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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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Taking Lives

Multiple dates


A season looking at art, activism and the death penalty on screen, organised with Amnesty International and Sheffield University. Featuring In Cold Blood, Dancer in the Dark, The Widow of Saint-Pierre, and A Short Film About Killing.


Sat. 18 May 2019

Site Gallery

A night of karaoke-style performances, introducing art criticism and theory through the medium of pop music.

Clara and Agathe

Fri. 17 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

Sheffield's resident chamber musicians Ensemble 360 perform this Friday afternoon rush-hour concert featuring Brahms's glorious Sextet in G for strings.

Meet the Musicians: Adrian Wilson

Mon. 13 May 2019

Crucible Theatre

A recital on the theme of figures from Greek legends, from a world-class oboe player.