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Festival of the Outdoors

All this month

As the seasons start to change in our favour, Sheffield's annual Festival of the Outdoors returns to kick start the city's adventurous spirit.

The month-long umbrella event will feature many goings-on throughout March, including the Climbing Works International Festival (CWIF), Sheffield Adventure Film Festival (ShAFF), Sheffield Half Marathon, the Big Running Weekend, The Magnificent Seven cycling race and Sheffield Bike Fest.

Look out for a Q&A with Olympic climbing route-setter and co-owner of the Climbing Works, Percy Bishton, as well as orienteering events, tree walks and volunteer days with Sheffield & Rotherham Wildlife Trust, plus loads more to get you out of the house.

If you're more of an indoors person, Sheffield Beer Week will also play a part in proceedings. Speaking of beer, True North have created the official FOTO festival beer, Trale Pale, with drinkers being given the chance to win an exclusive 'Brewer For A Day' experience with each pint.

For the full listings, visit the site.

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Theatre Deli

Your Local Independent Theatre

Since relocating from the old Woolworths on the Moor to the old Mothercare on Eyre Street, Theatre Deli has continued to bring cutting-edge, heartfelt and socially-conscious performances to Sheffield.

Last year Deli hosted 132 shows, gave local artists over 1,000 hours of free room hire, collaborated with festivals like Off The Shelf, Sensoria, Migration Matters and Festival of Debate, and supported countless good causes in the city.

This year Deli hosts a year-long performance programme called The Future is Unwritten, covering topics including the climate crisis, immigration and citizenship, and technology, and the Rain or Shine pay-as-you-feel children's festival will return over summer.

These good eggs are also expanding their volunteering opportunities in 2020, so get in touch if you might be interested in helping with admin, food and beverage, ticketing and guest relations.

Most importantly, let's not forget that good ventures don't run on good will alone. Check out their programme and get yourself down there.

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Orchard Square Indie Food Traders

Independent businesses aren't as present as they should be in Sheffield's central shopping areas, so it's great to hear about two new places opening their doors to customers in Orchard Square.

Sister-owned MacPot, the first exclusively mac and cheese kitchen in Sheffield, have played around with the much-loved staple to create a quality menu with a twist. New toppings, spices, vegetarian and vegan options are all on offer at this one-of-a-kind eatery.

The owners of Division Street's Lucky Fox are also in on the action with their new spot on the first floor of Orchard Terrace, Fools Gold Pizza. Offering handmade, artisan Italian dishes, this food trader is hoping to grab a slice of the ever-hungry city centre customer base.

With both vendors opening just in time for the completion of Will Rea's public art piece in Orchard Square, commissioned in collaboration with Museums Sheffield, there's more and more to shout about when it comes to this part of town.

Tickets For Good

As mental wellbeing becomes increasingly recognised as a vital measure of a person's health, Tickets For Good are offering a different kind of break: the chance to attend a local event, for free, and reap the therapeutic rewards.

The Sheffield-based charity provides these much-needed opportunities to experience some of the area's best performances to disadvantaged individuals across the city. They believe that arts and culture, and the restorative power they can have, should be available to all - a premise it's hard to disagree with.

At the time of writing, Ticket For Good and clinical psychologists LifePsychol Ltd are in the process of conducting groundbreaking research into the mental health benefits of attending live events.

While their data is being collected, the campaign will continue donating hundreds of passes to experiences throughout Sheffield. So far more than 1,500 tickets have been gifted through the scheme.

Children's Hospital Charity AR App

A trip to hospital can be one of the most worrying times of your life, particularly for children. To help combat this, the Children's Hospital Arts programme, Artfelt, has launched an augmented reality (AR) app to help children suffering with burn injuries. This pioneering technology will distract young patients while they are receiving treatment, transforming their reality into a virtual environment.

In collaboration with local designers Megaverse, Artfelt have found a way to turn treatment rooms into arctic and woodland settings. Soundscapes and artwork bring this new, more calming reality to life for children of a variety of ages undergoing a range of procedures. Patients explore these virtual scenes through a tablet screen, momentarily turning their attention to new worlds while they undergo necessary procedures.

The app was launched earlier this year and by all accounts has helped children with the anxiety and stress of receiving difficult treatments. Great work.

The Hallé Plays Beethoven

Sheffield City Hall, Saturday 21 March

Sheffield City Hall has long history of hosting world-class events and this month will be no different, as the venue joins citywide celebrations of the birth of renowned composer Ludwig van Beethoven, born 250 years ago.

The celebrated Hallé Orchestra, joined by soloist Roderick Williams and led by conductor Sir Mark Elder, will line up this month in a concert highlighting some of Beethoven's classics. Also on the programme are Vaughn William's 'Symphony No.9' and George Butterworth's six poignant settings of poems from A.E. Housman's 'A Shropshire Lad'.

The City Hall will host a free rehearsal earlier in the day (2pm), open to any and all interested passersby (just turn up), before the orchestra take the evening stage for 7pm.

Tickets are on sale for between £5 and £25.

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