Hidden Door Festival

Submitted by edg on Thu, 26 May '22 7.41am
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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 new and undiscovered talent in art, music, film and theatre in Scotland.

Every couple of years, the Hidden Door arts festival pops up in a different venue.

This year, Hidden Door is taking place in the relatively unused but iconic Old Royal High School building on Calton Hill.

The festival is free during the day (1pm-5pm) for exploring the building with paid tickets for performances at night.

Audiences are encouraged to explore the myriad passageways, corridors, nooks and crannies.

One of the most impressive rooms, the central debate chamber, will host specially commissioned in-the-round performances.

Outside, a stage will be built for large music performances and a bar on the front terrace, will give festival goers a unique view on the city.


  • Day pass £25.00 (+ £3.15 booking fee); 
  • Day pass (Concession) £22.50 (+ £2.90 booking fee) 
  • Weekend pass £45.00 (+ £5.19 booking fee)
  • Festival pass £150 (+ £15 booking fee)

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In 2014, festival organisers cleared out the abandoned Market Street vaults to run a 9-day arts festival focused on showcasing local creative talent.

In 2015, for another Hidden Door Festival, organisers created a labyrinthine ‘Electric City’ in the Old Street lighting Depot on Kings Stables Road, under the shadow of Edinburgh castle.

It returned there in 2016, attracting over 12,000 visitors to experience a wealth of art, poetry, theatre, film, dance and music.

In 2017, the festival opened up the Leith Theatre, and returned there the following year, while also taking up temporary residence in the State Cinema, built in 1938.

In 2021, with pandemic restrictions still lingering, the festival took place at the Granton Gasworks and neighbouring warehouse.