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.