Sheffield life celebrated in month-long festival

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A month-long festival celebrating the city is proving to be a highlight of Sheffield University’s annual calendar.

Events continuing until the end of May are exploring the role cities have played in human life for thousands of years.

Dr Tristram Hunt, MP for Stoke-on-Trent, is giving a rare talk about his constituency tomorrow evening, speaking about Stoke’s role in the past, its present state and his aspirations for its future.

Music features prominently with the Showroom Cinema hosting a live scoring of Charlie Chaplin’s City Lights by the Sheffield Rep Orchestra on May 24 and 25.

On Friday May 30 Sheffield band The Payroll Union will explore their long term project with the university to bring 19th century Philadelphia to life through music, with contributions from other academics and musicians in the Library Theatre.

And on Saturday May 25, WJT Mitchell, a professor at the University of Chicago, will talk on how the Occupy movement employed a variety of images, media and performance acts to take possession of urban spaces.

Other events include screenings at the Showroom Cinema, exhibitions and performances.