Founded in 2009, Didsbury Arts Festival (DAF) is an exciting contemporary festival of the arts, held in and around Didsbury in South Manchester, and where everyone is welcome.

DAF 2023 offered a rich programme of Music, Theatre, Visual Art, Exhibitions, Spoken Word and more - delivered through Events, Performances, Workshops, Immersive Experiences and Community Engagement - running from Saturday 24 June to Sunday 2 July.

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. We also wanted 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


Do you want to help?

We'd love to get your views on how we can make the festival even more of a celebration of  local creativity, communities and cultures, alongside the work of national and international contemporary artists. Please complete our short survey here, or your can also email us on info@didsburyartsfestival.org


Freesia Day
Lorraine Gower
Neil Mackenzie
Hannah Mahaptara

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

Want to chat?

You can email us on the address below, or just drop us a message here: