Sheffield's arts and culture sector remains opens despite lockdown

Art, music, video, theatre are being made available to the people of Sheffield, despite lockdown.

Thursday, 14th May 2020, 4:19 pm
Updated Friday, 15th May 2020, 7:59 am

The University of Sheffield has partnered with Sheffield Council to launch a new online platform to keep the city’s vibrant arts and cultural sector open during these difficult times.

Developed and hosted by Our Favourite Places, the Sheffield Culture Hub allows events in the city, such as the No Bounds Festival, to be accessed for the first time through one digital route, providing visitors with a one-stop online arts and cultural events guide.

Prof Vanessa Toulmin, director of city and culture at the University, said: “Sheffield is a city where there is always something going on.

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No Bounds A festival building on Sheffield's lineage of electronic music, bringing bleeps, beats and sweaty grins to city. While plans are underway for No Bounds in October 2020, you can enjoy video, audio and livestreams from the organisers in the meantime.

“We wanted to show the audiences of Sheffield that despite the current situation there are still amazing cultural events to immerse yourself in – whether it's a classical music concert, poetry reading or film screening.

“The university is proud to be supporting the Sheffield Culture Hub, as it is an excellent way of showing the people of Sheffield, prospective students and visitors what the cultural scene is like here and that the ‘virtual doors’ are still open to our great city.”

To date, more than 80 different pieces of content can be accessed on the website – ranging from music performances and theatre workshops, to documentaries and browsable museum collections.

The website will continue to be updated while the current Covid-19 situation is affecting physical events.

Upcoming events and activities on the hub include:

Music in the Round – more than a dozen specially curated performances, talks and family events including from folk singer Dr Fay Hield, from the university’s Department of Music;

Museums Sheffield – uncover stories from the collections at Graves Gallery, Millennium Gallery and Weston Park Museum through online tours;

Festival of Medical Research – find out how medical scientists are working to help us live longer, healthier lives;

Sheffield Theatres – the joy of storytelling and theatre-making is available to school children through downloadable activity sheets from Sheffield Theatres’ Storyframe activities.

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