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The future of non fiction and documentary is here. Welcome to Alternate Realities, Sheffield’s annual programme of interactive and immersive story worlds.

Journey into the lives of others in more visceral ways than ever before. Visit new digital dimensions that create connectivity and shared understanding with a real purpose. To defy the divisive and destructive rhetoric we see in our feeds and on our flat screens and look to a future of hope and unity.

This year we are taking residency in Trafalgar Warehouse, a warehouse and gallery in the cultural quarter of Sheffield that we are transforming into a space for digital exploration and real life conversation. Inside, our exhibition is split into Better Known Truths - a room that brings together real stories captured in 360º that the audience experience communally and The World Unknown To You - a large warehouse space that contains powerful and potent installations.

Alternate Realities Exhibition: Better Known Truths
Trafalgar Warehouse 
Thu 7 June / 12:00 - 17:00
Fri 8 June / 10:00 - 20:00
Sat 9 June – Mon 11 June/ 10:00 - 18:00 
Tue 12 June / 10:00 - 20:00

We invite you to experience 360º documentary collaboratively in our Better Known Truths section of the Alternate Realities exhibition. Coalesce and immerse yourself in stories of love, loss and hope. Engage with stories of our present day that are essential, urgent, enlightening and often heartbreaking. Featured projects in this section include Authentically Us: We're Still Here , This Is Climate Change: Feast & Famine and Yemen's Skies of Terror. Visit the Better Known Truths page to find out more.

Free and open to all. To watch a curated 360º playlist as part of Better Known Truths, please go to the booking station on the first floor at Trafalgar Warehouse to reserve your time slot. Find out more about our booking system here.

Alternate Realities Exhibition: The World Unknown to You
Trafalgar Warehouse
Thu 7 June / 12:00 - 17:00
Fri 8 June & Sat 9 June / 10:00 - 20:00
Sun 10 June / 10:00 - 18:00 
Mon 11 June & Tue 12 June / 10:00 - 20:00

In The World Unknown to You, engage with the interface and cross into the unknown to reveal worlds anew. Experience seventeen multi-disciplinary installations that transport you to new and previously unreachable territories, including BelongingsCosmic Top Secret and The Voice of the Unicorn. Visit the The World Unknown to You page to find out more.

Free and open to all. To see a virtual or augmented reality project as part of The World Unknown to You, please go to the booking station downstairs at Trafalgar Warehouse to reserve your time slot. Find out more about our booking system here.

Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square
Thu 7 June / 12:00 - 22:00
Fri 8 June – Tue 12 June / 10:00 - 22:00


Experience DOUBLETHINK and be faced with a binary decision: enter the container marked HATE or the one marked HOPE. But choose wisely, because you can’t experience both...DOUBLETHINK is a brand new immersive video installation by renowned artists and filmmakers Iain Forsyth & Jane Pollard (20,000 Days on Earth), written by Stuart Evers and performed by George MacKay. Created specifically for Sheffield Doc/Fest with support from Wellcome and in consultation with mental health researchers.

DOUBLETHINK is free and open every day of the Festival 7-12 June at the Doc/Fest Exchange on Tudor Square.


The Dark Room
Sat 09 June // 20:00 // Trafalgar Warehouse - First Floor // £10 (£8 concession)

Comedian John Robertson’s smash-hit live-action adventure game is coming to Sheffield for a one-off Doc/Fest special at Trafalgar Warehouse. Look out for bespoke documentary and Sheffield references, as you awake to find yourself in a Dark Room. Stuck inside with your fellow audience members you must work together to escape. You, the audience, must choose-your-own adventure and select an option. Will you: A) Find the light switch? B) Go North? C) Cry for help?


The Incredible Playable Show
Mon 11 June // 20:00 // Trafalgar Warehouse - First Floor // £10 (£8 concession)

An award-winning live video game show where you, the audience, take to the stage. Become human buttons, zap each other with barcode scanners, and play Pac-Man using inflatable toys. Or sit back, and watch your friends literally become cogs in a hilarious machine. Interactive ringmaster Alistair Aitcheson brings the madcap hilarity of his theatrical gaming mashup to Sheffield for a special performance at Doc/Fest. Referencing iconic Sheffield landmarks, themes from the Alternate Realities programme like memory and data and lampooning the documentary world in its own unique idiom. The Sheffield chapter of Incredible Playable can only be experienced as part of Doc/Fest’s Alternate Realities programme in Trafalgar Warehouse.