Private View: Hidden Door Festival 2015

Private View: Hidden Door Festival 2015

Grassroots art festival moves from Market Street’s vaults to the Old Street Lighting Depot

Hidden Door is an annual festival of the grassroots arts scene in Edinburgh. This year it will take place in the Old Street Lighting Depot on King’s Stables Road near the Grassmarket. Organiser David Martin tells us more

What’s Hidden Door all about?

Hidden Door exists to try and create an alternative opportunity for breakthrough artists, to develop their practice, build on innovative ideas and create an opportunity for artists to meet and collaborate. It also exists to cheer up the public a wee bit. I think Edinburgh is renowned for being an arts city, it celebrates the rest of the world, but it doesn’t necessarily celebrate itself. Hidden Door is celebrating creativity here and building connections with cities around Scotland.

What can we expect from Hidden Door this year?

This year is going to be spectacular because we have the best possible venue. There is a magical hidden courtyard … [and] a myriad of buildings to explore and find fantastic art in. We will have four different performance venues within it, three of them are theatres and one is a live music room. We are also collaborating with Bongo Club – they are running Bongo Lives at the same time and so we are going create a double-pronged attack on the Grassmarket and make it a really exciting place to be for that week. The theatre programme is also much more extensive than last year; this time we’ve got 20 different productions.

What highlights should we look forward to?

There’s going to a brilliant endurance theatre performance by theatre company Creative Electric, called Treat, which involves a large floor space and lots of ice-cream, lasting over four hours. We’ve also got so fantastic a visual arts programme, with a few people returning from last time, it’s too hard to pick just one!

Hidden Door Festival, Old Street Lighting Depot, Edinburgh, Fri 22–Sat 30 May

Hidden Door Festival

Volunteer-run arts organisation Hidden Door returns for a long weekender of music and art at Leith Theatre. Following a successful fundraising campaign to secure the future of the non-profit festival, the team behind Hidden Door have opted for a shorter format in 2019, to support efforts to build towards a full festival…

Leith Theatre, Edinburgh

Thu 30 May

Main Auditorium

£31.90 / 0131 629 0810

Ray BLK, Let's Eat Grandma, The Honey Farm, Sarra Wild, Chuchoter.

Fri 31 May

£38.50 / 0131 629 0810

George FitzGerald, Nathan Fake, Kelly Lee Owens, Maranta.

Sat 1 Jun

Times & prices to be confirmed / 0131 629 0810

Sun 2 Jun

£31.90 / 0131 629 0810

Cigarettes After Sex w/ support.

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