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Festival of the Mind

FOTM landscape 2022

15-25 September 2022

Festival of the Mind is an 11-day festival, which sees Sheffield’s cultural, creative and digital industries collaborate with some of the city’s brightest academic minds to help bring their research to life in exciting, entertaining and innovative ways. The festival, which has brought more than 150,000 visitors into Sheffield city centre since 2012, is back with a series of free events, including activities, talks, performances and exhibitions that are open to everyone.

The biennial festival gives people the chance to explore some of the latest research from the University of Sheffield - brought to life by creatives - all of which are helping to tackle some of the most pressing issues affecting people throughout South Yorkshire and the rest of the UK.

Futurecade exhibition

This year’s festival will see Sheffield’s creative industries help showcase the University’s very latest research around the themes of Celebration, Exploration, Innovation, Regeneration and Wellbeing, including events that shine a light on issues that are hidden from public discourse or are taboo.

More than 75 events will be held at the festival this year, in-person at venues across Sheffield, including in the festival’s hub in the iconic Spiegeltent in Barker’s Pool, Millennium Gallery and Event Central on Fargate. In addition to the in-person activities there will be lots of additional content on the festival’s website which will go live on 15th September including films, podcasts and additional material to support the festival.

Live Performance The Sound of Science