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

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]

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]

Sunday 25 June 2017

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]

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]

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]

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. [read more]