Sheffield Culture Events Online this Spring  

Sheffield’s cultural organisations are now on the road to reopening from 17 May, in line with the Government’s projected roadmap timescales (fingers crossed). While we’ve still got a few weeks before they can open their doors again, there’s no lack of cultural happenings in the city as there’s still plenty taking place online.

If you fancy delving into some culture from the comfort of home, here’s a round-up virtual events and festivals to enjoy over coming weeks…

Site Gallery’s Digital Realness Season
The Digital Realness Season opened back in March and continues to run online until 31 May. The programme is about exploring the merging of digital and physical realities through immersive online exhibitions, discussions, family workshops, reading groups, screenings and more. One of the most recent online exhibitions to launch is Cis Penance by artist Zoyander Street, which takes the form of an interactive digital game exploring stories of transgender and nonbinary people. Play the game here and discover more about the Digital Realness Season at:

Open Up logoOpen Up 2021
Sheffield’s open studio event usually takes place over two weekends in May, but for 2021 it's going online – and spanning the whole of May. Open Up 2021 will showcase the work of participating artists on dedicated pages on the event's website. Expect to see artists working in everything from watercolour, oil and acrylic paint to jewellery, ceramics, textiles, crafts, wood, glass, photography, print and mixed media. As well as browsing and potentially buying artworks, you'll also be able to join in virtual studio demonstrations and artwork tours. See the artists at:

Sheffield Chamber Music Festival 2021
The city’s annual celebration of chamber music, is online again this year. Last year it featured musicians performing in their homes; this year it’s back in the Crucible Studio. Organised by Music in the Round and featuring resident musicians Ensemble 360, plus special guests Paul Lewis, Doric String Quartet and Concerteenies with Polly Ives, Sheffield Chamber Music Festival will comprise more than 20 specially curated performances, talks and family events premiering over five days, 11 - 15 May. For more info, visit:

Sheffield Museums Online Events & Exhibitions
Museums Sheffield and Sheffield Industrial Museums Trust have now officially joined together to become Sheffield Museums, a new unified museums service for the city and its people. They’re currently pretty busy getting things ready for reopening across their sites at Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet, Graves Gallery, Kelham Island Museum, Millennium Gallery, Shepherd Wheel and Weston Park Museum, but they’re still making some time for some online events as well. From drawing classes to virtual talks, see what’s coming up at: In addition to live events, you can also explore Sheffield Museums at home, with some online exhibitions and collection highlights here: 

Showroom Cinema at Home
We’ve all been making good use of streaming services during lockdown, but if you’ve got to the end of your boxsets and are craving something new, The Showroom may have the answer.  They’ve joined up with several film distributors to bring you an exciting selection of new releases which you can rent from the comfort of your home. By watching one of these films, you will also be supporting the Showroom directly, as they benefit from 50% of the rental price. See the films available here: 

Festival of Debate
Sheffield’s Festival of Debate invites you to 'Join the Conversation' at the largest non-partisan politics festival in the UK. Now in its sixth year, this year's festival features big name speakers including famed economist Yanis Varoufakis, Labour MP and Tribes author David Lammy, and writer Maya Goodfellow. Complete with a brand-new website, the 2021 programme includes more than 40 live-streamed online events and short video commissions between 4 May - 6 June. See the programme and register events at:

Sheffield Digital Festival
Following on from a successful week of virtual events last November, Sheffield Digital returns for 2021 with another line-up of fantastic online events, 17 - 21 May. Hosted by Sheffield Digital and Field, the festival is a week-long celebration of all that is great about the digital and creative industries within Sheffield and the surrounding region. More info:

What Next? Sheffield Chapter Meeting
Join the national conversation on culture, as the Sheffield Chapter of What Next? host their first meeting of 2021 on Wednesday 12 May.  What Next? is a national movement bringing together arts and cultural organisations from across the UK, to articulate, champion and strengthen the role of culture in our society. The Sheffield chapter is an opportunity to add your voice to the local and national conversation/debate.  The event is hosted by Sheffield Creative Guild, but all are welcome and it’s FREE to attend. For more info and to register:  

Sheffield Creative Guild is made up of creatives of all persuasions and positions, actively talking, working, sharing and seeking other creative people, talents, events and opportunities. See more of the Guild’s events at: