Didsbury Arts Festival (DAF) is an exciting contemporary festival of art and creativity, where everyone is welcome.

DAF 2023 offered a rich programme of Music, Film, Theatre, Visual Art, Exhibitions, Spoken Word and more - delivered through Events, Performances, Workshops, Immersive Experiences and Community Engagement - as well as the opportunity to become an artist yourself and learn about creative careers.

For our 2023 festival we celebrated the theme Your Festival : Your Voice, using the public feedback from our community consultation process to influence our programming and ensure that the festival is truly 'a people's festival'.

We wanted all ages to find something inspiring and enjoyable, and events took place over 9-days, in the daytime and evenings, with both indoor and outdoor events throughout our partner venues in and around Didsbury.

Furthermore, we reimagined the festival to be a diverse and artistically challenging event, relevant to audiences of all cultures, ages, and backgrounds, in Greater Manchester and beyond.

All of this was made possible thanks to the support and collaboration of our partners, sponsors, funders, donors, volunteers, artists and of course YOU - our audience and our inspiration!



The DAF23 Festival Team

Festival Director  –  Rodney Adams

Festival Coordinator  –  Daisy Lee

Volunteer Coordinator – Siobhan Donnelly

Marketing & PR Coordinator – Maria Loray

Theatre Programme Consultant – Neil Mackenzie

Visual Arts Coordinator – Hayley Watkinson

Festival Assistant  –  Louis Barclay

Live Music Consultant – Mike Healey

Tech and Production Consultant  –  Matt Lee

Press & PR Consultant – Deborah Grace

Website Support – Light Bulb Web Design


Our Patrons

Thank you to our Patrons. Your donations directly contribute to making the festival happen and support subsidised ticket prices for those needing a little help in attending. Our 2023 DAF Festival Patrons were:

John and Penny Early

Debs and Jonathan Grace

Sue and Dave Kaberry

Dr Vikas Shah

Terry Sheldon and Carole Isis

Neil and Sue Smith

Maria and Robert Stripling

Jeff Smith, MP

Access & Equality Statement

DAF is committed to Equality and we want to make your time with us as enjoyable as possible. As part of this we will not tolerate any form of harassment, discrimination or victimisation.

We encourage performance and events of all kinds but will not allow discrimination, either verbally or by action, that is discriminatory and contrary to our Equality Policy. This enables us to act in advance, at the time and retrospectively in our commitment to equality. It applies to current and historical examples of discrimination, and to all of our venue, external activity and online spaces.

An individual or organisation is identified as discriminating against another by treating them less favourably than they would treat others. Individuals or organisations includes our visitors, suppliers, staff, clients, contractors, sub-contractors and volunteers.

The 2010 Equalities Act ‘protected characteristics’ that we recognise include, but not limited to;
Age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, pregnancy and maternity, race, religion or belief, sex, sexual orientation including LBGTQ+.

We hope you enjoy your time with us.

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