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 24th June - 2nd July 2017. The festival theme will be Roots. If you would like to join the 2017 team, please get in touch.



What's On

Saturday 10 June 2017

All Day

Didsbury Summer Exhibition

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

An eclectic mix of work in various styles by a range of local artists will be shown as our summer showcase exhibition. Many of the artists have responded to our festival theme of Roots, and there is a strong sense of people, place and the local that runs through this curated show. The exhibition will provide a backdrop to many of the festival's events held in the Didsbury’s iconic Parsonage building. [read more]

Saturday 24 June 2017

All Day

A Print and a Jewel ran away with the Dish and the Spoon
by Paulette Bansal & Sarah O’Hana

And the Dish Ran Away with the Spoon, 230 Burton Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2LW
0161 637 5517

Wake up and smell the coffee at this unusual exhibition of contemporary prints and new jewellery, inspired by the display of cakes and objects in the cafe. The display of hand-made prints and jewellery, created using silver and choice materials, are as appealing as the food on offer in this cosy, independent café. Private View Friday 23rd June, 7-9pm.   Monday- Friday: 9.00am-5.00pm Saturday: 10.00am- 5.00pm Sunday: 11.00am-5.00pm        [read more]

All Day

Sing Didsbury!
Stuart Overington

Didsbury Baptist Church, Corner of School Lane & Beaver Rd, Manchester, M20 6SX

After great success in 2015, Sing Didsbury! is back. Come and celebrate the start of this year's Festival with songs. The day is a friendly, inclusive event, offering a chance to learn new songs, experience being part of a choir and culminates in an informal performance in front of the audience of friends and family.  [read more]

Afternoon

Art on the Railings & Music On The Terrace

Fletcher Moss Park , Millgate Lane, Manchester, M20 2SW

Come and take part in a truly immersive art experience, a dynamic creative community featuring pop-up galleries, live music, workshops, activities and more! * [read more]

Afternoon

Midsummer’s Day concert

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

Midsummer’s Day coffee concert featuring RNCM students. [read more]

All Day

Creativity Towards Freedom
Mustard Tree

PJ Livesey Marketing Suite, St James Park, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RR

Mustard Tree Participants have access to creative programmes from their engagement roles on the Freedom Project, which provides them with opportunities in drama, art and creative writing, and helps to link with other artists in the community. [read more]

Afternoon

Roots: A Manchester Story
Michael Wood

Spire Manchester Hospital, 170 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester, M20 2AF

In this illustrated talk, historian and film maker Michael Wood tells a family story of people drawn to Industrial Revolution Manchester in the 19th century from across the North, and from Wales and Scotland, showing how family history and local history reveal the national story in microcosm. [read more]

Afternoon

My Didsbury

The Holt Pavilion, Didsbury Park, Gillbrook Road, Manchester, M20 6WH

A phone photography project, exploring Didsbury on foot. [read more]

Afternoon

FLIGHT, a play by Nicola Schofield

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

The world premiere of a play following RSPB founder and Didsbury resident Emily Williamson. As a woman in the 1890s, it wasn't a path she was expected to follow, so how did she overcome derision and social expectations to create a national organisation, the largest of its kind in Europe? Written and directed by Nicola Schofield. [read more]

Afternoon

Make Your Day - A festival launch highlight
South Manchester Operatic Society, members of the Hallé Youth Ensemble and Beverley Taylor

Maggie's Centre, Manchester, The Robert Parfett Building , The Christie Hospital NHS Foundation Trust, 15 Kinnaird Rd, Manchester, M20 4QL

Don't miss this highlight for DAF 2017.  Based in a unique venue, this launch event brings you musical interludes from some of Manchester's best, including South Manchester Operatic Society, members of the Hallé Youth Ensemble and guest soloists including Manchester born artist and entertainer Beverley Taylor, and a programme of Sondheim, Songs from the Operas and late afternoon jazz. [read more]

All Day

Bound by Our Roots
Claire Louise Mather

Didsbury Library, 692 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2DN
0161 227 3755

‘Bound by Our Roots’ is a sited sculptural piece which is greatly influenced by the Didsbury and Manchester area and its rich historical and cultural past. [read more]

All Day

Transient Roots
Louise Wallwein

Various, Didsbury, Manchester, M20

Transient Roots is a poetic audio trail tracing the artists experience of growing up in care around Didsbury. Follow the trail of 10 poems and experience the writing in the location they reference.   [read more]

Evening

FLIGHT, a play by Nicola Schofield

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

The world premiere of a play following RSPB founder and Didsbury resident Emily Williamson. As a woman in the 1890s, it wasn't a path she was expected to follow, so how did she overcome derision and social expectations to create a national organisation, the largest of its kind in Europe? Written and directed by Nicola Schofield. [read more]

Evening

Tickle Your Fancy

The Albert Tennis & Bowling Club, 39-41 Old Lansdowne Road, Manchester, M20 2PA

Tickle Your Fancy is an established and successful cabaret evening which runs bi-monthly in Chorlton, but we want to spread the cabaret love to Didsbury! The hosts Doolally (old timers at DAF) perform with their funny songs, introducing to the stage Manchester's finest poet Marvin Cheeseman, fantastic stand-up comedian Harriet Dyer ("She's got funny bones!" Kevin Bridges), superb musical act Maybe Frank, and Billy Button, who's simply very, very funny. [read more]

All Day
Children/Family

Dydsbiria
by Eamonn Murphy

The Albert Tennis & Bowling Club, 39-41 Old Lansdowne Road, Manchester, M20 2PA

A celebration of Didsbury's (formerly known as Dydsbiri) architectural treasures. [read more]

Evening

MIRO - Manchester International Roots Orchestra

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

‘It’s like the whole world is here in one room, and you don't need a flight ticket to see it.’ [read more]

Evening

The Company

Ye Olde Cock Inn, 848 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RN

A five piece band play well known, classic pop and rock covers. [read more]

All Day
Children/Family

Art Over the Counter

Various, Didsbury, Manchester, M20

Our highly popular community arts project is based upon this year’s festival theme of Roots. Students from Parrs Wood High School, The Barlow RC High School and Cheadle Hulme School have created visual narratives and sculptural work, coming from exploring the stories and the people behind various Didsbury-based businesses. Additionally, the students of Parrs Wood High School have also collaborated with photographer Sabrina Fuller on a documentary photographic element to this year’s project. [read more]

All Day

South Manchester Camera Club Annual Exhibition

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

A showcase of images from the members of the South Manchester Camera Club in a variety of genres, including landscapes, portraits, colour and black and white. [read more]

All Day

Didsbury Pieces
Grace Harvey

Home Cafe, Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester , M20 6TR

Find the set of wooden ‘Didsbury Pieces’ contained within a box and become the curator of a tiny exhibition. The shape of each piece is borrowed from the everyday architecture which we live amongst in Didsbury. Through playing, organising and creating new possibilities, it is a set for you to make sense of. [read more]

Sunday 25 June 2017

Afternoon

West Didsbury Makers Market - Acoustic Stage

Withington Community Hospital, Nell Ln, Manchester, M20 2LR

Live Acoustic Stage with top local musicians, including Manchester Women's Songwriters Collective, All My Ghosts, Between The Lines, and The Story, headlined by Alex Hulme. [read more]

Community Mapping Project - Walk

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Meet Outside Didsbury Library

Morning

Community Mapping Project - Walk

Didsbury Library, 692 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2DN
0161 227 3755

Discover your local community through the stories from your neighbours. Thanks to the volunteers' work, the Community Mapping Project has created a walking tour that will take in local sites and explore landmarks through personal experiences. Join this guided tour mapping your neighbourhood whilst connecting with the past, present and future of Didsbury. [read more]

Afternoon

FEED - A Didsbury Cookbook - Brunch
Ruth Dyer and Rebecca Legg

Food Sorcery at Waterside Hotel, Waterside Hotel, Wilmslow Rd, Didsbury , Manchester, M20 5WZ

A chance to taste home cooked family recipes in a setting that visually communicates their stories. FEED will encourage the people of Didsbury to explore their heritage at a select number of exclusive dinner parties, in this case Brunch. Come along and sample recipes devised by the people of Didsbury during artist-led workshops, that have been curated into a series of menus that will be served throughout the day. These meals will be multi-sensory experiences. A chance to taste home-cooked, family recipes in a setting that visually communicates their stories. [read more]

Community Mapping Project - Walk

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Meet Outside Didsbury Library

Afternoon

Community Mapping Project - Walk

Didsbury Library, 692 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2DN
0161 227 3755

Discover your local community through the stories from your neighbours. Thanks to the volunteers' work, the Community Mapping Project has created a walking tour that will take in local sites and explore landmarks through personal experiences. Join this guided tour mapping your neighbourhood whilst connecting with the past, present and future of Didsbury. [read more]

Afternoon

Crowdfunding for Film

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

If you are interested in how to finance a film through the power of crowdfunding or just curious about it, come along to this introductory talk to meet multi-award winning director Jason Wingard. You will get to see some of the results and get answers to your questions.  [read more]

Community Mapping Project - Walk

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Meet Outside Didsbury Library

Afternoon

Community Mapping Project - Walk

Didsbury Library, 692 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2DN
0161 227 3755

Discover your local community through the stories from your neighbours. Thanks to the volunteers' work, the Community Mapping Project has created a walking tour that will take in local sites and explore landmarks through personal experiences. Join this guided tour mapping your neighbourhood whilst connecting with the past, present and future of Didsbury. [read more]

Afternoon

FEED - A Didsbury Cookbook - Afternoon Tea
Ruth Dyer and Rebecca Legg

Food Sorcery at Waterside Hotel, Waterside Hotel, Wilmslow Rd, Didsbury , Manchester, M20 5WZ

A chance to taste home cooked family recipes in a setting that visually communicates their stories. FEED will encourage the people of Didsbury to explore their heritage at a select number of exclusive dinner parties, in this case Afternoon Tea. Come along and sample recipes devised by the people of Didsbury during artist-led workshops, that have been curated into a series of menus that will be served throughout the day. These meals will be multi-sensory experiences.A chance to taste home-cooked, family recipes in a setting that visually communicates their stories. [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Family Wordship
John Hegley

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

A joining in event for anyone over 7 years of age, yet some intelligent 6-year-olds have found these activities engaging. These include drawing ships and camels, singing, listening to storytelling and moving hands in the fashion of waves, fishes and guillemots. 'Awesomely mundane' - Independent.  'Delightfully inventive' - Observer. [read more]

Evening

FEED - A Didsbury Cookbook - Supper
Ruth Dyer and Rebecca Legg

Food Sorcery at Waterside Hotel, Waterside Hotel, Wilmslow Rd, Didsbury , Manchester, M20 5WZ

A chance to taste home cooked family recipes in a setting that visually communicates their stories. FEED will encourage the people of Didsbury to explore their heritage at a select number of exclusive dinner parties, in this case Supper. Come along and sample recipes devised by the people of Didsbury during artist-led workshops, that have been curated into a series of menus that will be served throughout the day. These meals will be multi-sensory experiences. A chance to taste home-cooked, family recipes in a setting that visually communicates their stories. [read more]

Evening

A Northern Life In Pictures

Sha'are Hayim Synagogue, 8 Queenston Road, West Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2WZ
"0161 445 1943"

A PORTRAIT OF A NO-NONSENSE PEOPLE + Introduction Sefton Samuels in conversation with award winning photo journalist Howard Barlow, introduces some of his iconic images of Northern life. In a career spanning four decades he has built up a reputation as one of the world’s leading photojournalists.  A CITY SPEAKS + Intro by CP Lee, local historian, cultural commentator and musician.  As Manchester and its regions enter a new era, Didsbury Arts Festival screens A City Life – an idealistic vision of post war Manchester, which takes in themes of industry, energy, leisure and housing, present, past and future. This event will take place in the congregational hall not the main synagogue. Programme 7.00 Sefton talks about his work 7.30 Short film A City Life 8.00 Interval 8.15 Intro by CP Lee Film A City Speaks 9.15 Finish Save Save Save Save [read more]

Evening

Parent, Jill Fogden and Greg Larkin

The Woodstock, 139 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 2DY

A triple bill line-up of top local talent not to be missed! Featuring Parent who will be bringing music from their debut album, which has earned them fans around the globe and been played on BBC Radio 6 Music, Greg Larkin with his vibrant and adventurous finger-picking guitar style, and Jill Fogden and Phil Middleton playing original songs alongside classic blues, rock and folk. [read more]

Monday 26 June 2017

Morning
Children/Family

Coffee, chat and play for Mums and Toddlers

Didsbury United Reformed Church, Parkfield Road South, Manchester, M20 6DA

Coffee, chat and play for Mums and Toddlers. [read more]

Afternoon

Following in the footsteps of fame, 60s pop music roots
FRETS

The Parrswood Hotel (outside), 356, Parrswood Rd, Manchester , M20 6JD

Didsbury-based community guitar group FRETS will be performing iconic 60s songs close to where some of the pop stars of yesterday might have stood. [read more]

Afternoon

Lunchtime Concert
Chetham’s School of Music

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

Chetham’s young musicians selected for solo concerts are those whose individual repertoire has reached a standard of performance which defies their age; alongside a team of professional accompanists, they share with audiences a diverse selection of music from a range of eras and of genres. [read more]

Dance session for over 50's

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£5

Ticket available online and on the door

Afternoon

Dance session for over 50's

Didsbury United Reformed Church (Hall), Parkfield Road South, Manchester, M20 6DA
162 861 0808

A fun session based on the premise that everyone loves to dance and everyone can dance, whatever your age! [read more]

Evening

CHOIR DOUBLE BILL
The Music Place Choir and The Voice Collective

Christ Church Darley Avenue, 35 Darley Avenue, Manchester, M20 2ZD

Join two of Manchester's finest choirs as they perform for Didsbury Arts Festival. [read more]

Evening

Mixed Roots

Didsbury Lounge, 43 Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester , M20 6TJ

Commonword publishers and Cultureword bring together Black and Asian writers of mixed heritage to Didsbury Arts Festival to explore diversity, roots and culture collectively. [read more]

Evening

The Other One

The Metropolitan, 2 Lapwing Lane, Manchester , M20 2WS

The time has come for Rosalina Capuleti to finally divulge the 'true' version of events and share her involvement in one of the most famous love stories ever told. [read more]

Evening

Hallé friends and co.

Didsbury Baptist Church, Corner of School Lane & Beaver Rd, Manchester, M20 6SX

Hallé Orchestra guest leader Paul Barritt and Hallé principal bass player Roberto Carrillo-Garcia join forces with Rachael Clegg – principal oboe player with Manchester Camerata, Gemma Beeson on piano and Jill Taylor mezzo soprano to create a concert of passion and romance with music from South America, Italy, England and America.  [read more]

Evening

Pete McSloy Quintet

The Woodstock, 139 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 2DY

A concert of original songs and compositions based mostly in jazz and blues, on love, loss, romance, music and Manchester. [read more]

Tuesday 27 June 2017

Afternoon

British Flute and Harp Music

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

A programme of British flute and harp music, performed by Duo Reul including Andy Scott - Everything is Still, Alwyn - Naiades Fantasy-Sonata, Cooke - Sonata, Eddie McGuire - Folk Memories in Autumn. [read more]

Afternoon

Flute and Piano Recital

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

A programme of music performed by Rachel Johnson and Jemima Palfreyman, including work by composers with connections to Manchester and the North West, as well as new and recent works by Lucy Armstrong, Geraldine Green and Peter McGarr. [read more]

Evening

Heading for the Hills
Peter and Gillian Byrom-Smith

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

Exploring the inspirations of nature, music and poetry, ‘Heading for the Hills’ features readings by Gillian Byrom-Smith accompanied by classical guitar played by Peter Byrom-Smith. The evening promises to truly be a case of tales in words and music. [read more]

Evening

Reel Women

Manchester College, Barlow Moor Rd, Manchester , M20 2PQ

An eclectic mix of archived short films, produced or directed by women in the North, alongside exciting new content from up and coming female short film makers based around Greater Manchester. [read more]

Evening

Clouds Harp Quartet

Christ Church Darley Avenue, 35 Darley Avenue, Manchester, M20 2ZD

Taking inspiration from Scottish folk, jazz, blues, dance and minimalist, this classical cross-over quartet perform without music and push the boundaries of what you would expect on the pedal harp.  [read more]

Evening

Something's Coming

Didsbury United Reformed Church, Parkfield Road South, Manchester, M20 6DA

Life is mostly good in 19th century Silberzwiebel, but the town has a secret. Something lurks in the nearby castle, and the townspeople remember incidents they’d prefer to forget. [read more]

Wednesday 28 June 2017

Morning

Writing Our Wonderful Lives

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

Do you dream of writing about your funny or curious childhood, your wild teenage years or even about a person whose influence changed your life? [read more]

Afternoon

Following in the Footsteps of Fame; 60's Pop Music Roots
FRETS

Near Cafe Nero Wilmslow Road, 761-765 Wilmslow Road, Manchester , M20 6RN

Didsbury-based community guitar group FRETS will be performing iconic 60s songs close to where some of the pop stars of yesterday might have stood. [read more]

Afternoon

It's All About That Bass CANCELLED

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

Due to unforseen circumstances this event has been cancelled [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

A Bear Hunt Story Telling Adventure
Rogan Mills

Didsbury Library, 692 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2DN
0161 227 3755

Join storyteller Rogan Mills for a Bear Hunt adventure not to be missed! [read more]

Evening

The Other - A literary night with a twist!

The Metropolitan, 2 Lapwing Lane, Manchester , M20 2WS

A literary night with a twist... Our writers swap words! [read more]

Sarah Simmonds and Sarah Murphy - A celebration of song

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£7 Standard / £5 Under 18

On the door

Evening

A celebration of song
Sarah Simmonds and Sarah Murphy

Didsbury United Reformed Church, Parkfield Road South, Manchester, M20 6DA

A celebration of song in its many forms and styles performed by Sarah Simmonds (soprano) and Sarah Murphy (piano). [read more]

Evening

Back to my Roots
Carole Isis and Friends

Christ Church Darley Avenue, 35 Darley Avenue, Manchester, M20 2ZD

From her roots in Birmingham, Alabama, Carole’s beautiful and enchanting voice will sing the story of the routes she has taken to lead her to Didsbury. Featuring two surprise guests. [read more]

Evening

Aesthetica Short Film Festival on Tour

The Woodstock, 139 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 2DY

Join us for an exciting showcase of some of the best short films released in the past year. Our showreel features highlights and award winners from Aesthetica Magazine’s annual, BAFTA-recognised short film festival which includes the best from the categories of animation, drama, comedy and documentary.  [read more]

Jazz Works

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£5 Standard/ £3 Under 18

On the door

Evening

Jazz Works

The Albert Tennis & Bowling Club, 39-41 Old Lansdowne Road, Manchester, M20 2PA

During the evening of swing with Jazz Works, a 6-piece Jazz combo will be playing a mix of blues latin and modern jazz standards. [read more]

Evening

The Whole Hog Big Band

The Northern Lawn Tennis Club, Palatine Road, Manchester, M20 3YA
0161 445 3093

It's the band's 30th birthday, so come and celebrate the occasion with us at a gig featuring an exciting mix of old and new pieces from the jazz repertoire. All pieces arranged or composed by the band's leader Stuart Riley.       [read more]

Thursday 29 June 2017

Afternoon

Amy Bowles Solo Classical Guitar Plus Los Firuletes Tango Duo

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

Current RNCM Masters student Amy Bowles (classical guitar) returns to the festival for the second time. Amy’s programme includes solo works by Scarlatti and the Ravel-influenced Sonata by Antonio Jose. [read more]

Afternoon

Mapping Didsbury's Culture
Manchester Metropolitan University

Didsbury Library, 692 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2DN
0161 227 3755

How do you feel about your Didsburyness?  [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Revolting Rhymes and Marvellous Music - The Magnard Ensemble

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

The forest – strange, eerie, mysterious, magnificent… A place of magic and surprise, where nothing is ever quite what it seems…' Join Magnard Ensemble to explore the wonderful and whimsical world of Roald Dahl through music and words, and meet Little Red Riding Hood, Three Little Pigs and some Dirty Beasts! [read more]

Evening

Manchester Film School Showcase

Cineworld, Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, Wilmslow Rd, Manchester , M20 5PG

Manchester Film School 9th annual showcase of films. [read more]

Evening

DAF 2017 Music Video Promo Competition - The Finalists
DAF & Manchester Film School

Cineworld, Parrs Wood Entertainment Centre, Wilmslow Rd, Manchester , M20 5PG

A fantastic showcase of shortlisted music promos presented alongside an industry session with top tips on how to direct and produce music videos and tell the story behind the music. [read more]

Paul Webster - Hitler Alone

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Ages 16+, Very Limited Places Available

Evening

Hitler Alone
Paul Webster

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

This one man show, written and performed by Paul Webster, attempts to penetrate the heart and mind of the man Churchill described as “A maniac of ferocious genius”. In a monologue during the hour before his suicide in the Berlin Bunker, Hitler contemplates his past, present and future in moods that both charm and repel. [read more]

Evening

The Haunted North
Jenn Ashworth & Andrew Michael Hurley

Didsbury Baptist Church, Corner of School Lane & Beaver Rd, Manchester, M20 6SX

Two authors, inspired by the sinister landscape of Morecambe Bay, are in conversation about their haunting new novels. [read more]

Paul Webster - Hitler Alone

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Ages 16+ Very Limited Places Available

Evening

Hitler Alone
Paul Webster

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

This one man show, written and performed by Paul Webster, attempts to penetrate the heart and mind of the man Churchill described as “A maniac of ferocious genius”. In a monologue during the hour before his suicide in the Berlin Bunker, Hitler contemplates his past, present and future in moods that both charm and repel. [read more]

Friday 30 June 2017

Afternoon

Following in the Footsteps of Fame; 60's Pop Music Roots
FRETS

Ye Olde Cock Inn, 848 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RN

Didsbury based community guitar group FRETS will be performing iconic 60s songs close to where some of the pop stars of yesterday might have stood. [read more]

Afternoon

Write Your Story
South Manchester Writers

Emmanuel Parish Centre, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR
0161 446 4150

Do you feel that you have a story to write, but don't know where to begin? Then this is the event for you. [read more]

Prima Wind Quintet  - Summer Music

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FREE

Collection in aid of Teenage Cancer Trust

Afternoon

Summer Music
Prima Wind Quintet

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

Prima Wind Quintet present a concert filled with summer music, including well known works by Gershwin and Korsakov, and the beautiful music of Barber. Encompassing many genres, there will be something for everyone's taste. [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Roots and Leaves - Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre

Didsbury Library, 692 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2DN
0161 227 3755

A craft activity illustrating heritage through a co-operative mural, and a chance to look at, and hear some of the stories from the Ahmed Iqbal Ullah Race Relations Resource Centre collection. [read more]

Afternoon

Re/Place(d) – workshop
Sarah-Clare Conlon and David Gaffney

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

Prior to the performance event, writers Sarah-Clare Conlon and David Gaffney will lead a creative writing flash fiction workshop taking people and place as a starting point for inspiration.  [read more]

Afternoon

Toot Sweet
Gillian Blair

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

Join Gillian Blair, an award-winning saxophonist and passionate baker, for a concert which will engage your musical ear and sweet tooth. [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Contraption!
Melia Duo

Christ Church Darley Avenue, 35 Darley Avenue, Manchester, M20 2ZD

Join the Melia Duo as they bring contemporary music into your front room in Contraption!, an interactive family concert where you help create the music. [read more]

Evening

Electronic Atlas
OLA

Wine and Wallop, 97 Lapwing Lane, Manchester, M20 6UR

Manchester based OLA presents 'Electronic Atlas' an evening of alt-electronica, pop, beeps, bleeps and everything in-between. It will bring together 5 bands, live visuals, DJ sets and record stalls. Live sets from: OLA, FLIIS, KITS, DJ Phil T Kirk and more TBC       [read more]

Evening

Double Bill: Northern Beat Poets + Kinky Boot Institute (The Book of Northern)

The Woodstock, 139 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 2DY
Evening

FAQ

Ye Olde Cock Inn, 848 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RN

A mix of 60/70's-inspired jazz funk and fusion, featuring both grooving and laid-back pieces. This NorthWest-based outfit take their jazz cues from keyboard player Marcus Schofield, the funk foundation of Gary Taylor on bass, driving drums from Tim Dykes and a rock edge from Dave Kissack on guitar. The band features alumni of Salford Uni and WYJO and have previously performed at Didsbury and Morley Arts Festivals.       [read more]

Saturday 1 July 2017

Morning
Children/Family

Didsbury's Lost 'American Ice Cream Store'
The Strange Train Company

Various, Didsbury, Manchester, M20

'Didsbury's Lost American Ice Cream Store' is a performance in which past and present absurdly collide. Jump on board with The Strange Train Company for an intimate and hilarious rite in a sacred space somewhere near the River Mersey. Journey with them to a 'strange' universe searching for legendary ice cream! [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Oak Mobile
Oak Mobile

Didsbury Park, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 5LJ

Enter the time-travelling OakMobile and let Talking Birds transport you to a Time Before Time.  The OakMobile is a charming interactive adventure that takes place in a magical, mobile micro-theatre. “Inspiring and had a very clear message...I'm not sure who enjoyed it more - me or the kids!” Find out more about Talking Birds here: www.talkingbirds.co.uk       Save [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Roots Stage

Didsbury Park, Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 5LJ

A fantastic free music festival in the park with a world music flavour and featuring street theatre, dance and performance throughout the afternoon. [read more]

Afternoon

Open House
Artwork by Nick Walker, Diane King and Oliver Williamson

Flat 2, , Stonecroft, Parkfield Road South,, Didsbury, , Manchester, , M20 6DA

Work by local Didsbury Artist, Nick Walker and Manchester Art School artists, Diane King and Oliver Williamson exploring belonging. [read more]

Afternoon

Open House - Soap Rock Project – an exhibition of ecological art
Ivan Leudar

10 St Aldwyn's Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 3JF

This installation makes available Ivan’s current work at the Soap rock cove on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall. [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Didsbury's Lost 'American Ice Cream Store'
The Strange Train Company

Various, Didsbury, Manchester, M20

'Didsbury's Lost American Ice Cream Store' is a performance in which past and present absurdly collide. Jump on board with The Strange Train Company for an intimate and hilarious rite in a sacred space somewhere near the River Mersey. Journey with them to a 'strange' universe searching for legendary ice cream! [read more]

Afternoon

Open House – Recent Textile Collages
Ariella Green

17 Spath Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2QT

Ariella Green's work focuses on her move to Europe and the balance of memory and new reality within such displacement. [read more]

Afternoon

Cumbria novels: the challenge of ‘setting’ – both place and time
Ruth Sutton

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

Ruth Sutton’s West Cumbrian trilogy Between the Mountains and the Sea is set in the 20th century. Using real events, such as the 1957 Windscale reactor fire, as the backdrop of each story means weaving fact and fiction, place, time and story together. Writing two crime novels – Cruel Tide and Fatal Reckoning - set in the local area has also been a challenge. [read more]

Afternoon

Roots, Refugees and Re(d)integration
Cecile Elstein

25 Spath Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2QT

  Local sculptor, printmaker and environmental artist returns to the festival with a talk and Q & A based around our festival theme. There will also be a chance to view her artwork and a drinks reception. - 3 pm - Wine and juice              Please be seated by 4 pm - Artist’s Introduction to open discussion  - 6 pm - Close     This will be a very popular event so please ensure you've booked your ticket early. Very Limited availability, booking essential.       [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Didsbury's Lost 'American Ice Cream Store'
The Strange Train Company

Various, Didsbury, Manchester, M20

'Didsbury's Lost American Ice Cream Store' is a performance in which past and present absurdly collide. Jump on board with The Strange Train Company for an intimate and hilarious rite in a sacred space somewhere near the River Mersey. Journey with them to a 'strange' universe searching for legendary ice cream! [read more]

Afternoon

Pop Art - Talk

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

It was 50 years ago to the day when The Beatles released their album Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band. It came packaged in the most famous album cover of all time – which might make it the most famous piece of pop art ever – but like all the best icons, it’s so well known most of us have forgotten to REALLY look at it. [read more]

Evening

Re/place(d)
Elizabeth Baines, Sarah Butler, Sarah-Clare Conlon, David Gaffney, Nicholas Royle and Adrian Slatcher

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

Take a tour of local places through the site-specific short stories of critically acclaimed and award-winning writers set against a backdrop of archive film and photography.  [read more]

Evening

Taylor and The Mason & Pablo

Didsbury United Reformed Church, Parkfield Road South, Manchester, M20 6DA

An evening of folk-tinged sounds from two outstanding local bands. Music's finest duo since Oxide and Neutrino packed it in, Taylor & the Mason are two lovely ladies from Manchester who have a strong interest in good harmonies, playing guitars, and drinking gin.Pablo will perform songs from their debut album Take Flight. Originally recorded in the arid surroundings of Joshua Tree, California with a group of American musicians, the duo will be joined by an ensemble of strings and brass players to reinterpret the recording with local musicians for this unique performance. [read more]

Evening

Life at the Cabaret
Derek Blyth

Emmanuel Church, 6 Barlow Moor Road, Manchester, M20 6TR

A lecture and recital which will take a light-hearted trip through Berlin from about 1900 to 1933, with songs by composers and lyricists of the time performed live by Jill Taylor and Derek Blyth.   [read more]

Manchester Beethoven Orchestra  - An Evening of Chamber Music

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FREE

Collection for Christies Hospital

Evening

An Evening of Chamber Music
Manchester Beethoven Orchestra

Christ Church Darley Avenue, 35 Darley Avenue, Manchester, M20 2ZD

An evening of chamber works performed by string and wind ensembles from within the Manchester Beethoven Orchestra. Among the works to be performed will be the ever-popular Serenade for Strings by Elgar. This concert is in aid of Christies Hospital   About the Artist The Beethoven Society was founded in 1888 and has met without a break since then. The Society gives classical music concerts in aid of both local and national charities. We do not purely perform works by Beethoven; rather the name is kept as a tribute to the long and illustrious history of the orchestra.  We are a group of musicians dedicated to playing good music, enjoying ourselves, and helping to raise money for charities at the same time.   Find out more about the Orchestra here: http://www.beethovenorchestra.co.uk/index.html   [read more]

Evening

The Vulnerables + Abandon

Ye Olde Cock Inn, 848 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RN

An eclectic mix of youthful energy and seasoned experience creates an indie vibe, spiced with soulful sax and keys for good measure. [read more]

Evening

Wet Sounds Didsbury
Joel Cahen

Withington Baths, 30 Burton Rd, Manchester , M20 3EB

Dive into otherworldly sounds underwater at the pool. Sound travels 4.5 times quicker in water than in air and perceived by the bones. The water surface becomes a threshold to another sound world. Joel Cahen's electronic soundscape is played across several speakers outside and inside the water and immerses the listener in a unique experience. ] [read more]

Sunday 2 July 2017

Morning
Children/Family

Didsbury's Lost 'American Ice Cream Store'
The Strange Train Company

Various, Didsbury, Manchester, M20

'Didsbury's Lost American Ice Cream Store' is a performance in which past and present absurdly collide. Jump on board with The Strange Train Company for an intimate and hilarious rite in a sacred space somewhere near the River Mersey. Journey with them to a 'strange' universe searching for legendary ice cream! [read more]

Afternoon

Open House - Soap Rock Project – an exhibition of ecological art
Ivan Leudar

10 St Aldwyn's Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 3JF

This installation features Ivan’s current work at the Soap rock cove on the Lizard peninsula in Cornwall.  [read more]

Afternoon

Open House
Everyman Art Gallery

22 Parkfield Road South, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 6DH

Everyman Art Gallery exhibits artwork by Helena Hulova, Patrick Cunningham, Flavio Rossi, Ewa Konior and other artists. [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Wet Sounds Didsbury
Joel Cahen

Withington Baths, 30 Burton Rd, Manchester , M20 3EB

Dive into otherworldly sounds underwater at the pool. Sound travels 4.5 times quicker in water than in air and perceived by the bones. The water surface becomes a threshold to another sound world. Joel Cahen's electronic soundscape is played across several speakers outside and inside the water and immerses the listener in a unique experience. [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Didsbury's Lost 'American Ice Cream Store'
The Strange Train Company

Various, Didsbury, Manchester, M20

'Didsbury's Lost American Ice Cream Store' is a performance in which past and present absurdly collide. Jump on board with The Strange Train Company for an intimate and hilarious rite in a sacred space somewhere near the River Mersey. Journey with them to a 'strange' universe searching for legendary ice cream! [read more]

Afternoon

Open House – Recent Textile Collages
Ariella Green

17 Spath Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2QT

Ariella Green's work focuses on her move to Europe and the balance of memory and new reality within such displacement.  [read more]

Didsbury, a Cultural Soundscape - workshop

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£5

Tickets available online and on the door

Afternoon

Didsbury, a Cultural Soundscape - workshop

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

Didsbury, a cultural soundscape is an interactive sound walk and workshop on sound art and soundscape by Light Before Sound. The event will explore sound in the local environment, and demonstrate how found sounds can be used as part of the compositional practice. [read more]

Writing Roots - A Calligraphy & Family Tree Workshop

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£59 per person

Booking is reserved with advanced payment only, email: info@lovecalligraphy.co.uk

Afternoon

Writing Roots - A Calligraphy & Family Tree Workshop

1/F, 15 Warburton Street, 1/F, 15 Warburton Street,, Didsbury Village , Manchester, M20 6WA

Come and explore your family roots and produce your own family tree through the art of calligraphy. [read more]

Afternoon

Author Talk
Howard Jacobson, hosted by Nicholas Royle

Didsbury Baptist Church, Corner of School Lane & Beaver Rd, Manchester, M20 6SX

An opportunity to hear the award-winning novelist, Howard Jacobson, talk about his writing. He will be reading from a new collection of his journalism, ‘The Dog’s Last Walk’, and his satirical novel, ‘Pussy’, written in response to Donald Trump’s US election victory. Novelist, broadcaster and critic, Jacobson is an author of 15 novels and six works of non- ction. Born in Manchester a, Jacobson is the winner of the Man Booker Prize in 2010, and the Bollinger Everyman Wodehouse Prize for Comic Writing in 2000 and 2013. The event will be hosted by Nicholas Royle, author, editor and senior lecturer in creative writing at the Manchester Writing School at Manchester Metropolitan University.   [read more]

Afternoon

Roots, Refugees and Re(d)integration
Cecile Elstein

25 Spath Road, Didsbury, Manchester, M20 2QT

Local sculptor, printmaker and environmental artist returns to the festival with a talk and Q & A based around our festival theme.  There will also be a chance to view her artwork and a drinks reception.   - 3 pm - Wine and juice              Please be seated by 4 pm - Artist’s Introduction to open discussion  - 6 pm - Close This will be a very popular event so please ensure you've booked your ticket early. Very Limited availability, booking essential.   [read more]

Afternoon
Children/Family

Didsbury's Lost 'American Ice Cream Store'
The Strange Train Company

Various, Didsbury, Manchester, M20

Didsbury's Lost American Ice Cream Store' is a performance in which past and present absurdly collide. Jump on board with The Strange Train Company for an intimate and hilarious performance in a secret sacred space somewhere near the River Mersey. Journey with them to a 'strange' universe searching for legendary ice cream! [read more]

Magic up a story (S)

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£4 per child

Adults will need to stay but do not require a ticket

Afternoon
Children/Family

Magic up a story (S)

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

Does your child love stories? Are they always hungry for more? Then this is the event for them! Your child will be at the centre of the story creation process. First, they will suggest words that Dr. A must use in his improvised story. Then, your child will get to improvise a story. This fun, playful, and creative session will be led by the multi-skilled Dr. A: a doctor, a published author, and an experienced children’s performer. He specifically has experience of running story improv sessions for young children. Spaces are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.       [read more]

Magic up a story (S)

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£4 per child

Adults will need to stay but do not require a ticket

Afternoon
Children/Family

Magic up a story (S)

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

Does your child love stories? Are they always hungry for more? Then this is the event for them!  Your child will be at the centre of the story creation process. First, they will suggest words that Dr. A must use in his improvised story. Then, your child will get to improvise a story. This fun, playful, and creative session will be led by the multi-skilled Dr. A: a doctor, a published author, and an experienced children’s performer. He specifically has experience of running story improv sessions for young children.  Spaces are limited. Book early to avoid disappointment.       [read more]

Evening

FLIGHT, a play by Nicola Schofield

The Parsonage, 853 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2SG

The world premiere of a play following RSPB founder and Didsbury resident Emily Williamson. As a woman in the 1890s, it wasn't a path she was expected to follow, so how did she overcome derision and social expectations to create a national organisation, the largest of its kind in Europe? Written and directed by Nicola Schofield. [read more]

Minute Taker - To Love Somebody Melancholy

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£7 Standard / £5 Concession

Tickets available online and on the door

Evening

To Love Somebody Melancholy
Minute Taker

Didsbury United Reformed Church, Parkfield Road South, Manchester, M20 6DA

Critically acclaimed folktronic singer-songwriter Minute Taker and award-winning animation artist Ana Stefaniak have joined forces to create a haunting, modern fable told through a dynamic live band performance, projected film and storybook captions. Join an artist as he journeys through the euphoric highs and the self-destructive lows of his creative cycles. On a desolate seashore he meets his muse; a ghostly, shapeshifting entity whose form is entirely dependent upon the artist's current mindset.   Expect to be immersed in a mysterious world of strange animated characters and piano songs brimming with ethereal harmonies, fizzing synthesisers and orchestral twists. "a superb mix of haunting melodies, electronic beats and soulful singing." - Time Out “epic, otherworldly sounds in an intimate show, with digital trickery" - The Guardian: The Guide Watch the Trailer here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edQovGBjsaI Supported by Arts Council England [read more]

Evening

American Roots

Slug & Lettuce, 651 Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 6QZ

Andy Callen hosts this eclectic mix of American Roots, tinged with indie folk and popular music from some of the region's top performers. [read more]