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All action city centre takeover as Cliffhanger festival returns to Sheffield

6 Jul

A weekend packed full of action and adventure is upon us as Cliffhanger festival returns to Sheffield tomorrow (Friday 6 July).

The event, sponsored by the Sheffield BID (Business Improvement District) and billed as Sheffield’s inner city festival celebrating all things outdoors, will stretch across city centre locations including the Peace Gardens, Tudor Square, Millennium Square and the Winter Garden from Friday, 6 July until Sunday, 8 July.

Live music kicks things off from 6pm on the Friday evening in Devonshire Green with some of Sheffield’s hottest emerging talent taking to the stage, plus refreshments from a range of food and drink outlets.

Saturday and Sunday will see Sheffield transformed into a giant outdoor playground, for big kids, little kids and all with professional demonstrations and sports activities including climbing, mountain biking, skateboarding, orienteering, caving and much more. The Sheffield City Urban Orienteering Race will take place on Sunday.

There’s plenty of action taking place in each area across the weekend, with some new additions for this year such as a 5k run on Saturday and Sunday at 10am from Devonshire Green with the full low down available at www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/cliffhanger.

Once again, the highlight of the weekend will be the British Bouldering Championships, where the nation’s strongest male and female climbers will battle it out on a purpose-built bouldering wall in Devonshire Green.

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for culture parks and leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Since moving Cliffhanger Festival to the city centre two years ago, the weekend is now a well-established and well-anticipated event on Sheffield’s major events calendar and is growing year on year.

“With its city centre location and free entry, the festival is accessible to everyone, giving people the chance to try out new activities such as parkour or caving and experience the thrill of outdoor adventure.

“Cliffhanger perfectly demonstrates Sheffield’s status as The Outdoor City and our unrivalled offer of big city life and the great outdoors. And with what looks like guaranteed sunshine for the weekend I would encourage everyone to come along for a piece of the action.”

Cliffhanger kicks off a very busy month with a series of events taking place in Sheffield City Centre this July. HSBC City Ride brings traffic-free, family-friendly cycling on 15 July and The Fringe at Tramlines will be showcasing the best of Sheffield’s emerging local talent on 21 & 22 July.

Diane Jarvis, Sheffield BID manager, said: “This is the third time Sheffield city centre has played host to Cliffhanger and it is fantastic to see tens of thousands of people out enjoying action-packed activities for free in the heart of The Outdoor City.

“The BID is pleased to have played a part in bringing Cliffhanger into the city centre and making it free for all. The event gets more popular each year, driving footfall and increasing dwell time in the city centre. Cliffhanger helps promote Sheffield as an exciting, dynamic leisure destination for lovers of the outdoors from across the UK and beyond.”

This year for the first time the British Bouldering Championships will be broadcast live by the BBC, via BBC Sport live streaming service, viewable across the world at www.bbc.co.uk/sport/live-guide and on the BBC Sport app.

There will be two separate broadcasts on Sunday 8 July, showing the semi-finals at 10.25am and the finals at 5.15pm.

The championships will also be streamed on BMC’s own YouTube channels, collectively reaching an audience of thousands across the world.

All you need to know about the hot contenders at this year’s championships is on the BMC website at www.thebmc.co.uk/british-bouldering-championships-2018-contenders.

Round-up of activities and stalls over the weekend:

Devonshire Green

British Bouldering championships, orienteering, climbing walls, parkour, live music, bar, food stalls and outdoors trade stalls.

Barkers Pool

British Cycling, zip line, fairground rides and food stalls.

Town Hall Square

Airbag Drop and the Wipe Out ride.

Peace Gardens / millennium Square

BMX display, Scouts obstacle course, Tough Guy assault course, Dive World, skateboarding, caving, Up & Running stall, fairground rides, food stalls and outdoors trade stalls, plus Heart Radio providing children’s activities.

Winter Garden

Friends of the Peak District, The Wildlife Trust, RSPB, Ecclesall Woodcrafts, Don Catchment River Trust, Eastern Moors Partnership, NHS Blood and Transplant Donation and Henna Tattoo  (Sunday only)

Tudor Square

Green Top Circus aerial trapeze workshop, fairground ride, food stalls.

Live music line-up for Devonshire Green stage:

Friday

  • 6.15pm – James Taplin
  • 7pm – Patrick Rose
  • 7.45pm – Patrick Ludwig
  • 8.30pm – From Carbon
  • 9.15pm – Treebeard

Saturday

  • 4.15pm –  Catherine Levi
  • 5.30pm – Late Night Legacy
  • 6.15pm – Homesteads
  • 7pm – Lateral Vision
  • 7.45pm – Harriet Rose Grant
  • 8.30 – Unidentified
  • 9.15 – Idle Ross

Sunday

2-3pm : Charlie Barker

Admission to Cliffhanger is completely free, though there may be a small charge for some of the activities.

For more information about Cliffhanger visit www.theoutdoorcity.co.uk/cliffhanger, follow @theoutdoorcity on Twitter (#cliffhanger) or join the Facebook event at www.facebook.com/events/384034878762770/

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Cliffhanger Map

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Sheffield Lord Mayor brings a touch of magic to annual portraits competition

6 Jul

He’s made headlines for crouching on Town Hall pillars, heading up the procession at Sheffield Carnival and bringing magic into frontline politics.

 

Now Sheffield’s hottest property, Lord Mayor Magid Magid, is the subject of this year’s Portraits of Distinction competition as part of the annual Art in the Gardens festival.

 

Since becoming Lord Mayor in May, Cllr Magid has been in high demand. His Town Hall crouch picture went viral and since he has appeared in The Guardian and The Independent, on The One Show, Good Morning Britain, Sunday Politics and many more.

 

Now artists from Sheffield and beyond are invited to interpret Magid’s distinctive flair, style and creativity in to their own works of art and take part in this year’s competition.

 

Back for its 15th year, Art in the Gardens will see around 300 artists and craft workers, exhibiting more than 4,000 pieces of their work including the competition entries, at Sheffield’s Botanical Gardens on Saturday 1 September and Sunday 2 September.

 

Councillor Mary Lea, Cabinet Member for Culture, Parks and Leisure at Sheffield City Council, said: “Art in the Gardens is the perfect celebration of Sheffield’s art and cultural offer and the annual portrait competition is always one of the festival highlights.

 

“With thousands of people attending the event over the weekend, this competition is a brilliant opportunity for artists to showcase their work and promises to be a fantastic exhibition.”

 

The portrait competition will be officially launched this Friday, 6 July and from then, artists can collect a photograph of The Lord Mayor from the main reception at Sheffield Town Hall and begin work on their portraits or sculptures.

 

Photographs will be handed out on a first-come first-served basis.

 

Councillor Magid Magid, The Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Sheffield, said:

“Sheffield is a truly diverse and distinct city with a real flair for art and creativity so I’m honoured to be the subject of this year’s Portraits of Distinction competition.

 

“I love being associated with Sheffield and all the city represents and since becoming Lord Mayor my image has gone far and wide. Now I’m looking forward to seeing how each artist transforms my picture in to a work of art and I hope people will be bold with their creations, showing how they can do things differently, just like me.”

 

The Lord Mayor was photographed for Art in the Gardens at various locations inside his new workplace, the Sheffield Town Hall including the Lord Mayor’s Parlour, the Council Chamber and the Ante Room.

 

Professional artist and photographer Trevor Neal said: It was a great afternoon meeting the Lord Mayor and being able to photograph him for the portrait competition for this year’s Art in the Gardens festival. Magid made time in his hectic schedule for the shoot in and around the Town Hall and not only cooperated but brought his own creativity to it, contributing many ideas of his own. It was a pleasure to carry out this shoot and I can’t wait to see the pictures interpreted in to new pieces of art.”

 

Previous well-known names who have been the centrepiece of the competition include Pulp drummer Nick Banks, television presenter Bradley Walsh, former Coronation Street actor Bruce Jones, music icon Dave Berry, artist Joe Scarborough, BBC weather presenters Paul Hudson and Lisa Gallagher, the Earl and Countess of Scarborough, Olympic high diver Monique Gladding and BBC Radio Sheffield’s Toby Foster and Rony Robinson. 

 

Each year, visitors come from across the country to view the top-quality work at Art in the Gardens, the North of England’s largest outdoor art show.

 

The range of creativity on display includes photography, ceramics, textiles, print making, leatherwork, wood turning, glass work, jewellery, and sculptures in metal, wood, and stone. 

 

There is also a dedicated Home and Garden area, an Open Art Exhibition, artists and craft workers at the top of their profession, a bustling market and the gardens themselves to explore and enjoy.

 

For more information visit www.artinthegardens.com

 

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