Sensoria, the UKʼs annual festival of ﬁlm, music and digital based in Sheffield, is back for a sixth year with another packed programme.
Between today and Sunday there are a host of exclusive ﬁlm screenings, live music, talks and exhibitions.
It starts tonight with the UK premiere of The Broken Circle Breakdown, which received a ten minute standing ovation at the Berlin Film Festival, screening at the Showroom with Flemish director Felix van Groeningen in attendance.
A few events have already sold out including a homecoming gig from Castleton punky blues-rock duo Drenge who regard themselves as a Sheffield band because they spend so much time here. Also a hot ticket is the world premiere of Now Will You Listen!, an illustrated audio visual book of short horror stories and surreal poetry created by musician/writer Mick Somerset Ward and Dean and Jarrod of I Monster with guest narrators Michael Fielding (The Mighty Boosh), Julie Stewart (Coronation Street, It’s a Free World) and Gavin Friday at the Lantern Theatre on Sunday.
A feature of Sensoria is the use of unusual locations.
The old Co-op department store, Castle House on Angel Street, will stage live music from Unmade Bed and Riders followed by The Last Post Party with Dorian Cox and Louise Prey DJing on Friday night. Then starting on Saturday afternoon is I Thought I Heard A Sound, an examination of the strange, psychedelic and visionary elements of folklore and traditional music through a series of events, live music from Sharron Kraus, C Joynes and Trembling Bells, DJ set from Mark Goodall.
On Friday there is an outdoor screening of the Wicker Man at Furnace Park. an abandoned brownfield site in Shalesmoor which is now at the heart of a three-year collaborative project to transform it into a curated space for the local community.
Hathersage Outdoor Swimming Pool is the perfect setting for a screening of Luc Besson’s drama about divers on Saturday night.
And the festival will climax on Sunday when the Sylvester Street car park is transformed into a Drive In cinema for one night only, with classic cars, popcorn and teen classic American Grafﬁti on a 40ft screen.
For a full programme of festival events visit: www.sensoria.org.uk