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Packed Programme Shows Didsbury Arts Festival Going From Strength To Strength

A giant yak, Punch & Judy and a pair of very cheeky (but lovable!) horses are just some of the weird and wonderful characters being let loose on Didsbury's streets during Didsbury Arts Festival 2011 from 24th September to 1st October.

With more than 150 events, exhibitions and workshops taking place at venues across Didsbury, this year’s annual showcase of local talent promises a packed and varied programme to rival the successful events of previous years.

Yeshe The Yak

The week-long celebration will feature daily music performances, including classical music, jazz and rock. Comedy, drama, dance, film and street theatre will also provide an exciting and eclectic mix, ensuring something for all ages and tastes.

All week long, festival-goers can enjoy exhibitions featuring the work of more than 40 local artists at a number of Didsbury venues, including the Festival Gallery at Emmanuel Church and the ‘Art Over the Counter’ exhibition of work in Didsbury Village shops.

Most events will be free and this year’s Didsbury Arts Festival programme features plenty for families and children, including several workshops and events in local schools. Watch out too for the DAF puppet events and street theatre, including Punch & Judy, Yeshe, the giant walkabout Yak, and the mischievous Latin Horses!

Don’t miss the Didsbury Arts Festival opening weekend which kicks off with music and street theatre outside Didsbury Library at 12 noon on Saturday 24 September. Highlights over the weekend include an open-air stage lineup at Didsbury’s historic Parsonage Gardens (Saturday afternoon). On Sunday a Parade of Artists will make its way from Didsbury Library to assemble at Fletcher Moss Park for an exciting programme of music, dance, street theatre and art.

Parsonage Gardens will be aglow with lamps and lanterns in the early evening of Saturday 1 October. Featuring ghostly tales for all ages in a beautiful and mysterious setting, the Magic of Twilight promises to be an unforgettable event for all the family. Later in the evening the final of Didsbury’s Got Talent, being held at Parrs Wood High School, will close DAF 2011 on a high note!

Didsbury Arts Festival is a community arts festival which began in 2009 with around 80 events taking place at 40 venues across Didsbury. Last year’s Festival featured more than 100 events, attracting audiences of more than 10,000.

Festival Director Maria Stripling said: ‘DAF continues to go from strength to strength. This year we have a packed and diverse programme and we are delighted to welcome many new artists and events, including, for instance, DAF’s first ever short film competition.

‘DAF could not happen without the support of the many volunteers, community groups, businesses, sponsors and, of course, the artists involved, many of whom give their time free of charge to make events free and accessible. I’d like to say a big ‘thank you’ to all of those who have helped in any way. We look forward to a hugely successful and enjoyable DAF 2011.’

Full details of the DAF 2011 programme are now available on the Festival website at: www.didsburyartsfestival.org

All enquiries to: info@didsburyartsfestival.org