20–30 September 2018



How can we grow more food in more places, without relying on fertilisers and without wasting water? Aquaponics could be the answer we’ve been waiting for. Growing vegetables and fish in the same place creates its own natural fertiliser and keeps the water clean.

Computer scientist Professor Hamish Cunningham’s exhibition explains how we can use open source technology to spread the word, and how aquaponics could work in our neighbourhoods.

As well as the exhibition running throughout the festival, there are also these special events:


The Vertifarm Circus show – performances from Victoria Works aerialists

  • An entertaining, educational, sustainable gardening show
  • Winter Garden
  • Saturday 17 September
  • 12:30-1pm; 2-2:30pm; 3-3:30pm

New wave gardeners take to the air as gardening gets high tech and vertical. They turn traditional horticulture on its head (well, on its side) and ask you to join them in their quest to create Sheffield’s first performance garden.

They climb ropes and huge pieces of fabric, swing dangerously close to hazardous vegetables, and will throw and catch their gardening equipment and vegetables in an eccentric attempt to tend their unusual garden.

They will cast a spell of breathtaking, entertaining performance magic, enchanting you with their eclectic horticultural methods and leaving you a little unsure of which way is up.


The Little Sheffield Feast

A contemporary re-imagining of the centuries-old Sheffield Town Feast tradition. Featuring hyperlocal food and drink, all cooked and served street party style in and around Regather Works, accompanied by a very special selection of Sheffield music, beer and history.

Everyone is welcome to this community celebration of the historic Little Sheffield district, deep in the heart of Sharrow. 

Featuring a special street band set from the Bell Hagg Orkestar and DJs.

No need to book but make sure you get down early as we’re expecting this one to be busy!

Professor Hamish Cunningham is a computer science academic at the University of Sheffield. In 2014, he ran a successful campaign to crowdfund the MoPI power board for Raspberry Pi. His team produces the GATE open source platform, used by the BBC, WHO and the Financial Times.