Migration Matters Festival Closing Party
Jun
22
to Jun 23

Migration Matters Festival Closing Party

Eat, dance and celebrate as we end the Refugee Week programme with a rhythmic, spirited night of delicious food, powerful performances and spinning decks.

Open Kitchen Social Club

Celebrate the end of the festival by bringing people of different faiths, and no faith, together in solidarity to celebrate refugee week with meat and veggie dishes.

One World Choir

A group of refugees, asylum seekers and other local people who have come together to sing.

Red Ink

Wayward Thread & Si Rawlinson blend hip hop and contemporary dance tackling a complex political subject with exhilarating grace and clarity.

Inspired by the courageous lives and precarious experiences of Ai Weiwei and others, Red INK spotlights dissident artists and their struggles against the state.

Wiyaala

Wiyaala’s music is a potent fusion of West African folk songs and stadium Afro-pop, bringing traditional West African mythology to life with spectacularly energetic traditional dance moves.

Moonlight Benjamin

Nicknamed “the Carribean Patti Smith” by The Guardian, Moonlight Benjamin offers us a powerful and original fusion between Caribbean voodoo and 70’s US blues rock.

The shock between Moonlight’s powerful and rebellious voice, and the tension of Matthis Pascaud’s saturated guitars reinvents voodoo trance in a new and explosive style!

DJ DisOrientalist presents Beats from a Borderless World

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Stories Of Sanctuary
Jun
22
7:30 PM19:30

Stories Of Sanctuary

Stories of Sanctuary are pleased to be performing at Sheffield Migration Matters festival! Join us for an emotive and poignant show of original songs written and performed by those seeking sanctuary in County Durham.

The songs were written as part of a community songwriting project and draw on Durham’s rich history of offering sanctuary – from the arrival of an exiled monastic community seeking sanctuary from the Vikings to modern stories of fleeing civil war in Syria.

The performance features the Sanctuary Seekers Choir, the National Syrian Orchestra’s Raghad Haddad and project curator and singer-songwriter Sam Slatcher.

Stories of Sanctuary warmly invites you into a project that inspired infectious friendships as well as deeply beautiful songs.

https://storiesofsanctuary.co.uk/

More details and ticket information to follow!

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The Past in the Present: Three Palestinian Short Films
Jun
22
5:00 PM17:00

The Past in the Present: Three Palestinian Short Films

THE PAST IN THE PRESENT – Three Palestinian shorts

Palestinian filmmakers from different locations - Jerusalem, the West Bank and Gaza - challenge the erasure of their histories through creatively retracing, retrieving and reflecting on different aspects of Palestinian pasts to challenge the erasure, dispossession and dehumanisation of a stateless people. The films are part of the Creative Interruptions research project. The filmmakers will be present at the screenings to discuss their new films and how creativity can challenge erasure.

For details of how to book, please visit https://www.facebook.com/CinemaPalestino/ or www.creativeinterruptions.com/thepastinthepresent

The Silent Protest: Jerusalem 1929 (2019)
dir Mahasen Nasser-Eldin; 20 mins

On 26 October 1929, Palestinian women launched their women's movement. Approximately 300 women converged on Jerusalem from all over Palestine. They held a silent demonstration through a car convoy to protest at the British High Commissioner's bias against Arabs in the Buraq uprising. This is their story on that day.

Jerusalem-born filmmaker Mahasen Nasser-Eldin specializes in reconstructing and scripting historical narratives using audio and visual archives.

Eight Years Later (2019)
Dir Salim Abu Jabal; 25 mins

In 2010 filmmaker, Salim Abu Jabal visited the villages of Nabi Saleh and Deir Ghassana where the weekly non-violent Friday demonstrations were being held against the occupation. He interviewed some of the children who were taking part. In 2018 Salim searched for these children who are now between the ages of 17 and 20 to find out how the political situation and the passing of time have affected their lives.

Salim Abu Jabal is a filmmaker, journalist and film critic. His first feature 'Roshmia' was awarded Special Jury Prize at Dubai Int'l Film Festival and was officially selected by IDFA 2015

Gazagraph
Dir Yousef Nateel; Prodr Hussein Owda; 40 mins

Tracing the presence of everything from the earliest glass plate negatives to contemporary digital photography the director explores the way in which Gaza has been documented across the decades. Travelling across Gaza City we meet the successors of the city’s former Armenian photographers as well as contemporary practitioners and gain insight into histories of migration, injustice and Gaza’s social and political past.

Yousef Nateel is a director/filmmaker passionate about telling stories for change. He is CEO of Skills Media Production and has worked with a variety of NGOs developing media projects in Gaza. The development of Gazagraph was supported by A. M. Qattan Foundation.
Hussein Owda is a Palestinian film producer and former CEO for Zaitoon for Animation and Video Games. He also teaches media at university level.

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Refugee Week Open Mic
Jun
22
3:00 PM15:00

Refugee Week Open Mic

ASSIST would like to invite you to join an afternoons celebration of music, theatre & poetry from around the world.

Open to anyone that would like to perform in a relaxed and supportive environment or anyone who would just like to enjoy a varied selection of performances.

Proudly featuring Women Asylum Seekers Together Choir

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Daylight Come
Jun
22
12:00 PM12:00

Daylight Come

A play based on the Windrush generation and specifically the first people who responded to the United Kingdom’s government call for bus drivers, nurses, labourers and professionals to come over from the Caribbean to help rebuild post World War Two Britain. In the play, we see the racial prejudice faced by the Windrush generation, alongside the lived experiences of love, laughter and the music of the 50’s.

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Parson Cross Community Celebration Event
Jun
22
11:00 AM11:00

Parson Cross Community Celebration Event

Join us for a fun afternoon as we celebrate the community of Parson Cross through creativity.

We will be displaying ten pieces of artwork which have been created by local community groups around the theme of Hopes and Dreams in a project with SOAR works.

Alongside the exhibition there will be a chance to get involved in FREE creative activities yourself suitable for all ages.


We will also have a range of performances from local groups - more details to follow!

And more importantly there will be FREE food - details to follow.

This event is part of Migration Matters Festiva.

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Barang! w/ NIDIA
Jun
21
to Jun 22

Barang! w/ NIDIA

Barang! - Global Adventures in Bass

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Afro Beats / Gqom / House / Soca / Kuduro / Drum / Techno

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This one is gonna be VERY special... We're teaming up with Migration Matters and getting the awesome NIDIA over from Lisbon!

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10pm - 4am (no food this time...)

Full price = £6 +bf

Concession = £4 +bf

+ tix avaliable on the door

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On Barang!'s heavyweight soundsystem:

>>>> NIDIA (Lisbon / 4x deck set) <<<<

Her music is dazzling in all senses, a trance-inducing tangle of boxy drums, vivid swirls of synthetic melody and buzzsaw grime bass, all corralled into tracks that feel less like functional dancefloor units and more like short, sharp shocks of adrenaline

Nídia released her debut album "Nídia é Má, Nídia é Fudida" in the Summer of 2017 on Príncipe, reviewed by Pitchfork as ''the work of a young woman closing in on her finely tuned seismic transformation brought to the contemporary alternative dance infrastructure internationally, and the kuduro culture in particular.''

Recently she's appeared at Red Bull Music Festival editions in New York and Berlin, Sonar Barcelona and Just Jam at the Barbican in London.

FACT mix - https://soundcloud.com/factmag/fact-mix-611-nidia-jul-17

Just Jam mix & video - https://youtu.be/Wb3Iko_zKOo

Boiler Room - https://youtu.be/DtDuJB5quP8

>>>> KOM KOM (Barang!) <<<<

You know her by now! Sheffield's queen of Soca brings the carnival to Barang! Bass and melodies abound...

>>>> KWAITEK (Barang!) <<<<

Sounds of the African underground. Expect it deep, hard or fast.

https://www.mixcloud.com/kwaitek/so-you-think-you-can-dance/

>>>> NIMBLE JACK (Shambala Festival / Barang!) <<<<

'Specialist in all styles' brings percussive house, bass music & some drummy techno

https://www.mixcloud.com/jackbnimble/

https://www.facebook.com/djnimblejack/


>>>> MOREECE (Barang) <<<<

Electic global sounds to warm us up...

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@ DINA Downstairs

32A-34 Cambridge St, Sheffield S1 4HP


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Lates: Grl#003 x Migration Matters
Jun
21
8:00 PM20:00

Lates: Grl#003 x Migration Matters

For out third instalment of GRL. we'll be bringing the vibe in collaboration with Migration Matters. For this v special party, we'll be showcasing some of the most talented gals + pals from migrant communities in Sheffield.

As per, expect an eclectic mix of musical tastes, funky visuals, and a chance for a proper boogie.

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the GRL. vision is simple: a new sheffield-based collective made up of women and non-binary DJs playing what they want, how they want in a safe + loving environment. and we want you to join us in our mission to spread love and have a good old boogie

at each of our events, self-identifying gals + non-binary pals who want to share half an hour of their favourite tracks (no genre too weird or groove too far out) can get up on the stage and give it a go

all GRLS. on the decks, everyone else on floor

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~GRL. safe space policy ~

we operate on a zero tolerance policy on all forms of prejudiced behaviours, including, but not limited to, racism, sexism, homophobia, transphobia, xenophobia, and ableism. do not make any assumptions about your peers and respect both their physical and emotional boundaries. if you experience any kind of behaviour that makes you feel uncomfortable, come and grab a GRL. and we'll do all we can to find a solution. ultimately, just be good to each other

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Lates are Foodhall's main fundraising events. We suggest a £7 donation on the door, but nobody is turned away for lack of funds. Our events are BYOB. Please be respectful of the space and each other.

Unfortunately our toilets are not wheelchair accessible.

More info & accessibility statement:

https://www.foodhallproject.com

https://www.foodhallproject.org/accessibility/

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Benjamin Zephaniah &amp; The Revolutionary Minds W/ Otis Mensah
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Benjamin Zephaniah & The Revolutionary Minds W/ Otis Mensah

Benjamin Zephaniah & the Revolutionary Minds

Widely celebrated as one of the greatest poets of his generation, Zephaniah is strongly influenced by the music and poetry of Jamaica and what Benjamin calls “street politics”.

His poetry, books and plays have captivated hearts and minds, fuelling imaginations and winning him a legion of fans all over the world.

Created alongside his accomplished producer and collaborator The Sea, Revolutionary Minds album is a deep selection of dub-reggae juggernauts, the essence and style of which fully reinforce the messages projected through Zephaniah’s powerful lyrics.

Revolutionary Minds is a chance to experience Zephaniah’s innovative talent in full force; a triumphant creation of emotional songs that highlight the poignant global issues faced by society today.

Support from Otis Mensah

Appointed as Sheffield’s poet laureate by Lord Mayor Magid Magid, Otis Mensah is a young story-teller-rapper-poet with a talent for drawing the poetic from the everyday happenings in his life.

The alternative hip-hop artist has risen from a new wave; age and era, embodying a contemporary, poetic take on hip-hop music.

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Home is not the Place
Jun
21
7:30 PM19:30

Home is not the Place

Where do I belong? What defines me? Where is home?

Poetic, poignant solo show by award-winning writer Annie George, which tells the remarkable story of the short life and lost work of her grandfather, Keralan poet PM John, shortly before India’s independence; and contrasts his struggles with her own, as an immigrant in the UK.

Drawn from family memories, with music, projections, and testimonies of both Annie and John, Home is Not the Place considers how experiences shape us, what home means and how we can live forever.

An intimate story of personal and political independence, painted on an epic canvas.

‘...a fascinating examination of the meaning and legacy of the British Empire.’ THE STAGE

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Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers: An Ethical Question
Jun
21
6:00 PM18:00

Indefinite Detention of Asylum Seekers: An Ethical Question

The UK government currently has a policy of indefinite detention for refugees and asylum seekers while their cases are assessed. In this talk, Professor Angie Hobbs considers the harmful and often overlooked impact of the indefinite detention policy on the ethical agency of refugees and asylum seekers and their ability to be actively in control of their moral actions.

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St Marie's Cathedral &amp; HandD (Love Your Neighbour Shared Supper)
Jun
21
5:30 PM17:30

St Marie's Cathedral & HandD (Love Your Neighbour Shared Supper)

Hope and Dignity Hearth (Ubuntu PTSD Arts and Culture Emotional Healing Initiative) is a non-profit multicultural community organisation that runs drop-in arts and crafts sessions, health talks and culture share workshops, seminars, conferences, and audience performances, promoting social cohesion and emotional healing.

Led by Gogo Loughrey Manyoni these workshops will be featured across Refugee Week.

St Marie's Cathedral & Hope and Dignity Hearth (Ubuntu PTSD Arts and Culture Emotional Healing Initiative) Invite you to;

17:30-21:30 Love Your Neighbour Shared Supper

*The event is free for anyone interested and resources will be provided

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Ubuntu HanD PTSD Healing Through Nutrition Workshop
Jun
21
11:00 AM11:00

Ubuntu HanD PTSD Healing Through Nutrition Workshop

Hope and Dignity Hearth (Ubuntu PTSD Arts and Culture Emotional Healing Initiative) is a non-profit multicultural community organisation that runs drop-in arts and crafts sessions, health talks and culture share workshops, seminars, conferences, and audience performances, promoting social cohesion and emotional healing.

Led by Gogo Loughrey Manyoni these workshops will be featured across Refugee Week.

11:00-12:30 PTSD Healing Through Nutrition Workshop

13:30-16:00 Hands on Food Preparation by Workshop Participants

*The event is free for anyone interested and resources will be provided

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Tales of Whatever
Jun
20
8:00 PM20:00

Tales of Whatever

Tales of Whatever features line-ups of performers and non-performers, all going off-script to share true stories of first-hand experiences. Up to five different acts join hosts Mark Powell and Lee Moore with 10-minute tales of weird, horrifying, funny, glorious or memorable incidents and encounters.

“Conversational, funny and inclusive” The Guardian

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Cities of Sanctuary in Hostile Environments
Jun
20
7:30 PM19:30

Cities of Sanctuary in Hostile Environments

Refugees' Everyday Experiences of Sheffield and Barnsley

How do refugees experience life in Sheffield and Barnsley? What do their personal geographies look like? Where do they find help and community? Join Dr Aidan Mosselson to find out the answers to these questions and to hear about the challenges the refugees in our region face on a daily basis.

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My Jerusalem
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

My Jerusalem

A combined-arts performance derived from a song. A politically-charged tale of a drunken one-night stand, infused with stories of growing up in 1980s Israel. A nuanced exploration of the politics of division, from internal checkpoints and separation walls to gender norms.

Support will be provided by the Interplay Collective, a group of local migrant and settled musicians who’ve been working together since May in partnership with Virtual Migrants, Sheffield Refugee Council, Migration Matters Festival Theatre Deli and Koni Music.

The show is not suitable for anyone under 18.

This show contains issues of abuse and political turmoil which may cause distress to certain audience members. 

For an interview with Avital, and excerpts of performances, subscribe to their channel InterplayNow.org

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The Gift by Arab Puppet Theatre Foundation
Jun
20
7:00 PM19:00

The Gift by Arab Puppet Theatre Foundation

World renowned puppet theatre company, Arab Puppet Theatre Foundation return to Migration Matters Festival to present new show 'The Gift'

In his sumptuous palace, the Abbasid Caliph Harun Al-Rashid hosts emissaries sent by Emperor Charlemagne. As the foreign dignitaries prepare for their long journey back home, the Caliph offers an array of lavish gifts to be sent along, including an albino elephant, known as Abou Al-Abbas. Had the Caliph heard of the German proverb ‘small gifts preserve friendships’?

The Gift is a Shadow puppetry performance featuring traditional classical Arabic, Persian, Iraqi, Egyptian, and Indian music.

PLEASE NOTE: TICKETS WILL BE ON SALE VIA THE Sheffield Theatres BOX OFFICE ON THURSDAY 9TH MAY

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Ketermaya
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Ketermaya

A film about the resilience, dreams and struggles seen through the eyes of Syrian refugee children.

On a dusty hillside surrounded by olive trees, the children of Ketermaya play far away from the horrors of Syria. But life in the Lebanese refugee camp is far from easy. Disrupted educations, the loss of loved ones, and the scars of war and chemical weapons weigh heavily in this extraordinary portrait of family and childhood innocence. An important corrective to narratives surrounding refugees, and a moving fable of hope and resilience in unimaginable circumstances.


There will also be a premiere of extracts from a new series of short films made in Syrian refugee camps by students from Sheffield Hallam University, this talk will focus on displacement, belonging and a new life in Lebanon. Working collaboratively with refugees, the students aimed to give voice and raise awareness through documentary, drama and personal testimony. Recently returned, they’ll share their experiences of the trip, life within the camps and discuss ideas for supporting the refugees in the long term.


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Lessons From the ‘Inspire: Creative Writing’ Project
Jun
20
6:00 PM18:00

Lessons From the ‘Inspire: Creative Writing’ Project

Join Katherine Blessan and colleagues to hear about their inspirational creative writing work with refugees and asylum seekers. The ‘Inspire: Creative writing’ project was a 10-week set of workshops run in partnership with the Refugee Council and Storying Sheffield to empower refugees, inspire creativity and provide them with a voice. Includes readings of the short stories, poetry and other materials written by the project participants.

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Made in Spain
Jun
19
8:30 PM20:30

Made in Spain

Have you ever been to Spain? Did you think things were … ‘interesting’?

Sonia Aste is a Spaniard living in the UK who believes ‘Cultural differences are like Sangria, a mix that leaves a headache, but we always ask for more.’

Don’t miss this hour of foot stomping comedy! ¡Olé!

‘Sprinkle of Spanish summer .. shimmering performance … the perfect anti-Brexit peace-cry.’ ★★★★ – Mumble Comedy

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Pay What You Decide

7.30 Doors

8.00 Performance

Please note Cellar Theatre is not wheelchair accessible.

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Seyed Ali Jaberi and the Hamdel Ensemble
Jun
19
7:30 PM19:30

Seyed Ali Jaberi and the Hamdel Ensemble

Seyed Ali Jaberi - Hamdel Ensemble at Migration Matters Festival, Sheffield

Wednesday 19th June

Tickets on sale now via https://events.ticketsforgood.co.uk/promoter/events/1346-seyed-ali-jaberi-the-hamdel-ensemble

This Summer, internationally acclaimed musician and composer, Seyed Ali Jaberi and the Hamdel Ensemble will bring the poetry of Persia’s beloved mystic poet Rumi to life, through ‘All Because of Love’; a music production combining hauntingly beautiful Sufi music, dance and poetry.

All Because of Love presents a devotional Sufi setting of Rumi’s poetry, considered in the Middle East to be the ultimate expression of wisdom and love, with contemporary and traditional music compositions by Jaberi.

The production is accompanied by a post show discussion and a chance to find out more about Rumi’s spiritual philosophy and the Sufi music traditions of Persia.

This national concert and festival tour is jointly presented by The Hamdel Ensemble and Community Arts North West in association with Band on the Wall.

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The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Access to Finance
Jun
19
7:15 PM19:15

The Syrian Refugee Crisis and Access to Finance

Tawfik Alhashemi talks about his research into the financial situations and experiences of Syrian refugees in the UK. Join Tawfik and explore how factors such as gender, age, faith, family size, qualifications and financial literacy impact upon Syrian refugees’ ability to access financial systems and services in the UK.

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Migration Matters X Plates: Issues, Activism And Action
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Migration Matters X Plates: Issues, Activism And Action

As part of Migration Matters festival we’re hosting an evening of talks and discussion about the politics of migration and what you can do to help end the violence done to some of the world’s most vulnerable people

and, of course, food.

Doors from 6

Talks from 6:30

Food around 7:30

Speakers including Stuart Crosthwaite, secretary of South Yorkshire Migration and Asylum Action Group (SYMAAG) plus more TBC

Suggested Donation £10 but no one turned away due to lack of funds

Since we'll be celebrating migration to and from our city, we'll also be celebrating Sheffield's food culture through the dishes that have travelled to us from all over the globe.

Send us your fave vegan recipes (or vegan versions) from around the world.

Even better... if you're free on the 19th June and would like to volunteer to cook or serve your dish, then get in touch. Mark emails to foodhallproject@gmail.com 'FAO Migration Matters Meal'.

Foodhall's accessibility details can be found here: www.foodhallproject.org/accessibility

Suggested donation £10 - or whatever you can afford. No one turned away due to lack of funds.

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Work, Welfare and Seeking Asylum
Jun
19
6:00 PM18:00

Work, Welfare and Seeking Asylum

Asylum seekers in the UK do not routinely have the right to enter the labour market. In the absence of a right to work, the government provide them with welfare support. Support levels are very low, around 50% of Job Seekers Allowance. Join Dr Lucy Mayblin in examining the reasons given by successive governments for these restrictions on the economic rights of asylum seekers and find out whether there is any evidence to support their reasoning.

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The Calabash
Jun
19
5:30 PM17:30

The Calabash

The Calabash returns! Join us at Theatre Deli for a vibrant exploration and celebration of West African music, food, art, dance, culture and research. Featuring live performances, complementary West African food, a film screening and a lively discussion of colonialism and human rights in Africa.

Line-up

● 5.30pm - doors open

● 6pm - Screening of 'Growing Up Colonial in the Gold Coast' by Dr Afua Twum-Danso Imoh with audience Q&A

● 7pm - Interactive panel debate and discussion exploring the impact of colonial rule in Africa on today’s human rights discourse

● 8pm - Live music from kora player Jally Kebba Susso, combining traditional West African sounds with hard funk, jazz and rock

● 9pm - Performance and dance class led by Mulembas d'Africa

PLUS

● Complementary West African food from Blessone’s Kitchen

● African bazaar with stalls open throughout the evening

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Beam Me Upperthorpe!
Jun
19
to Jun 22

Beam Me Upperthorpe!

Bleep. Blorp. Baddonk. Kzerp.

Strange radio signals echo across the Sheffield airwaves. There's slime in all the drainpipes, and crop circles on the Pondarosa.

Something's up in Upperthorpe.

Build rockets, crack codes and make first contact with an alien species in this interactive family adventure created by Paperfinch Theatre and the young people of Zest Centre.

Will you join the Sheffield Space Cadets?

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Tales From The Playground is kindly supported by Arts Council England

* All welcome, recommended age range 5+ years

** Due to the physical nature of the show, there may be some access restrictions.

Please email talesfromtheplayground@gmail.com for more detail or with any questions.

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Reel Femme No 11: Migration Matters
Jun
18
8:00 PM20:00

Reel Femme No 11: Migration Matters

Reel Femme presents an evening of personal accounts of migration told through a variety of short films by self-identifying women and non binary filmmakers.

We will have the fantastic Minnow Books on hand selling feminist literature - get down to the fabulous DINA Venue at 8pm for a browse and a drink before the films start at 8.30pm.

As ever, everyone is welcome and we will make sure it is a safe accessible and inclusive space.

Suggested on the door donations £3.


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