3 June 2015

Horror, sci-fi and magic are set to return to Sheffield city centre this October at the second annual Out of This World festival.

The festival, set to take place around the Peace Gardens, Winter Garden, Tudor Square, Fargate, Barkers Pool and The Moor on Sunday 25 October, celebrates all things out of the ordinary.

After the success of last year’s inaugural event, the festival is set to return for a second year, and organisers are looking for acts to take part.

Councillor Isobel Bowler, cabinet member for neighbourhoods at Sheffield City Council, said: “After the success of last year’s family-friendly Out of This World festival, I am glad to see the event return to the city centre for a second year.

“While arrangements for the event are being made, it would be fantastic to hear from experts in magic, sci-fi and horror who would like to be involved.

“Perhaps you’re a street magician or have an extensive sci-fi collection to show off. Maybe you’re a street performer, singer or dancer.

“If you’d like to be involved with Out of This World, our Major Events Team would like to hear from you.”

The full list of attractions and performances has not yet been confirmed, but is likely to include a sci-fi convention, sideshows, dance performances, fairground rides, horror workshops, magic shows and illusion..

Coun Bowler added: “Last year’s first-ever Out of This World was a huge success and brought thousands of people into the city centre.

“The response was so positive we just had to bring it back. Titan The Robot, The Alchemist sideshow and the fantasy cars exhibition in Tudor Square come in for particular praise.

“Others said they loved the atmosphere throughout the city centre, such as the fountains in the Peace Gardens being dyed green, Iron Man, Darth Vader, ET and a Ninja Turtle walking around town, and the street magicians who wowed crowds outside the Town Hall.

“For this year, we decided to run the festival on one day, so that everybody who comes gets to see the full range of attractions on offer, rather than having a different schedule across two days.

“I look forward to seeing Sheffield City Centre once again transformed into a spooky, sci-fi wonderland this October.”

Out of This World runs from 11am to 6pm on Sunday 25 October.

Regular updates on the festival are available on the Out of This World Facebook page, at www.facebook.com/outofthisworldsheffield

Those who want to be involved in the event should email the Major Events Team at events@sheffield.gov.uk