Your festival needs you, because building a better community starts with the people already there

Show your love for Didsbury Arts Festival and the arts by becoming a sponsor, donor, advertiser, partner venue or make a simple donation. As a charity we rely on your generous support to help us promote local talent and show awe-inspiring art to a live audience of 10,000+, and many more online.

‘Stealth is proud to have been a sponsor and supporter of Didsbury Arts Festival for 10 years. The Festival week always creates a real buzz in Didsbury, bringing the community together and driving up visitors to local businesses. We are looking forward to being involved again in 2021.'
DAF Sponsor

Your support makes an enormous difference in creating an inclusive festival for all. We are enormously grateful to all our past, present and future supporters. All income supports our festival programme and our work with local individuals through creative engagement activity. Thank you!

Sponsors & Advertisers

DAF sponsors and advertisers enjoy reaching audiences through our national ticket agency Quays Tickets, our own 5,000 Facebook and Twitter followers, 20,000 DAF website visits, our printed programme and through dedicated press coverage in both local and national newspapers, television, radio and online.

Your donations directly result in free festival activity for the public, community engagement activity, artists’ expenses, venues & equipment, a team to ensure your safety & enjoyment and subsided ticket prices for those needing a little help

Become a Silver Cultural Sponsor
Become a Cultural Gold Sponsor
Become a Cultural Platinum Sponsor

How to become a headline sponsor or advertiser
: email us now on – adding ‘DAF sponsor’ or ‘DAF advertiser’ to the subject line.

Become a Cultural Patron

We are enormously grateful to all of you – past, present and future. Your donations directly contribute to making the festival happen and support subsided ticket prices for those needing a little help in attending.

Patrons enjoy exclusive VIP annual benefits. You’ll receive exclusive offers, an invitation to the festival launch, an exclusive Patron’s festival introduction by our director and invites to our VIP events.

‘We are so fortunate to have this wonderful festival right here on our doorsteps! As a patron of DAF I really feel a part of this rich celebration of talent and community which provides such an important platform for local artists to develop their careers.'
Patron’s Quote

How to become a Cultural Patron:
Email us now on – adding ‘DAF patron’ to the subject line.

Patrons of DAF:
John and Penny Early, Max and Cecile Elstein, Deborah and Jonathan Grace, Terry Sheldon and Carole Isis, David and Sue Kaberry, Neil and Sue Smith, Maria and Robert Stripling, Peter and Judy Folkman.

Friends of DAF:
Edwina Dyson, Jan Iceton, Gerry & Cathy McDade

Festival Opportunities for You

Be part of the next festival. Whether you are an artist, performer, musician, local venue, community group or education centre, we are always open to developing new relationships and show casing artistic talent. Here’s how you can join in with the festival.

Venue partners: We’re always keen to work with venues and discover interesting spaces to host our events and exhibitions. We work closely with a range of venues in Didsbury, from churches to swimming baths, and would love to hear from people wishing to become part of our network of venues for the festival.
How to become a community partner: email us now on – adding ‘DAF venue partner’ to the subject line

Volunteers: Help make it happen by becoming a DAF festival volunteer. We need a team of people to step forwards and become a vital part of the festival delivery. You will be well supported with a volunteer coordinator, training and work alongside others to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for audiences and artists.
Details will be announced here and on social media in spring 2021.

We exhibit and host the work of artists from within Greater Manchester as part of supporting talent show-casing. Each festival has an ‘open call’ section where local artists can apply to perform or exhibit as part of our official festival programme.
All Open Call opportunities will be announced here and on social media in winter 2020.

Community groups and local schools: Our engagement with community groups and local schools is a core focus of the festival. We are keen to connect with as many local groups and schools as possible to encourage people to create work in the lead up to and during the festival to encourage creativity.
We are keen to continue to develop our links with local community groups and would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved with the festival.

How to become a community partner: email us now on – adding ‘DAF engagement’ to the subject line.