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.

Crowds flocked to enjoy live music, art and theatre on the streets and in local parks to celebrate the launch of Didsbury Arts Festival 2015 last week.  And yesterday evening (Sunday), in Didsbury Park, the mood was relaxed as some of South Manchester’s best Blues artists played out the final hours of the festival to an appreciative audience who brought picnic baskets to enjoy the last of the day’s sunshine.

In between, daily highlights drew festival goers in their thousands to Didsbury’s bars, churches and other venues to enjoy music, dance, comedy, literature, theatre, film and visual arts.  The nine-day arts extravaganza included contributions from novelist Patrick Gale, comedian Jackie Hagan, and international jazz star Stuart McCallum.  An evening of new music, hosted by Siemens, and a concert by Hallé Orchestra soloists thrilled music lovers whilst raising hundreds of pounds for charity.  Other highlights included classic animation from Cosgrove Hall, specially commissioned new artworks and the chance to view art in people’s homes.

Festival Director, Daniel Williamson, said:  ‘It has been a real honour to bring DAF to the people of Didsbury and beyond this week. The quality of the work and artists involved has been outstanding. I have been trying to see as much as possible and, honestly, every event I have attended has been a highlight.

‘I am particularly proud of our new commissioned works, from experimental poet Sean Burn's poetry cycle, ‘what the dusk-eyed fox sees’, written in and about Didsbury - to the Vonnegut Collective’s musical interpretation of lucid dreams, premiered this week at Siemens.

‘It’s been great to see the whole community involved in the festival, from local people producing events to local schools performing on the streets and displaying work in the shops around town.’

Added Daniel:  ‘I’d like to thank everyone involved - artists, sponsors, volunteers and local organisations – in helping to make DAF 2015 such a great success.’

Planning will soon be under way for the next Didsbury Arts Festival which will take place in 2017.


To see what happened at DAF 2015, visit:  www.didsburyartsfestival.org

All enquiries to:  info@didsburyartsfestival.org


DAF 2015 is sponsored by Aba Quality Monitoring Ltd and Siemens.


MEDIA CONTACTS:  Deborah Grace, press officer

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