Sheffield gets adventurous

SHAFF Festival Director Matt Heason
SHAFF Festival Director Matt Heason
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THEY did it because it was there.

Adventurers, mountaineers, mountain-bikers and adrenaline junkies in general descended upon Sheffield’s Showroom Cinema for an experience which took them to the extreme.

The Sheffield Adventure Film Festival featured more than 70 adventure, travel and extreme sports films hand-picked from around the world.

Festival-goers could also enjoy talks and lectures on climbs, runs and rides by leading adventurers, live music and a secondhand kit sale

However, Matt Heason, festival director, was less than delighted as the final day of three-day festival saw Sheffield basking in sunshine.

Matt, of Grindleford, said: “Sunshine is not ideal for festivals, especially for festivals aimed at people who are attracted to the outdoor life.

“When the sun shines they tend to do exactly that - get outside rather than sit inside watching others do it on film.

“Thankfully our pre-event ticket sales were fantastic so we have had some good numbers here.”

Matt says the festival, which ran from Friday to Sunday, is popular because it allows people to see videos they normally download from the internet on a giant screen.

He said: “Some of the stuff we showed certainly had the audience gasping and sighing.

“Everyone seems to have enjoyed it.

“Our three children’s workshops were all sold out and there were quite a few older people here too.

“And Saturday night, in the bar, things were buzzing.

“Best of all, the festival attracted people from all around the country - and some who travelled around the world just to get here.”