Be their anti-Valentine at a broken-heart fest

Pictured are Laura Burn-Acastper(left) and Sally Smith who have organised an Anti-Valentine's Weekend at The Rude Shipyard,Bookshop/Cafe on Abbeydale Road,Sheffield.
Pictured are Laura Burn-Acastper(left) and Sally Smith who have organised an Anti-Valentine's Weekend at The Rude Shipyard,Bookshop/Cafe on Abbeydale Road,Sheffield.
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BROKEN hearts, dead flowers and chocolate cake for one?

Welcome to a Valentine’s festival that puts the arrow into Cupid and encourages singletons to celebrate being young, free and...well, single.

Live music, heartbroken poetry and fancy dress will transform The Rude Shipyard cafe-come-performance-space into a non-lovers paradise this loved-up weekend.

“But couples are definitely welcome,” laughs owner Sally Smith, 27, and happily partnered-up herself.

“We started the festival last year because nothing happens in February.

“Valentine’s is quite an isolated celebration. If you’re a couple you spend it with just each other. So we thought we’d do something where people come and can have a good time together, whether they’re single or not. It’s just two days of fun.”

Certainly fun is right.

In 2010 so many people attended, they were flowing out on to the street.

“It was incredible,” says Sally, who set up the Rude Shipyard, in Abbeydale Road, Sheffield, two years ago. “So we can’t wait to do it again.”

Runs Saturday 1pm - 1am, and again Sunday. Free in.