Social Sheffield Culture Editor, Jak Laight, picks the Top 3 Cultural Events in Sheffield, Mon. 6 – Sun. 12 June 2016.
1. – Peace in the Park // Sat. 11 June // Ponderosa – – (FREE)
Another of Sheffield’s stalwart fixtures, Peace in the Park is a free art festival that stands for peace. Headed by nine primary stages and tents, the festival spans all across the Ponderosa and boasts dozens of smaller areas and tents with a huge range of music, art, creativity, and campaigning. The main stage performances are diverse and of superb quality. The festival has been in under financed in recent years, relying upon donations, fundraisers, and volunteers who all believe passionately in the festival. It is thanks to their hard work that Peace in the Park has a gripping, inclusive atmosphere. The overwhelming goodwill that surrounds this festival is yet another reason enough to get involved.
2. – Sheffield Doc/Fest // Fri. 10 June – Wed. 15 June // Various Locations – – (£6.50 – £8 for individual films, £55 – £65 for a Doc/Lovers Wristband)
Doc/Fest is probably Sheffield’s most prized annual festival. A heaving six days packed with films, talks, masterclasses, and special appearances (most notably this year, an appearance from Sir David Attenborough). The festival runs across twenty venues all within the city centre. More than 150 documentaries and non-fiction films will be screened during the course of Doc/Fest. The films come from around the world, from the most innovative directors, and the most compelling of subjects. Doc/Fest places a focus on supporting filmmakers who look to bring about change through their storytelling. With immense diversity of screenings and events, there will be something at Doc/Fest for everyone.
3. – Object Documentary // Fri. 10 June – Sat. 18 June // Bloc – – (FREE)
The “fifth edition” of Sheffield Fringe, Object Documentary is a free festival and complimentary to Doc/Fest. It explores the form of the documentary, regarding it as an art object. The festival explores the ethical viability of the documentary. Documentary practice deals with real things; “relating to the social world as an object”. The difficulty and problematic nature of this objectification arises in the relationship between the documenter and that which is documented. Through its own screenings, presentations, and talks, more than thirty artists will be examining the genre of the documentary and its intrinsic obstacles.
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