Hidden Door opening weekend in pictures

Hidden Door opening weekend in pictures

credit: Chris Scott

The first few days of Hidden Door as immortalised through the camera (or iPhone) lens

Hidden Door, Edinburgh's much-feted interdisciplinary arts festival kicked off with a bang last weekend. The rejuvenated Leith Theatre is base camp for the whole festival - which runs until Sun 4 Jun - an imposing art deco venue that, until last weekend, had lain derelict for the best part of 28 years. After enormous support from the public via a dedicated Kickstarter, which reached more than double its initial funding goal, the theatre was brought back to life in time to host what's been an enormously successful festival so far.

Emily Liddle (@emilyroseliddle) on Instagram: "Great weekend volunteering at Hidden Door. Y'all should come on down 💜 #hiddendoor #leiththeatre…"

On Friday, FOUND took to the stage with their experimental electronica and a stunning light display, followed by dream-pop from sometime Ladytron frontwoman Marnie, indie elctro from BDY_PRTS and a triumphant headline set from last year's SAY Award winner, Anna Meredith, who hit the spot with her version of the Proclaimers' '500 Miles'.

Bdy Prts (@bdy_prts) on Instagram: "At Hidden Door last night in beautiful old Leith Theatre. These lights are 💥🔥🌈❤️ (pic borrowed from…"
Yasmin Sulaiman (@ysl127) on Instagram: "Anna Meredith! Leith Theatre! Hidden Door! She played 500 Miles! . . . . . #hiddendoor…"

Saturday saw Freak Circus gracing the stage for some spoken word, plus Manuela Gernedel and multi-instrumentalist and producer Nick McCarthy (Franz Ferdinand, FFS) in their Manuela guise and Idlewild storming it as headliners.

Elise Hadgraft (@aviewfromthestairs) on Instagram: "I'm best viewed at a distance, I reckon. . . #HiddenDoor #FreakCircus #Edinburgh #Leith #SpokenWord…"
Carron Easdon (@carroneasdon) on Instagram: "Last night at @hiddendoorarts. An incredible set by @idlewildtheband in a venue brought back to…"

On Sunday, Hidden Door was the place to be if spoken word is your bag, with Flint & Pitch leading the way with a lineup including A New International, Michael Pedersen, Jenny Lindsay, Dominic Waxing Lyrical, Bella and the Bear and Ellen Renton, while film lovers were catered for on Monday with a showing of Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

Smita O (@smoded) on Instagram: "#metropolis #hiddendoorfestival #leiththeatre"

Running until next Sunday, there's still plenty to see at Hidden Door - think everything from theatre from award-winners Grid Iron (Wed 31 May), poppy Krautrock from DTHPDL (Thu 1 Jun), films from Scottish Queer International Film Festival (Fri 2 Jun), Hidden Orchestra (Sat 3 Jun) and a closing party with Tinderbox Collective, Kathryn Joseph, Dawanggang, Theatre Sans Accents and Frontiers Orchestra on Sun 4 Jun.

Magnus Fraser (@magnusfraser) on Instagram: "Taking a peek at the Hidden door festival with the family... #hiddendoor #hiddendoorarts…"

Hidden Door Festival

Artists of all stripes congregate for the Hidden Door interdisciplinary arts festival, which features dozens of cool musicians, bands, artists, filmmakers and poets, often working in new and exciting combinations. The fifth edition of the festival includes an extended events programme of school tours, artists’ talks…

Various venues: Edinburgh

Fri 25 May 2018

Times & prices vary

Sat 26 May 2018

Times & prices vary

Sun 27 May 2018

Times & prices vary

…and 7 more dates until 3 Jun 2018

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