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.


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.

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About the event

Food is more than just survival. With it we make friends, court lovers and count our blessings. Inviting someone into your home to eat something that you've prepared yourself is perhaps the most hospitable thing anyone can do. It make people feel welcome and it bring people of all ages, colours and walks of life together.

Food also tells a story. It is personal and reveals a lot about us: our culture, our family, our history and personality. You can tell a lot about a person by a dish that they cook especially for you. FEED will be an exploration of people's roots and heritage through a select number of exclusive dinner parties held during the festival. This will be an opportunity for people to meet, eat and share their own stories of food, family and friendships.

This project calls to the community for family recipes. With the festival's theme of Roots in mind, we don't just want to know the culinary trickery that's needed to make them taste so good, but we want to uncover how they were passed down through generations. Tales of travel, ingenuity, happy accidents as well as family secrets and traditions are wanted. Any associated cooking equipment, photos, recipe cards, clothing, burnt oven gloves, maps and odd ingredients are a welcome addition. Not only will they act as props to bring stories to life, but they'll also be documented to make the first chapter of Didsbury Festival's limited edition recipe book.

To get in touch and share your recipe ahead of the event, click here for more details

Keep an eye on our website and sign up to our mailing list to find out more about the release of our Didsbury Cook Book to accompany the project.

About the artists

Visual artists and creative souls Rebecca Legg and Ruth Bridges created this programme in response to the call for new work and the Festival's theme of Roots, seeing it as an opportunity to work together with the community, and collaborating on projects which put communities at their heart, and support the development of their own socially engaged practices. Some examples from their extensive portfolios include The Shuddersfield Ghost Trail – guided ghost walk of Huddersfield, Life's a Beach Hut which saw community participants co-design three beautiful beach huts to host street theatre pieces, and Free Art Friday, which focuses on creating installations highlighting local issues, and being shared in community spaces.

Ruth of x+y= and Rebecca are visual and performing artists respectively. Having different but complementary skills, together they’re interested in exploring the resilience, humour, charm, hope and endearing nature of everyday life. 

Find out more about the work of the artists here: www.xplusyequals.co.uk

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Didsbury Arts Festival has commissioned this work as part of its 2017 festival for which the theme is ‘Roots’celebrating Didsbury’s rich history, creativity and cultural diversity. This work will be one of 6 new works commissioned for the festival on this theme with support from Arts Coucil England sponsored by Food Sourcery. A percentage of the money from ticket sales will be donated to the local Food Bank.


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