Festival’s real Sensoria of place

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Sensoria is Sheffield’s premier festival of music and film. And every year, the event manages to pull in some the art world’s biggest names.

Its programme of events is so ruthlessly ambitious that the most celebrated films and revered artists are featured at the festival.

But – impressive though this is – it’s not this that makes Sensoria stand out from all other Sheffield festivals.

Rather, it’s Sensoria’s ability to open our eyes to some of the city’s strangest and most obscure places and transform the unlikeliest of places into state-of-the-art venues, albeit temporarily.

And this year is no exception.

From swimming baths to car parks – there is nowhere the Sensoria team can’t transform.

Nigel Humberstone, Sensoria’s music programme director, said: “We like exploring places for the festival.

“We find out more and more about the city when we come to plan Sensoria and as a result there are some really fantastic events in some really unusual places.”

“We’re having a drive-in outdoor cinema screening of American 1970s classic American Graffiti with popcorn concessions and some classic cars on display,” says Nigel.

The film, directed by George Lucas, is about a group of teenagers enjoying a last cruise before they head off to college.

“It’s a classic teenager flim,” says Humberstone.

“And it will be a really good event, it’s perfect for a drive-in.”

The City Centre Drive-in takes place on Sunday September 29 at 7pm at the charity car park on Sylvester Street .

Proceeds from the event will include a donation to Bluebell Woods Children’s Hospice.

But that’s not the only unusual event at Sensoria.

“We’re showing the Wicker Man at Furnace Park in Shalesmoor,” says Humberstone.

“It’s one of only a few surviving furnaces in Europe, so it’s an unusual setting.”

The Wicker Man screening is on Friday September 27.

And then there’s the bonkers Big Blue, a screening of the 1988 film at Hathersage outdoor pool.

The film is being screened on its 25th anniversary at the 1930s outdoor pool in the Peak District village.

Musical must-sees include the world premiere of Now Will You Listen!, a collection of strange and twisted musical stories.

Set in the Lantern Theatre in Nether Edge, the event will take on a Jackanory-style delivery, only much darker.

But here are just a handful of events from this year’s Sensoria programme.

For more detailed listings visit www.sensoria.org.uk

Sensoria runs from September 26 to 29 at a variety of venues across the city.