Review: Hidden Door Festival, Monday

HidDoorOn Monday I returned to Hidden Door festival for their fourth evening, to what promised to be a great line-up. I was hoping to catch Glasgow band Featherwest at 6pm, but after waiting around for half an hour I gave up and went around exploring the venue some more. I discovered more art on this second visit and particularly worth mentioning was a performance consisting of human bats sampling real bat sounds while having a jam session. This was one of those moments of art-awkwardness where you’re wondering if you’re actually supposed to be there. Great sock-sandal combo, though. Continue reading Review: Hidden Door Festival, Monday

Review: Hidden Door Festival

HidDoorHidden Door started in Edinburgh as a mini-festival at the Roxy in 2010, providing a platform for various local artists to interact, collaborate and showcase their work. Now, the no-profit festival allows the public into hidden and abandoned locations in Edinburgh before they become lost forever. There’s an abundance of different art forms at the festival: theatre, music, visual arts and cinema. It would be impossible to capture all these aspects in one review so here I’ll just focus on my experiences at the daytime events of the first days. Continue reading Review: Hidden Door Festival

Review: Il Trovatore, Scottish Opera

IlTrovThere is an inherent problem with reviewing opera from a modern, and in my case feminist, perspective: a lot of the material is a century old or more. The stories and characters of opera often reflect a world in which issues such as race, class, religion and gender were viewed very differently from the way they are now. There are new productions, but mostly we see the classic stories, with the score and libretto basically unchanged since the premier. Continue reading Review: Il Trovatore, Scottish Opera

Over The Rainbow: Monthly Edinburgh Filmhouse events/screenings

ABI love leafing through the Filmhouse programme. The proper printed one, not the website. It’s like reading an old style travel brochure, you look at the pictures and think “Oh, that looks nice! And this one. Maybe not that one, that’s a bit much for me.” What’s both best and worst about the programme is that it covers quite a long period, in theory allowing me to plan my next trip to the cinema properly. In practice I usually pick up the programme a few days before the next one is due out, meaning that all I get is a beautiful collection of missed opportunities. So the latest Filmhouse initiative is an absolute godsend: Over The Rainbow is a series of screenings and events that run monthly and focus on LGBTQIA experiences. Continue reading Over The Rainbow: Monthly Edinburgh Filmhouse events/screenings