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

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]

Sunday 25 June 2017

Afternoon

FEED - A Didsbury Cookbook - 12:30-2pm
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]

Afternoon

FEED - A Didsbury Cookbook - 3:30 - 5pm
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]

Evening

FEED - A Didsbury Cookbook - 6:30 - 8pm
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]

Friday 30 June 2017

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]

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

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

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]

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

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
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
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]

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. Duration 45 mins.  [read more]