We are delighted to have hit our target of £7,000 and even reach £8,000 - can we make our stretch target of £10,000?
Hidden Door is a not-for-profit, volunteer-run multi-arts festival transforming disused spaces in Edinburgh into temporary new and exciting places to discover and explore.
In 2018 we are returning to the Leith Theatre, but in order to create an even better festival experience for artists and audience alike, we are for the first time opening up a second venue - an incredible abandoned Art Deco cinema - and we need your help to transform it with lights, sound and video projection equipment into a fantastic, fully-functioning temporary venue.
The State Cinema in Leith opened in 1938, part of a forward-thinking multi-use leisure development which closed to films in 1972 and went on to host a bingo hall and nightclub before closing its doors for the final time in 2004. A forgotten beauty, left to ruin.
Previously left forgotten and decaying for nearly 30 years, the Leith Theatre, a gift to the people of Leith in 1932 eventually closing in 1988, is now making a strong comeback thanks in no small part to our efforts last year, and the generosity of people who supported our 2017 Kickstarter campaign, who can proudly claim they put it on the map and showed the world what it could be.
2018 will see our 10-day festival of music, theatre, visual art, film and spoken word temporarily open up these buildings – shining a light on culture and creativity, potential and possibilities.
What are we doing and why?
Edinburgh is renowned for its festivals, but the city suffers from a surprising lack of arts and music venues for local and visiting artists and creatives. Overwhelming public support of our efforts last year, combined with the huge untapped potential of the theatre has drawn us back; we are determined to continue the journey to help restore this spectacular venue to its former glory and rightful status as a vibrant arts and music hub for the community in Leith and Edinburgh. Furthermore, we could not resist this once in a lifetime opportunity to move into the former State Cinema and to open it on a temporary basis to audiences before it is re-developed; to give people the chance to explore and delight in discovering its hidden secrets.
We want to transform the State cinema like we transformed the Leith Theatre, as well as make the Leith Theatre even more beautiful!
What do we need?
Hidden Door is volunteer run and not-for-profit, with the festival funded through ticket sales, sponsorship and fundraising activities. In addition we apply for grants to support the event and any money received goes straight into the festival and to its creative contributors. We are very passionate about the artists, who are all paid for their time and talent, that form our programme at Hidden Door and we want to create something incredibly special with them and for them.
But our resources are tight. After a long time of serious neglect, there is a huge amount of work required to be done to get the State Cinema ready for the festival and to create a new immersive experience in the Leith Theatre.
What we aspire to do is to be able to kit out each of the spaces with incredible lighting, sound, and video tech, and if we can raise enough money to set the spaces up the way we want to we will not only be doing the best for our artists, but we will also create the most amazing experience for the audience to explore and discover the buildings and the remarkable creative work in the programme. This will take us to a new level; realising our vision, our ambitions and those of our artists. With your help Hidden Door will give people the chance to see what is possible, to see the potential of the buildings and of the artists who will exhibit and perform there.
What will we do?
Organising a volunteer-run 10-day festival in two very different and challenging buildings is the biggest task we have taken on to date! But once again we embrace it wholeheartedly. We are under no illusions that there is a huge amount of work needing done to both venues. At a basic level, we must first thoroughly empty, clean, sweep, mop and wipe down the cinema after years of neglect and make it safe. We will build from scratch all the infrastructure needed in both venues; including flooring, walls, toilets and bars. We will hire in all of the lighting, sound and projections to ensure each space is as impressive and as high quality as expected.
How can we do this?
With our army of tremendous volunteers and the backing of the local community we will work tirelessley to do justice to these two incredible buildings and enable them to be opened up to the public to enjoy what we have created for them. From now right up until our opening night, we will be busy cleaning, building and installing in our spare time in the evenings and weekends. This is our final push to bring these two building back to life and looking magnficent.
If you would like to support Hidden Door in its venture, to be a part of the 2018 story, you can do this by donating and choosing a reward!
We have lots of rewards to choose from: from tickets to tote bags, prints to pins.
Thanks again for being a part of making it happen - we really couldn’t do it without you!
Hidden Door runs from 25th May to 3rd June with a full programme of music, theatre, dance, cinema and spoken word, as well as some of the best drinks and street food available – visit www.hiddendoorblog.org for more info.
To learn more about the artists that are supporting this campaign, please visit:
Risks and challenges
This is the biggest, boldest and bravest Hidden Door Festival yet, and one that comes with many risks and challenges - however we are fortunate to have an incredible team of passionate, enthusiastic, dedicated and committed volunteers who all go the extra mile to ensure that these are overcome.
Our track record in successfully delivering four previous 10-day festival, each one growing in size, quality and reach has provided the organisers with the skill, the know-how and the will to ensure this year's event will be the success it deserves to be.
We have been working hard since last summer to create this event for audiences to enjoy and will continue preparing it right up until opening day! We work closely with our partners, artists, volunteer team, supporters and local community who all help to make the festival a success.
This is a huge challenge but one we are experienced and equipped to overcome. We have complete confidence with the support of everyone involved we can turn this into the best festival to date.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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