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Issue 93 December 2015

It’s been a great year at Opus Towers. We are chuffed with how the Festival of Debate unfolded and are making inroads into a 2016 festival, divided across Spring and Autumn seasons. More info on the Favourites page. We’ve had some fantastic content and artwork in Now Then in 2015, so thank you to everyone who has contributed their words and images.

Another new project is Gadabout, an Opus Presents gig series which roams from venue to venue. This month we take up residence at the University Drama Studio on Saturday 19 December for a good knees-up, with acoustic entertainment and festive celebrations from Holler (Fay Hield and Jon Boden of Bellowhead), Gluepot (M G Boulter and Lucy Farrell), Neil McSweeney, Richard Masters and more. Tickets available via WeGotTickets for 6 quid.

Have a great Christmas. Don’t forget that it’s the thought that counts, not the price tag, and you can’t get more thoughtful than unique gifts from Sheffield’s independent businesses.

Thinking about this month’s mix, we realised we couldn’t come up with a better option that last year’s alternative Christmas mix from Chris Arnold of Cool Beans fame, so here she is again. A thing of beauty, I’m sure you’ll agree…

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This month's articles

Localcheck Christmas Cheer

Seeing the crowded shops and pubs, clearly December's a time for family and friends. Our education marches us through the journey to…

Placemaking: After The Twitterstorm

Two recent examples in Sheffield show how social media can quickly mobilise and energise people's opposition to challenge an apparently…

Bitfixit: Bridging the Internet Gap

The internet is a new form of literacy and, just like other sorts of literacy, having it gives you power. It can empower you to find a…

Steve Cutts In The Bleak Midwinter

Steve Cutts started his career as an illustrator and graphic designer at a London agency, working with international brands before deciding…

Festive Feasting

Beeches of Walkley have their award-winning sausages, bacon, free range chicken, lamb, beef and pork alongside festive hampers. Roney’s…

Cool Beans Advice Arnold

Alcohol: Ooh, yes please. Colour: An instant-grey-teeth red. A deep, bilious red that you will soon see bubbling in cauldrons. Nose: A…

Sound UK Hip Hop

UK hip hop is a bit of a weird one. The name alone can remind you of that guy you met in the smoking area who’s always going on about the…

Braids : Deep In The Iris

Hailing from the cold climes of Alberta, Canada, Braids' warm, dreamy swathes have been making waves across the globe since their acclaimed…

Headsup Makers on the Edge

We’re at that time of the year when you’ll find it hard to get away from the dreaded C word, or should I say C words? Two terms that very…

Filmreel Broken Doll / The Force Awakens

Sheffield-based Portuguese independent filmmaker João Paulo Simões has been invited to create a filmic birthday present for David Lynch,…