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Hidden Door festival to revive abandoned old Leith Theatre

Written by
Jon Cook

Hidden Door festival returns to Edinburgh at the end of May for ten days and nights of theatre, music, art, spoken word and film in the rooms, corridors and stunning main auditorium of the abandoned old Leith Theatre.

This non-profit, 100% volunteer run multi-arts festival aims not just to provide a diverse program of events and performances from some Scotland's (and beyond!) best creative talent, but also provide the spark to return this wonderful old art deco building to life as a functioning new arts venue for the city.

Musical highlights include performances from Scottish indie heroes Idlewild and Scottish Album of the Year award winner Anna Meredith, while the theatre offering includes a brand new work in progress from the Grid Iron theatre company and Andrew Simpsons frighteningly delightful 'Party Shrimp'.

Meanwhile, over 20 different artists have been selected from an open call to exhibit at the festival, alongside 11 specially invited visual creators. Completing things is a solid film programme, with guest curators including Edinburgh Short Film Festival and Kino Club.

The festival is free to explore every day until 6pm, with evening events ticketed (available from the Hidden Doors website). For full details of this year's programme and tickets for evening events, head over to the Hidden Door website.

Hidden Door Festival, Leith Theatre, May 26 - June 4.

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