JUNE 2017

 
 
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TALKING GIGS: MAYA YOUSSEF

Sun 3 June | 7:30-10:30pm | The HUBS | £15/£7 (Under 23s)

A unique opportunity to hear Maya Youssef – internationally-renowned virtuoso player of the Syrian qanun (78-stringed plucked zither) – talk about her music, her story and Syria, as well as playing a full set of music with her trio. Her recent highly-acclaimed debut album is her “personal journey through the six years of war in Syria”.

 
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WORKSHOP: SO YOU WANT TO TAKE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE?

Mon 4 June | 6-8:30pm | Regather Works | Free
In association with Sheffield Climate Alliance

Fed up of worrying about the climate crisis, but don’t know what to do about it? We have the antidote! Come along to this free workshop and find out how you can help make a difference by taking action on the greatest moral challenge of our times.

 
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TEETH ‘N’ SPECS: 30 YEARS ON, HAS THE NHS PRIVATISATION EXPERIMENT WORKED?

Tue 5 June | 6-8pm | EYEYE | Free
In association with EYEYE

Ongoing NHS crises inevitably prompt debates about the future of public healthcare in the UK. Is privatisation inevitable and what will be the impact? Well, we know the answer to that one already as two parts of the NHS were privatised 30 years ago - eye care and dentistry. Join an optometrist and dentist to debate the verdict so far.

 
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ART, ACTIVISM, YOUTH & MENTAL HEALTH

Tue 5 June | 6-9pm | Quaker Meeting House | Pay As You Feel
In association with Rainbow Heron

How can creativity and social activism improve young people’s mental health and promote change in social perceptions and service provision? Join Rainbow Heron, Chilypep and Sheffield MIND to discuss and debate how art and activism can create a better future for young people.

 
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UBI LAB SHEFFIELD: PUBLIC MEETING

Wed 6 June | 6:30-8:30pm | Quaker Meeting House | Free
In association with UBI Lab Sheffield

A workshop with Dr Mark Bryan from the University of Sheffield, exploring proposals for a Sheffield pilot of a basic income scheme. Outlining the evidence and proposal to date, the workshop will explore a series of questions that will inform our work to bring a basic income pilot to Sheffield.

 
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HOW COULD EMERGENCY CLIMATE ACTION BENEFIT SHEFFIELD?

Thu 7 June | 6-8:30pm | Council Room at Firth Court | Free
In association with Sheffield Climate Alliance

Addressing climate change with the scale and urgency demanded requires radical changes to our cities - from our energy to transport and housing. How do we seize this opportunity to ensure that the transformation delivers an inclusive economy? What will a zero-carbon Sheffield look like and why will we be proud to live in it? The panel includes Professor Lenny Koh, University of Sheffield Management School and local politicians and thought leaders.

 
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THE PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE OF EUROPEAN UNITY

Thu 7 June | 6:30-8:30pm | Quaker Meeting House | Free

What political and philosophical principles underlie the project of European unity? How effective has it been in the past and where does it go from here? How viable is the idea of a European federation? And does Brexit put paid to Britain’s participation? Join us for a panel and discussion with Dr Owen Parker, Senior Lecturer in European Politics at the University of Sheffield, a representative from Brexitwatch, and more TBC.

 
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COOPERATION VS CAPITALISM: DO COOPERATIVES WORK IN PRACTICE?

Tue 12 June | 7-9pm | Regather Works | Free
In association with Principle5

Some argue that cooperatives are doomed to fail or adopt a capitalist approach to business in order to survive. Principle5 invite people from cooperatives, and anyone else interested, to discuss this claim. Drawing on our collective experience, and evidence from successful cooperatives, we will explore the question, ‘Do cooperatives work in practice?’

Apologies if you have been unable to get a ticket for this event.  The organisers are considering running a second event later in the year.  If you would like to receive information about this event or would like a summary of information discussed at the session on 12th June please e-mail Kiri on kiri.langmead@ntu.ac.uk.

 
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TRIAL BY ORDEAL

Tue 12 June | 7-9pm | Quaker Meeting House | £3
In association with the Women’s Equality Party

We abandoned trial by ordeal in the 13th century in favour of trial by jury, but for many women giving evidence in sexual violence trials remains an ordeal. Does this explain why only a small fraction of complaints of sexual violence ever reach court? The Women’s Equality Party host a panel discussion featuring founding party leader Sophie Walker and guest speakers discussing what measures can be taken to make the criminal justice system fairer for women and girls who are the victims of sexual violence.

 
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SEX WORK: EMPLOYMENT OR EXPLOITATION?

Tue 12 June | 7-9pm | The Circle | Free
In association with SheFest & The Women’s Hub

In England, the sale and purchase of sexual services between consenting adults is legal. Hear from a range of contributors representing a variety of perspectives and take part in an interactive discussion covering the law, impact and local agenda. Held in a safe space where respectful challenge is welcomed.

 
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PECHA KUCHA VOL#26: ‘DEAL WITH IT’

Tue 12 June | 7-11pm | Theatre Deli | £9 Seated/£6 Standing

A fun and inspiring evening of speakers doing '20x20' challenge talks, all accompanied by short films and live entertainment curated around the theme. It's like clubbing for thinkers and will get your heart skipping ‘n’ your mind racing. ‘Deal With It’ will explore how different people face, approach and engage with the things that they want to change in their lives and the world around them.

 
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FAIRNESS: HOW TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR IN DARNALL

Wed 13 June | 6-9pm | Church of Christ in Darnall | Free

In an age where social media is more popular than the pub, church, temple or mosque for social interaction, how and where do you meet your neighbours? Do we want to know our neighbours? What does your new neighbour need to know? What does it take to be a good neighbour? And is it your role to tell them about your neighbourhood? A panel event exploring these complex topics, featuring local councillors and members of the community with lived experience.

 
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RUBY TANDOH: EAT UP! FOOD, APPETITE AND EATING WHAT YOU WANT

Wed 13 June | 7:30-9pm | Theatre Deli | £8/£5

**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED** 
Ruby and her publisher Serpent’s Tail send their apologies to everyone who’s already purchased a ticket to her Festival of Debate event and are very sorry to disappoint her readers and fans. Refunds will be made to all ticket buyers directly from either Tickets for Good or SIV Tickets. 

 
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BEYOND BIODIVERSITY TO BIOABUNDANCE

Thu 14 June | 6-8pm | ROCO Creative Co-op | Donations Welcome

Hugh Warwick, hedgehog-loving ecologist and author, with Natalie Bennett, former leader of the Green Party of England and Wales, discuss why we need to talk about the collapse in ecosystem mass and animal and plant numbers, not just the loss of species.

 
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ROBOTS ARE TAKING ALL THE JOBS - SO WHAT?

Thu 14 June | 6-9pm | Barnsley Digital Media Centre | Free
In association with Barnsley Digital Media Centre

With the rise of AI and robots in the workplace and increased fear of roles being completed by robots rather than humans, we ask - is it a bad thing if there is no work for humans in the future? Join the Digital Media Centre for a lively debate about the future of work and jobs, and the future of us. Throughout Festival of Debate we will be running lunchtime debates on a variety of topics. Keep an eye on www.barnsleydmc.co.uk for updates.

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THE ARTS: CAN REJECTION LEAD TO PROGRESSION? A NEW DIALECTIC

Sat 16 June | 1-2pm | DINA | £3/£2
In association with British Intervention

British Intervention host a discussion regarding issues around working-class participation and representation within the arts industry. A panel of five artists from working-class backgrounds will discuss their own experiences of the barriers to engagement that are faced by the working-class and propose methods as to how this can be alleviated for the next generation of young and aspiring working-class artists.

 
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THE GESAMTKUNSTWERK

Sat 16 June | 2:15-3:15pm | DINA | £7/£5
In association with British Intervention

The Gesamtkunstwerk is an ongoing performance art event project synthesising live art, post-dramatic theatre, performance art and live music. The primary object of interest being the transformative notion and constitution of violence. Tickets purchased for this performance will enable free entry to the discussion event The Arts: Can Rejection Lead to Progression? A New Dialectic.

 
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TRAINING 3: VIDEO EDITING FOR SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS

Mon 18 June | 6:30-9:30pm | Union St | £15 Waged/Free Unwaged

A workshop for activists and campaign groups who are interested in up-skilling themselves to create better digital content for their campaigns or causes. These sessions will cover the basics of Premiere Pro, giving people the confidence to edit their own videos and further explore this powerful editing platform. Price includes a follow-up workshop to be arranged after each session listed in the brochure. Attendees will need to bring their own computer.

 
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MIGRATION MATTERS FESTIVAL

Tue 19 - Sat 23 June | Multiple City Centre Locations | Pay As You Feel
In association with Theatre Deli

Britain’s largest festival about refugees and sanctuary returns for Refugee Week, bringing communities together through a soulful celebration of performance, food and culture. This rich programme will feature international theatre and dance, delicious iftars and global music evenings hosted by venues across the city to recognise the cultures that make Sheffield what it is and celebrate its status as a city of sanctuary. Find out more at www.migrationmattersfestival.co.uk.

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FAIRNESS: HOW TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR IN TINSLEY

Wed 20 June | 6-9pm | TINGAS Tinsley | Free

In an age where social media is more popular than the pub, church, temple or mosque for social interaction, how and where do you meet your neighbours? Do we want to know our neighbours? What does your new neighbour need to know? What does it take to be a good neighbour? And is it your role to tell them about your neighbourhood? A panel event exploring these complex topics, featuring local councillors and members of the community with lived experience.

 
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DISMEMBERED: POLLY TOYNBEE & DAVID WALKER

Wed 20 June | 7:30-9pm | Pennine Lecture Theatre | £10/£8

Guardian columnists Polly Toynbee and David Walker’s new book Dismembered is a searing critique of the current government and investigates the dismantling of public services. The authors travelled the country meeting people who make up the state. As key public services are cut back and increasingly outsourced to private companies, the authors ask the question: How can these services be protected?

 
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LINTON KWESI JOHNSON

Thu 21 June | 7:30pm | Abbeydale Picture House | £12/£10
In association with Migration Matters & Wordlife

Linton Kwesi Johnson is widely regarded as the father of 'dub poetry', a term he coined to describe the way a number of reggae DJs blended music and verse. He recorded several albums on the Island label, including Forces of Victory & Bass Culture, and founded his own record label - LKJ - in the mid-1980s, selling over two million records worldwide. Support tonight comes from local musical superstar K.O.G. and a DJ set from King David of Riddimtion.

Please note: Entry to the venue is available to people aged 14 and over. People aged 14 and 15 will be allowed into the venue under the supervision of a responsible adult. I.D. may be asked of both parties so please have this available to avoid disappointment.

 
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IT ISN’T HISTORY: WHY THE 1984-85 MINERS’ STRIKE MATTERS TODAY

Thu 21 June | 6:30-9pm | Quaker Meeting House | Free
In association with Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign and the Campaign For Press & Broadcasting Freedom

Nick Jones has unrivalled experience. As a BBC Radio Industrial Correspondent, he reported the Miners’ Strike. Nick will analyse the media coverage of the dispute – and its impact. Chris Peace will highlight unfinished business from the strike and the work of the Orgreave Truth and Justice Campaign. This event is aimed at younger people unfamiliar with the significance of the epic struggle. Chaired by Granville Williams.

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WHAT KIND OF NHS DO WE REALLY WANT?

Tue 26 June | 7-9pm | Quaker Meeting House | Free/Donations to Socialist Health Association

We all want to protect the NHS, but what kind of NHS? We want it to be national, but surely some decisions need to be local and personal? Many campaigners argue that the new Accountable Care Organisations are a route to privatisation. But what do we want instead? Join us for this thoughtful seminar.

 
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SOCIAL CARE: DOES ANYONE CARE?

Wed 27 June | 1:30-4pm | The Circle | Free
In association with Disability Sheffield

One-fifth (19%) of the population of the City of Sheffield are disabled people. Join Disability Sheffield, the Disability Hub and Healthwatch to debate the future of the care industry as a catastrophe in the making and how we can stop that happening. Too many lives are at risk to keep meandering towards tragedy.

 
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CELEBRATE THE NHS REACHING 70: BUT WHAT IS ITS LIFE EXPECTANCY?

Wed 27 June | 7-11pm | ROCO Creative Co-op | Free
In association with Sheffield Save Our NHS

National, regional and local speakers contribute their thoughts, memories, hopes and fears for the NHS, followed by discussion on how to help ensure its survival, and a social with music and entertainment.

The speaker panel, all appearing in personal capacities, will include: Dr Sally Ruane, Leicester Keep Our NHS Public &  Director of the Health Policy Research Unit, De Montfort University;  Dr Stephen Watkins,  Medical Practitioners Union (Unite) activist and Director of Public Health for Stockport; Professor Mavis Kirkham, Professor Emerita Sheffield Hallam University & co-founder Radical Midwives Association.

 
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WHEN DOES ADOLESCENCE END?

Thu 28 June | 5-7pm | Star House | Free
In association with Sheffield Futures

Join youth charity Sheffield Futures and Festival of Debate for a cocktail evening event to discuss the age adolescence ends, the transition between youth and adulthood, what this means for young people’s services and the changing needs of modern generations.

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FESTIVAL OF DEBATE CLOSING PARTY: 100 YEARS OF WOMEN’S SUFFRAGE FT. HELEN PANKHURST & HOLLIE MCNISH

Fri 29 June | 7pm-12am | Abbeydale Picture House | £10/£8
In Association with Wordlife & Verse Matters

To close Festival of Debate, we’ll be celebrating 100 years of (some) women’s right to vote. Helen Pankhurst, granddaughter of Sylvia and great-granddaughter of Emmeline Pankhurst, will do a Q&A based on her book, Deeds Not Words, with Dr Kate Taylor-Jones from the University of Sheffield. This will be followed by poetry sets from the Ted Hughes Award-winning Hollie McNish, Salena Godden, poets from the Verse Matters Collective and music from Before Breakfast & Girl Gang DJs.

Please note: Entry to the venue is available to people aged 14 and over. People aged 14 and 15 will be allowed into the venue under the supervision of a responsible adult. I.D. may be asked of both parties so please have this available to avoid disappointment.