Manchester sound artist Vicky Clarke

Manchester author and poet Lemn Sissay

Artist and DJ Samuel Kerridge

'Didsbury's Got Talent' festival event winners

Manchester author and musician Dave Haslam

Young children dance group

Literature reading event at DAF

Poet Afshan D'souza-Lodhi

Poet Mike Garry performs live for DAF

July 1, 7pm LIVE performance by Manchester poet - free
A huge favourite with DAF audiences, Manchester poet, Mike Garry, has toured with John Cooper Clarke and collaborated with New Order and Philip Glass.His poetry, both gritty and beautiful, married to a charismatic performance style, has won him fans far and wide. Having read his poems in prisons, young offenders units, children's homes and mental health units, Mike is passionate about bringing live poetry to places it wouldn't normally reach.
Mike will be performing live online, and online audeinces can ask him questions as part of the event. How to watch - on our Facebook, Youtube or Twitter.


Welcome to Didsbury Arts Festival (DAF)

An exciting contemporary festival of art where everyone is welcome. We have reimagined the festival to be a diverse and artistically challenging event relevant to audiences in Greater Manchester and beyond. Over 10 days you’ll enjoy a rich programme of theatre, music, exhibitions, spoken word, Q&A with artists, talent show, films, community engagement and learn about art careers and top tips.

At DAF we want all ages to find something inspiring and enjoyable. Events will take place in the daytime and evenings, outdoors and across partner venues in Didsbury. There are free as well as ticketed events, and be sure to look out for our weekender finale events. We’re making it easier to take part with easy booking and multi-buy deals.

All of this is made possible thanks to the support and collaboration of our partners, sponsors, funders, donors, volunteers, artists and you the audience. If you want to join us then get in touch.

Lucy Dusgate – Artistic Director

Enjoy a DAF Summer of Arts, May to September 2021

Celebrate summer with a series of unmissable, monthly arts highlights brought to you – online and in-person - by Didsbury Arts Festival. Enjoy DAF favourites and discover art, music and stories from Manchester and the UK’s most vibrant voices, both new and established. Be inspired!

DAF Video Trailer

Watch a short trailer to see a prieview of artists we aim to bring to our next festival

Past Festivals

Watch this short film that shows the highlights of some of our past festivals since 2009