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

Factory Floor live soundtrack to Metropolis, Sensoria 2017. Photo by Laura Merrill courtesy of Sensoria

A festival named after a track by Sheffield synth pioneers Cabaret Voltaire? You know you’re onto a winner with Sensoria right away.

Sensoria is Sheffield's festival of film, music and digital art. Since it started out in 2008, Sensoria has projected films in places we’d never have thought would make for cinemas – The Big Blue at Hathersage lido, Threads on the hill above Sheffield station, Metropolis with a live soundtrack by Factory Floor in a steel mill turned museum. It's staged bands and installations in buildings we'd thought were beyond use. And Sensoria isn’t just skilled at location scouting; it's hosted some of the most memorable music of recent years in Sheffield, bringing to town the likes of Laurie Anderson, Bo Ningen, Michael Rother, and a roving Richard Hawley, John Grant and Bill Ryder-Jones triple bill.

See our top picks of the Sensoria 2018 programme.

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Yellow Arch Cafe Sessions #9

Wed. 21 November 2018

Yellow Arch Studios

A cosy, candle-lit evening of acoustic indie music, with Alessi's Ark, Charlotte Carpenter and the Azenas.

John Fairhurst Band

Sun. 2 December 2018

Yellow Arch Studios

An explosion of textures, influences and intoxicating musicianship.

Mary and the Witch's Flower

Multiple dates

Film Unit

Twelve year-old Mary is transported to the magical Endor College where she quickly finds herself in trouble, as all is a little more sinister than it first appears. A modern animated classic from new Japanese company Studio Ponoc.

Ensemble 360

Fri. 25 January 2019

Upper Chapel, Norfolk Street, S1 2JD

French and English music for oboe and piano by Adrian Wilson and Tim Horton.