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Hidden Door 2016: Building an Electric City

Hidden Door's Secret Courtyard. Photo: Chris Scott 

From 27 May to 4 June, Edinburgh’s Hidden Door Festival returns for its third year.

Hidden along King’s Stables Road a disused lighting depot will be transformed into an ‘Electric City’ to present nine days and nights of music, art, theatre, cinema, spoken word, poetry and much more.

Music will come from a diverse line-up of acclaimed acts including Teleman, Meliyr Jones, Rosie Lowe, NZCA lines, Jane Weaver, Bossy Love, Luke Abbott and Rival Consoles.

Alongside an expansive musical programme, the festival boasts more than a dozen theatre productions including Magnetic North’s Walden, Do it Theatre’s Ten Little Memories, the Luden Ensemble’s Ubu Roi and a piece of original immersive dance theatre from Cultured Mongrel, Experts in Short Trousers.

New to this year’s Hidden Door is the inclusion of an entire poetry and spoken word programme, with Jenny Lindsay, MacGillivray, Jamie Gordon, Nick-e Melville and Ron Butlin, the ex Edinburgh Makar whose poem ‘The Electric City of Heck’ the festival takes its theme from, all set to appear.

Electric City. Photo: Chris Scott 

This year’s cinema offering sees programmes curated by Edinburgh Short Film Festival, Edinburgh Artists’ Moving Image Festival, Scottish Mental Health Arts & Film Festival, PoetryFilm, Alchemy Film and Moving Images Festival, and Africa in Motion, alongside a number of film events curated by the University of Edinburgh’s current MSc Film, Exhibition and Curation students.

Visual Art is at the heart of Hidden Door, and this year sees an Invited Artists Programme running alongside a Selected Programme. Recent graduates from Scotland’s art schools will exhibit amongst more established artists, all provided with the opportunity to create large scale pieces and take advantage of the abandoned lighting depot’s myriad spaces.

We found out from exhibiting artists Jill Boualaxai, Sarah Calmus, Jenny Martin and Ursula Cheng what they had planned for the festival, as well as what else they’re looking forward to in this year’s line up and what it’s like to be part of the Hidden Door team:

Behind the Scenes at Hidden Door 2016 from Creative Scotland on Vimeo.

Photo credits: Chris Scott

Hidden Door was supported through Creative Scotland’s Open Project Fund.