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.

Where and when is the festival?

Hidden Door will take place from 25 May – 3 June 2018.

We plan to return to the old Leith Theatre as also expand to the abandoned State Cinema.

How do I buy tickets?

We’ve just released early bird tickets for 2018 – you can buy tickets online here. During the festival we’ll also have an on-site box office.

Is it free during the day?

As always, our ambition is to make the festival as accessible as possible and plan to make it free for the public to explore during the day. The evening programmes after 6pm will be ticketed. 

Is it suitable for kids?  

Children are welcome at Hidden Door and we plan to have a kids programme running on certain days. 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?

Well, thank you for asking! You can support us and all the creative folk involved right now by purchasing tickets for 2018We will be holding a fundraising art auction, featuring work from many of the artists involved, in 2018. You can also donate here.

Does Hidden Door pay its artists?

Hidden Door believes in fair pay for artists and our ambition is to pay all our artists, performers and contributors, according to industry standard rates. As a non-profit, volunteer-run arts organisation, this is always dependent on securing the necessary funding, which we are currently applying for. We hope to know about this funding by February 2018 and will keep all contributors informed.

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 volunteer organised/run?

Hidden Door is volunteer led, organised and run. Our core team of around 50 folk coordinate the festival in their spare time, lunch breaks and weekends!

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, completely! We’re a Community Interest Company and all proceeds from the festival go straight back in to running the event and paying our contributors.

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

Hidden Door is a non-profit, volunteer run arts festival which brings forgotten and abandoned spaces back to life with art, music, theatre, dance, spoken word, cinema and more. Hidden Door 2018 will take place from 25 May - 3 June, both at Leith Theatre and the old State Cinema. See more about the venues.

2018 Call for Proposals

See details of our Call for Proposals for Film.