the city talking: sheffield, a-z 2016 • t—wBack
The City Talking
For our first A-Z issue in Sheffield, we asked our friends — people we’d featured in the paper — what they had enjoyed this past year, and what they were looking forward to in the next one. We then shared the questions with their friends, acquaintances and a whole bunch of people we’d never met but wanted to hear from anyway. Some of these people have always lived in Sheffield; others have travelled from far-away places to make the city their home. We’ve tried to talk to a diverse group of people from a wide range of sectors; artists, festival directors, CEOs, florists, musicians, wedding planners and picture framers have answered our questions.
The A-Z issue is compiled of hopes, dreams, memories — the ones you share as friends, colleagues and strangers in a city. Next year, we hope to include even more.
— 2015 —
Favourite memory of 2015 — my daughter Wren being born in Meersbrook
— 2016 —
I’m most looking forward to getting back into some sort of fitness so I can go running on Sheffield trails on long summer evenings.
Toni Anne Sanderson
Marketing and Operations Director, Nest
— 2015 —
I always look forward to Sheffield Design Week. It’s always a real highlight of the year, and a great opportunity to meet like-minded creatives and new designers. This was the second year running that Nest.co.uk took part, and in 2015 it was fab to become part of the design community in the Scottish Queen at Park Hill for the opening weekend. Needless to say that the wet weather did not dampen our Yorkshire resolve. I have a big soft spot for Park Hill (love it or hate it) because it holds so many memories and is such an iconic part of the city. My Papa worked on the original build and my Nana and Grandad had one of their first hair salons there, in the peak of the city in the sky.
— 2016 —
Well of course there’s always lots to look forward to in our creative city. The Peddler’s Night Markets are a must for food and design lovers. They’re great for all the family and they capture the community spirit we have in droves. As a music lover Tramlines has heaps to offer and I’m looking forward to their spin off Outlines Festival at the end of Feb. I know I will also be frequenting many a theatre production with my young son, family and friends over the course of the year. Next in the diary is Sir Scallywag and the Battle of Stinky Bottom at the Studio Theatre!
DJ / Designer at THECREEPSSTORE / Co-founder of Girl Gang Sheffield
— 2015 —
This was SO hard, so many brilliant things happened in 2015; Sievehead’s LP release show at the Lughole, Sounds of the Cosmos at the Crucible and Mess Your Hair Up’s Roller Disco to name a few.
However, without a doubt, my favourite memory of 2015 was seeing Bo Ningen & Baba Naga play for Sensoria Festival. Earlier that evening Girl Gang Sheffield had just won a Cinema For All national award for Best Single Event for our very first screening, so it was already a pretty exciting day, but that gig was something special. The renovated Picture House was absolutely stunning and was the most perfect setting for the gig, all high ceilings and dark corners, a real hidden gem in the city. And the crowd had an atmosphere I’d missed at gigs, a total love fest of familiar faces and giddy adults drunk on excitement and double rums.
Baba Naga set up the gig perfectly, and really (and rightfully) solidified their place on the line up with a cosmic support set. Bo Ningen have always been a favourite band of mine, I remember seeing them play at Detestival three years ago and it was mind-blowing, but this time round, oh my god, I had chills, forty-five minutes of heavy, drawn out guitars and psychedelic riffs. I spent most of that gig holding my friend on the verge of tears, you could just tell that the crowd was mesmerised by everything from the visuals to Taigen’s hypnotic moves. But I mostly remember leaving the gig, and just being unable to speak, I sat on a wall, out of breath, completely lost in the moment, knowing that I’d witnessed something incredible and being SO grateful for having a city that could host a gig in a setting as good as that.
— 2016 —
Overall, seeing the creative sector in Sheffield continue to grow is a really exciting prospect, there’s been a noticeable shift in the events people are putting out there.
We’re taking chances again, diversity is a lot more visible, there’s more art, more gigs, more collaborations, exhibitions and a general buzz to the community. It’s no longer feeling like a city “just for students” anymore, and that’s REALLY exciting.
Personally, I’m really looking forward to our next Girl Gang Sheffield event, which is an immersive screening of The Punk Singer (A documentary about Kathleen Hanna). It’s something I’ve been planning with the group since day one and is our biggest and most ambitious event to date. The Riot Grrrl era has heavily influenced what we do with Girl Gang and our manifesto is a huge homage to that, so having the opportunity to share and celebrate a movement that has, and continues, to inspire us is so magical.
I think it’s so important to give back to a community that provides me with so much, and hopefully I can contribute to that by providing this platform of support and promotion. Girl Gang really thrives on positive, fun collaborations, so expanding our network with as many different people as possible is our aim for The Punk Singer.
Alongside the film screening we’ll also be hosting a DIY fair showcasing female talent in our city, workshops (including screen printing with Edge of The Universe and an empowerment class with Auriel Majumdar), a live art installation (with an accompanying colouring book curated by Free Hand), a gig with some incredible female-fronted bands and an after party celebrating the best in babe music, past and present. Support your local girl gang!
Tramlines Foundation Director
— 2015 —
My favourite memory of 2015 is of the Tramlines Festival.
— 2016 —
In 2016 I am looking forward to seeing the continued explosion in growth of makers and micro industries that we are blessed with in this city. This is what is forging Sheffield’s new identity as a city of alternative culture!
Originally published in The City Talking: Sheffield, issue 05