By Gemma Stroyan
Edinburgh’s Hidden Door Arts Festival has issued a final call to help secure its future.
A benefactor has today announced that they will match the funding if the organisers of Hidden Door can reach the halfway target of £40k by the 31st December – offering a festive glimmer of good will and hope.
The Arts Festival is a not-for-profit organisation and aims to open up urban spaces as a platform for new and emerging artists, musicians, theatre-makers, poets, dancers, filmmakers, choreographers and spoken-word performers.
Hidden Door began as an experimental project launched by a group of volunteers in 2014, when it took over the Waverley Arches. The Arches have since been restored into a variety of beautiful shops and restaurants.
Perhaps most notably, the festival worked closely with the Leith Theatre Trust contributing to the renovation and re-opening of Leith Theatre in 2017, as the space was lovingly restored for use in the Festival’s line up.
The Arts festival which has grown in popularity over the last 5 years, and is still run entirely by volunteers, attracted over 13,000 spectators this year as it’s fifth edition ran in May.
They also announced today that they have plans to run a smaller “weekender” event in 2019 featuring live music at the iconic Leith Theatre, to help raise further funds and secure new partnerships and collaborations.
The Hidden Door’s initiative is described as working to ‘showcase new work and create engaging environments for the public to experience, explore and discover’ but states that ‘the organisation is now at a point where it can no longer survive without crucial support and investment.’
It was announced in the summer that they needed to raise £80,000 to stabilise the organisation and develop a long term plan for the festival’s growth.
David Martin, Creative Director of the festival said; “Hidden Door is making a real difference to artists and creative people in Scotland. It is leaving a legacy, both to the communities we invest in and the fabric of the city itself, such as with the Leith theatre.”
Speaking of the ongoing request for support, Martin said; “We have been overwhelmed and humbled by the public support. People really value what we’re trying to achieve. We’re now urging people to dig deep and help us end the year in a strong position to start making exciting plans for 2019 and beyond.”
There are two major ways in which you can help to support Hidden Door:
The Hidden Door Christmas Art Sale, taking place on 7th and 8th December and Skylight Cafe in Canongate, will feature 200 original pieces of work donated by supporters and contributors with fixed priced from £50. Anyone interested can browse the artwork at www.hiddendoorblog.org/sale
Furthermore, the online Crowdfunder is still running, offering a range of rewards including invitations to exclusive events and VIP experiences, plus the chance to gain unique behind the scenes access to events, sneak previews of possible venues and potential content. Visit www.savehiddendoor.com to donate.