Help us steer a new direction for DAF 

Become a DAF Community Champion!

We want Didsbury Arts Festival to be a force to nurture and celebrate exciting contemporary arts across Didsbury, Withington, Old Moat and Burnage. This means we want to work with all kinds of community groups, charities, schools, arts groups and organisations from all of these areas.

So we are looking to establish an advisory group of Community Champions, ie people connected to all such groups, so that the direction and scope of all of our activities is determined by local people - like you!

Do you know of groups who should be represented? Are you part of a group that would like to extend their involvement with exciting new arts work, perhaps in collaboration with others, and to celebrate your achievements in the festival next time?

If so, do please complete the survey on the home page, and do email us on if you want a chat about joining us.

We'd love to hear from you!

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

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.'
DAF Sponsor

Your support makes an enormous difference in creating an inclusive festival for all. We are enormously grateful to 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, 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 subsidised ticket prices for those needing a little help

Become a Silver Cultural Sponsor
Become a Gold Cultural Sponsor
Become a Platinum Cultural 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 subsidised 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 showcasing artistic talent.

Here’s how you can join in with the festival by becoming a DAF partner;

Venue & business partners: We’re always keen to discover interesting spaces & services to help host our events and exhibitions. We work closely with a range of venues in Didsbury, from churches to shops and gardens, and would love to hear from individuals and businesses wanting to be a festival partner. 

Volunteers: Help make it happen by becoming a DAF festival volunteer. As part of a team you will be well supported with a volunteer coordinator, training and work alongside others to create a friendly and welcoming atmosphere for all audiences and artists.

We exhibit and host the work of artists as part of talent showcasing. Each festival has an ‘open call’ section where local Greater Manchester artists can apply to perform or exhibit as part of our official festival programme. See this page or contact us about our next Open Call.

Community groups & local schools: Our engagement activity with community groups and local schools is a core focus of the festival. We are keen to partner 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 would love to hear from you if you would like to get involved with the festival.

How to become a DAF partner: email us at – adding ‘DAF partner’ to the email subject. Let's talk!



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