Hidden Door announce full programme, with Nadine Shah, Young Fathers and Sylvan Esso

Hidden Door Programme announce full programme, with Young Fathers and Sylvan Esso topping the bill

Leith Theatre will host performances from Young Fathers, Sylvan Esso and Nadine Shah at this year's Hidden Door / credit: Chris Scott

Ten day festival of music, visual art, theatre, film and spoken word set to take over Leith Theatre and State Cinema

Hidden Door has revealed its full programme for 2018, a diverse 10-day festival of music, visual art, theatre, film and spoken word set to light up Leith once more.

Now in its fifth year, the festival welcomes big names in returning local heroes Young Fathers, electronic pop duo Sylvan Esso and C Duncan.

The List has teamed up with Hidden Door to curate the opening night, featuring an inspiring all female cast in Nadine Shah, Dream Wife, Gwenno and Stina Tweeddale (Honeyblood). We've also continued our partnership with the Edinburgh International Film Festival to celebrate 20 years of the seminal horror-thriller Blade, with EIFF Play: Eternal Night.

Leith Theatre was transformed for last year's festival. A spectacular venue that lay dormant for too long, it was brought to life hosting the likes of Anna Meredith and Idlewild. This year, Hidden Door will also take up residency in the formerly empty and derelict State Cinema​ building on Great Junction Street. Both venues will be free to enter from Fri 25 May to Sun 3 Jun until 6pm, with tickets on sale now for the evening events.

Young Fathers' homecoming show will see the band on stage at Leith Theatre, fresh off the back of a UK tour in support of their third full-length LP Cocoa Sugar, recorded nearby. The group won the Mercury Prize in 2014 for their debut album Dead, and the new album is set to win them even more fans and critical acclaim. Tracks like 'In My View' blend powerful messages with unforgettable melodies, and their live show will enthral anyone who dares to sit on the fence.

The programme also features the Grammy award-nominated, internationally renowned duo Sylvan Esso, as Amelia Meath and and Nick Sanborn take their acrobatic, dynamic electronic pop to Leith. Elsewhere, Vox Liminis brings established Scottish musicians into prisons to work creatively with inmates, who write songs as part of their rehabilitation. Distant Voices will see three acclaimed artists perform: the Mercury Prize nominee C Duncan, plus SAY award nominees Admiral Fallow and Emma Pollock.

Wesley Snipes' unforgettable turn as an ice-cool vampire hunter in Marvel's Blade is now 20 years old, and a suitable tribute has been lined-up for that anniversary. EIFF Play: Eternal Night promises to be a visually spectacular cinematic event, featuring hip hop electro beats from DJ Nasty P and DJ EH-1​, and will look and feel like walking through the set of the trailblazing film which helped pave the way for the Marvel universe as it exists today.

The Film programme sees a glittering lineup of collaborations and guest curators including Africa In Motion, Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Kino Klub, New Media Scotland and the Scottish Queer International Film Festival.

Suitably, it'll be a film that celebrates the reopening of the State Cinema. The 80th anniversary of
that venue's opening and the UK release of Disney's first animated feature is a tie that's too close to ignore, so Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs will be back on the silver screen back for one night only.

David Martin, Creative Director of Hidden Door​, said: 'This year, Hidden Door feels like it has firmly established itself in the festival canon in Edinburgh. We are really excited to be working with a number of Edinburgh's acclaimed international festivals, such as Edinburgh International Film Festival, Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival, Edinburgh International Children's Festival and Edinburgh International Science Festival - all bringing something surprising and new to the mix.

'We are proud to create a festival which celebrates the innovation and ambitious experimentation that is so strong in Scotland today. I'm delighted to reveal a programme filled with artists who dare to push the boundaries of their artforms, yet who are so young in their careers, and so open to responding to and using amazing, unusual spaces. Hidden Door brings a large, diverse cross section of the creative scene together, and it's inspiring to see such a range of new talent in Scotland dedicated to creating a mesmerizing and unforgettable experience for our audiences.'

View the full Hidden Door programme and get tickets for the show now.

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