Didsbury Arts Festival

Didsbury Arts festival is a volunteer led multi arts festival celebrating creative culture in Didsbury, through working with local, national and international artists. 

We are a biennial festival. The next edition will take place from 22 June - 30 June 2019. The festival theme will be Roots. If you would like to join the 2019 team, please get in touch.

Meha Hindocha

Meha Hindocha (pictured), artist, traveller and avid doodler, talks to Deborah Grace

What is your earliest memory?

A dream I had when I was a little kid! I’m at my uncle’s house and this tiger jumps out the cupboard and he’s going to attack my dad. Suddenly this wolf appears, lunges at the tiger and tames it a little and the situation is all ok. I don’t know why I had the dream, but I’m surprised about the tiger because I grew up in Kenya and they don’t have tigers there!

Where’s home?

I was born and raised in Nairobi but I’ve lived in the UK for 15 years. I moved up to South Manchester from London when I got a job here, working in software sales. That was around nine years ago and this is home, now. I’ve got people around who are really important in my life.

How did you get started?

I started off doodling and they kind of became illustrated stories of cities. I doodled through lectures and meetings. Eventually, I stopped working in sales. I did a three-

month graphic design course and set up my own art and design business about two years ago.

Where do you find the inspiration for your art?

I’m inspired by travel and experiencing different cultures. South America is fantastic. Argentina I absolutely fell in love with. You can just walk down the streets and there’s all this artwork everywhere. The backgrounds for my cityscapes are done with inks and water colours. For my paintings are I use Indian inks, which are really vibrant. I like the contrasts between my detailed cityscapes and the paintings, which are freer.

How are you involved in Didsbury Arts Festival 2017?

I was invited to create the branding for the festival brochure. This year’s theme is ROOTS so I came up with the idea of a snail, with lots of houses on its back, crawling along tree roots. I love snails; they remind me of a creature that’s constantly moving home. That’s how I used to be!

I’m one of 25 artists involved in ‘Summer Group’, an exhibition taking place at Didsbury Parsonage during DAF week. I’m also participating in an event called ‘My Didsbury’, a photographic walk through Didsbury, which will bring together homeless people and other members of the community in a workshop.

What makes you happy?

Bright colours; amazing illustrations. Food! My mum’s a brilliant cook. Her masala dosa and veggie samosas are amazing. When I go back to Kenya I’ve got a feast waiting for me as soon as I get off the plane!