Dancehall of the Mind

From the 20th to the 30th of September Sheffield was host to The Festival of the Mind: a 10-day “celebration of ideas, culture and collaboration” organised through the University and the local creative community.

I can only assume the level of surprise expressed by students as rather culturally distinct forms of entertainment during fresher’s week greeted them.

A particular highlight was the ‘Dancehall of the Mind’ night held in a Belgian style Spiegel tent in the town’s centre.

The tent circled around an eclectic range of acts including Sheffield’s Trans/Human, an improvisational noise/techno group remarkably proficient at forming dirty sounds out of rudimentary instruments. Their improvised piece with Dave Judge’s Djembe Ensemble combined traditional, roots instrumentation with distinctly modern and avant-garde creative technique.

Banana Hill, a musical collective dedicated to lush grooves and rhythms of Sheffield and international artists, played out the night with their typically fun and exuberant sets.

Festival of the Mind
Banana Hill
Trans/Human

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