Migration Matters Festival 2022

17 Jun 2022 - 25 Jun 2022

A vibrant arts festival celebrating the ‘richness of Sheffield’ returns this summer - with 50 pay-as-you-feel events.

Migration Matters Festival takes place from June 17-25 to highlight the positive impact migration and refugees have in Sheffield, as well as bring the whole city together. Theatre, music, food and performance events featuring renowned artists are just some of the activities running in well-known venues , from The Leadmill live music venue to The Montgomery theatre.

The festival shines a light on international communities which call Sheffield home but may not be widely known. Festival director Sam Holland said: “The festival shows you who is in the city. It shows you who your neighbours are and it is a lovely, eye-opening way of getting to know the richness of Sheffield."

This year’s Migration Matters Festival will have a guest programmer. Taiwanese artist Howl Yuan has put together a strand of events, from talks to films and theatre, exploring the concept and notion of diaspora.

In a scoop for the festival, acclaimed British author Lemn Sissay will talk about his extraordinary life through his book, My Name is Why, at The Montgomery.

Nigerian musician Seun Kuti, son of Afrobeat pioneer Fela Kuti, is to perform with Fela’s original band, Egypt 80, at Foundry Sheffield in a collaboration with La Rumba.

All-female world music supergroup Les Amazones d’Afrique are to wow The Leadmill with a high-octane gig.

Opening and closing parties will feature food from Open Kitchen Social Club Sheffield, which offers shared meals for all in need.

The Phosphoros Theatre Company, a dynamic company of lived experience refugee performers, will also showcase their latest play, All The Beds I Have Slept In, and walking group Peaks of Colour will help people experience the Peak District in a safe space.

All events run on a ‘pay as you feel’ basis and booking through Sheffield company Tickets for Good will open soon.

Visit migrationmattersfestival.co.uk.

The festival is funded by Arts Council England, the University of Sheffield and the Evan Cornish Foundation as well as the National Lottery Community Fund.


Tickets are pay as you feel and include free tickets/events