Festival of Arts & Humanities 2017Festival of Arts & Humanities, 2-22 May 2017

A celebration of people and cultures

Join us this May for a celebration of people and cultures across the city.

World renowned writers, poets & historians. Film screenings, music, Medieval Cabaret, a Roman Feast and more.

Including Ben Okri, Helen Mort, & Ben Aaronovitch.

The full programme will be on this website.

Figure representing Festival 2017

About our annual festival

A celebration of people and cultures. Hosted by the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, our festival brings a lively and thought-provoking programme of events to venues across Sheffield.

Inspired by the work of the Arts & Humanities departments of Music, English, History, Philosophy, Archaeology and Languages & Cultures, this year’s Festival will see a mix of concerts, talks, workshops and screenings. We awaken the imagination and challenge creativity with our themes of Exploring Social and Political Cultures, Sights and Sounds and Thinking about Thinking

Together with a host of special guests including writers, musicians, poets, photographers and collaborating with partners from around the city, we probe the past, present and future to learn more about ourselves, others and the world around us. Be the first to hear our programme announcements for 2017: facebook.com/festivalah @festivalah

The first Festival of Arts and Humanities took place in May 2015. Guests included Professor Lord Robert Winston, playwright Laura Wade, Professor Sarah Churchwell (University of East Anglia), Clive Wilmer from the Guild of St George, local artist Henry Tietzsch-Tyler, north east vocal harmony group The Keelers and Sheffield favourites Neil McSweeney and Nancy Kerr. You can see the 2015 programme here.

Our second festival took place in May 2016. Guests included poet Michael Symmons Roberts, ceramicist and author Edmund de Waal, award-winning folk band The Unthanks, documentary photographer Alison Baskerville, former government advisor David Nutt and historian David Reynolds. You can see the 2016 programme here.

Professor Jackie Labbe
Pro-Vice-Chancellor, Faculty of Arts and Humanities

Festival team

Stewart Campbell (Concerts Producer, Department of Music) and Amy Ryall (External Engagement Projects Manager, Faculty Office) - Festival Directors

Dr Jane Hodson (Director of External Engagement) - Festival Advisor

Amy Carter (Public Engagement Manager) - Festival Advisor

Ian Gardiner (Marketing Manager) - Marketing Support

Pete David - Festival Support Assistant