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.


From the Gates of Hell to a grand railway hotel gone to the dogs,take a tour of local places and people, past and present, via the site-specific short stories of writers Elizabeth Baines, Sarah Butler, Sarah-Clare Conlon, David Gaffney, Nicholas Royle and Adrian Slatcher, against a backdrop of archive film and specially curated music. 

This is Re/Place(d) – Stories that are right up your street; a Didsbury Arts Festival commission and follow-up to 2015’s popular Re/Place project for Chorlton Arts Festival. The specially written stories will be performed at a free event at The Old Parsonage in Didsbury on Saturday 1 July, with a creative writing workshop the day before, led by micro fiction experts Sarah-Clare Conlon and David Gaffney. 

Sarah-Clare Conlon is lead artist of Re/Place(d), is widely published and runs live literature night Verbose. Elizabeth Baines has written two short story collections and the novels Too Many Magpies and The Birth Machine. Sarah Butler's novels Ten Things I’ve Learnt About Love and Before The Fire, are on Picador. Renowned flash fiction writer David Gaffney has written four story collections, including More Sawn- Off Tales, and two novels, including All The Places I’ve Ever Lived, just out. Senior lecturer in creative writing at Man Met and Editor of Best British Short Stories, Nicholas Royle’s latest book, Ornithology, is just out with Confingo. Poet, short story writer and musician Adrian Slatcher’s poems Playing Solitaire for Money are on Salt. 

Taking place on Saturday 1 July from 7pm, the performance event Re/Place(d) – Stories that are right up your street is free, but booking is required. The workshop on Friday 30 June, 3-5pm, costs £5. Book your place here