Mini-arts festival back for second year in Sheffield

Martyn Ware, of Heaven 17, onstage at Magna.
Martyn Ware, of Heaven 17, onstage at Magna.
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Exhibitions, music and talks celebrating the coming together of digital and analogue art are to be held as part of a two-day Sheffield mini-festival next weekend.

Following on from the success of last year’s inaugural event, Connect The Dots returns on May 24 and 25 at the Old Post Office at Castle House and The Night Kitchen on Smithfield.

This year’s line-up includes Martyn Ware, the founding member of The Human League and Heaven 17, collaborating with budding live act Darkstar on a 3D sound installation alongside individual live and DJ sets.

New York-based music producer and visual artist Fatima Al Qadiri, hailed as one of the must-see acts at Barcelona’s Sonar festival in 2013, will headline the closing party at The Night Kitchen with a DJ set supported by rising stars Walter Ego and Manni Dee.

Alongside them are a number of emerging artists from Sheffield, London and Australia.

The event’s curator and co-director Abdullah Al-wali said: “We’re very pleased to have been able to bring together a wide range of artists to exhibit, perform, educate, inspire and share their artistic visions through solo, collaborative and interactive exhibitions. This year’s theme is Contact.”