Colourful galleries and lively theatres. Exciting museums and inspiring cinemas. Loud music venues and peaceful libraries. They may be closed for now but the doors to Sheffield culture are eagerly waiting to reopen, just as soon as it’s safe to do so. Discover some cultural highlights from our creative city below. We look forward to welcoming you in the future.
Sheffield is home to a string of galleries. Museums Sheffield’s Millennium Gallery and Graves Gallery hold the city collections and host major temporary exhibitions. Site Gallery is a contemporary art stalwart, while both S1 Artspace and Yorkshire Artspace provide both exhibition and studio space for the city’s artists and makers. On top of that, there’s screen print specialists APG Works, the ever-inspiring Bloc Projects, social art club Sidney + Matilda, and the super inclusive workshop venue the Art House. Shining a spotlight on local talent are Cupola in Hillsborough and Gage Gallery in Kelham Island.
Our city of steel has fascinating stories to tell, many of which are told at Kelham Island Museum, Shepherd Wheel and Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet. Discover pre-history to the present day at Weston Park Museum, and natural history at Alfred Denny Museum. Have a good play at the National Videogame Museum, clamber into historic fire engines at the National Emergency Services Museum, and take a trip back to Tudor Sheffield at Manor Lodge.
Tudor Square is the centre of Sheffield’s theatreland, home to Sheffield Theatres’ Lyceum, the iconic Crucible and the Crucible Studio, as well as the underground Library Theatre. A deserted shop turned theatre, Theatre Deli specialises in emerging talent and immersive shows. Meanwhile local community groups take to the stage at the Montgomery and the super cosy Lantern Theatre.
The Showroom is Sheffield’s indie cinema. As well as bringing the best new, classic and art house films to the screen, it also hosts festivals in everything from horror to documentary. The 1920s Abbeydale Picture House is one of the most atmospheric places to catch a film, while student-run cinema Film Unit puts together a great programme at bargain ticket prices. Here to fulfil all your blockbuster and popcorn desires are The Light, Curzon, Odeon Luxe, Vue, and Cineworld. And with a lively community cinema scene, Sheffield has something for every type of film fan.
Sheffield isn’t short of iconic music venues. The Leadmill, City Hall, Yellow Arch Studios, Corporation and Academy are longstanding favourites for many touring musicians. Additions like converted snooker hall Picture House Social, warehouse venue Hope Works, and the expansive Network have bolstered the city’s place on touring circuits. As a city with a strong DIY culture, Sheffield is dotted with characterful small music venues and a host of pubs offering regular gigs and a range of genres.
Festivals are the lifeblood of culture in Sheffield. There’s a music festival for all tastes – from Sheffield Chamber Music Festival to electronic No Bounds, hip-hop showcase Fire in the Park, experimental AlgoMech and the music and film focussed Sensoria. Tramlines welcomes massive pop and rock acts, and its Fringe fills venues across the city with music. The city’s film festivals will have something to thrill you, with Sheffield Adventure Film Festival, Celluloid Screams, and Doc/Fest. Curious minds will be nourished by inspiring speakers at Off the Shelf, Festival of Debate, and Festival of the Mind. Migration Matters celebrates Refugee Week in the city, while Our Mel marks Black History Month. SheFest shines a spotlight on International Women’s Day, and Pride in Sheffield brings together the LGBTQ+ community. Sheffield Food Festival and Sheffield Beer Week fill our bellies and quench our thirst. Sheffield Modern, meanwhile, explores the city’s architecture, and Heritage Open Day journeys into the city’s past. The University of Sheffield regularly opens it doors for festivals and events that celebrate and share its world-class research. And there’s tons of family fun to be had at Sheffield Carnival, Out of this World, and Chance to Dance.