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the city talking: sheffield, a-z 2016 • a—c

the city talking: sheffield, a-z 2016 • a—c

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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.

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Auriel Majumdar
Business Coach

— 2015 —

That day in October when me and a few mates got so fed up with women being left out of Sheffield’s music history that we created #sheffieldgirl and flash mobbed Facebook! Filling everyone’s timelines with tales of great Sheffield women musicians, performers, technicians and business heads was such a positive and uplifting way to make sure our story gets told. That single day of storytelling barely scratched the surface though, so watch this space for plenty more #sheffieldgirl adventures, we’ve only just got started!

 

— 2016 —

I’m honoured to have been asked to develop the music strand of Sheffield’s Year of Making and I’m really looking forward to helping create more opportunities for Sheffield’s artistic communities to showcase the fabulous things they do. And I’m definitely looking forward to coaching even more wonderful clients and teaching on the Coaching Masters course at Sheffield Hallam University. I always look forward to more coaching, I’m obsessed!

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Ben & Mat Lyon
Lyon and Lyon

— 2015 —

So many highlights, but it would have to be the Spin 360 exhibition at Made North. Spin studio presented their super minimal work, inspirations and processes. There was a real buzz with a great mix of creatives from a multitude of cities and some absolutely cracking pizza from Prove.

 

— 2016 —

We’re looking forward to showcasing our studio’s work in the city in our own Lyon & Lyon way. We have a couple of things up our sleeves but we’ll be getting involved in Sheffield Design Week and doing a lot more public speaking at events around the city.

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Ben Duong
The North marketing agency

— 2015 —

The Tramshed bar opening on Chesterfield Road in Meersbrook. Why? I live in the area and although there are plenty of decent real ale pubs (Sheaf, White Lion, Brother’s Arms, Broadfield) there hasn’t been, until now, a decent local bar. The Tramshed is small, informal and cool. It only serves bottled craft beers, wines and spirits, plus pretty tasty pinchos which they get from their sister restaurant, Bhaji Shop, next door. They’ve recently opened the upstairs which acts as a gallery for local artists and a place to hire for cinema nights and creative socials. Overall, it’s a great addition to the area, with an added bonus of being a three minute walk from my house!

 

— 2016 —

The Meersbrook/Heeley/Nether Edge triangle coming into its own. Living in the area, I’ve definitely seen things improving over the past few years. It feels like every other day there’s a new independent coffee, antique or craft beer shop opening. For me it’s the live music side of things and with the revival of the Abbeydale Picture House and Picture House Social finding its feet, it looks like there’s some great gigs to look forward to in 2016. There’s usually good stuff on at Haggler’s Corner, Heeley Institute and Bishops House too. However, let’s hope it doesn’t lose its edge and start attracting the likes of Starbucks…

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Chris Smith
CPU Records

— 2015 —

Computer Club/Algorave collaboration (March 20, 2015) at the Access Space, Sidney Street. Watching music being made by coding and algorithm-aided processes projected live behind the artists. It was like a lesson in computer programming while on the set of Tron with broken bass, breaks and bleeps!

 

— 2016 —

Excited to see what the Year of Making will bring, also Tramlines and Festival of the Mind. I’m certain Computer Club will return in 2016 too.

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Originally published in The City Talking: Sheffield, issue 5


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