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Culture Guide To Sheffield

Culture in Sheffield Sheffield is Yorkshire’s second city, but when it comes to culture, this city is hard to beat. Over the past few years, this city has invested heavily in its culture, leaving it all the richer for it.

Probably one of the most significant investments in Sheffield’s culture has been the development of the Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ) in the heart of the city. As home to the largest concentration of creative production in Yorkshire and Humberside, this area of Sheffield is gaining international recognition. The 3/4 square mile quarter hosts 300 organisations that have something creative to offer and whether you’re looking for business or pleasure this area is alive with plenty for culture vultures to prey on.

The Millennium Galleries [map] opened in the Cultural Industries Quarter (CIQ) in 2001 and is a real cultural statement both in terms of its modern architecture and its artistic offerings. Built with lottery money, this gallery really hopes to change long standing stereotypes of the city. Millennium Galleries actually combines four art galleries that look into the past as well as showcasing the present in a number of art forms. As well as permanent collections of metalwork and crafts, it also hosts touring productions from London museums.

You’ll also find the nationally renowned Site Gallery [map] in this part of the city. Described by The Guardian newspaper as “a beacon of everything digital and animated”, you’ll find exhibitions, talks, workshops and events that focus on contemporary art.

For big screen art, you could venture to the largest independent film house outside London, the Showroom Cinema [map]. Housed in a renovated car showroom in the CIQ, this cinema hosts a diverse programme of international and independent releases, as well as a number of cultural events and film festivals.

If live acting caters more for your taste then Sheffield can offer a broad spectrum of theatre-based offerings from cutting edge contemporary works to touring opera and dance productions. The Lyceum Theatre [map] represents the traditional face of Sheffield theatre and its varied programme of productions has included performances from Opera North, Northern Ballet Theatre, New York’s Stephen Petronio Company and the Boy George musical, Taboo. Meanwhile the city’s more modern Crucible Theatre [map] is versatile enough to host popular drama as well as contemporary productions of classic pieces.

Rounding off the trio of major theatres in Sheffield is the Crucible Studio [map], which is where you’ll catch works by new writers and touring Fringe Festival productions. The Crucible Studio also hosts the Crucible Youth Theatre for budding thespians.

Sheffield also has museums and other attractions to entice the cultural connoisseur. In terms of museums, one not to miss is the Kelham Island Museum [map]. This recently refurbished museum has a wealth of artefacts that should certainly broaden your historical knowledge. There’s also Abbeydale Industrial Hamlet [map] and Sheffield’s Fire and Police Museum [map].

Other attractions worth visiting include the architecturally and botanically fascinating Sheffield Winter Gardens [map], the Cathedral of St Peter and St Paul [map] for medieval architecture, and Bishop's House [map] for an insight into Tudor and Stuart Sheffield.

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