City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

City Guide to Edinburgh, Scotland

Hidden Door Festival

By edg - Posted on 01 November 2016

Event details
Friday, May 26, 2017 - 12:00pm - Sunday, June 4, 2017 - 11:00pm

Hidden Door, a not-for-profit arts organisation run entirely by volunteers, specialises in discovering disused spaces in Edinburgh and radically transforming them into temporary, but imaginative venues, bringing together some of the best new talent in art, music, film and theatre in Scotland.

Each year, the Hidden Door arts festival pops up in a different venue. Last year, it was the Old Street lighting Depot on Kings Stables Road, Edinburgh with the apt theme of ‘Electric City’.

The location has a labyrinth of buildings complete with a secret courtyard, hidden under the shadow of Edinburgh castle. The historic and seldom-seen sight of the Old Streetlighting Depot will be bursting at the seams with the most exciting and edgy breakthrough talent, tipped to set the cultural scene alight.

The festival opens each day at 12 noon and is free during the day until 6pm, and will then be a ticket only event from 6-11pm.

Programme TBA but here is last year's for now:


Includes acts like Teleman, Meilyr Jones, NZCA Lines and Rival Consoles to Edinburgh.


Hidden Door invited a number of artists to participate including recent graduates from Glasgow, Edinburgh and Dundee art colleges. It features a number of artists who work with light, in response to the theme of Electric City. Hidden Door is giving these artists the resources to do something large scale in the dark derelict spaces.


A production of Walden by Magnetic North theatre company, staged once before in Edinburgh in 2009 in the Stills Gallery. Walden will take place in the atmospheric ‘Peely Room’ – an old vehicle repair workshop converted into a theatre for the festival.


A new addition this year to the Hidden Door programme. Poets includes likes of MacGillivray, Jamie Gordon, Nick-e Melville and Ron Butlin, ex Edinburgh Makar, from whose poem ‘The Electric City of Heck’ the festival got its theme.

Films, animations, shorts and more.

4 bars, including an outside bar, serving craft beers and cider and speciality gins, from local producers. A selection of food stalls serving on site throughout the festival.