Manchester sound artist Vicky Clarke

Manchester author and musician Dave Haslam

Artist and DJ Samuel Kerridge

Young children dance group

Literature reading event at DAF

'Didsbury's Got Talent' festival event winners

Manchester author and poet Lemn Sissay

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

DAF Video Trailer

Watch this short trailer to see what’s coming in our 2021 festival – dates June 25th until July 4th 2021.

Download Festival Programme

To be released in spring 2021 for our festival which takes place from June 25th until July 4th 2021 in the Manchester borough of Didsbury – everyone is welcome. Here is an upload of our last festival programme from 2019.

Festival Highlights

Didsbury Arts Festival 2021 is taking shape with the full programme to be confirmed in spring 2021. Here’s a quick taste of some of the talent and events we’re planning.

DAF 2021 will feature familiar names in literature, classical and contemporary music & DJs, jazz under the stars, cutting edge poets, leading theatre shows, comedy nights, clubbing for parents with kids, talks with artists, art walks and contributions from experts including the BBC, Manchester Museum and the film & Games industry. Overall, it’s going to be great fun for culture vultures, families, friends and individuals.

Here's our 2019 festival review, and we look forward to seeing you in 2021!

Past Festivals

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