Private View: Hidden Door Festival 2015
Grassroots art festival moves from Market Street’s vaults to the Old Street Lighting Depot
This article is from 2015.
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