Venue

Hidden Door specialises in finding forgotten spaces for our arts festival, which can mean they’re not always immediately on your radar. If you’ve found this page, you’re a step closer to finding our festival…

How to find our 2023 venue

Hidden Door 2023 will be taking over the former Scottish Widows complex at 15 Dalkeith Road in Edinburgh for a five-day immersive event.

From 31 May to 4 June, audiences will be invited into the building to witness its transformation from an office space into a spectacular, atmospheric festival of music, performance and art.

The iconic building, made of a series of hexagonal shapes, was designed by the architect John Hardie Glover. Since it opened in 1976 it has hosted financial institutions, with Lloyds Banking Group moving out of the site in 2020. 

The full address is: 15 Dalkeith Rd, Edinburgh EH16 5BH

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What are the plans for the venue?

15 Dalkeith Road will provide the perfect blank canvas for the 2023 event, for which Hidden Door is planning something a little different. The maze of office and utility spaces in the six-acre site will host an incredible immersive event bringing together a whole range of art forms, including visual art, music, dance, and spoken word.

A series of ambitious collaborative projects produced by Hidden Door will see artists and performers from different disciplines working together to transform the vast interior. Audiences will be invited to journey deep into the building to seek out the performances and explore the artworks.

The full programme will be announced in March, and we’ve just completed our call for visual artists, dancers, musicians and spoken word performers to get involved.

Tickets are available now

What else do I need to know?

As well as a full programme of art, music and performance the venue will play host to some of Edinburgh’s tastiest street food stalls. We’ll also have bars for you to quench your thirst and a coffee stall for anyone in need of a bit of a pick-me-up. 

Accessibility

We use derelict, undiscovered and temporary sites for our events, which means some areas may not be fully accessible. But by working with accessibility advisors, with every venue we transform, we do all we can to ensure safe access to as much of the festival as possible for anyone with disabilities.

We’ll share more info about the accessibility of our 2023 venue soon.

Please do contact us at hello@hiddendoorarts.org if you have any questions or would like to discuss access with a member of the team.

Dogs

Well-behaved dogs are welcome to visit the outdoor areas and we just ask that they’re kept on a lead. The festival will be busy and noisy at times so please keep that in mind when planning your visit.

Support/guide dogs are of course welcome at all times and in all areas.

Info for neighbours

We are working with the local council and the community near our venue to make sure our event is a positive experience for everyone. We have designed the festival layout to ensure that noise and disruption is limited. If you have any questions or would like to get in touch you can email us at hiddendoorneighbours@gmail.com.

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