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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.

International Dance and Food Extravaganza

Thu. 27 June 2019

Hallam View Restaurant, Owen Building, Howard Street, S1 1WB

A night with fantastic international dance groups, an Indian feast and a raffle – all to raise funds to support bursaries for women in engineering.

Soft Blushes of New Dawns

Sun. 16 June 2019 — Thu. 27 June 2019

35 Chapel Walk

An exhibition celebrating life with Parkinson’s Disease, hosted by Amity Arts and featuring work by three artists – two with Parkinson’s and one a carer.

Dib Dab Dob Cabaret

Fri. 28 June 2019

St Catherine's Scout Hut, Holtwood Road, Pitsmoor, S4 7BA

A Scout-themed cabaret held in an actual Scout hut, hosted by Sheffield's finest poet-comedian Stan Skinny.

BAMER Pride

Fri. 28 June 2019

Millennium Gallery

Marking 50 years since the Stonewall Riots and making space for Black, Asian, minority ethnic and refugee LGBT+ people to come together and be proud within their multiple identities.

We're Going on a Bear Hunt

Fri. 28 June 2019 — Sat. 29 June 2019

The Montgomery

A mischievous celebration of play, based on the much-loved book by Michael Rosen and Helen Oxenbury.

Girl on the Train

Mon. 24 June 2019 — Sat. 29 June 2019

Lyceum Theatre

The gripping story of a woman who finds herself as witness and suspect in a mystery, based on the hit novel and film.

Chance to Dance

Sat. 29 June 2019

Peace Gardens, Tudor Square, Barkers Pool, Winter Garden, The Moor

One big day of music and movement in the city centre.

The Degree Show

Sat. 15 June 2019 — Sat. 29 June 2019

Sheffield Institute of Arts Gallery

It's that time of year again, where we all get the chance to see the work of the current crop of graduates from arts schools across the country and to seek out the next generation of talent. Read our David's review.

Festival of Debate

Fri. 19 April 2019 — Sun. 30 June 2019

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

Playground

Multiple dates

Site Gallery

Chance to give the latest digital games and toys a go. Ready, set, play!

A Corner of Paradise

Sat. 29 June 2019 — Sun. 30 June 2019

Millennium Gallery

You’re invited to re-imagine Paradise, for an exhibition of ideas, art and photos.

Making Ways

Sat. 29 June 2019 — Sun. 30 June 2019

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of work created at public workshops over the past two months, supported by the Making Ways contemporary art programme.

King Lear: Retold

Tue. 2 July 2019

Crucible Theatre

A modern interpretation of Shakespeare’s greatest tragedy from Under the Stars, a group of adults with learning disabilities.

In Fabric

Multiple dates

Showroom

A loving throwback to Italian horror greats, and a darkly comic take on consumerism centred on a demonic dress. Don't miss the chance to join director Peter Strickland for an in-person Q&A at a special preview screening on 4th June.

Apollo 11

Multiple dates

Showroom

Apollo 11 takes us straight to the heart of NASA's most celebrated mission, crafted from a newly discovered trove of 65mm footage. Vividly experience those momentous days and hours in 1969 when humankind took a giant leap into the future.

The People's Palace of Possibility

Multiple dates

Theatre Deli

Help us to build the People’s Palace of Possibility in this participatory installation created by The Bare Project. Discover distant utopias, cast off your fears for the future, and begin to create a better one.

Electrolyte

Fri. 5 July 2019

Crucible Theatre

A powerful piece of gig-theatre exploring mental health through live music and storytelling.

Uncertain Spaces: Kenopsia

Sat. 8 June 2019 — Sat. 6 July 2019

Cupola Gallery

A solo exhibition by Andy Cropper, exploring the overlooked areas of a fascinating city and the eerie atmosphere that nighttime creates. Read our Sean's review.

Hair

Mon. 1 July 2019 — Sat. 6 July 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Welcome to the Age of Aquarius.

This Life is so Everyday

Sat. 30 March 2019 — Sat. 6 July 2019

Graves Gallery

A an exhibition on the home in British art from 1950 to 1980, looking at the ways we're shaped by the space behind the front door.

Touch Down: a Lunar Exploration by utk

Thu. 4 July 2019 — Sat. 6 July 2019

Bloc Projects

On the 50th anniversary of the Apollo moon landing, a group of four artists considers how the enduring relationship with our nearest neighbour still continues to influence our imagination.

Imagining The Future of Work

Sat. 6 July 2019

Theatre Deli

Part performance and part conversation, this workshop invites you to co-create the future of work. Drawing on ideas of such utopians as Charlotte Perkins Gilman and William Morris and looking at issues of instability, inequality, automation and more.

Soapbox Racer

Wed. 3 July 2019 — Sat. 6 July 2019

The Local Theatre

The story of how Kay builds a soapbox car to win back her ex, but accidentally re-makes a relationship with her dad, and connects with her inner daredevil.

The Folk Forest

Sat. 6 July 2019 — Sun. 7 July 2019

Endcliffe Park

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

A Green New Deal For Sheffield?

Thu. 11 July 2019

Theatre Deli

Pioneer of the Green New Deal Colin Hines joins activists from Youth Strike 4 Climate and Extinction Rebellion Sheffield to discuss what the idea means for our long-term environmental and economic prosperity.

Great Northern Contemporary Craft Fair

Multiple dates

Millennium Gallery

A fabulous opportunity to pick up work from over 70 of the UK’s best established and emerging artists and designer-makers.

Little Miss Sunshine

Tue. 9 July 2019 — Sat. 13 July 2019

Lyceum Theatre

A new musical comedy based on the Oscar-winning film, celebrating the quirks of every family and the power of overcoming our differences.

600 People

Fri. 12 July 2019 — Sat. 13 July 2019

Theatre Deli

“We step out of our solar system, into the universe, seeking only peace and friendship.” So says the message on the Voyager spacecraft. But is anyone out there? Somewhere between stand-up and astrophysics lecture, this a simple show about big ideas.

Tom J Newell: Endless Toil

Tue. 18 June 2019 — Sun. 14 July 2019

The Viewing Room, Castle House, Angel Street, S3 8LS

A solo exhibition of pieces from the pen of one of Sheffield's most distinctive artists.

Goldsmiths North

Fri. 12 July 2019 — Sun. 14 July 2019

Cutlers' Hall, Church Street, S1 1HG

The magnificent Cutlers' Hall plays host to a fair bringing together over 60 independent silversmiths and jewellery makers.

Glenn Moore

Sun. 14 July 2019

New Barrack Tavern, 601 Penistone Road, S6 2GA

An Edinburgh Fringe preview from a Sheffield alumni. Expect notes, deviation, uncertainty and a lower price than you’ll get after August – at preview shows, there’s magic in watching the primordial potential take shape in front of your eyes.

Never-Land-Sheffield

Fri. 21 June 2019 — Sun. 14 July 2019

Yorkshire Artspace

Young people are invited to takeover Persistence Works Gallery and create a fictional nowhere, imagining what Europe will be like in 200 years.

Food, Farming and the City: How Can We Feed Sheffield Sustainably?

Wed. 17 July 2019

Theatre Deli

With so many cooperatives and organisations working towards making food sustainable, and supporting communities to grow their own, what is next for Sheffield? Join Regather and others for a conversation over a locally-sourced feast.

Tales Of Whatever

Multiple dates

Shakespeare's

Sheffield’s resident true storytelling night, in which well-known comedians are invited to the stage alongside other artists and performers to tell true stories of their lives which are funny and heartwarming in much the same way.

How We May Flourish

Thu. 18 July 2019

Theatre Deli

A discussion on ideas for radical, progressive change – on what it means to flourish and how we get there.

We Go Round in Circles (Not Like Dancers)

Fri. 19 July 2019

Theatre Deli

Inspired by and in reaction to the current political climate, this piece explores the relationship between the performers, the space and you, the audience – using a mix of visual arts, movement, acro-balance and moments of British Sign Language.

Life of Pi

Fri. 28 June 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

Crucible Theatre

A dazzling theatrical adaptation of an epic journey of endurance and hope, based on Yann Martel's extraordinary and much-loved novel.

Horrible Histories

Wed. 17 July 2019 — Sat. 20 July 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Bringing historical figures and events back to life in incredible ways.

High Hopes

Sat. 20 July 2019

Theatre Deli

An outdoor show by a Troupe of 15 talented young circus performers, sharing their hopes and feelings on climate action using trapeze, hoops and silks, and celebrating the potential of ordinary humans to be extraordinary.

Edible Yarden

Sat. 20 July 2019

Theatre Deli

Join Manor and Castle Development Trust for a workshop in how to take control of what you eat and use what is available around you – like recycling old shoes and growing your own food in them.

Sci-Fi Poetry & Art Workshop

Sat. 20 July 2019

Theatre Deli

Join spoken word artist and theatre maker Edalia Day for a workshop using sci-fi, robots, aliens and space travel to explore neurodiversity, disability, gender, and the idea of being an outsider. See where your imagination takes you.

The Forest of Arden

Sat. 20 July 2019

Theatre Deli

Join cycling Shakespeare company The HandleBards for the launch of their latest adventure, which aims to build a global forest connected by stories, culture and poetry. With poetry and theatrical performances and a tree planting workshop.

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.

Tramlines Fringe

Fri. 19 July 2019 — Mon. 22 July 2019

Bungalows and Bears

This year's Bungalows lineup features Yazmin Lacey, Galaxians, Baba Naga and more – all for free.

From Brooklyn Works to Brooklynism

Mon. 17 June 2019 — Wed. 24 July 2019

Kelham Island Museum

A series of talks, walks and performances in Kelham Island, looking at untold stories of the area's transformation, urban regeneration, and hipster enterprise.

Botanicals

Sat. 6 July 2019 — Sat. 27 July 2019

Exchange Place Studios, Exchange Street, S2 5SZ

Floral-themed pieces from 30 artists from the UK and Europe, plus chances to get hands-on in creative painting and perfume making workshops.

Nordic By Nature: Modern Design and Prints

Sat. 4 May 2019 — Sun. 28 July 2019

Weston Park Museum

A small piece of Scandinavia has come to Sheffield.

A Strange Weave of Time and Space

Fri. 12 July 2019 — Sun. 28 July 2019

Site Gallery

An exhibition and research project looking at aura and authenticity in a post-digital world.

Avenue Q

Mon. 29 July 2019 — Sat. 3 August 2019

Lyceum Theatre

The naughtiest puppets around are heading to town for a hilarious musical with a warm (and fuzzy) heart.

Bloc Projects Members Show 2019

Fri. 19 July 2019 — Sat. 3 August 2019

Bloc Projects

A selection of work by artists from across the UK who are currently benefitting from being part of the Bloc Projects Members Scheme.

Makers Mark

Sat. 13 July 2019 — Sat. 24 August 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show bringing together a mix of artists, works and mediums.

RESOLVE Collective: The Garage

Fri. 5 July 2019 — Sat. 24 August 2019

S1 Artspace

This summer, interdisciplinary design collective RESOLVE will transform S1 Artspace into a "living archive" – with a series of events that explore how we feel about our shared built environment.

Platform 2019

Thu. 8 August 2019 — Sun. 1 September 2019

Site Gallery

Highlights of work by the first five artists on the Freelands Artists Programme, an initiative supporting emerging artists in Sheffield City Region.

John Ruskin: Art and Wonder

Wed. 29 May 2019 — Sun. 15 September 2019

Millennium Gallery

An exhibition of artworks, books and artefacts exploring John Ruskin's thinking on art and natural history, 200 years on from his birth.

Reasons To Stay Alive

Fri. 13 September 2019 — Sat. 28 September 2019

Crucible Theatre

A theatrical adaptation of Matt Haig's frank and funny bestseller, celebrating what it means to be alive.

Cinderella

Tue. 24 September 2019 — Sat. 28 September 2019

Lyceum Theatre

An enchanting winter wonderland with Northern Ballet’s beautiful re-imagining of Cinderella.

We Will Rock You

Mon. 30 September 2019 — Sat. 5 October 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Queen and Ben Elton's mega hit comes to the Sheffield stage.

Creep Show

Sat. 5 October 2019

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

Sensoria host the premiere live performance by a group made up of John Grant and the dark analogue electro of Wrangler (Stephen Mallinder, Phil Winter, Benge).

Beyond The Real

Sat. 31 August 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show bringing together a variety of works in different mediums.

NSFW

Sat. 31 August 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Cupola Gallery

A group show, bringing to Cupola a mix of works on the theme of Not Safe For Work.

The Woman in Black

Mon. 7 October 2019 — Sat. 12 October 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Susan Hill’s acclaimed ghost story comes to the Sheffield stage, with the story of a lawyer who becomes convinced that his family are cursed.

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.

The Last King of Scotland

Fri. 27 September 2019 — Sat. 19 October 2019

Crucible Theatre

The first stage adaptation of the novel that inspired the Oscar-winning movie, The Last King of Scotland is an electrifying thriller about corruption and complicity set in Uganda.

On Your Feet!

Tue. 15 October 2019 — Sat. 19 October 2019

Lyceum Theatre

The true love story of Gloria and Emilio Estefan, told in musical form.

Alice in Wonderland

Sun. 20 October 2019

The Montgomery

Join the tea party and meet the Mad Hatter, the White Rabbit, Cheshire Cat and the Queen of Hearts.

Curtains

Tue. 29 October 2019 — Sat. 2 November 2019

Lyceum Theatre

A hilarious whodunnit packed full of catchy songs, unforgettable characters and plot twists galore.

Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat

Tue. 5 November 2019 — Sat. 9 November 2019

Lyceum Theatre

Tim Rice and Andrew Lloyd Webber’s magical family musical comes to Sheffield, retelling the Biblical story of Joseph, his eleven brothers and the coat of many colours.

Joanna Whittle

Sat. 19 October 2019 — Sat. 16 November 2019

Cupola Gallery

A solo exhibition of both real and imagined landscapes by a local painter.

Pauline Rignall

Sat. 19 October 2019 — Sat. 16 November 2019

Cupola Gallery

A solo exhibition of paintings.

Yorkshire Artspace Open Studios

Sat. 16 November 2019 — Sun. 17 November 2019

Yorkshire Artspace

A weekend of nosying around some of the most fascinating artists' studios in town.

My Mother Said I Never Should

Fri. 8 November 2019 — Sat. 23 November 2019

Crucible Theatre

A moving exploration of the lives of four generations of women in one family, shifting back and forth in time through the huge social changes of the past century.

Motown

Tue. 19 November 2019 — Sat. 30 November 2019

Lyceum Theatre

The hit West End musical brings the story of the record label's founder and legendary artists to the Sheffield stage.

Cinderella

Fri. 6 December 2019 — Sun. 5 January 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Panto time!

Guys and Dolls

Sat. 7 December 2019 — Sat. 18 January 2020

Lyceum Theatre

Roll the dice and fall in love under the bright lights of New York city.