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Don’t miss the DAF Diamond Weekend! - 27th September 2012

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A weekend showcasing the best of Didsbury Arts Festival will bring together new talent and old favourites from Thursday 27 to Sunday 30 September 2012.

Featuring both new artists and highlights from the last three years of DAF, the DAF Diamond Weekend promises four days of festival fun for all the family – with a total of 30 events taking place at a variety of Didsbury venues.

This year’s packed programme will represent a huge range of arts from music, theatre, dance and comedy to visual arts, crafts, writing and film.

Musical highlights include jazz and daily classical music recitals, including opera from students of the Royal Northern College of Music. Classical pianist, Kwang Ho Lee, makes a welcome return, following a sell-out performance at last year’s Festival. Meanwhile, classical music and dance combos, Flamenco de la Vuelta and the Frambuesas Tango Quartet, will add Latin fire to the proceedings.

Storytelling and short fiction are given special focus in the literature programme with contributions from The War Tour writer, Zoe Lambert, Nightjar Press and – fresh from Chorlton Arts Festival – FlashTag. Nationally acclaimed storytellers, Shonaleigh and Rogan Mills, will be working their magic and a bedtime story session at Didsbury Library will provide a special treat for the under-fives.

Comedy highlights include stand-up and a comedy shorts film night which will bring to DAF for the first time the best of the Manchester Cofilmic Festival and the work of national, award-winning film-makers.

Meanwhile, the historic Old Parsonage, former home to famous Didsbury resident and philanthropist, Fletcher Moss, will be opening its doors for a photography exhibition, Manchester in Focus, hosted by South Manchester Camera Club. This will be the first major event to take place at the Grade II listed building since its recent restoration. Writer Jackie Kay will also visit the Parsonage to read from her recent short story collection Reality, Reality.

Fletcher Moss Park will, as in previous years, be the main focus for the Festival’s outdoor events with plenty for children and adults to enjoy. Join the magical Evening Lantern Parade on Saturday night (don’t forget to bring your own lantern!). Watch out for the puppets and enjoy live music, children’s theatre, and art and crafts in the creative space on Sunday.

Organised by a group of enthusiastic local residents, the aim of DAF is to celebrate the arts and the wealth of talent, diversity and the vibrant community that make Didsbury so special. Since its launch in 2009, the area’s annual celebration of the arts has now become a fixture on the local calendar.

Festival Director, Maria Stripling, said: ‘This will be a great weekend, jam-packed with old favourites from the last three years of DAF, but also introducing some exciting, new events which will be irresistible to our audiences!

‘We are delighted to have this chance to showcase some of the best artists – not just in Didsbury and Manchester – but from all over the UK. Expect some surprises and watch this space!’

For full programme details, visit the DAF website at: www.didsburyartsfestival.org The Festival desk is open at Didsbury Library from 15 September. Programmes and flyers are also available from local shops and venues.

All enquiries to: info@didsburyartsfestival.org

Want to help? Get in touch by emailing volunteering@didsburyartsfestival.org Come along to the volunteer briefing on Thursday, 6 September, 8 pm at the Albert Tennis Club.