24 Jun 2013

Didsbury Arts Festival 2013

Didsbury was blooming this week-end! It was the start of the 5th Didsbury Arts Festival. This community festival is growing each year with a week long programme of music, arts, crafts, theatre, comedy, exhibitions and workshops and much more. 
One of my favourite pieces; "Pencil shavings" shoe!
"Art over the counter"; installations created by local school children and displayed in shop windows in Didsbury Village and Burton Road.
Sylvia Glover ceramics. Gorgeous! I loved listening to the potter at her craft fayre stall enthusiastically talk about her glazes, tiny footholes on her delicate pieces and home made punch...another world!
"Remind me tunic" made of post-it notes and "recycled crisp packet dress" in the Barnardos charity shop!
"So Satsuma"are running workshops this week and selling their funky designs including bespoke matching dog coats and hats!
Inspiring! "The Loose change buskers" who helped to open the first day of the festival. The group travels to different events throughout the year busking and collecting money for Cancer research. To date they have raised about £80k! Didsbury village was so cheerful with the sound of live music!
I really enjoyed a "promenade production" of the ghost story "The Turn Of The Screw" at The Parsonage (Both inside and in the pretty gardens) It is one of the oldest buildings in Didsbury and a perfect backdrop. So much work had obviously gone into producing this lovely evening.
Local estate agent JP & Brimelow were one of the festivals sponsors. They produced special Didsbury bags and displayed Animal houses ,art over the counter in their window.

This lively festival takes place every year in June and is well worth supporting and enjoying!