Social Sheffield Culture Editor, Jak Laight, picks the Top 3 Cultural Events in Sheffield, Mon. 9 May – Sun. 15 May 2016
1. – Sound Junction // Sat. 14 May – Sun 15. May // Firth Hall – – (FREE)
In the darkened and cavernous room, 24 loudspeakers surround the audience. The composer, in the centre of the hall, manipulates sound to create a cinematic experience. This is Sound Junction – an immersive series of acousmatic music performances taking place at Sheffield University’s Firth Hall. Acousmatic music is a branch of electronic music which considers sound for its sonic qualities; rather than thinking about the source of a sound, acousmatic music invites the listener to inspect the qualities of the sounds themselves. Sound Junction brings together leading composers in the genre and is always well-attended. The series is free but booking is required: follow the link below to sign up.
2. – CHOPFEST // Sat. 14 May // Bloc – – (£5)
CHOPFEST is a one-day music festival, hosted by Bloc Studios and positively brimming with South Yorkshire talent. It’s held in the celebration of the life of musician Simon Mowforth, with proceeds going to SADS (Sudden Adult Death Syndrome) and Jessie’s Fund (providing music therapy for children). It is a two-part festival – the first part held in Taiwan, where Mowforth was based, and the second here in Sheffield. Nestled in the ever-vibrant Bloc Studios, this will be an energetic and intimate festival with an enviable line-up. Pick up tickets online or from Syd and Mallory’s on Division Street.
3. – Festival of Arts & Humanities // Tues. 10 May – Sun 22. May // Various Locations – – (Mostly FREE)
Presented by Sheffield University’s Faculty of Arts and Humanities, this superb festival celebrates imagination, creativity, and big ideas. Encompassing a vast number of subjects, events span from song, poetry and stories to journalism and philosophical debate to homelessness and policy-making. The festival picks out the faculty’s brightest and most exciting frontiers of research and offers them up in the form of talks, debates, and performances. These events are hosted across the university and indeed across the city. This festival represents the wealth and breadth of the thought and research that takes place in Sheffield.
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