The Fringe and a slew of summer festivals light up the area with music, comedy, theatre and a creative vibe unparalleled in the world

Discover the Hidden Door Festival

Not going to make it to Fringe? Don’t worry, Edinburgh offers plenty to see and do all year.

Founded by local artist David Martin, Hidden Door is a not-for-profit arts festival that takes place in the city’s abandoned, derelict or hidden spaces. It promotes a new and exciting model of immersive art experiences for both the audience and artists/performers.

Aside from gigs, shows and exhibitions, Hidden Door features visual art installations, films, live music, theatre in unusual venues. Run entirely by a volunteer team, the first edition was produced with no arts funding. It turned out to be a huge success—7,500 people attended the 9-day festival that took place at the refurbished Market Street Vaults.

In 2015, Hidden Door moved to the Secret Courtyard off King’s Stable Road and will return in 2016. A former street lighting depot, this unusual venue includes forty rooms clustered around an 80-meter-long cobbled courtyard. A recent update added art installation spaces, two theatres, two live music venues, a cinema and three bars.