Volunteers at Hidden Door 2017


Help to make Hidden Door happen!

We are a volunteer-run charity, and our festivals showcase theatre, spoken word, visual art, dance and music by local and international artists.

Hidden Door couldn’t happen without the dedication, energy and enthusiasm of our amazing volunteers. Some 200 volunteers got involved in Hidden Door at the old Royal High School, our last festival, doing everything from pulling up weeds and helping out with preparations to greeting the public and supporting our artists. Our diverse and supportive community of volunteers are one of our greatest assets – passionate about the arts and the festival.

We’re currently busy planning for our 2023 festival, where we will be turning the former Scottish Widows building on Dalkeith Road in Edinburgh into an explosion of performance, music and art from 31 May – 4 June. Once again, we’ll be looking to recruit an amazing team of volunteers to get stuck into another extraordinary festival.


Our call out for volunteers hasn’t opened yet, but we will be updating this page with all of the details in Spring 2023 when more information is available.

In the meantime, if you’d like to get in touch with the Volunteering Team, please email volunteer@hiddendoorarts.org.

Why volunteer?

The many volunteers that make Hidden Door happen have a variety of different roles and responsibilities and the festival simply wouldn’t exist without their generosity, enthusiasm and expertise.

As a volunteer you will have the opportunity to:

I volunteered for Hidden Door just after moving to Edinburgh – I met so many great people and it really helped me settle into the city and find new pals!

Jess, Volunteer

Everyone welcome!

We work hard to be a diverse and inclusive team and festival, and we warmly welcome people from all backgrounds. If you’re not sure if we’re the right fit for you, please do get in touch and give us a chance to tell you more. Equally, if you have any particular requirements that would help you to take part, do let us know.

We believe that Hidden Door is for everyone and we are taking positive action to help people who are discriminated against, at a disadvantage, who have particular needs, or who are under-represented in the arts. If you can help us with this mission, we are especially keen to hear from you.

Offering to volunteer at Hidden Door having a visual impairment, I had many trepidations but they were met with understanding and compassion. The inclusive community that is Hidden Door welcomed and encouraged the best out of me. I felt so at home in the festival.

Elliott – volunteer