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Hidden Door Festival

  • 25 May 2018 - 03 June 2018
  • Ticket costs vary
  • Leith Theatre, 29-30 Ferry Road, Edinburgh EH6 4AE
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Returning for its fifth edition, the non-profit and volunteer-run multi arts festival Hidden Door returns to Leith Theatre and State Cinema building for 2018.

With 10 days and nights of music, theatre, visual art, film, dance, spoken word and special events, the festival will transform these empty spaces with the help of some of the best creative talent from Scotland and beyond.

The festival has steadily grown in size and reputation since it began in 2014, when it cleared out the abandoned Market Street vaults to run a 9-day arts festival focused on showcasing local creative talent. In 2017, the festival breathed new life into the old Leith Theatre, attracting rave reviews and critical praise for its role in resurrecting “Scotland’s best new live music venue”.

Hidden Door 2018 Highlights

Hidden Door Leith Theatre 2017

[Image credit: Chris Scott]


The music line-up at Hidden Door is always bursting with unmissable acts, and 2018 is no exception. Leith's very own Young Fathers will play a special homecoming gig as part of the festival, after their recent UK tour to support their new album, recorded not far from Leith Theatre.

The opening night makes a statement of intent by featuring an all-female line-up curated by The List Magazine, and other highlights include nights curated by Edinburgh Jazz and Blues Festival and The Skinny Magazine, 


The 2018 theatre programme continues Hidden Door’s ethos of supporting new and emerging work. The line-up of 12 different companies features several premieres, as well as new iterations of previously developed material. The programme is an eclectic mix, consisting of a variety of theatre formats and styles including; visual theatre, new writing, puppetry, children’s theatre and lecture theatre.

Visual Art

31 artists from diverse creative backgrounds have been selected to exhibit their art for Hidden Door 2018. The nine invited artists and 22 selected artists are united through their commitment to local communities and an international outlook.

Spoken Word

This year's spoken word line-up includes 13 spoken word artists alongside a Flint and Pitch night curated by Jenny Lindsay and two comedy nights selected by Gilded Balloon. Over two nights, Gilded Balloon will present a line-up of Fringe favourites as well as a showcase of new material by faces old and new.


Building on last year’s dance showcase, Hidden Door proudly presents a full programme of critically acclaimed and powerful dance performances selected following an open call which attracted 300 proposals from around the world. From this, Hidden Door have built a programme featuring a broad range of innovative dance performance and choreographers from across Scotland as well as a number of special projects from further afield including Lithuania, Italy and South Korea.

Details on the full 2018 programme can be found on the Hidden Door website.

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