DAF 2023

WATCH AGAIN - our summer of DAF art events now available to watch free on-demand

We presented a summer of art including Manchester poets Mike Garry and Afshan D'souza-Lodhi. A studio tour with portrait artist Clae Eastgate who has been painting the UK's finest female poets, sound artist extraordinaire Vicky Clarke and an indepth look at the artistic influences in Marvel Comic illustration from the 1970s and 80s by UK collector Stephen Josland.

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, cutting edge poets, leading theatre shows, comedy nights, clubbing for parents with kids, talks with artists and contributions from experts. Overall it is going to be unmissable for culture vultures, families, friends and individual visitors.

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

Coming Soon!

‘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 2023 and this is where you’ll find the latest information, including all of our free and paid events, discount deals and ‘recommended multi-buy packages’ to help you get the most out of the festival.

Book Tickets

Tickets to go on sale 3 months prior to our next festival.

Watch this space!

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.