Could sustainability issues be solved if there were fewer people to cater for? Decreasing the population could result in reduced carbon emissions, sufficient resources for everyone and job security, while promoting health and happiness. Along with a wide-ranging panel of experts we’ll be discussing the controversial case for population control in the UK.
A light-hearted exploration of basic income, with short videos and discussion. Learn how it might work, from ‘helicopter money’ to citizen’s dividends. Learn why everyone from free-market evangelists to socialist fanatics think it might be a good idea. Learn what happened when people tried it out for real - and how Sheffield might be next in line.
A panel discussion exploring new approaches to reducing the harm caused by illegal drugs, featuring: Fiona Measham, Professor of Criminology at Durham University and Director of The Loop, a non-profit NGO that introduced drug safety testing to the UK; Neil Woods, former undercover police officer and chair of LEAP UK; and Anne-Marie Cockburn of Anyone’s Child, whose 15-year-old daughter Martha died of an MDMA overdose in 2013.
Join us to celebrate the launch of the two year city-wide campaign 'Making Local Food Work in Sheffield' to create a community-owned, cooperatively-managed, sustainable, local food system with a radical vision to help feed Sheffield for generations to come.
The world has ended and we’re still here. Forest Sounds Theatre takes over Theatre Deli in two full-on nights of immersive theatre, featuring work from the best artists and performers in the North today. Join us for post-apocalypse church, a funky DJ and training in the ancient practice of ‘partying’. NSA and secret police welcome.
Paradise Papers? Pesky legislation? Socialists? There’s never been a harder time to have a lot of money – and keep it! Join Dodge & Co associates Jason and Laurence for an all-new interactive (and entirely legal) afternoon of offshore finance tips and tricks. Learn how to hide your assets, set up a shell company and buy the global citizenship that works for you! Don’t delay. Go offshore and save money today. @DodgeAndCo
gal-dem’s panel will explore women of colour and BME women’s experiences of street harassment: the ways in which this harassment is frequently laced or combined with racism and Islamophobia, and how a culture of harassment fits into the wider spectrum of violence perpetrated against women because of their gender or perceived gender. Photo: Strike! Magazine
Join SU President Kieran Maxwell in conversation with Dr Lee Elliot Major to discuss the pertinent issue of social mobility in higher education. Dr Lee is Chief Executive of the Sutton Trust, the UK's leading foundation improving social mobility. The Trust improves educational and work opportunities for thousands of non-privileged young people each year and influences government policy through its research and advocacy work. Lee was previously an education journalist, working for The Guardian and Times Higher Education Supplement. He was the first in his family to attend a university.
Following a rule change brought into effect last year, health professionals are now required to check patients’ immigration status before delivering secondary health care. This means anyone deemed ineligible will be refused treatment unless they’re able to pay up front. It’s part of the Government’s policy of creating a ‘hostile environment’ for people without residency status. But who are those people? What does it mean in practice? Is it workable? Is it ethical? The panel includes Sarah Salway, Professor of Public Health at the University of Sheffield.
There are 1.2 billion people living with no electricity. Ending energy poverty means improving health, education and productivity. There have been many successful off-grid electrification projects, but not enough. Why aren’t technologies being implemented in developing communities? What must be considered beyond technology? And if the technology exists to ‘power the powerless’, why the delay?
Written with historians, sociologists and eyewitnesses, this collection follows fictional characters caught up in the real-life struggles of the grassroots movements that agitated for change in Britain. Hosted by author, activist and officer of Stop The War Coalition, John Rees, the evening will feature Martyn Bedford and Joanna Quinn reading their stories about the Orgreave and Greenham Common protests, alongside other writers and activists.
From the perpetrators of Boris the Musical comes a new satirical, songtastic extravaganza. 2020. Time to make Donald Great Again! But can King Nigel Farage the First of England get his trade deal? When will Kim Jong-un stop messing about with missiles? And why has Vladimir Putin gone suspiciously quiet? Join Blowfish Theatre for an evening of raucous comedy, original music and one truly awful wig. Trump! the Musical! is the show that proves that just because the world’s being run by a power-crazed narcissist who will bomb us all to hell, it doesn’t mean we can’t enjoy it while it lasts.
What happens when you’re branded ‘abnormal’, in a world obsessed with normality? This show is Francesca’s defiant, insightful and fascinating answer. Intrigued by the power that a six-letter word has over so many people, Francesca shares her own life-changing journey of growing up as ‘abnormal’, being rescued from High-School-Hell by ‘Grange Hill’, letting Ricky Gervais take the piss out of her walk in ‘Extras’, supporting Frankie Boyle on tour, and working out what to say to the BBC after being offered the role of a, ahem, vegetable. After all, what the **** is normal, anyway?
When is ‘just doing my job’ no longer an excuse? Evil is seldom talked about in public service or modern business. Does it exist, how do we spot it, and what can we do about it? A conversation hosted by Active Citizen Nigel Slack with Matthew Flinders, Professor of Politics and Founding Director of the Sir Bernard Crick Centre for the Public Understanding of Politics, and Professor Danny Balfour, celebrated author of Unmasking Administrative Evil.
This panel will discuss whether people and organisations should pay for their carbon emissions. Can this controversial idea help us reduce carbon emissions, while increasing fairness? In this constructive and participatory conversation, we’ll hear from representatives of industry, parliament and academia.
In 1902, South Carolina, three generations of women grapple with the decision to migrate north, leaving behind their Gullah culture inherited from their West African slave ancestors. Lovingly restored and critically-acclaimed, Daughters of the Dust and its legacy still resonates, most recently as a major influence of Beyoncé’s Lemonade.
Leading psychoanalyst and commentator Coline Covington sheds light on what makes ordinary people do terrible deeds. Looking beyond the ‘bad person run amok’, she talks about what happens when evil, like a virus, infects communities from within and the dangers of current populist movements in demonising ethnic and religious groups.
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.
Award-winning author and futurist Mark Stevenson and international sustainability guru Ed Gillespie promise an interactive cabaret show that wrestles with the ways we perceive our collective futures. Abandon obedient cynicism, drop the scepticism and embrace the possibility of a world that’s more sustainable, equitable, humane and just – but one that requires us to be engaged.
The ‘culture of disbelief’ in the Home Office has devastated the lives of many seeking asylum in the UK, but does it reflect a prevailing culture throughout our society? A diverse panel will discuss the issues from a range of different perspectives, with opportunity for discussion and questions.
Join Reni Eddo-Lodge for a discussion about her critically-acclaimed book, Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race, an urgent and powerful analysis of race in Modern Britain from one of the country’s most inspiring young journalists. Reni has written for publications including The New York Times, The Guardian, Dazed and Confused and the hit anthology, The Good Immigrant.
This meeting will hear about initiatives from Barnsley to Buckfastleigh that have empowered local communities. By considering concrete examples relevant to you, attendees will explore what could work in Sheffield and how. The meeting aims to create a new vision of democracy for our communities and the city they form.
Five years ago Kisilu, a Kenyan farmer, started to use his camera to capture the life of his family, his village and the damages of climate change. When a violent storm throws him and a Norwegian filmmaker together, we see him transform from father, to community leader, to activist on the global stage.
An evening exploring the future of classical music with contemporary cellist, composer and DJ, Oliver Coates. Olly has collaborated with the likes of Jonny Greenwood and Massive Attack, works across genres - from classical concertos to film scores to fashion shows - and cites Aphex Twin and the early 90s underground rave scene as important influences. In conversation begins from 8.15pm followed by a live performance and DJ set, played through the renowned Studio 45 Sound System and hosted at the historic Abbeydale Picture House. DJ support from Gordon Barker (Loam).
Sheffield inspires a wealth of culturally diverse, creative music-making. At this event some of Sheffield’s leading cross-cultural music-makers collaborate, create, develop and debate an impromptu live performance on stage, with facilitation from prominent cultural commentator, Stella Mascharenhas-Keyes. Audience questions and suggestions are positively encouraged.
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.
No-one is safe from the cut ‘n’ paste skills of Cassetteboy. Best known for their riotous YouTube videos which have attracted millions of views, as well as appearances on Rude Tube and Charlie Brooker’s Wipe, the Essex video mash-up duo make celebrities and politicians say what’s really on their minds. Their live show on the big screen at Abbeydale Picture House will be a sight and sound to behold. Support act TBC.
A Requiem For The American Dream
Hillary’s America: The Secret History of the Democratic Party
We are all accused of living in our own echo chamber. Here is a chance to watch two films from America of opposing political perspectives - the first focusing on Noam Chomsky, the leftist linguist and political activist, and the second from filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, the conservative bestselling author and political commentator - and see if you are persuaded by their arguments.
Sohrab Ahmari’s book considers how contemporary art is obsessed with the politics of identity. He argues that the degree of politicisation means that art no longer performs its historical function, as a mirror and repository of the human spirit – something that should alarm both art lovers and liberals alike. Sohrab Ahmari is Senior Writer at Commentary Magazine in New York and a consulting editor of the Catholic Herald.
The big issues in the world are happening at every level - including in the everyday lives of each of us. Change and conflict are mirrored in our relationships, our workplaces and even in ourselves. Beyond blame and division, can we find the seeds of global change in our interactions? Can dialogue across our seemingly irreconcilable differences make the world more humane? Come and explore how we can go forward from where we are now.
Based on first-hand reporting from Calais to the Mediterranean and through speaking with key European policy-makers, police and rights activists, refugees and migrants, Matt Carr offers an account of the issues at stake and the massive human costs involved in the refugee crisis.
Robert Muir-Wood, Chief Research Officer at Risk Management Solutions, discusses how so-called ‘natural’ disasters are increasingly the consequence of what and where we build, and how we choose to ignore the warning signs. Throughout history people have attempted to thwart disasters, often with disastrous consequences. Now at last we understand how to motivate builders and political leaders to make our cities resilient.
Anyone’s Guess How We Got Here is a show about debt, eviction, childhood, the thing under the floorboards and what remains, long after you’ve paid it off. Barrel Organ’s third show is a road-trip. A haunted house. A bedtime story. A photo album. An ‘80s fantasy film. A demolition project.
Wordlife and The Folk Forest team up with Museums Sheffield to curate an interactive promenade performance event in the Graves Gallery. Featuring poets and musicians strongly in the protest and activist tradition, such as Three Acres & A Cow, Zena Edwards, Alabaster dePlume, Matt McAteer and Neighbourhood Voices choir, and a speaker’s corner with activists from Foodhall and other local organisations.
Join Sean Morley (‘Setting the bar for alternative comedy’ - Our Favourite Places) and Jack Evans (‘Absolutely the best Noam Chomsky material ever!’ - The Scotsman) for an audio-visual comedy lecture on left-wing politics, political taxonomy, the terrible state things are in and what we can do about it.
Join us for a thought and action-provoking programme of short talks and workshops in Sheffield Town Hall throughout the Sheffield Food Festival to explore the issues, challenges and opportunities to improve the health, equality, economy and sustainability of all things food and drink in Sheffield.
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.
News Club Live is a live debate show brought to you by The Media Fund that combines a panel of experts with a room full of news hounds to dissect the news stories of the week, taking apart what has been reported and uncovering what has been left out. Our special guests for News Club Live include UK hip hop star and activist Lowkey, Guardian writer Lisa MacKenzie, and CommonSpace editor Angela Haggerty.