Festival On The Square, a brand new immersive festival celebrating the best of Sheffield, has arrived in Tudor Square

The festival is showcasing the cream of Sheffield’s creative arts scene, with live art installations, blockbuster film screenings curated by the Showroom Cinema, a series of shows curated by Sheffield Theatres, live entertainment, circus skills, and interactive workshops supported by some of the city’s best food and drink traders. 

Taking place 16 -30 August, this new city centre event is giving locals and beyond the opportunity to take part in a range of activities centred around the theme of art and its creation, with a programme including something for everyone. 

Alongside the exciting art programme, Festival On The Square will showcase businesses from the local food and drink scene, with an onsite coffee cart from HYGGE and ice cream van from Granellis, plus pop-ups. 

Activities include a live art demonstration seeing the creation of an original large scale piece of art, exhibitions from local galleries and artists such as Burton Street GalleryBUBBA 2000, and Sheffield Flourish, art creation workshops spanning various mediums and a dedicated mural space for visitors and tourists to leave their mark. 

The theatre programme, taking place on the final weekend, will be held directly outside the world-famous Crucible and Lyceum Theatres and is curated by Sheffield Theatres.

A broad, exciting programme of films curated by Sheffield’s own independent cinema, Showroom Cinema, is running throughout the festival. Like the cinema’s own programme, films screened will include a mix of cult-favourites, family-friendly films, documentaries, and award-winning classics. Screenings will take place from morning until evening most days, with a little bit of something for everyone. See the full film programme here.

The film programme will also include a showcase of films from Showroom’s long-term, local festival partners ShAFF and DocFest. Think, thrills and spills, with an intriguing range of work from local and international filmmakers. 

For those looking for activities to get involved with, there will be a range of interactive workshops, performances and demonstrations provided by well-known makers and artists in the area and local businesses, spanning topics such as spoken word, circus skills and potterySee the full workshop programme here. 

Throughout the festival, live music will be on hand to keep festival goers entertained, with a plethora of professional street performers including Leona Jørgensen, semi-finalist from The Voice. See the full music programme here.

The event has been delivered by Tom Lord of hospitality consultancy BarCraft and Justin Rowntree from SweetSpot Hospitality, supported by Events Collective.

The festival is also part of the Sheffield’s ‘Summer in The Outdoor City’ campaign, which is being funded by Government’s Welcome Back Fund via Sheffield City Council, to help the city’s economic recovery. 

As influential figures in the local hospitality and drinks industry, Tom and Justin wanted to do something to bring the city back together and provide opportunities for local hospitality and cultural organisations to recover after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Tom said: “We’ve all been hugely impacted by the pandemic, and we see this as an opportunity to come together to start to rebuild our industries. Sheffield is a brilliant place packed full of great arts, culture and people, and what better way to celebrate it than to create a space to showcase it all for free in the heart of the city.”

Justin continued: “Tudor Square is such a brilliant space within the city. It’s in a great location and is the perfect place for us to start to rebuild and bring communities back together again.  From families looking for something to do to those looking for a different type of evening out, we hope that the Festival On The Square will tempt people back into the centre and remind us why we are so lucky to call this city home.” 

For more info, follow Festival on the Square on Facebook & Instagram: https://www.facebook.com/festivalonthesquare

For the more info about events in Sheffield, see the Ultimate What’s On in Sheffield this summer Guide or visit the Summer in The Outdoor City page:  www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/summer




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