Sheffield Doc/Fest announces first programme highlights

Sheffield Doc/Fest is proud to announce their first live performance festival highlights from international filmmakers and artists, premiering at the 25th edition from 7-12 June.

These three events reflect Sheffield’s vital and collaborative arts and music scene, and celebrate Doc/Fest’s reputation for bold new forms of storytelling. From the World Premiere of Warp Records artist GAIKA’s live score responding to Khalik Allah’s Black Mother; to world class beatboxer and vocal artist Reeps One presenting the World Premiere of his innovative collaboration with Nokia Bell Labs and director Simon Waldron We Speak Music: Live; to Singapore vocal loop artist Weish performing live at the UK Premiere of Sandi Tan’s award-winning Shirkers.

New live cinema trends will be discussed at the Live Cinema Summit at Doc/Fest on 8-9 June; full Summit programme to be announced.

Says Liz McIntyre, CEO & Festival Director, Sheffield Doc/Fest, “I am thrilled that Doc/Fest is presenting these exceptional live events for the Festival’s 25th edition. Powerful artistic partnerships fuel explosions in creativity, for new ways of storytelling and seeing the world. Collaboration is at the heart of Doc/Fest: this year, it feels more important than ever that we celebrate connections between global artists”.

Black Mother with World Premiere of live score from GAIKA

Sheffield Doc/Fest, in partnership with Warp Records, is proud to present GAIKA’s newly commissioned hypnotic live score, performed for the first time, responding to Khalik Allah’s latest feature documentary Black Mother. Part film, part rhythmic baptism, this evening of beautiful live 

cinema will transport audiences to the shores and streets of Jamaica through a poetic tapestry of words, sounds, images and fervent energies.

World Premiere We Speak Music: Live, by Reeps One

International world class beatboxer and vocal artist Reeps One presents the World Premiere of his new live show We Speak Music: Live. Using latest technology, Reeps One will be joined for an A.I. duet with the ‘Reepsbot’ to create visual and sonic spectacles through the power of the voice, featuring footage from the forthcoming We Speak Music docu-series collaboration with Nokia Bell Labs.

Shirkers with live performance from Weish

In the Sundance award-winning Shirkers, filmmaker Sandi Tan sets out on a playful and revealing personal odyssey to solve the mystery behind her long lost first movie. This UK Premiere screening will be accompanied by a mesmerising live performance of music from the film’s soundtrack by Singaporean vocal loop artist Weish and a Q&A with director Sandi Tan in person.

The full line-up for the Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018 programme will be announced on Thursday 3 May.


Black Mother with World Premiere of live score from GAIKA

Venue: City Hall Ballroom

Date: Sunday 10 June 2018

Time: 21:00

Event Strand: Special Events / Films

Ticket Price (including booking fee): £19/£16 concession

World Premiere We Speak Music: Live

Commissioned by West Yorkshire’s Live Cinema UK as part of the Live Cinema Talent Pool, supported by Arts Council England.

Venue: Abbeydale Picturehouse

Date: Friday 8 June 2018

Time: 21:30 – 22:15

Event Strand: Special Events / Alternate Realities

Ticket Price (including booking fee): £15/13 concession

Shirkers with live performance from Weish

Venue: Bertha DocHouse Showroom 4

Date: Saturday 9 June 2018

Time: 21:15

Event Strand: Special Events / Film Programme

Ticket Price (including booking fee): £13/11 concession

Live Cinema Summit
Venue: Crucible Studio
Date: 8-9 June 2018
Time: 10:00
Event Strand: Talks & Sessions
Ticket Price
(including booking fee): £88/77 concession

All tickets go on sale 10am, Wednesday 14 March.

Events are individually ticketed, or included in the Festival Pass.

Festival Pass: comprises one full registration, giving access to Sheffield Doc/Fest 2018: 7–12 June. Your Festival Pass includes access to the Film programme, Alternate Realities programme, Talks & Sessions, Marketplace & Talent, Special Events, Doc/Player and all social events and networking.


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