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 24 June 2017

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]

Wednesday 28 June 2017

Morning

Writing Our Wonderful Lives

The Old Parsonage, Stenner Ln, off Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RQ

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
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]

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]

Evening

The Haunted North
The Haunted North: Andrew Michael Hurley

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

The Haunted North: Andrew Michael Hurley [read more]

Friday 30 June 2017

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]

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 Old Parsonage, Stenner Ln, off Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RQ

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]

Saturday 1 July 2017

Afternoon

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

The Old Parsonage, Stenner Ln, off Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RQ

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]

Evening

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

The Old Parsonage, Stenner Ln, off Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RQ

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]

Sunday 2 July 2017

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]

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 Old Parsonage, Stenner Ln, off Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RQ

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)

More Info Add to Calendar Book Tickets View Map

£4 per child

Adults will need to stay but do not require a ticket

Afternoon
Children/Family

Magic up a story (S)

The Old Parsonage, Stenner Ln, off Wilmslow Road, Manchester, M20 2RQ

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]