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There's not a weekend goes by when there's not something brilliant going on here. Sometimes it's stuff so brilliant that we're known across the world for it, like our international doc film festival.

Often, it's a new exciting venture, or a one off, so it's vital to keep your eyes and ears open. Every year though, there are favourites - events that are tried, trusted and loved by the city that showcases all that is inventive and original.

  • All year Transmission Lectures

    Transmission Lectures

    These lectures are delivered in partnership with Site Gallery and are open to absolutely everybody. For free. Which makes them even more special.

    The talks explore art and often its crossover with other disciplines. Established and emerging artists respond to an annual theme, presenting their work and provoking lively debate. Come along and pitch in!

    Go to the Transmission website.

  • All year SIA Gallery Exhibitions

    SIA Gallery Exhibitions

    Our very own gallery, in the Cantor building, plays host to a number of exhibitions throughout the year. These range from showcases of traditional crafting, such as the David Mellor Steel and Light exhibition in 2013 celebrating 100 years of stainless steel, to contemporary subject matter such as the beautiful interpretation of data in Brendan Dawes' Dot Dot Dot.

    It's also one of the host spaces for our Degree Show every June, showcasing the very best of our students' work to the public and industry experts alike.

    See our events.

  • A few times a year Curated By

    Curated By

    Curated By doesn't happen often, it's just a few days spaced out over the year when the city becomes the richest seam of design talent in the universe. So it's gold, especially if you're into design, the principles of design and making.

    Previously the event has welcomed design gods including Erik Kessels, Ken Garland, Stefanie Posavec and punk business pioneer and three-sided shape obsessive Kate Moross. Gathering momentum, so get in quick, and take your switched on ears and eyes with you.

    Go to the Curated By website.

  • June Games Britannia

    Games Britannia

    Our very own computing department plays host to this celebration of gaming technology each year.

    Combining creativity and technology, the events include speakers and activities specifically targeted at university students wanting to break into the games industry, as well as masterclasses from some of the nation's best.

    Go to the Games Britannia website.

  • September-October Sensoria

    Sensoria

    A week of unadulterated music/film/installation/performance joy. At all kinds of weird and wonderful venues across the city you'll find all manner of underground goings on - screenings and discussions, screenings and live scores, performance and music.

    Look out for details and programmes around the city near the time, and don't miss out.

    Go to the Sensoria website.

  • July Tramlines

    Tramlines

    Within two years Tramlines was named 'best metropolitan music festival'. Take that, Camden Crawl (three times winner in the preceding years)!

    Hundreds of bands, hundreds of venues, from parks to basements - one weekend each July the city is alive with music - it's in every street from morning to, well, very early the next morning.

    Go to the Tramlines website.

  • October Off the Shelf

    Off the Shelf

    This will be on the radar for most bibliophiles but if you?re just developing a proper love of books and written word, make a note - annually across the city, for a whole month, it's like living in a library.

    You can't move for writers, books, talks about books by their writers. And what writers. Recent guests include Roddy Doyle, Kate Adie, Paul Morley, Simon Armitage, Chuck Palahniuk and David Mitchell.

    Go to the Off the Shelf website.

  • June/November Sheffield Design Week

    Sheffield Design Week

    2014 saw the inaugural Sheffield Design Week, the brainchild of the Made North consortium and gallery. This showcase for design celebrates design in all forms, hosting an array of local, regional, national and international design and architecture talent.

    Expect talks, exhibitions, workshops, launches, and the chance to have a right good nosey around lots of studios.

    Go to the Sheffield Design Week website.

  • June Doc/Fest

    Doc/Fest

    Or Sheffield International Documentary Film Festival to give it its full title... and that 'international' thing is important - Doc/Fest is in the global top three documentary festivals, described by some as 'the Cannes of the doc world'.

    Born in 1992 it has become an absolute must for the best new and established talent and the biggest movers and shakers in the factual film world. Most screenings are open to all, as long as you book waaaaay in advance. And if you're on one of our film courses, you might find yourself working behind the scenes or attending exclusive workshops.

    Go to the Doc/Fest website.

  • May Open Up

    Open Up

    In May each year everyone who does anything vaguely artistic in Sheffield flings open the doors of their home or workshop and invites you for a beak about.

    You?ll find all sorts, some very special stuff and you are welcome to look, buy, join in and talk to the artist. Pick and choose the best and it can be a great way of building your community of creative friends in the city.

    Go to the Open Up website.

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