Artist and DJ Samuel Kerridge

Manchester author and poet Lemn Sissay

Manchester author and musician Dave Haslam

Manchester sound artist Vicky Clarke

Literature reading event at DAF

'Didsbury's Got Talent' festival event winners


Our Survey. Your Festival. Your Voice.

Didsbury Arts Festival 2023 will soon be here and we want to hear your voice and your opinions about the festival and what it should include. 

Please take 3 minutes to let us know your thoughts by completing our survey. 

PLUS - Three lucky people will receive a £50 Amazon Gift Card in our Survey Prize Draw!


WATCH AGAIN: our summer of art events recorded online, available free on-demand.

We presented a summer of art including Manchester poets Mike Garry and Afshan D'souza-Lodhi. A studio tour with portrait artist Clae Eastgate who has been painting the UK's finest female poets, sound artist extraordinaire Vicky Clarke and an in-depth look at the artistic influences in Marvel Comic illustration from the 1970s and 80s by UK collector Stephen Josland.



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.

DAF's summer of art 2021

We celebrated summer 2021 with a series of unmissable, monthly art events brought to you live online by Didsbury Arts Festival. Watch these again on-demand and enjoy some of the UK’s most vibrant voices, both new and established. Be inspired!

DAF Video Trailer

Let's get warmed up for DAF2023!

Past Festivals

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