Manchester poet Mike Garry performs for DAF

Clae Eastgate

Watch Mike's DAF performance - recorded with a live online audience on 1 July

Watch again this month's performance by Manchester poet
A huge favourite with DAF audiences, Manchester poet, Mike Garry, has toured with John Cooper Clarke and collaborated with New Order and Philip Glass.His poetry, both gritty and beautiful, married to a charismatic performance style, has won him fans far and wide. Having read his poems in prisons, young offenders units, children's homes and mental health units, Mike is passionate about bringing live poetry to places
Recorded live with an online audience, chatting about his life and work.

Be Inspired!

Enjoy a Summer of free art events by DAF
May to September 2021 

Celebrate summer with a series of unmissable, monthly arts encounters brought to you online by Didsbury Arts Festival.  Enjoy artists performing and sharing poetry, music and stories from Manchester and the UK’s most vibrant voices, both new and established.  Be inspired!

The next DAF Festival

We are re-imagining our next Didsbury Arts Festival (DAF) as we look to bring the contemporary voice of the UK into our event. We’re creating a new way for audiences to experience engaging contemporary art events. As always established and emerging artists will feature alongside local talent.

The festival will host familiar names in literature, 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 is going to be unmissable for culture vultures, families, friends and individual visitors.

The next festival programme will be released here with a full programme, how to book and a festival map of venues.

Festival Highlights

‘In the age of the selfie, Insta and Popularist Politics vs injustices like Black Lives Matter, Fake News, Big Data – DAF invites voices to be heard’

We have reimagined the festival to become an exciting, diverse and artistically challenging event relevant to audiences in Greater Manchester and beyond. The festival is a great way to explore Didsbury through the community, activity, host venues, garden & park venues and our festival hub as a meeting and information point.

Tickets go on sale from March 2021 and are booked through Quays Tickets. This includes all of our festival free and paid events, discount deals and ‘recommended festival multi-buy packages’ to help you get the most out of the festival.

Book Tickets & Multi Buys

Tickets to go on sale 3 months prior to our next festival via Quays Tickets, one of the UK’s largest ticket agencies which happens to be based in Greater Manchester.

All festival tickets are booked through Quays Tickets, including all of our festival free and paid events, discount deals and ‘recommended festival multi-buy packages’ to help you get the most out of the festival.

Download Full Festival Programme

PDF download version to be released here

Festival Schedule & Map

We are introducing new multi-buy ticket packages to help you pick the best route through the festival programme, and introducing special ticket prices on certain events.