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Hidden Door is returning to Leith, Edinburgh for 10 days of music, art, theatre, film, dance, spoken word in temporary, disused spaces.
209 backers pledged £9,111 to help bring this project to life.

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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!

Leith Theatre
Leith Theatre

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.

'Broader Horizons Poster', by Jennie Bates
'Broader Horizons Poster', by Jennie Bates
'Copper Drawing', by Jill Boualaxai
'Copper Drawing', by Jill Boualaxai
'Its's asking for trouble', by Marine Lefebvre
'Its's asking for trouble', by Marine Lefebvre
'Oh do come in!', by Tess Glen
'Oh do come in!', by Tess Glen
'Delhi Street Dreams', by David Martin
'Delhi Street Dreams', by David Martin
Origami animals with name tags
Origami animals with name tags

To learn more about the artists that are supporting this campaign, please visit:

www.jenniebates.co.uk

www.jillmboualaxai.com

www.marinelefebvre.com

www.cargocollective.com/tessglen

www.davidmartinblog.org

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.

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    DONATION ONLY

    You will be sent all our love and gratitude for helping to support Hidden Door 2018.

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    HIGH FIVERS

    We love you and we want to let you know! Your name will be added to the list of supporters on our website and a special digital thank you for your support.

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    MAKE YOUR MARK

    Become a piece of the artwork at Hidden Door and have your name on an origami art installation in our venue! Your name will also be added to our supporters web page and digital thank you area.

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    TOTE-AL SUPPORTERS

    Bag yourself a HD2018 Tote Bag AND your choice of 1 Midweek Ticket (Sun-Thurs) OR a HD2018 Poster. Plus, have your name feature as part on an origami art installation at the festival, and all the thanks online.

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    YOUR NIGHT OUT SORTED

    Grab 2 tickets for either Monday 28th, Tuesday 29th or Wednesday 30th May (6pm till midnight) with exclusive access to the backstage bar area, 2 drinks and 2 meals, plus a HD2018 Tote Bag and a digital thank you.

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    CULTURE VULTURES

    Your very own piece of Hidden Door art for your home. Choose a limited edition A3 giclee print from a Hidden Door artist (unframed) to hang in your home, office, garden shed. Scroll down to see the options available - you can pick from pieces by Jennie Bates, Jill Boualaxai, Tess Glen, Marine Lefebvre and David Martin. And of course a very special digital thank you for your support.

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    WEEKEND WARRIORS

    Grab your best pal for this one - you will get 2 x full tickets for opening weekend (Friday 25th OR Saturday 26th May, 6pm till 3am), exclusive backstage bar access, 4 complimentary drinks, 2 meals, 2 x HD2018 tote bags, posters and enamel pin badges.

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    THE FULL HIDDEN DOOR EXPERIENCE

    Let us handpick a carefully crafted experience for you and a friend. Be guided by the HD team based on your interests for a full day and night of theatre, dance, spoken word, music and personalised tour of the artwork. You will also enjoy 4 complimentary drinks and 2 meals, have access to the exclusive backstage bar, priority seating and leave with a signed programme or poster, tote bag and enamel pin badge, invite to our launch party in 2019 and to our VIP opening preview on the first night of the festival

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    HIDDEN DOOR HER0

    Everything you need so you and a friend barely need to leave for the whole festival - 2 full passes so you can enjoy every night of the festival, including the sold out night on 2nd June, covering all the performances at both of our venues, 20 complimentary drinks and 10 meals, 20% discount on any extra tickets you want to buy for your pals, your name proudly emblazoned on the 'Supporter' page of the Hidden Door website. Plus a Hidden Door goody bag, invite to our launch party in 2019 and to our VIP opening preview on the first night of the festival.

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    DOWN TO BUSINESS

    Your business can support Hidden Door and in return receive 6 tickets for selected nights of the festival (dates to be confirmed by arrangement), 6 complimentary drinks and meals, meet and greet with artists & organisers, a personalised thank you tweet from Hidden Door about your support and your company’s name on the official ‘Business Sponsor' page of the Hidden Door website.

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    HD2018 FILM AWARDS SPONSOR

    Support the inaugral Hidden Door Film Awards and attend an intimate awards ceremony at Hidden Door. With your backing, you will be supporting the successful filmaker to continue to develop their practice.
    What you will get in return:
    • Hidden Door will include the Film Awards sponsor logo on our official partners and sponsors page on our website
    • A physical award will be branded with the film sponsor’s logo for the awards ceremony
    • A series of tweets promoting the sponsorship for the Film Awards
    • 8 complimentary guest tickets to the Awards Ceremony at The State Cinema on Sat 2nd June
    • 10 complimentary tickets to any night of the festival (excluding Sat 2nd June)
    • 10 complimentary food tokens from one of our amazing street food vendors
    • Access to the VIP backstage bar reserved for Partners and Sponsors
    • 4 guest invites to our VIP Launch Party on Friday 25th May 2018 – reserved exclusively for our sponsors, partners, press and industry heads in the music, visual art, theatre, film and dance industries.
    • 4 complimentary guest invitations to our Symposium on Friday 1st June at The State Cinema

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