NATIONALISATION: THE CASE FOR PUBLIC OWNERSHIP
May
1
6:00 PM18:00

NATIONALISATION: THE CASE FOR PUBLIC OWNERSHIP

FREE - Please book

In association with Sheffield Marxist Society

The last 40 years of privatisation have been catastrophic for our public services. The collapse of Carillion is just one example. Join us for a panel discussion on how nationalisation can be achieved under a socialist government. Speakers include trade union leaders, Marxists and students.

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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RICHARD WILKINSON: THE INNER LEVEL
May
1
6:30 PM18:30

RICHARD WILKINSON: THE INNER LEVEL

  • The Diamond LT2, The University of Sheffield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE - Please book

In association with Cohesion Sheffield & The Research Institute for Healthy Lifespan

The Spirit Level by Richard Wilkinson and Kate Pickett has had a huge effect on how we look at inequality since it was published in 2009, showing how more equal societies ‘almost always do better’. 2018’s follow up, The Inner Level, looks at how inequality affects individuals. A talk from Wilkinson, chaired by Prof. Alan Walker (University of Sheffield).

This event is part of the 'Who We Are' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Abbeydale Brewery.

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MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE
May
1
7:45 PM19:45

MY NAME IS RACHEL CORRIE

Tickets - £9.07-£11.19

March 2003. The Gaza Strip. 23-year-old Rachel Corrie stands between a Palestinian house and an armoured bulldozer. Based on the diaries and emails of the American activist, My Name is Rachel Corrie tells the story of her short life and sudden death, from the words she left behind. A panel discussion follows each performance, discussing the contemporary situation in Palestine.

My Name is Rachel Corrie is a powerful one-person show detailing the final months of activist Rachel Corrie’s life in 2003, based on her real life diary entries, conversations & testimonies. The articles were compiled & text was edited by Alan Rickman & Katherine Viner in 2005, & the play was first staged in the Royal Court Theatre London in 2006.

The play has now toured around the world and we are incredibly excited to announce that it will be staged in Sheffield in May 2019 with Hassun El Zafar (Director of Sheffield Black History Month 2015/17 & Street Science 2017/18) as Director & Sam Holland (Director of Migration Matters Festival) as Producer.

The play is scheduled to show from 1 -4 May 2019 in Sheffield’s Theatre Deli. It will also be part of the Festival of Debate and will feature a discussion panel at the end of each showing to discuss the contemporary situation in Palestine and how people may get involved in positive activism to make the world a better place for everyone.

1 May 2019

Title: The Making of The Play

Panelists

Hassun El Zafar (Director)

Sam Holland (Producer)

Sara Hill (Theatre Deli Programmer and Producer)

2 May 2019

Title: Life in Palestine

Musheir Al Fara (Chair of Sheffield PSC)

Louise Haigh MP (Labour MP Sheffield Heeley)

Ronnie Barkan (Activist from Israel)

3 May 2019

Title: How Can We Change the World?

Magid Magid (Lord Mayor of Sheffield)

Lucinda Wakefield (Chair of Sheffield Stop The War)

Abdi Aziz Suleiman (Former President of Sheffield Students’ Union)

4 May 2019

Title: Palestine and UK action

Ben White (Author and Journalist)

To learn more about Rachel’s life visit https://rachelcorriefoundation.org/

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL: UTOPIA OR REALITY?
May
2
6:00 PM18:00

SUSTAINABLE PALM OIL: UTOPIA OR REALITY?

  • The Diamond LT6, The University of Sheffield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE - Please book

In association with the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

Palm oil is almost everywhere - food, fuel and cosmetics - and its use leads to thousands of burnt forests and dead wildlife. So certified palm oil comes to the rescue, but how sustainable is it? This panel discussion explores the implications of palm oil certification on people, forests and wildlife.

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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TEFLON TRUMP’S TOXIC TACTICS: HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AUTOCRATIC LEADERSHIP
May
2
6:30 PM18:30

TEFLON TRUMP’S TOXIC TACTICS: HOW TO UNDERSTAND THE PSYCHOLOGY OF AUTOCRATIC LEADERSHIP

  • Council Room, Firth Court, The University of Sheffield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE - Please book

In association with Cohesion Sheffield & The University of Sheffield

How can we understand the appeal of authoritarian populist leaders? How do the likes of Orbán, Erdogan and Trump survive gaffes and revelations? Professor of Psychology at St. Andrews University, Stephen Reicher outlines a new approach to the psychology of leadership and its links with democracy. Introduced by Dr Kristin Hildenbrand, lecturer in Leadership and Organisational Behaviour at the University of Sheffield.

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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YOUth MATTERS
May
4
1:00 PM13:00

YOUth MATTERS

FREE - Please book

In association with Chilypep

This event is made by young people, for young people (14-25), discussing what matters to young people in Sheffield, including talking about mental health and rewriting our Young People’s Manifesto for mental health. There’ll be creative activities and workshops to help you share what you think in safe and meaningful ways.

This event is part of the 'Who We Are' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Abbeydale Brewery.

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FAITHS ON THE MARGINS
May
6
1:00 PM13:00

FAITHS ON THE MARGINS

FREE - Please book

Since 2005, the Multi-Faith Chapel and Library at Burngreave Ashram has brought together speakers from many faiths. At this panel event the two co-ordinators and others from different faith communities will reflect on the present social, cultural and political situations facing faith groups and individuals in Sheffield.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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RETHINKING SECURITY
May
7
7:00 PM19:00

RETHINKING SECURITY

FREE - Please book

In association with SCRAP and CRESST

Rising global military expenditure ($1739billion) isn’t helping the world feel safer. It’s time for a new approach – grounded in the well-being of people and planet, and rooted in solidarity, justice and appreciation of our interdependence. Using participative methods we explore new thinking and ways to grow the conversation.

The workshop will be facilitated by Carolyn Leary, Programme Director (CRESST) and Heather Hunt (SCRAP), psychologist, peace and environmental campaigner.

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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HAVING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS
May
8
10:30 AM10:30

HAVING DIFFICULT CONVERSATIONS

Pay As You Feel - Please book

In association with Who Is Your Neighbour & Cohesion Sheffield

How do we react? What do we say? Did we get it right? This session will look at those difficult conversations that can happen in everyday life. Leave with a few new techniques, some understanding of responses to difficult conversations and hear the experiences of others.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN FOOD & CLIMATE CHANGE
May
9
6:30 PM18:30

THE CONNECTIONS BETWEEN FOOD & CLIMATE CHANGE

  • Community Room, Abbeyfield Park House (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE - Please book

In association with Green City Action & Sheffield Climate Alliance

Our food supply and consumption is both a cause of and a solution to climate change. Join us for an evening hosted by Green City Action in partnership with the Sheffield Climate Alliance Food Group. Our presentation will help spark conversation exploring what we can do at a local level.

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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MINERS’ STRIKE TO GIG ECONOMY
May
9
7:00 PM19:00

MINERS’ STRIKE TO GIG ECONOMY

FREE - Please book

In association with the Orgreave Truth & Justice Campaign and the Campaign For Press & Broadcasting Freedom (North)

There was a social contract developed at the end of World War Two: work hard and contribute to society, then society will take care of you. That contract died when Thatcher broke the miners’ strike in 1984-85. Economic decline over decades has led to the rise of humiliating zero-hour contracts with one-step-above-poverty wages. This meeting identifies the consequences and what can be done to change the situation.

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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SAME SAME DIFFERENT
May
9
7:45 PM19:45

SAME SAME DIFFERENT

Tickets - £11.19-£13.31 | Age 12+

SAME SAME DIFFERENT is a new verbatim play about adoption, identity and belonging, sharing stories gathered from adoptees living all over the world.

Inspired by Naomi's own experiences as a trans-racial adoptee, being adopted from Hong Kong into a White British family, the play gives adoptees the opportunity to share their adoption story in their own words and reveal what it's like to grow up in a family and community who might look very different to themselves. The focus of the piece is what the contributors perceive as the similarities and differences between themselves and their family members and how both nature and nurture influence identity.

This event is part of the 'Who We Are' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Abbeydale Brewery.

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CLIMATE JUSTICE: HOW IS GLOBAL WARMING A RACIAL ISSUE?
May
10
6:00 PM18:00

CLIMATE JUSTICE: HOW IS GLOBAL WARMING A RACIAL ISSUE?

  • The Diamond LT1, The University of Sheffield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE - Please book

In association with University of Sheffield Sustainability Committee

Climate change is a humanitarian crisis. It has the biggest impact on people of colour and people from developing countries, whose voices are often overshadowed. It is imperative to reframe the conversation to achieve environmental and social justice. This event brings together a diverse range of leading experts, including Asad Rehman (Executive Director at War on Want) and Judy Ling Wong CBE OBE (Artist, Honorary President and former UK Director of the Black Environment Network) to discuss how climate change is about race and global justice.

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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ADVENTURES IN MENSTRUATING WITH CHELLA QUINT
May
10
7:00 PM19:00

ADVENTURES IN MENSTRUATING WITH CHELLA QUINT

Tickets - £5

In association with Walkley Orchids WI

One of Sheffield’s newest WI’s plays host to guest speaker Chella Quint, who will be performing her five-star show about all things period: the good, the bad and the bloody. As heard on BBC Radio 4’s A Bleeding Shame and Woman’s Hour, #periodpositive founder and sex educator Chella wittily deconstructs menstrual stigma and joyfully invites audiences to hang ten on a crimson wave in this taboo-breaking period comedy about ending period poverty with ad-busting, craftivism and a bleeding ridiculous conga line. This will be a relaxed performance.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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OUR PLANET HUB DAY
May
11
11:30 AM11:30

OUR PLANET HUB DAY

Suggested donation £5 - Please book

In partnership with Sheffield Climate Alliance & Regather

In the face of overwhelming scientific evidence of man-made climate change, how do we take action to significantly reduce our impact on the world? The challenge can seem too big, too daunting, and while knowledge and understanding are important, just as important is a belief that we can change things for the better. The Festival of Debate Our Planet Hub Day explores many related topics through a range of short concurrent sessions, before coming together for a concluding performance by pianist and climate activist Lola Perrin, featuring guest speaker Asad Rehman (Executive Director, War on Want).

Suggested donation for daytime events: £5.

Please note that tickets for the ClimateKeys event need to be booked separately.

ALL DAY | STALLS | from Sheffield Climate Alliance, Sheffield Against Fracking, Friends of the Earth and more.

11:30AM-1PM | TURNING EARTH: VEGAN BREAKFAST CLUB

Delicious hot and cold breakfast/lunch to fuel a day of discussion and activism. Suggested donation £10, but no-one will be turned away due to lack of funds.

1:30-2:15PM | WORKSHOP | ZERO WASTE LIFESTYLE

Simple steps towards eco living and shopping. Hosted by The Bare Alternative.

1:30-2:15PM | TALK | WHAT THE ACTUAL FRACK?

How do you beat a government hell-bent on fracking? Talk and discussion with Frack Free South Yorkshire founder and science teacher, David Burley.

1:30-2:15PM | TALK | OUR ARCTIC: AMPLIFICATION OF CLIMATE CHANGE

Adrian Dye presents his research of rapidly retreating Arctic glaciers and the overall state of the Arctic, from declining reindeer herds to melting ice and breakdowns of the polar vortex.

2:30-3:15PM | TALK | ARE ATTENBOROUGH-STYLE DOCUMENTARIES STOPPING SHORT OF THE TRUTH?

Is it acceptable to paint a false picture of natural ecosystems for the sake of viewership, entertainment and ‘impartiality’? Join us at this interactive seminar where we discuss these issues.

2:30-3:15PM | WORKSHOP | SO YOU WANT TO TAKE ACTION ON CLIMATE CHANGE?

By supporting you to reflect on what matters most to you, this workshop will help you discover how to play your unique part in the growing movement to combat climate change.

2:30-3:15PM | FILM | A PLASTIC OCEAN

A screening of award-winning documentary A Plastic Ocean, followed by discussion on immediate solutions with Sheffield Friends of the Earth.

3:30-4:45PM | PANEL | HOW TO BE HOPEFUL ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE

Drawing on different expert perspectives to show that progress can and is being made on reducing carbon emissions and that there is hope that we can rise to this challenge if we all take part.

3:30-4:45PM | TALK | A SUSTAINABLE ENERGY POLICY FOR YORKSHIRE

Exploring a pioneering local hydropower scheme and presenting a Green Manifesto for Yorkshire for future low-carbon energy schemes.

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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MAD PRIDE: CHANGING THE WAY WE TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH
May
11
1:30 PM13:30

MAD PRIDE: CHANGING THE WAY WE TALK ABOUT MENTAL HEALTH

FREE - Please book

In association with Spirit of the Rainbow Heron

How do you define yourself and your mental health? How do you want others to interact with you? What messages do you have for the world? Bring ideas to create into art for debate - placards, poems, pamphlets - which we will share online and continue debating after the event.

This event is part of the 'Who We Are' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Abbeydale Brewery.

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CLIMATEKEYS FT. ASAD REHMAN & LOLA PERRIN
May
11
8:00 PM20:00

CLIMATEKEYS FT. ASAD REHMAN & LOLA PERRIN

Tickets - £6/£5

Music, talk and audience dialogue in response to the climate crisis, featuring specially-composed piano pieces performed by Lola Perrin in collaboration with guest speaker Asad Rehman (Executive Director, War on Want).

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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AFUA HIRSCH: BRIT(ISH) - ON RACE, IDENTITY AND BELONGING
May
13
6:30 PM18:30

AFUA HIRSCH: BRIT(ISH) - ON RACE, IDENTITY AND BELONGING

  • SU Auditorium, Sheffield Students' Union (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tickets - £5/£3

In association with Our Mel, The University of Sheffield BAME Staff Network & BME Students Committee

Join Afua Hirsch for a discussion of her Sunday Times bestseller. Brit(ish) is about a search for identity. It’s about the everyday racism that plagues British society and our awkward, troubled relationship with our history. Chaired by Desiree Reynolds, journalist, author and trustee of Racial Justice Network.

This event is part of the 'Who We Are' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Abbeydale Brewery.

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OUR FAMILY & IT: EXPLORING CHALLENGES, DILEMMAS & MORAL OBLIGATIONS OF PARENTAL LIFE-LIMITING ILLNESS
May
14
12:00 PM12:00

OUR FAMILY & IT: EXPLORING CHALLENGES, DILEMMAS & MORAL OBLIGATIONS OF PARENTAL LIFE-LIMITING ILLNESS

FREE - Please book

In association with Healthwatch Sheffield and The University of Sheffield.

Our Family and IT, Dr Rachel Fearnley’s debut novel, is about parental life-limiting illness. This interactive workshop explores the challenges and dilemmas families experience as Fearnley reads excerpts and invites discussion about whether, as a society, we have a moral obligation to recognise this oft-ignored social issue.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC HEALTH
May
14
6:30 PM18:30

THE FUTURE OF PUBLIC HEALTH

  • The Diamond LT5, The University of Sheffield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE - Please book

In association with Healthwatch Sheffield

With the responsibility for public health now residing with local government rather than the NHS, is it possible to improve the public’s health? Panel featuring Greg Fell (Director of Public Health in Sheffield), Professor Elizabeth Goyder (University of Sheffield), Professor Alan Walker (University of Sheffield) and Councillor Jackie Drayton (Sheffield City Council Cabinet Member for Children & Families).

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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HOW CAN WE RETHINK MENTAL HEALTH?
May
15
4:00 PM16:00

HOW CAN WE RETHINK MENTAL HEALTH?

  • Victoria Centre, Victora Methodist Church (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE - Please book

In association with Sheffield Flourish

Mental health is in crisis - that’s a given. But how can we rethink how we understand and support people experiencing mental health difficulties and distress? Join us for an interactive debate-based event where we welcome provocative ideas and won’t shy away from the most challenging questions.

This event is part of the 'Who We Are' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Abbeydale Brewery.

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BUT RAIDING THE EARTH IS FREE? THE IMPORTANCE OF A CIRCULAR ECONOMY
May
16
5:30 PM17:30

BUT RAIDING THE EARTH IS FREE? THE IMPORTANCE OF A CIRCULAR ECONOMY

FREE - Please book

In association with the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

Due to decades of over-borrowing from our planet’s natural assets, an environmental collapse is imminent. Everything from clothes to packaging follows a life of ‘take, use, dispose’. By adopting a circular economy, we can reduce the amount of waste we produce. But can this be achieved? Who is responsible? And what can be done?

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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SHAKING THE MAGIC MONEY TREE, THE DEATH OF TINA & NEW ECONOMICS
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

SHAKING THE MAGIC MONEY TREE, THE DEATH OF TINA & NEW ECONOMICS

FREE - Please book

In association with Independent Working Class Education Network

Theresa May’s comment about ‘the magic money tree’ attracted attention as an election soundbite, but it also opened to scrutiny the established orthodoxies of political economy we have held as truths for the last 40 years. The evening will look at some of the issues it raises and challenge the orthodoxy to reveal some hidden truths.

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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GEORGE MONBIOT & GEORGE MARSHALL: HOW TO BREAK THE SILENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL COLLAPSE
May
16
7:00 PM19:00

GEORGE MONBIOT & GEORGE MARSHALL: HOW TO BREAK THE SILENCE ON ENVIRONMENTAL COLLAPSE

  • SU Auditorium, Sheffield Students' Union (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tickets - £13/£10

In association with Sheffield Climate Alliance

A discussion between two passionate and knowledgeable climate communicators, with a chance for the audience to join the conversation.

George Monbiot is an author, Guardian columnist and environmental campaigner. His best-selling books include Feral: Rewilding the Land, Sea and Human Life and Heat: How to Stop the Planet Burning. His latest is Out of the Wreckage: A New Politics for An Age of Crisis. George co-wrote the concept album Breaking the Spell of Loneliness with musician Ewan McLennan. His TED talk, How Wolves Change Rivers, has been viewed over 40m times.

George Marshall has 30 years’ experience at all levels of communications and advocacy – from community level protest movements, to senior positions in Greenpeace and the Rainforest Foundation, to advisory roles for governments, businesses and international agencies. He is an award-winning documentary maker and writes regularly on climate change issues, including articles for The Guardian, The New Statesman, New Scientist and The Ecologist. George has written two books: Carbon Detox, which addresses personal behaviour, and Don't Even Think About It: Why Our Brains Are Wired to Ignore Climate Change, written for a general public audience on the psychology of climate change.

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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HONEY, I SHRUNK THE ECONOMY!
May
17
6:00 PM18:00

HONEY, I SHRUNK THE ECONOMY!

  • The Diamond, The University of Sheffield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE - Please book

In association with the Grantham Centre for Sustainable Futures

Globally, economic growth is credited with reducing poverty and improving health. However, this growth is based on an ever-increasing demand which requires expanding the use of Earth’s limited natural resources. Should we reduce the size of the economy and the related demand for natural resources, or prioritise economic growth using sustainable means?

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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TRAINING FOR CHANGE
May
18
10:30 AM10:30

TRAINING FOR CHANGE

FREE - Please book

In association with ACORN Sheffield

A one-day community organising workshop with ACORN. If you’re angry at the way things are in this country right now and want to do something about it - organise! Join community union ACORN for a one-day accredited crash course in community organising. Spaces limited.

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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SHEFFIELD ZINE FEST
May
18
11:00 AM11:00

SHEFFIELD ZINE FEST

FREE

Come along to this regular day of workshops, readings and zine stalls designed to promote zinemaking and independent publishing in Sheffield, attracting DIY folks from across the UK. A zine (pronounced 'zeen' like maga-zine) is a magazine or booklet that you make yourself, and give away, swap or sell for the cost of printing.

What's the point? To share your knowledge, or your feelings, or your experiences in a way that's more tangible than blogging, less commercial, and more immediate than print media. The focus is usually on content, but designs, styles and print methods vary widely and can look very interesting and unusual! With short runs, some zinesters have the time to hand print covers, sew bindings, or colour in pages individually.

DIY – Do it yourself! Zines are a great way to empower yourself to create something that may seem too niche for mainstream media. If you don't see the kind of magazine you like on the shop shelves, why not make your own?

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FRUIT N JUICE & COMMON THREAD CLOTHES EXCHANGE PARTY
May
18
1:00 PM13:00

FRUIT N JUICE & COMMON THREAD CLOTHES EXCHANGE PARTY

£4 - No need to book

In association with Fruit n Juice and Common Thread

Common Thread and Fruit n Juice come together for a slow fashion party. Common Thread host their monthly clothes exchange from 1-4pm (bring nearly-new items and take some away), followed by talks on the impact of fast fashion on people and planet from researchers and activists, a fashion show, music and dancing from 6pm.

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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JAMES O’BRIEN: HOW TO BE RIGHT
May
18
7:30 PM19:30

JAMES O’BRIEN: HOW TO BE RIGHT

  • Pennine Lecture Theatre, Owen Building, Sheffield Hallam University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tickets - £12/£10

The age of politely agreeing to disagree is over. In How To Be Right, James O’Brien, the star broadcaster – with a million weekly listeners to his LBC show – viral YouTube debater, national columnist and podcast sensation, shows how to be right in a world gone wrong. James won the 2017 Broadcaster of the Year award at the British Press Guild Awards.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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ASHLEY BLAKER & IMRAN YUSUF: PROPHET SHARING
May
19
7:00 PM19:00

ASHLEY BLAKER & IMRAN YUSUF: PROPHET SHARING

Tickets - £15

In association with Leadmill Comedy Club

Two great religions. Two great comedians. The descendants of Abraham may have gone their separate ways but now stand-up comedian friends Ashley Blaker and Imran Yusuf are joining forces in the most unlikely double-act since Kermit and Miss Piggy.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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TORTURE: WHY BRITAIN MUST CLEAN UP ITS ACT
May
20
6:30 PM18:30

TORTURE: WHY BRITAIN MUST CLEAN UP ITS ACT

FREE - Please book

In association with The University of Sheffield & Reprieve

UK complicity in torture as part of the War on Terror is now a matter of public record. Successive UK governments denied it and sought to prevent independent investigation. Prof. Ruth Blakeley and Jackie Harrison (University of Sheffield) discuss with Sam Johnston Hawke (Reprieve) why UK policy on torture needs urgent reform.

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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HOW CAN WOMEN’S & LGBT+ COMMUNITIES BUILD INCLUSIVE SPACES?
May
21
6:00 PM18:00

HOW CAN WOMEN’S & LGBT+ COMMUNITIES BUILD INCLUSIVE SPACES?

  • Council Room, Firth Court, The University of Sheffield (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

FREE - Please book

In association with SheFest and LGBT+ Hub

Join SheFest and the LGBT+ Hub to discuss inclusion between communities. Addressing issues including the exclusion of trans women from women’s spaces and underrepresentation of women in LGBT+ spaces, SheFest invites panellists to discuss ways we can improve inclusion of marginalised and underrepresented members of our communities.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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WHERE DOES TINSLEY GET ITS FOOD FROM?
May
21
6:30 PM18:30

WHERE DOES TINSLEY GET ITS FOOD FROM?

FREE - Please book

With a range of new food-related projects emerging in Tinsley, from hydroponics to community allotments, all amidst food security and food waste pressures, how can Tinsley respond to this challenge and what community actions could be possible? An open space discussion involving community groups, academics and activists from the area.

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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ROGER McGOUGH & STAN SKINNY
May
21
7:00 PM19:00

ROGER McGOUGH & STAN SKINNY

Tickets - £15

Part of Sheaf Poetry Festival

Roger McGough is the ‘Patron Saint of Poetry’ (Carol Ann Duffy). Exuberant new collection joinedupwriting ranges from forgotten friendships and the idiosyncrasies of family life, to the trauma of war and contemporary global politics. These poems explore the human experience in all its shades of light and dark, but always with McGough’s signature wit, irreverence and vivacity.

This event is part of the 'Who We Are' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Abbeydale Brewery.

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STOPPING THE PLUNDERING OF AFRICA
May
22
7:00 PM19:00

STOPPING THE PLUNDERING OF AFRICA

FREE - Please book

In association with Global Justice Sheffield

Martha Musonza Holman of the Fairtrade charity Love Zimbabwe sets the scene of Zimbabweans’ everyday lives; Africa@UK’s Gbenga Shadare describes working with insiders who assisted looters; Jubilee Debt Campaign’s Tim Jones reveals how UK banks facilitate ruinous debt, including via ‘odious loans’; and Christian Aid’s Sophie Efange argues for reparations for Britain’s violent colonial history, now perpetuating Africa’s modern-day structural inequalities.

The wealth privately sent abroad each year from Africa averages at least four times total international aid. And that’s only the tip of an iceberg of theft facilitated by Western interests. Debate with our panel of speakers about their own recommended contributions to the broader set of policy and social change that's required to end this and other injustices.

Martha Musonza Holman, of Love Zimbabwe, a Fairtrade charity, will set the scene in terms of the everyday impacts of this international theft on people’s everyday lives in Zimbabwe.   

Tim Jones, of Jubilee Debt Campaign, will highlight how UK companies extract wealth from Africa through odious loans. This includes the case in Mozambique where $2 billion of secret loans from London banks have triggered a debt crisis in the country.  

Gbenga Shadare, of Africa@UK, will tell his own personal story, as a former investment banker/wealth manager, describing his experience of working with insiders and former operatives who assisted looters and politicians.  

Sophie Efange, of Christian Aid, will bring out the role of Britain’s violent colonial history in perpetuating modern day structural inequalities in Africa – including via tax havens and illicit financial flows – and the need to shift from Aid to reparations.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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CAN ETHICAL BE PROFITABLE?
May
23
6:00 PM18:00

CAN ETHICAL BE PROFITABLE?

FREE - Please book

In association with EYEYE Sheffield

Lots of people like the idea of supporting ethical, independent and local businesses who pay their taxes. But can you have ethics and profits in a period of austerity? Come and share ideas with local Sheffield business owners who try to offer good value and good values.

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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THE GUILTY FEMINIST: LIVE
May
23
7:30 PM19:30

THE GUILTY FEMINIST: LIVE

Tickets - £16.80-£30.80

In association with Sheffield City Hall

The Guilty Feminist podcast has become a phenomenon, with over 50 million downloads since its launch in 2015. Comedian Deborah Frances-White and her guests explore the noble goals of 21st-century feminists whilst confessing the insecurities, hypocrisies and paradoxes which undermine those goals. Deborah will be joined by a range of guests from the podcast for a celebration of how far we’ve come and a conversation about what remains to be done.

This event is part of the 'Who We Are' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Abbeydale Brewery.

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IN A VULNERABLE PLACE
May
23
7:30 PM19:30

IN A VULNERABLE PLACE

Tickets - £7

Acclaimed playwright Steve Waters’s first one-man show is a very personal journey into the present tense reality of climate change. Returning to Sheffield with a new play after acclaimed shows at The Crucible, it tells the story of encounters he has had with people in the Norfolk Broads - a landscape under a death penalty - and in Mongolia - a place experiencing the temperature rises scheduled for the rest of the world by 2050 - as he discovers a world where there’s so much left to fight for.

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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FOOD FOR THOUGHT
May
24
10:00 AM10:00

FOOD FOR THOUGHT

FREE - Please book

In association with SHEF FOOD and the Sheffield Food Festival

Join SHEF FOOD - Sheffield’s Sustainable Food Partnership for action-provoking talks, exhibits and workshops across the Millennium Gallery (Friday 10am-7:30pm) and the Winter Garden (Sat-Mon 10am-5pm) throughout the Sheffield Food Festival. Explore the issues, meet the people and seize the opportunities to change the health, equality, economy and sustainability of all things food and drink in Sheffield for the better, for everyone! Visit sheffood.org.uk to find more info and how to get involved.

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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SERMON OF THE SOIL: SOIL DEGRADATION & THE UNFOLDING GLOBAL DISASTER
May
24
6:00 PM18:00

SERMON OF THE SOIL: SOIL DEGRADATION & THE UNFOLDING GLOBAL DISASTER

FREE - Please book

In association with Shef Food & The University of Sheffield

Professor Duncan Cameron, co-director of the Institute of Sustainable Food, talks about his research into soil degradation across the globe, one of the greatest threats to agriculture. Prof. Cameron looks at the past and present issues, and what we can do to develop sustainable agriculture to feed the world’s population.

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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MONEY IS WEIRD
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

MONEY IS WEIRD

Tickets - £6

When it comes to money, Laurence Peacock (BA English Lit, 2008) definitely knows what he’s talking about. OK, fine, he really doesn’t. But he’s tried his best to find out

From the mind that brought you ironic tax advice (Dodge&Co, Festival of Debate 2017/18) comes a show about money and how profoundly weird it is. Join Laurence as he tries to answer the fundamental questions: What is money? Where does it come from? And will you give him £7 to talk about it for 50 minutes? No? What if he throws in some jokes and promises to keep the graphs to a minimum? Alright, fine! £6. Geez…

Audience Responses to Dodge & Co’s ‘Tax Dodger’s Guide to Fargate’:

“Garners laughter and despair in equal measure.”

“Interesting… surprisingly interesting, actually.”

“Very eye-opening.”

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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EXPRESSIONS OF PROTEST: JOURNEYS TO UNDERSTANDING
May
24
7:30 PM19:30

EXPRESSIONS OF PROTEST: JOURNEYS TO UNDERSTANDING

Tickets - £10/£5

Jerusalem born singer-songwriter Avital Raz and performance artist Dani Abulhawa are friends. Dani’s father grew up in East Jerusalem, Avital in the west. On equal ground they explore their heritage and connection to Palestine/Israel through live performance (My Jerusalem), film (The Slide), a short talk and panel debate.

This event is part of the 'Who We Are' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Abbeydale Brewery.

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YOUNG PEOPLE, TECHNOLOGY & THE FUTURE OF AR’ CITY
May
25
12:00 PM12:00

YOUNG PEOPLE, TECHNOLOGY & THE FUTURE OF AR’ CITY

FREE - Please book

In association with Ar’ City

How do you make a city fun? Taking the concept of the ‘playable city’, Ar’ City uses creative tech interventions made by young people to prompt citizens to re-think everyday moments and form memorable shared experiences. We invite you to explore some of the exhibitions, play with the technology and meet the makers.

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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STEVE SILBERMAN: NEUROTRIBES
May
25
2:00 PM14:00

STEVE SILBERMAN: NEUROTRIBES

  • Charles St Lecture Theatre, Sheffield Hallam University (map)
  • Google Calendar ICS

Tickets - £5

In association with MisTÂûght & Healthwatch Sheffield

Steve Silberman, author of NeuroTribes: The Legacy of Autism & Future of Neurodiversity, discusses his work with MisTÂûght founder Melissa Simmonds. Silberman’s book won the Samuel Johnson Prize in 2015 and is considered essential reading for those interested in the topic.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANT WALK
May
26
1:30 PM13:30

EDIBLE & MEDICINAL PLANT WALK

Suggested donation £5-£15 - No need to book

In association with Unity Edible Gardens

Meet opposite the Brothers Arms pub and take a gentle walk around the park while identifying plants and learning practical ways of using them as food or medicine. You’ll never look at a ‘weed’ in the same way again. No need to book, just turn up.

This event is part of the 'Our Planet' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield Climate Alliance and Regather.

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PAUL MASON - CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE: A RADICAL DEFENCE OF THE HUMAN BEING
May
29
7:30 PM19:30

PAUL MASON - CLEAR BRIGHT FUTURE: A RADICAL DEFENCE OF THE HUMAN BEING

Tickets - £10/£8

In partnership with Off The Shelf Festival of Words

A call for resistance against the politicians and corporations who are trying to exert new forms of technological control. ‘A radical defence of the human being’ means fighting for universal rights, for human- centric institutions, and for the right to resist control of our lives by algorithms. Paul Mason is a journalist, broadcaster and author, whose books include PostCapitalism: A Guide to Our Future and Why It’s Kicking Off Everywhere: The New Global Revolutions.

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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FAR GONE
May
29
to Jun 1

FAR GONE

Tickets - £9.07- £11.19

“If I invited you to come with me on a journey, a story, will you come with me?”

Okumu is an innocent boy living with a good family in Northern Uganda. When his village is attacked by Joseph Kony’s Lord’s Resistance Army (LRA), him and his brother are captured and their lives are forever changed. We follow Okumu through this transformation from boy to child soldier. The boy struggles to fit into the bush life he’s been forced into until one day an unexpected visitor appears.

Written and created and performed by John Rwoth-Omack Far Gone is a gut kicking physical performance with humour, poetry, and the horrors of being a child soldier. The play also explores how the political and financial decisions made by western powers affect the life of a child soldier and it may even contribute to it. It takes into account the campaign ran by Invisible Children of Kony 2012 to expose and capture Joseph Kony, and asks how ethical this was really and what did the American government really do to help?

This event is part of the 'Who We Are' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Abbeydale Brewery.

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BRIDGING THE GAP: IMPROVING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE POLICE & YOUNG PEOPLE
May
30
6:00 PM18:00

BRIDGING THE GAP: IMPROVING COMMUNICATION BETWEEN THE POLICE & YOUNG PEOPLE

FREE - Please book

In association with Sheffield Futures and South Yorkshire Police

How can the police better communicate with young people? Why wouldn’t a young person report a crime? What can be done to change that? Following on from Sheffield Youth Cabinet’s knife crime consultations with young people that stated there was a gap in communication between the police and our city’s youth, we want to start a discussion to see how we can work together for a better, safer, Sheffield. Join Sheffield Young Advisors and South Yorkshire Police as they come up with the answers.

After the event, we will have an online survey that we will send out to all attendees for their thoughts and opinions. We will be reporting on the on-going project by Sheffield Young Advisors and South Yorkshire Police to improve communications.

This event is part of the 'Living Together' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Learn Sheffield, Create Sheffield and Cohesion Sheffield.

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JULIA UNWIN: POWER IN OUR HANDS?
May
30
6:30 PM18:30

JULIA UNWIN: POWER IN OUR HANDS?

Pay As You Feel - Please book

In association with Voluntary Action Sheffield

'Neither the market nor the state alone can re-thread our social fabric, rebuild our democracy and respond to the challenges of a rapidly changing age. We must be at the heart of it. We must lead the way.’ Julia Unwin CBE, Chair of Civil Society Futures and former Chief Executive of the Joseph Rowntree Foundation, continues a collaborative series of much-needed conversations around civic action and civil society.

This event is part of the 'Our Democracy' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Sheffield College.

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LIVE LATE: THE PEOPLE’S PALACE OF POSSIBILITY
May
31
7:30 PM19:30

LIVE LATE: THE PEOPLE’S PALACE OF POSSIBILITY

Suggested donation £4 - No need to book

In association with The Bare Project

Do you dream of a better way to live? Join us for a night of John Ruskin- fuelled performance, protest and utopia building. Roll your sleeves up to build The People’s Palace of Possibility with imagineers The Bare Project. Enjoy utopian-inspired performance, music and lm curated by the team behind Wordlife while you create. Bar open. This event is for over 18s only. No need to book, just turn up.

This event is part of the 'Looking Forward' strand which has kindly been sponsored by Barnsley Digital Media Centre.

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