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Theatre Deli presents Bad Blood Blues

For three nights only, dark yet intriguing play Bad Blood Blues will be showcased at the Theatre Deli in Sheffield.

Bad Blood Blues explores the controversial HIV/AIDS drug trials which used African people as guinea pigs to pioneer new medicine. Accompanied by a live blues musician, the powerful drama watches two characters as they negotiate a moral and sexual maze.

Why is HIV/AIDS treatment too expensive for countries where the virus is most rife? Are Africans being exploited as guinea pigs to test new drugs for multi-national pharmaceutical companies?  Is it okay to sacrifice lives to protect the integrity of medical studies?

Directed by Ugandan born Sheffield bred theatre maker, John Rwoth-Omack, Paul Sirett’s explosive 2009 play comes to Sheffield to expose the unanswered questions of the pharmaceutical industry’s murky past.

The performance will be showing at the Theatre Deli from 1 to 3 March. Click here to book your tickets.


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The Leadmill presents Haçienda Classical at Don Valley Bowl

The Leadmill brings Hacienda Classical with Manchester Camerata, the city’s experimental orchestra, to Sheffield’s Don Valley Bowl on Friday 17th August. 

Now coming into its third year, these nostalgic nights have recreated the tunes that defined a generation at the original Manchester club, renewed and rearranged with a classical orchestra.

The show will feature its third new set which is currently being prepared by former DJ’s Graeme Park and Mike Pickering alongside executive producer Peter Hook and musical director Tim Crooks. This version will once again see many new classic tracks added to the repertoire for the Hacienda Classical players and special guests.

Samuel Feeley, Promoter at The Leadmill said, “Hacienda Classical has been all over the country and has always gone down a storm so we’re really excited to be able to bring them to Sheffield this summer!”

The announcement of this show is met with excitement: Rebecca Walker, Senior Live Promoter & Assistant General Manager at The Leadmill said, “The Leadmill is such a loved institution to many in the Steel City and I’m immensely proud of both the brand and our hardworking staff to be able to take The Leadmill to the next step with such an ambitious show”.

Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday 16 February and can be bought at

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Sheffield celebrates Japanese culture with Japan Now North festival

From 21 February to 3 March, the art, culture, literature, film and photography of Japan is brought to Sheffield and showcased at various events across the city. 

Japan Now North welcomes an impressive range of academics and creatives to the city so that Sheffield locals can enjoy an essence of Japan without having to travel thousands of miles to get there. The festival programme has been produced by the University of Sheffield, Modern Culture and The Japan Foundation.

Leading photographers, writers and filmmakers from Japan have been invited to the city to exhibit and explain their work. Tokyo-based photographer and visual artist, Suzanne Mooney, hosts an exhibition which documents her observations in the capital city and self-portraits from around the world whilst renowned filmmaker, Mika Ninagawa, hosts a talk and film screening.

Sheffield’s Showroom cinema presents the screening of Megumi Sasaki’s A Whale of a Tale, with a Q&A and Kyoko Miyake’s Tokyo Idols, plus a Q&A.

Other events include a conversation with writers Richard Lloyd Parry and Mariko Nagai about the environmental destruction in Japan due to disasters like tsunamis and radiation poisoning and discussions about documentaries and living in Tokyo will be taking place.

A full programme, with links to (mostly free) tickets, can be found here.





200 Years of People and Protest in Sheffield

The Changing Lives: 200 Years of People and Protest in Sheffield exhibition opens at the Weston Park Museum on 6 February until 1 July, 2018. 

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The passing of the Representation of the People Act on 6 February 1918 was a major electoral reform which extended voting rights to 8.5 million women across the UK. The Act was the result of a long struggle for the suffrage movement and the beginnings of British democracy as we know it today. To mark the 100th anniversary of this milestone in the development of our electoral system, Changing Lives: 200 Years of People and Protest in Sheffield will celebrate how people in our city have stood up for what they believe in over the past two centuries.

Among the stories featured in the exhibition will be that of Sheffield Women Against Pit Closures, a group formed soon after the Miners’ Strike in 1984, whose Houghton Main pit camp brought public attention to further pit closures in the 1990s. The exhibition will also include local photographer Chris Saunders’ powerful portraits of people involved in Sheffield’s current tree protests.

The exhibition will examine how protesters have employed a variety of creative strategies to support their cause, from Samuel Holberry and the Sheffield Chartists to fly posters from the 2016 Black Lives Matter campaign. Visitors will find out more about the 1911 census evasion, led by suffragette and Sheffield resident, Adela Pankhurst, as well the radical writings of The Sheffield Register (1787-1794) and The Sheffield Iris (1794-1825).

Changing Lives will also showcase how Sheffield residents have demonstrated unity in protests on a local, national and international level. Visitors will discover objects from the World Peace Congress held at Sheffield City Hall in 1950, alongside placards and banners from more recent protests, including those supporting Junior Doctors, as well as the anti-Trump demonstrations which took place in the city and around the globe in 2017.

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Louisa Briggs, Project Curator (Sheffield: Protest & Activism) said:

“Sheffield has an incredible history of protest and activism. The passion people have shown, the commitment they’ve demonstrated, and the sacrifices they’ve often made for the causes that matter to them are a hugely important part of the city’s story.  We’re thrilled to have the opportunity to share that story through this exhibition at Weston Park Museum.” 

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Museums Sheffield: curator talks botanical collection

On Tuesday 23 January, between 1pm-1.45pm, listen to a curator for Museums Sheffield talk about the historical botany collection at the Weston Park Museum- for free.

Museums Sheffield looks after Sheffield’s historical botany collections, home to an ancient Strawberry Clover (Trifolium fragiferum) collected in London in 1773, among many other specimens. Join Alistair McLean, our Natural Sciences curator, to find out more about this important and unique collection, and some of the important names associated with it.

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Verse Matters hosts first open mic of 2018

Sheffield’s best spoken word artists, musicians and poets will perform at Theatre Delicatessen on Thursday 11th January, for the first Verse Matters event of the year.

Verse Matters is a feminist arts collective which hosts bi-monthly events to showcase the brightest spoken word artists, musicians, comics and storytellers in Sheffield.Both regulars and newcomers are invited to share their performances to an appreciative crowd.

Spoken word artists Anna May Fox and Sarah Crutwell will perform on Thursday, as well as musician ADENICO and Hive Young Writers.

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Applications for the 2017/2018 New Poets Prize are open

Sheffield based publisher, The Poetry Business, offers young poets a chance to have their manuscripts published into their own book.

The New Poets Prize is a competition led by The Poetry Business, an independent poetry publisher in Sheffield, which invites 17-24 year olds to submit short collections of twelve pages of poems. Four winners will be selected for the chance to have their collection published by smith|doorstop books, The North magazine and perform a launch reading, hosted by The Poetry Business. Successful candidates will also receive mentoring by British poets Peter and Ann Samson to help with submitting work to magazines, competitions and other publications.

Applications will close on Thursday 1st March, 2018.

The competition will be judged by Kayo Chingonyi, a fellow of the Complete Works programme for diversity and quality in British Poetry and previous Associate Poet at the Institute of Contemporary Art. Directors of The Poetry Business, Peter and Ann Samson will also be on the judging panel.

For the chance to be a published poet, enter at