MAY 2018

 
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SHOULD PEOPLE IN THE UK HAVE FEWER CHILDREN TO SAVE THE WORLD?

Tue 1 May | 6-7:30pm | The Diamond LT6 | Free
In association with the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

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.

 
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MONEY FOR NOTHING: SHOULD WE ALL GET A BASIC INCOME?

Wed 2 May | 6:30-8pm | Quaker Meeting House | Free

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.

 
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DRUGS, HARM REDUCTION & THE LAW

Thu 3 May | 6:30-8:30pm | SU Auditorium | £5/£4

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.

 
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MAKING LOCAL FOOD WORK IN SHEFFIELD

Fri 4 May | 7-10:30pm | Regather Works | Free
In association with Regather

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.

 
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A PARTY AFTER THE END OF THE WORLD

Fri 4 - Sat 5 May | 7:30-11pm | Theatre Deli | £7.84/£3.64
In association with Forest Sounds Theatre

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.

 
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DODGE & CO: TAX DODGERS’ MASTERCLASS

Sat 5 May | 2-3:30pm | Theatre Deli | Pay As You Feel

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

 
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OUR MEL GAL-DEM: WHOSE STREETS? RACIALISED SEXUAL HARASSMENT IN PUBLIC SPACES

Sun 6 May | 4-6pm | Showroom Workstation Creative Lounge | Free

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

 
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NHS: FREE FOR ALL, UNLESS YOU’RE A (CERTAIN CATEGORY OF) MIGRANT

Wed 9 May | 6:30-8:30pm | The Diamond LT2 | Free
In association with City of Sanctuary Sheffield & ASSIST

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.

 
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POWER THE POWERLESS

Wed 9 May | 5:30-7pm | The Diamond LT6 | Free
In association with the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

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?

 
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PROTEST: STORIES OF RESISTANCE

Wed 9 May | 7-9:30pm | Millennium Gallery | £9/£7
In association with Wordlife, Comma Press & Museums Sheffield

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.

 

TRUMP! THE MUSICAL!

Wed 9 - Sat 12 May | 7:30-9pm | Theatre Deli | £13.09/£10.99
In association with Blowfish Theatre

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.

 
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FRANCESCA MARTINEZ: WHAT THE **** IS NORMAL?

Thu 10 May | 7-8:30pm | SU Auditorium | £10/£8

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?

 
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UNMASKING EVIL IN THE MODERN AGE: ADMINISTRATIVE MORALITY

Thu 10 May | 6:45-9pm | Quaker Meeting House | Free

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.

 
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SHOULD WE PUT A PRICE ON CARBON?

Fri 11 May | 5:30-7pm | The Diamond LT8 | Free
In association with the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

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.

 
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FILM SCREENING: DAUGHTERS OF THE DUST

Fri 11 May | 6:30-9pm | The Void Cinema | Free
In association with Rare Giants

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.

 
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COLINE COVINGTON: EVERYDAY EVILS

Sat 12 May | 2-3:30pm | ROCO Creative Co-op | £5/£4

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.

 
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TRAINING 2: VIDEO EDITING FOR SOCIAL MEDIA CAMPAIGNS

Mon 14 May | 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.

Please note: This event has been cancelled but the same event which is due to happen on Monday 18 June will be going ahead so please come to that one.

 
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THE FUTURENAUTS PRESENT: EVERYTHING IS POSSIBLE

Tue 15 May | 8-10pm | Theatre Deli | £8/£6

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.

 
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HOSTILE ENVIRONMENT: THE CULTURE OF DISBELIEF & CONSCIOUS CRUELTY

Wed 16 May | 6-8pm | Central United Reform Church | Free
In association with City of Sanctuary Sheffield

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.

 
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RENI EDDO-LODGE: WHY I’M NO LONGER TALKING TO WHITE PEOPLE ABOUT RACE

Thu 17 May | 7:30-9pm | Pennine Lecture Theatre | £9/£7
In Association with Wordlife, Our Mel and Equality and Community Engagement, Sheffield Hallam University

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 event will be chaired by Dawn Walton who is the Artistic Director of Eclipse - the foremost Black-led national production company in the UK. 

 
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DEMOCRACY ACROSS SEVEN HILLS: GIVING COMMUNITIES A SAY IN SHEFFIELD

Thu 17 May | 7-9:30pm | St Mary’s Church | Pay As You Feel

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.

 
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FILM SCREENING: THANK YOU FOR THE RAIN

Thu 17 May | 7-10:30pm | Regather Works | £5
In association with Sheffield Climate Alliance

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.

 
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THE FUTURE OF CLASSICAL MUSIC

Fri 18 May | 7-11:30pm | Abbeydale Picture House
In association with Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED**
Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please contact your ticket vendor for a full refund.

 
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CONSIDERING CREATIVITY

Sat 19 May | 11am-1pm | DINA | £10/£6/£5
Part of Sheffield Chamber Music Festival

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.

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

Sat 19 May | 1-2:30pm | Union St | 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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CASSETTEBOY

Sat 19 May | 7:30-12am | Abbeydale Picture House | £10/£12/£8

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.

 
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PREACHING TO THE CONVERTED: FILM SCREENING & DISCUSSION

Sun 20 May | 2-6pm | The Void Cinema | Free

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.

 
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SOHRAB AHMARI: THE NEW PHILISTINES - HOW IDENTITY POLITICS DISFIGURE THE ARTS

Sun 20 May | 7-8:30pm | The Void Cinema | £9/£7

**THIS EVENT HAS BEEN CANCELLED**
Due to unforeseen circumstances this event has been cancelled. We apologise for any inconvenience caused. Please contact your ticket vendor for a full refund.

 
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SHOULD THE UK FEED ITSELF?

Tue 22 May | 5:30-7pm | The Diamond LT2 | Free
In association with the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

The UK currently produces 61% of the food it eats. However, following the UK’s decision to leave the EU, uncertainty over future trade has led to calls for the UK to become more self-sufficient. But to what extent could we become self-sufficient? This panel session will discuss how greater self-sufficiency could be achieved at both the local and national level. Could we change our diets and reduce waste? Can and should we intensify farming? And what role could local farms and urban agriculture play? Speakers include Andrew Francis (National Farming Union), Darrell Maryon (Heeley City Farm) and Charlotte Burns (University of Sheffield).

 
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THE PERSONAL IS STILL POLITICAL: A FACILITATED DIALOGUE

Wed 23 May | 7-9pm | Union Street | Free
Facilitated by Kerri Cripps and Leah Bijelić

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.

 
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FORTRESS EUROPE: DISPATCHES FROM A GATED CONTINENT

Thu 24 May | 6:30-8:30pm | Quaker Meeting House | Free
In association with South Yorkshire Migration & Asylum Action Group

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.

 
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THE CURE FOR CATASTROPHE: HOW WE CAN STOP MANUFACTURING NATURAL DISASTERS

Thu 24 May | 6:30-8pm | ROCO Creative Co-op | £4/£3

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.

 
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ANYONE’S GUESS HOW WE GOT HERE

Fri 25 - Sat 26 May | 7:30-8:30pm | Theatre Deli | £8.89/£5.74

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.

 
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LIVE LATE: DISSENT

Fri 25 May | 7:30-10:30pm | Graves Gallery | £10/£8
In association with Wordlife, Folk Forest and Museums Sheffield

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.

 
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MANDATORY REDISTRIBUTION PARTY: JUDGEMENT DAY

Sat 26 May | 7:30-10pm | DINA | £5/Pay As You Feel

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.

 
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FOOD FOR THOUGHT

Sat 26 - Mon 28 May | 4-6pm | Winter Garden | Free

Join us for a thought and action-provoking programme of short talks and workshops in the Winter Garden 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. FULL PROGRAMME HERE
 

 
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FAIRNESS: HOW TO BE A GOOD NEIGHBOUR IN PAGE HALL

Wed 30 May | 6-9pm | Firth Park Working Men’s Club | 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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NEWS CLUB LIVE

Thu 31 May | 7-8:30pm | ROCO Creative Co-op | £3

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.