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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.

Come back soon for our picks of Sensoria 2019.

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Get Out

Thu. 31 October 2019

Sheffield General Cemetery

This Halloween, join the Leadmill as they decamp to the Samuel Worth Chapel in the General Cemetery for an 11pm screening of genre-crossing horror Get Out – possibly the most talked-about film of the year upon its release in 2017.

Bear Tree Records

Tucked away upstairs in the craft workshops of Orchard Square, Bear Tree Records was set up by Joe Blanchard – a familiar face to many who have flicked through various Sheffield vinyl racks over the years.

Richard Hawley

No musician has as deep a connection to Sheffield as Richard Hawley. Here he talks about the "grim up north" myth and how Sheffield inspires his music.

O'Higgins and Luft play Monk and Trane

Fri. 8 November 2019

Crookes Social Club, Mulehouse Road, S10 1TD

Expect swing, fun, grooves and moods from this exciting new collaboration, hosted by Sheffield Jazz.