Didsbury Arts Festival

Didsbury Arts festival is a volunteer led multi arts festival celebrating creative culture in Didsbury, through working with local, national and international artists. 

We are a biennial festival. The next edition will take place from 22 June - 30 June 2019. The festival theme will be Roots. If you would like to join the 2019 team, please get in touch.

DAF’s back! With 100 amazing events packed into nine days. Here are just some of the highlights to get you started...

This year’s festival will be bigger and better than ever and it’s all right on your doorstep! With live music, visual arts, film, drama, comedy, family fun and much, much more, there’s certainly something for everyone ... 

Join in the opening celebrations at Fletcher Moss Park on Saturday 24 June (from 11 am) with live music on the terrace, Art on the Railings and art workshops. Celebrate DAF in song with the return of choir master, Stuart Overington, Didsbury’s answer to Gareth Malone and take part in Sing Didsbury. Enjoy lunchtime recitals, dance, children’s story-telling and art in people’s homes. 


As part of the centenary celebrations of the birth of Roald Dahl, the Magnard Ensemble (above) will perform Dahl’s Revolting Rhymes – loved by kids everywhere - to a musical setting by composer, Paul Patterson.

Meanwhile, the Maggie’s Centre at The Christie Hospital will open its doors for a fundraising musical evening. All proceeds will boost the Centre’s work supporting cancer patients and their friends and families.

Writer, Howard Jacobson (above), heads a host of literary luminaries, which will also include novelists, Jenn Ashworth and Andrew Michael Hurley, and the historian and broadcaster, Michael Wood. Other festival highlights include: a whole series of short film events; family fun in Didsbury Park; a magical mystery tour in search of ‘Didsbury’s Lost American Ice Cream Store’ and a concert by soloists of the Hallé Orchestra and Manchester Camerata soloists, with guest star, Didsbury mezzo, Jill Taylor.

This year’s festival theme is ROOTS, celebrating Didsbury’s rich history and diverse community, whilst exploring the emotional and psychological hinterlands that shape identity and experience. 

The full programme will be online next week so watch this space.