm, and more.

Cinema Japan 2020

Sun. 2 February 2020 — Sun. 15 March 2020

Celebrations of Japanese culture are taking place across the UK this year to mark the occasion of the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020. Sheffield is joining in with a host of film screenings, showing the diversity and uniqueness of Japanese cinema.

#SelfCareSunday

Sun. 15 March 2020

Union St

Female empowerment collective Society of Queens host this afternoon of uplifting activities, including meditation, workshops, yoga and guest speakers to inspire and elevate young BME women and teach the tools of self-care.

Advanced Wheel

Mon. 6 January 2020 — Mon. 16 March 2020

The Art House

A 10-week pottery course for students who are already competent in the fundamentals of throwing.

Curator Tour: Points of Rupture

Multiple dates

Site Gallery

Join Site Gallery's curator Angelica Sule for an informal tour of Phoebe Davies's Points of Rupture.

Beethoven 250: Wind & Piano

Fri. 20 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A joyful showcase of Beethoven and more from the wind players of Ensemble 360.

Concerteenies with Music in the Round (1 and 2 yr olds)

Fri. 20 March 2020

Channing Hall (Upper Chapel), 45 Surrey Street, S1 2LG

Ensemble 360 performs two relaxed concerts for young children and their grown-ups.

Ant Law Quartet

Fri. 20 March 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A welcome return to Sheffield by Ant Law and this very talented guitar-led band.

Photomarathon Sheffield

Sat. 21 March 2020

Winter Garden, 90 Surrey Street, S1 2LH

Ready, set, snap! Photomarathon Sheffield is a fun photography adventure for all ages. Booking opens on Thursday 30th January at midday – with a limited number of free places for under-16s and charitable organisations.

Cabaret

Tue. 17 March 2020 — Sat. 21 March 2020

Lyceum Theatre

The award-winning landmark musical comes to town – show-stopping choreography, dazzling costumes, iconic songs, and all.

Run Sister Run

Thu. 27 February 2020 — Sat. 21 March 2020

Crucible Theatre

Spanning four decades up to the present day, nurture competes with nature as a pair of sisters navigate their unbreakable bond.

Perched Birds

Sat. 21 March 2020

The Art House

Learn how to make and decorate a ceramic perched bird sculpture at this pottery workshop. 

FoxDot with Lucy Cheesman

Sat. 21 March 2020

Site Gallery

In this family friendly workshop, turn sound samples from the Points of Rupture exhibition into musical compositions using live coding software FoxDot.

Art Battle Sheffield

Sat. 21 March 2020

92 Burton Rd, Sheffield S3 8DA

The global live art tournament comes to Sheffield! Watch artists compete live – transforming blank canvas to finished works in a fixed 20 minutes – and vote for your favourite to go through to the next round.

The Kingdom Come #6

Sat. 21 March 2020

Abbeydale Picture House

Dive into a world of queer joy, at a special Under the Sea edition of Andro and Eve's drag king cabaret.

Beethoven 250: Harmoniemusik

Sun. 22 March 2020

Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

Join Music in the Round for a leisurely Sunday of music, all while enjoying refreshments from the many independent outlets in Kommune.

Beethoven 250: Come & Play

Sun. 22 March 2020

Kommune, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

Come and play along with friendly musicians from Ensemble 360 and Hallam Sinfonia. You'll play through the first movement of Beethoven’s greatest symphony, No. 5 (da-da-da-DUUUUMMM).

Transient Lines

Tue. 17 March 2020 — Sun. 22 March 2020

Bloc Projects

New artwork from four artists – Deborah Lee, Myfanwy Williams, Clee Claire Lee, and Katie Jamieson – which both celebrates and decries boundaries.

Travels with a Sketchbook with Colette Cameron

Multiple dates

The Art House

From taking new creative journeys to taking your sketchbook on holiday – this course will show you how to make a success of it.

Learning to Draw with Colette Cameron

Multiple dates

The Art House

Learn the fundamental techniques needed to create realistic drawings which capture the illusion of 3D objects on the page.

Painting with Acrylics: People, Places and Things with Flora Menager

Mon. 24 February 2020 — Mon. 23 March 2020

The Art House

A 5-week course giving you chance to learn a variety of acrylic painting techniques to represent things, people and places.

Watercolour for Beginners Part 2

Mon. 24 February 2020 — Mon. 23 March 2020

The Art House

Develop your style and delve deeper into the art of watercolour painting.

Creative Writing with Rob Smith

Multiple dates

The Art House

Do you have just too many words? Not enough words? Do your words not do just what you want them to? Join in this ten-week course and explore creative writing in all its forms.

Beginner Wheel

Multiple dates

The Art House

Learn the core skills of throwing on a potter's wheel at this eleven-week course.

Beginners Drawing Techniques with Flora Menager

Multiple dates

The Art House

A 5-week course for absolute beginners or intermediate students, offering an introduction to the fundamentals of art.

Absolute Beginners Acrylics with Mark Beachell

Multiple dates

The Art House

Focusing on using acrylics, you'll be shown how the masters worked and how to interpret these techniques into a style all of your own.

Beyond First Impressions: History of Art with Janice Speddings

Tue. 25 February 2020 — Tue. 24 March 2020

The Art House

Do you want to get know a Caravaggio from a Cassatt or a Rossetti from a Rubens? Then this is the course for you!

Surface Decoration with Krishna Alageswaran

Tue. 25 February 2020 — Tue. 24 March 2020

The Art House

Learn how to use coloured slips, oxides and under-glaze colours with confidence at this 5-week pottery course.

Artistic Development with John Kerr and Mark Beachell

Multiple dates

The Art House

A course offering a practical approach to developing all aspects of artistic development in a wide range media.

Life Drawing with John Kerr and Mark Beachell

Multiple dates

The Art House

A class suitable for both beginners and experienced students alike.

Experimental Life Drawing with Flora Menager

Multiple dates

The Art House

A fun 5-week life drawing course, to help participants build confidence in representing the figure on paper.

Feet, Hands and Faces with Flora Menager

Wed. 26 February 2020 — Wed. 25 March 2020

The Art House

A drawing course where you'll learn to draw –or improve your drawings of – what are considered to be the most difficult parts of the body to portray competently.

Absolute Beginners Oil Painting with Marcin Szuba

Wed. 26 February 2020 — Wed. 25 March 2020

The Art House

In this course you'll learn the fundamentals of handling paint and composition, and observe tonal values and colour relationships.

The Art of Watercolour with John Kerr

Multiple dates

The Art House

A course for all abilities – the beginner or those with some experience who are looking to develop their skills and technique further. 

Interior Design with Mark Beachell

Multiple dates

The Art House

A course designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills to approach any interior design project with confidence.

Glaze Technology with Krishna Alageswaran

Thu. 27 February 2020 — Thu. 26 March 2020

The Art House

A short pottery course exploring both the chemistry and the breadth of application techniques using stoneware glazes.

Lee Scratch Perry

Thu. 26 March 2020

O2 Academy Sheffield

​​​​​​​Lee Scratch Perry is one of reggae’s greatest producers, a pioneer of dub music and a man whose eccentric reputation is matched by the strangeness of his recorded output.

Ligeti Quartet II

Thu. 26 March 2020

Firth Hall

Performing Nicole Lizée’s Another Living Soul – blending the string quartet with the sounds of desk bells, whistling tubes, gravity tubes and more, in a ‘tribute to the pioneers of stop-motion animation’.

Beethoven 250: The Final Sonatas – Steven Osborne

Fri. 27 March 2020

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

A trio of beautifully balanced and contrasting works, played by a thrilling performer.

Nikki Iles Orchestra

Fri. 27 March 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A big band treat! Award-winning pianist and composer Nikki Iles’s Jazz Orchestra marks a new chapter in a long and distinguished career in British jazz.

Lead Stance: Wrestling in Conversation

Fri. 27 March 2020

Site Gallery

Artist Phoebe Davies and curator Angelica Sule are joined by champion wrestlers Ine Barlie and Sofia Aak, and cinematographer Marte Vol to discuss physicality and gender representation in film and contact based sports.

Geisha

Tue. 24 March 2020 — Sat. 28 March 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Two young women, bound by vows of friendship, find themselves in the midst of a collision between East and West in this ballet based on a true story.

Coriolanus

Fri. 6 March 2020 — Sat. 28 March 2020

Crucible Theatre

‘What is the city but the people?’ This contemporary take on Shakespeare’s play about the disconnect between the rulers and the ruled follows Sheffield Theatres' Artistic Director Robert Hastie’s critically acclaimed Julius Caesar.

Future Makers '20

Sat. 8 February 2020 — Sat. 28 March 2020

Theatre Deli

A series of fun, free workshops for the next generation of theatre and film makers. Open to 14-to-19-year-olds in Sheffield. Apply now!

Drilling Basics: Introductory Wrestling Workshops

Multiple dates

Site Gallery

Join Ine Barlie and Sofia Aak for introductory day for girls and women, split into different age groups to give a safe and comfortable space to learn about freestyle wrestling and try out some throws and holds. 

Watercolours for the Terrified with Anna Massey

Mon. 24 February 2020 — Mon. 30 March 2020

The Art House

This six-week introduction to watercolours is suitable for complete beginners or those who would like to learn from scratch.

My Nu Leng & M8s

Tue. 31 March 2020 — Wed. 1 April 2020

Foundry, Sheffield Students’ Union, Western Bank, S10 2TG

The Tuesday Club is hosting My Nu Leng as they return to the city for the Sheffield leg of their My Nu Leng & M8s UK tour.

Easter Holiday Workshop with Maud Haya-Baviera

Multiple dates

Site Gallery

Join the Platform artist for a two -part workshop investigating narratives of British history told through archival images. For ages 14+.

Tomorrow's Stars Today

Fri. 3 April 2020

Crucible Theatre

American rising stars, violinist Randall Goosby and pianist Jonathan Ware, make their Crucible Studio debut supported by the Young Classical Artists Trust (YCAT).

Maya Youssef Trio

Fri. 3 April 2020

Crucible Theatre

Damascus-born Maya Youssef is hailed as ‘the queen of the qanun’, a traditional Syrian 78-stringed plucked zither.

Funny Girl

Tue. 31 March 2020 — Sat. 4 April 2020

Lyceum Theatre

A celebration of the underdog made good, this iconic musical is based on the life and career of real-life Broadway star, film actress and comedienne Fanny Brice.

Saturday Wheel

Multiple dates

The Art House

A pottery course for beginners and improvers, teaching the core skills of throwing on a potter's wheel.

New Tricks: Video Editing

Sat. 4 April 2020

Site Gallery

Understand the basics of video editing software Adobe Premiere and learn how different cuts and transitions can impact your film.

Sharrow Lantern Carnival

Sun. 5 April 2020

Mount Pleasant Park, Abbeydale Road, S7 1BY

Each spring, a huge parade of wild and wonderful creations illuminates the streets to the south of the city.

These Hills Are Ours

Tue. 7 April 2020

Crucible Theatre

Do you ever want to run away from it all? Dan and Boff did exactly that. These Hills Are Ours uses story and song to tell what they found out on their journeys.

Idol

Wed. 8 April 2020 — Thu. 9 April 2020

Crucible Theatre

A daring and unapologetic examination of religion, pop culture and Black representation.

The Sound of Music

Tue. 7 April 2020 — Sat. 11 April 2020

Lyceum Theatre

One of the greatest musicals of all time returns to the stage in a magnificent production to enchant and enthral the young and the young at heart.

Richard Bartle: Nomadic Tales

Sat. 18 January 2020 — Sun. 12 April 2020

Millennium Gallery

Spectacular paintings inspired by the 14th-century artist known as Black Pen – whose work crossed the borders of Turkey, Iran, China and Mongolia, depicting demons, nomadic lifestyles and ancient cultures. Read our review.

Loved&Lost

Sat. 14 December 2019 — Mon. 13 April 2020

Weston Park Museum

A beautiful, intensely moving exploration of loss and grief by documentary photographer Simon Bray. Read our review.

Taking Hold

Thu. 16 April 2020

Site Gallery

Join Phoebe Davies for this artist talk and screening – where she'll discuss her practice and solo exhibition interspersed with clips, references and videos that have shaped her practice.

Trish Clowes – My Iris

Fri. 17 April 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Saxophonist Trish Clowes draws inspiration from the concept of an iris opening and the kaleidoscopic range of sounds which the band are exploring. Hosted by Sheffield Jazz.

Harry Styles

Fri. 17 April 2020

Sheffield Arena, Broughton Ln, Sheffield S9 2DF

One Directioner turned solo.

An Inspector Calls

Tue. 14 April 2020 — Sat. 18 April 2020

Lyceum Theatre

The National Theatre's multi award-winning production returns after a sell-out London season and American tour.

Soundscapes with Marlo De Lara and Sarah Statham

Sat. 18 April 2020

Site Gallery

Experiment with instruments and sound technology at this family-friendly workshop using sounds from the Points of Rupture exhibition as inspiration.

Alan Barnes + 11

Fri. 24 April 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Alan Barnes celebrates his 60th birthday with a collection of tunes from his birth year in large-group format with new arrangements by trombonist Mark Nightingale.

Ghost Stories

Tue. 21 April 2020 — Sat. 25 April 2020

Lyceum Theatre

See the international stage phenomenon, direct from the West End, in its first ever UK Tour.

Exhibition Tour with the Society of Explorers

Sat. 25 April 2020

Site Gallery

Join the young people from Society of Explorers for an informal walk through Site Gallery's current exhibition, Points of Rupture.

Jason Rebello Trio

Thu. 30 April 2020

Firth Hall, Firth Court, University of Sheffield, Western Bank, S10 2TN

Jason Rebello is one of the most inventive pianists to emerge from the UK since he burst onto the scene in the early 90s.

Six

Tue. 28 April 2020 — Sat. 2 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Nominated for five Olivier Awards including Best New Musical, the sell-out international smash hit Six comes to Sheffield.

Palm to Palm: Movement Workshop

Sat. 2 May 2020

Site Gallery

Artist and choreographer duo Bhebhe&Davies lead an intergenerational workshop exploring physicality and performance for camera, drawing on dance, resistance training, sports drills, and other systems of movement.

Yazz Ahmed's Hafla Band

Fri. 8 May 2020

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

A welcome return to the Sheffield Jazz stage following her hugely popular 2018 Crookes gig.

Once

Tue. 5 May 2020 — Sat. 9 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

A spell-binding and uplifting story of hopes and dreams centred on two lost souls: a Dublin street busker and a Czech musician.

Dial M For Murder

Tue. 12 May 2020 — Sat. 16 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Can you ever get away with the perfect crime?

Movement with Angga Kara

Sat. 16 May 2020

Site Gallery

Collaborate with artist, coach and choreographer Angga Kara in this family-friendly workshop.

Points of Rupture

Fri. 21 February 2020 — Sun. 17 May 2020

Site Gallery

An exhibition of new moving image work, a soundscape and installation by Phoebe Davies, exploring tactility, training and the recovery of athletes engaged in contact sports.

English Touring Opera

Mon. 18 May 2020 — Tue. 19 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Giulio Cesare (Julius Caesar), one of Handel’s most celebrated operas: a story of passion and revenge. And Così fan tutte by Mozart, a glorious music and farcical story of young love and fidelity.

Peppa Pig's Best Day Ever

Fri. 22 May 2020 — Sat. 23 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Peppa Pig is excited to be going on a special day out with George, Mummy Pig and Daddy Pig – it’s going to be her best day ever!

Oliver Twist

Wed. 13 May 2020 — Sat. 23 May 2020

Crucible Theatre

Born into poverty and misfortune, Oliver Twist escapes the workhouse for a life of adventure where he joins the Artful Dodger, Fagin and their mischievous gang of pick pockets.

Bloc Billboard: Robin Waart

Fri. 28 February 2020 — Sun. 24 May 2020

Bloc Projects

Artist Robin Waart is the first artist to present work as part of the 2020 billboard programme on the side of the gallery on Eyre Lane.

The Red Shoes

Tue. 26 May 2020 — Sat. 30 May 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Matthew Bourne’s triumphant adaptation of the legendary film returns after winning two Olivier Awards and dazzling audiences across the UK and the USA.

Festival of Debate

Tue. 14 April 2020 — Sun. 31 May 2020

Get informed, inspired and filled with ideas for positive change.

Billionaire Boy

Wed. 3 June 2020 — Sat. 6 June 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Joe Spud is twelve years old and the richest boy in the country. He has his own sports car, two crocodiles as pets and £100,000 a week pocket money! But what Joe doesn't have is a friend.

Doc/Fest

Thu. 4 June 2020 — Tue. 9 June 2020

Showroom

Each June, the world of documentary descends on Sheffield to showcase some of the most fascinating factual films going.

Photomarathon Sheffield exhibition

Sat. 25 April 2020 — Sun. 21 June 2020

Millennium Gallery

One day in the life of the city, from the perspective of the entrants in this year's Photomarathon photography challenge.

Heathers

Tue. 23 June 2020 — Sat. 27 June 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Greetings and salutations! Welcome to Westerberg High, where popularity is so very a matter of life and death, and Veronica Sawyer is just another of the nobodies dreaming of a better day.

Here's What She Said To Me

Thu. 18 June 2020 — Sat. 4 July 2020

Crucible Theatre

Meet three generations of women on two continents and follow their need to connect with each other across time and space.

The Kite Runner

Tue. 30 June 2020 — Sat. 4 July 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Based on Khaled Hosseini’s international bestselling novel, this haunting tale of friendship spans cultures and continents and follows one man’s journey to confront his past and find redemption.

Derren Brown: Showman

Tue. 14 July 2020 — Sat. 18 July 2020

Lyceum Theatre

The master of mind control and psychological illusion returns to the stage with a brand new live show.

Oscar and the Pink Lady

Fri. 26 June 2020 — Sat. 18 July 2020

Crucible Theatre

Oscar is ten. He lives in a children’s hospital. It’s a frantic, magnificent and scary place, and he feels very much alone.

The Folk Forest

Sat. 18 July 2020 — Sun. 19 July 2020

Endcliffe Park

An oasis of calm between the trees. With music, arts and crafts market, heritage craft workshops, and more.

Proud! Telling LGBT+ Stories in Sheffield

Tue. 1 October 2019 — Fri. 31 July 2020

Weston Park Museum

A display created in collaboration with LGBT+ people living in Sheffield, exploring the city's LGBT+ history and contemporary life.

Stormzy

Wed. 16 September 2020

Sheffield Arena, Broughton Ln, Sheffield S9 2DF

Grime pioneer turned global superstar.

9 to 5

Tue. 15 September 2020 — Sat. 19 September 2020

Lyceum Theatre

9 to 5 the Musical tells the story of three workmates pushed to boiling point by their sexist and egotistical boss.

Sheffield Ceramics Festival

Sat. 19 September 2020 — Sun. 20 September 2020

Walled Garden, Meersbrook Park, S8 9FB

Pottery and sculpture in beautiful surroundings.

The Commitments

Mon. 5 October 2020 — Sat. 10 October 2020

Lyceum Theatre

The story of Jimmy Rabbitte, a young working class music fan, who shapes an unlikely bunch of amateur musicians and friends into an amazing live act, the finest soul band Dublin has ever produced.

Sheffield Year of Reading 2020

Wed. 1 January 2020 — Thu. 31 December 2020

Bringing people together to share the simple joy of reading – on the page and in the streets.