In 2016, DINA Venue was converted from a derelict pub & nightclub complex into a multi-storey building that now is at the heart of alternative arts and culture in Sheffield. We host all types of events with a specific interest in developing and nurturing new talent, social projects and those that are at the core of the community we are so lucky to be surrounded by.
DINA was started by a small team of hardworking individuals, and soon collected a motley crew of people, with the current core members of the family listed below. Some of these people have developed their own projects within the venue. One of these being ‘DINA Diner’ our vegetarian and vegan cafe, set up by Zoe Kinross in 2017. The Cellar Theatre was started by Miriam Schechter in 2017 when she and a group of young artists converted our damp and dilapidated beer cellar into a 30-seater space which ran until late 2019. In early 2020 a new team took it on, added a sound system and club lighting and it is now an excellent intimate club space as well as theatre.
In 2019, we let out our upstairs space known to us as the Stardust Bar and Jara Room to a new club & gig space ‘Network’, run by Record Junkee.
Our main space ‘The Spoon Factory’ had a fantastic PA installed in summer 2018 and, thanks to some Arts Council funding, will benefit from upgraded light systems and a new mixing desk in summer 2020.
We are a hub for the LGBTQ+ community and host weekly meet-ups, as well as poetry nights & drag shows.
In early 2020 we were granted funding from the Arts Council to run ‘Young Producers’. A training project we will run for a small group of young people in Sheffield with them working towards the creation of their own music event. To address the diversity gap in our industry we are looking to engage LGBTQ+, female, non binary and BAME participants. This was planned for Spring 2020 but has been postponed due to Covid19 and will take place as soon as it’s possible!
DEBORAH EGAN - DIRECTOR & PRODUCER
MALCOLM CAMP - DIRECTOR & VENUE
JACK HOWE - EVENTS & TECH
TERRY SILVER - BAR & VENUE
EVELYN ALBROW - ART & EXHIBITIONS
JOEY WINSON - MEDIA
TEV THEVENEAU - FINANCE
ZOE KINROSS & EMMA MILNE - DINA DINER
LUKE CORNWALL & BOB HICKISH - THE CELLAR
There are a variety of ways to get involved and help out at DINA. If you subscribe to our mailing list and tick the volunteers box we'll send opportunities when they arise!