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


Thu. 27 September 2018 — Sat. 6 October 2018

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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Multiple dates

Film Unit

The story of a mother and her night nanny, starring Charlize Theron.

Me and My Bee

Fri. 2 November 2018

The Montgomery

An intimate family show tackling big issues with live music and comedy.

Will Gregory Moog Ensemble

Sat. 6 October 2018

Trafalgar Warehouse, 120 Trafalgar Street, S1 4JT

New music played on vintage synthesisers. Led by Goldfrapp keyboard player Will Gregory and featuring renowned composers, members of Portishead, and more.

Handmade Cinema

A community cinema that transforms spaces into magical cinematic wonderlands.