What is Hidden Door?

Hidden Door is an arts organisation which aims to open up urban spaces as a platform for new and emerging artists, musicians, theatre makers, film makers and poets. Through organising temporary events Hidden Door works to showcase new work and create engaging environments for the public to experience, explore and discover. The project is volunteer run and not for profit.

How do I buy tickets?

You can buy tickets online here. There are also a few local places with some tickets.

Is it free during the day?

The festival site opens to the public at midday and is free to visit until 18:00, after which the festival is ticketed. 

Is it suitable for kids?  

Children are welcome at Hidden Door and we have a kids programme running during the day. After 18:00 the festival is over 18s only.

Can I bring my dog?

Feel free to bring well behaved dogs along, but after 18:00 we can allow guide dogs only. We also request that dog owners are respectful of the artwork and keep animals on a lead in the exhibition spaces. Please note that dogs may not be permitted into individual performance spaces.

What access is there for people with disabilities?

Due to the derelict and temporary nature if the site some areas will not be wheelchair accessible. We will however do all we can to ensure safe access to as much of the site as possible for patrons with disabilities. Please contact us if you have any questions or would like to discuss access with a member of the team.

What food will there be on at the festival?

We have a range of food vendors selling delicious food at the festival, including veggie, vegan and gluten free options. For more information about what is on offer please visit our website.

What does my ticket get me?

A ticket purchased for a particular night gives you access to the festival from 18:00 until close. All shows are included in the ticket price, capacity allowing.

Can I bring my own alcohol?

We have been working with some fantastic suppliers to stock our bars with some of the finest tipples in town, at reasonable prices. Please be respectful and support Hidden Door by not bringing your own alcohol to the festival.

How do I support this not-for-profit festival? Can I buy merchandise? Can I buy any of the artwork?

Well, thank you for asking! You can support us and all the creative folk involved by purchasing tickets and some of the wonderful festival merchandise that will be on sale. We will also have a donations box and will be holding an art auction, featuring work from many of the artists involved, in July. More information about the auction will be released during the festival and on our website.

If you really can’t wait though, please speak to any of the artists during the festival about purchasing work.

Does Hidden Door pay its artists?

Invited artists and performers are paid a fee compliant with industry standards. Hidden Door also covers the cost of materials and promotion for all open call visual artists and performers that contribute to the festival. In addition the spaces are cleared, prepared and set up, with any power, lighting and technical requirements provided at no cost to the contributor.

What is the difference between the invited programme and open programme?

Our open call allows for some of the best new and emerging talent to become involved and develop their practice and provides a platform for new projects and ideas. The projects are chosen on the merit of their proposals alone. Our invited programme was created as another way for Hidden Door to support artistic producers.

Is Hidden Door completely volunteer organised/run?

Hidden Door is 100% volunteer led, organised and run. Our team of around 20 folk coordinate the festival in their spare time, lunch breaks and weekends (and when their bosses aren’t looking).

Does Hidden Door want funding?

We certainly won’t say no! Money to fund the festival is generated though ticket sales, sponsorship and fundraising. Hidden Door also applies for grants and any money received goes straight back into the festival and its creative contributors.

Is Hidden Door really not for profit?

Yes. All proceeds from the festival go straight back in.

Do you have a question which hasn’t been answered? Drop us an email at festival@hiddendoorblog.org.