2017 Festival programme

Ben Okri

Laurene Durantel


Sound Junction




Social & Political Cultures

Thinking about Thinking

Sights & Sounds

Places & Spaces

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faculty icon rings2 May: The Day Before Spring 

Romance stirs on campus in this charming musical, which had lain forgotten in a California library for over half a century; this will be the first time the whole score has been heard since 1953.

Firth Hall, 7.30pm

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faculty icon flag3 May: Ben Okri

Booker Prize-winning author Ben Okri launches our 2017 programme by introducing the 2014 film, N - The Madness of Reason, for which he wrote the script. A twisting poetic narrative, N takes in Raymond Borremans’ journey through Africa to complete an encyclopaedia for the continent. Followed by Q&A + book signing.

The Showroom, 7pm

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faculty icon rings4 May: The Day Before Spring    

Romance stirs on campus in this charming musical, which had lain forgotten in a California library for over half a century; this will be the first time the whole score has been heard since 1953.

Firth Hall, 7.30pm

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faculty icon house4 May: Ruido  

Conversation. Is it this that makes us human? That separates us from our primal ancestors? Or separates us from each other? Ruido is a dance theatre piece by solo artist Lucy Haighton exploring language, translation and communication barriers.

Victoria Works, 7.30pm 

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faculty icon chip5 - 7 May: Sound Junction 

Sound Junction welcome two of the finest electroacoustic composers to Sheffield, Jonty Harrison and Denis Smalley. Alongside their former students, now lecturers in the Department of Music, Dr Adam Stanović and Dr Adrian Moore, Harrison and Smalley present a series of concerts over this weekend.

Firth Hall, 7.30pm & 1pm

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faculty icon rings7 May: Man with a Movie Camera    

Dziga Vertov’s experimental silent documentary film takes the viewer on a thrilling tour of city life in the Soviet Union. Released in 1929, Man With A Movie Camera is at once revealing and bizarre, using a host of technological tricks and treats to both bewilder and beguile. Ensemble 360’s dynamic and creative double bass player, Laurène Durantel, presents a new soundtrack to this film that also draws on her additional skills as a pianist and vocalist.

Students' Union Auditorium, 3.30pm

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Faculty icon cloud8 May: The Shiloh Project

This new project, a joint initiative between the Universities of Sheffield, Leeds and Auckland will foster research into the phenomenon of rape culture, throughout history and within contemporary society. At the launch event, there will be a discussion of religion and rape cultures with project co-directors Dr Johanna Stiebert (University of Leeds), Dr Katie Edwards (University of Sheffield) and researcher in sexual violence Dr Vanita Sundaram (University of York). The event is hosted by the Sheffield Institute for Interdisciplinary Biblical Studies.

Room A87, Richard Roberts Building, University of Sheffield, 6pm      

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faculty icon house10 May: A cushion of mist      

This short film made by Picture Story Productions and Jon Cannon explores the textures, sounds and landscapes of Barnsley’s Dearne Valley using the writing of Barnsley-born author Barry Hines alongside the reflections of two local residents, Shaun, and Nancy. A panel discussion of the film, and Hines’s approach to space and place in his native South Yorkshire, will follow the screening.

Arts Tower, Lecture Theatre 9, 5.30pm

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10 May: Ben Aaronovitch

Urban fantasy writer, Ben Aaronovitch, joins us to discuss his Rivers of London series which follows the fortunes of Peter Grant, a young Metropolitan Police Officer recruited into a small branch of the Met dealing with magic and the supernatural after an encounter with a ghost.  

Yellow Arch Studios, 7pm

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Faculty icon cloud11 May: Tales from the Ivory Tower

Storyteller Tim Ralphs hosts an evening of tales from Arts and Humanities researchers as they bring to life their research in engaging and entertaining short stories. Come and listen.

Brood at Roco, 6pm

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faculty icon house16 May: Dark Tourism and Penal-Heritage in the French Speaking World 

Dark Tourism, the concept of travel to places historically associated with death and suffering, is difficult to translate into a French context. Charles Forsdick, James Barrow Professor of French at the University of Liverpool, explores this with reference to penal colony heritage in French Guiana and New Caledonia.

Humanities Research Institute, 5pm

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faculty icon house16 May: #nofilter - Helen Mort & Claire Carter 

Readings and conversation from enthusiasts for the outdoors and writers Claire Carter and Helen Mort hosted by Professor Joanna Gavins from the School of English. Both Helen and Claire mine mountain landscapes for material, and here they share their perspective on the filters that writing and social media place on our experiences of the natural world.     

Adelphi Room, Crucible Theatre, 7pm

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faculty icon flag17 May: Medieval Cabaret

Through talks, stories and music find out more about the medieval period in Sheffield and beyond in the medieval surrounds of Sheffield Cathedral. Surprising tales of Tinsley and Conisborough with wider context from Dr Charles West from our Department of History.

Sheffield Cathedral, 7.30pm

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faculty icon flag18 May: Roman Feast

Feast on a Roman inspired four-course menu specially prepared by Inox Dine Head Chef Joe Berry and be entertained by poetry, philosophy and stories performed by researchers from the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, hosted by Dr Meredith Warren. This immersive experience aims to give a flavour of what it was to be at a Roman banquet.

INOX Dine, 7.30pm  

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faculty icon flag18 May: Angie Hobbs - Democracy. What is it and do we want it?

In the past year various groups with opposing aims have claimed that they are the champions of democracy, ‘rule by the people’. In this talk Professor Angie Hobbs asks who are ‘the people’, what really constitutes ‘rule’ by the people, and how democracy differs from demagoguery.

The Diamond, University of Sheffield, 6pm

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faculty icon house19 May: Poetry and the City

Two Sheffield poets, Pete Green and Ben Dorey read from new work about our city. Sheffield Almanac (Green) and Seven Hills (Dorey) both deal with some of the key issues that the city faces, in cultural and creative regeneration, its internationalism, geography and economy.   

Brood at Roco, 7pm 

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Faculty icon cloud19 May: People Power - The value of involving patients in research   

In celebration of International Clinical Trials Day, the Festival of Arts and Humanities and the Faculty of Medicine Dentistry and Health collaborate to bring you two events.  Both a tour of the Clinical Research Facility, and a talk and exhibition hosted by Professor Brendan Stone (School of English) and Dr Esther Hobson (Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience) who will discuss the importance of researchers involving patients in their work.

Royal Hallamshire Hospital & Sheffield Institute for Translational Neuroscience, 5pm

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faculty icon rings19 May: Sheffield Fusión Latina

The Hispanic Studies section of the School of Languages and Cultures present Sheffield Fusión Latina; a collaborative music project by final year students studying Hispanic Studies at The University of Sheffield. 

The Octagon, 7.30pm

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faculty icon rings20 May: Significant Others - Out Aloud 10th anniversary concert

Join Out Aloud, Sheffield’s LGBT choir as they celebrate their 10th birthday with a blend of singing and swinging, featuring classic songs and new work in a glorious musical snapshot of LGBT lives, influences and inspiration.

The Octagon, 7.30pm

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faculty icon flag21 May: Shoah

Shoah consists of interviews with Holocaust survivors, bystanders and perpetrators, some secretly recorded with a hidden camera, all of which are fascinating as eyewitness testimony and as cinematic spectacle. Lanzmann spent 12 years working on this epic film, which was hailed as an unforgettable masterpiece as soon as it was released.

The Diamond, 10am

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faculty icon flag22 May: David Olusoga - A Black History of Britain

Historian, broadcaster and author of Black and British: A Forgotten History David Olusoga joins us to talk about black British history as an integral and essential aspect of mainstream British history.  

The Diamond, 6pm

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