Social Sheffield Culture Editor, Jak Laight, picks the Top 3 Cultural Events in Sheffield, Mon. 30 May – Sun. 5 June 2016.
1. – Sheffield Food Festival // Until Mon. 30 May // Peace Gardens – – (FREE)
Anyone finding themselves scurrying about town on Monday could do a lot worse than trying out some of the culinary delicacies on offer in and around the Peace Gardens. Each year, Sheffield Food Festival brings together the city’s finest and most exciting local kitchens. In addition to a bustling complex of food stalls, the festival shines a light on the city’s best chefs with some wonderful demonstrations of their talents, as well as competitions and segments encouraging children to get into cooking. Whirlow Hall Farm are bringing along an interactive pop-up farmyard. The festival will also inform visitors on the increasingly pertinent subject of using food that would otherwise go to waste. Come rain or come shine this will be a delicious festival.
2. – Post Office Faces // Sat. 4 June – Fri. 24 June // Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA) – – (FREE)
Since its closure in 1999, the old central Post Office has stood empty. Inhabited, now, by the Sheffield Institute of Arts (SIA) and its enviably fortunate students, the beautiful 100-year-old building has been given new life. SIA is showing off its new home by inviting the public in to nose around inside and hear stories of the old Post Office as told by its former staff. They look back fondly on the relationships fostered and the times spent in the building. Photos of the Post Office in action accompany recent photos of its storytellers. This portrait of the building looks affectionately upon its past and looks ahead in anticipation of its new purpose.
3. – A Journey Around My Room // Until Sat. 4 June // Bank Street Arts – – (FREE)
Stephen Chase has constructed a “room” at Bank Street Arts. This room has been put together based on a collection of submissions that document journeys around rooms. Chase focuses on the everyday details that we would otherwise miss or ignore. In examining these details anew, Chase seeks to “open up time and space”. The Bank Street “room” is now subject to exploration by all comers. Look carefully for clues! These clues will give an inkling as to the closing performance with which the exhibition concludes on Sat. 4 June.
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