the city talking: sheffield, a-z 2016 • e—fBack
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 —
2015 was a really busy year for Handmade Cinema, with eight immersive and interactive screening events taking place across the city, in locations from community halls and theatres, to schools and woodland centres. One of our favourites was a double bill screening of Up! and Moonrise Kingdom, in a charming little traditional scout hut in Burngreave. It was the perfect setting to show these two films and a really special event with scout themed activities running throughout the day, which were enjoyed by children and adults alike!
I also loved the introduction of the Peddler Night Markets in Sheffield last year. There is something so special about getting people together through a love of great food, and how fantastic the food always is! The last one (at Kelham Island) was particularly special as it was so much bigger, not only did this mean there were more vendors (making deciding what to eat even harder!) but it also meant an expansion of what Peddlers is, with the addition of stalls from local craftspeople and businesses. There is always such a great atmosphere at their nights and I am so excited to see how it continues to develop and grow this year. I can’t wait to get my hands on another of Depot’s incredible doughnuts!
— 2016 —
There are so many exciting things going on in Sheffield at the moment, everyone seems to be working really hard to challenge cuts to the arts, take risks and keep the city alive with new, creative ideas and unique events. It feels as though there is a real sense of camaraderie in the city at the moment, with people working together, collaborating and pooling their resources to make things happen for their community.
An event I always looks forward to, which has long been an example of this, is the Sharrow Lantern Festival (Saturday 10th April). If you haven’t been, GO! It is their twelfth year this year which is an amazing achievement in itself, and the theme is the Ugly Bug Ball, so I am excited to see giant handmade insects taking over and parading up and down the streets for this fantastic festival.
We also have lots to look forward to with Handmade Cinema this year as we have teamed up with the Burton Street Foundation to run several screenings in their newly refurbished Bamforth Building. We are kicking things off with a screening of The Jungle Book on Sunday 15th May, which we are really excited about! Our screening promises to be an immersive experience and fun for all the family, with a handmade jungle, a live swing band and jungle themed activities throughout! Dressing up as your favourite animal is most definitely encouraged!
Emma Von Cooper
— 2015 —
It’s not about the city as such but winning a BAFTA kind of made 2015 for me. To be honest it kind of made my life. Just going would have been my highlight of the year, it was such an amazing and surreal experience but winning turned everything up to eleven. The absolute best thing that happened in Sheffield last year was seeing Bo Ningen at The Abbeydale Picture House as part of Sensoria. It was the best gig I’ve been to in a really long time. Astonishingly good music in a stunning venue only a stagger away from where I live. Flipping love it.
— 2016 —
I’ve been working with Children’s Media Conference to organise an event called CMC Playground. It’s to coincide with the Year of Making, but we hope we can make it a yearly event. It’s going to be free to the public, aimed at children and families, sharing with them the joy of digital creativity and making. We are going to be filling the Site Gallery with games, VR and interactive art as well as lots of things to get hands on with. We just discovered we have half the funding in place so we know it’s definitely going ahead, it’s going to be amazing!
— 2015 —
Favourite memory of 2015 was painting a large wall with Waxwings in Stoke on Trent.
— 2016 —
Looking forward to getting involved in some exciting wall projects with large murals in the city.
— 2015 —
Performing with The Full English at The Lyceum with such a friendly singalong home crowd.
— 2016 —
My friends Andy and Helene getting married on the moors, then a massive party in the local village hall.
Originally published in The City Talking: Sheffield, issue 5