Over the weekend, I was delivering my share of booklets for next weeks Didsbury Arts Festival. After working up a sweat, I spent half an hour picking out my favourites to attend between the 22nd and 30th of June.
The festival now in its fifth year and has become a fixture in the local calendar. the full guide can be here.
It is a registered charity and showcases community arts including everything from art exhibitions and musical performances to craft workshops. Taking place in venues all across Didsbury there is something for everyone at this year’s festival and here are some of my top picks:
On the opening day Loose Change Buskers, 3rd Urmston Scouts, Guides Marching Band will be providing entertainment for all ages at Didsbury Library from 12 noon. That same day The Manchester Chorale Summer Choral Concert is taking place at Emmanuel Church from 19:30-21:30 with a selection of secular and sacred choral music.
For comedy fans, ‘Doolally does Didsbury’ on Tuesday 25th at One bar on Lapwing Lane at 22:00-23:00 brings everyday things to life with funny songs and on Saturday 29th at the Albert Club the Edinburgh Fringe is bought to Didsbury with ‘Do Not Adjust Your Stage’, an off the wall evening of physical and verbal comedy from 19:30-23:00 costing £5. There is also a ghostly theatre production of ‘The turn of the screw’ by Henry James taking place in The Parsonage and its gardens on various days.
Throughout the Festival there are also many workshops available suitable for complete beginners and anyone who is interested in craft. These include ‘Make Your Own Garden Party Decorations’, ‘Knitting for a Newborn’, ‘Butterfly Mosaic Workshop’ and ‘Juliette Hamilton Design Willow Workshop’.
These are just a few of the events planned but there are many more for Jazz lovers, wannabe poets and film buffs. So please do try to get down to support local business and community arts to make this year’s Didsbury Arts Festival the best one yet.
I am going to events on the 22nd, 23rd and 29th June and you should take this opportunity to support local businesses and the Arts. With many events being free and others priced at just £5 it is a good way to have fun whilst not having to pay through the nose.
Hope to see you there!
PS) On the subject of Didsbury, congratulations to Peter Gidman for his film "A History of Didsbury". The DVD is on sale in Didsbury Shops. To get involved, click here