What's On Scotland 9-16 May: Hidden Door Birthday Party & more

Hidden Door host a 10th birthday bash in the St James Quarter car park this weekend. Elsewhere, there's Arabic pop at Stereo and a new exhibition by Iraqi artist Sukaina Kubba at the DCA

Feature by Anahit Behrooz | 09 May 2024
  • Maranta at Hidden Door 2021

Hidden Door – one of Edinburgh’s most unique festivals, taking over abandoned locations and filling them with music and art – is delaying its 2024 edition until autumn (boo!), but they’re throwing a 10th birthday bash in a car park to tide us over until then (yay!).

Taking place in the St James Quarter Car Park this Friday and Saturday (10-11 May) and curated by local synth-pop legends Maranta (pictured), the weekend features unique collaborations with the likes of Paradise Palm Records and EHFM, built around their multisensory live show Microsteria. Catch the likes of Auntie Flo, Kusht, Eclair Fifi and Nikki Kent at the party – last tickets available here.

Sukaina Kubba: Turn Me Into a Flower
DCA: Dundee Contemporary Arts, Dundee, until 4 Aug
The first solo UK exhibition by Iraqi-born, Canada-based artist Sukaina Kubba draws on the her ongoing interest in material culture, exploring objects as carriers of cross-cultural histories and printmaking as a vehicle for considering cultural assimilation and appropriation. Image: Sukaina Kubba.

Scandal.Gla & WSHWSH presents: JAWAHIR
Stereo, Glasgow. 10 May, 11pm
South Asian club night Scandal.Gla and MENA club night WSHWSH team up for this incredible fundraiser for Palestine and Sudan, playing dance tunes from Bhangra and Arabic pop to Bollywood and Arabic folk by DJs such as Hiba, Dija (pictured), Hu-Sane and Rahul.mp3. Image: Courtesy of artist.

ADVERTORIAL | Glasgow International
Various venues, Glasgow, 7-23 Jun
Scotland’s biennial festival of contemporary art brings together newly commissioned projects from Glasgow-based arts organisations, artist-run initiatives and individual artists and curators, alongside those initiated by the Glasgow International team. Featuring work from artists based in Scotland, the UK and internationally, the festival is a unique celebration of art, those who make it, and those who create space for it. Gatherings: discussions, performances and other events also delve deeper into concerns recurring across festival projects.

Hurray For The Riff Raff
SWG3, Glasgow. 12 May, 7pm
New Orleans-based Hurray for the Riff Raff heads to Glasgow this week, bringing their eponymously scrappy brand of folk to SWG3. With ten albums under their belt in almost as many years, Hurray for the Riff Raff are as prolific as they are generically subversive. Image: Akasha Rabut.

Macbeth (An Undoing)
Royal Lyceum Theatre, Edinburgh. 14-25 May, various times
Zinnie Harris is known for her feminist reinterpretations of the canon - this year sees her tackle one of early modern theatre's most famous women, intertwining new writing with Shakespeare to place Lady Macbeth’s haunted interiority in a whole new light. Image: Stuart Armitt.

ADVERTORIAL | Wild Isles Live with Alastair Fothergill
Usher Hall, Edinburgh, 16 May, 7.30pm
Immerse yourself in the beauty of the British Isles at this big-screen talk, featuring highlights from the acclaimed BBC series, never-before seen footage, and insight from visionary producer Alastair Fothergill. At Wild Isles Live, you can join Alastair on a captivating journey through the British Isles' most curious and breathtaking landscapes - from golden eagles on the Highlands’ coasts to the weird and wonderful world of our woodland undergrowth - followed by a live Q&A.

At a critical time for our bio-diversity, as highlighted in the BBC Series, this is a unique opportunity to discuss the importance of conservation, individual action and the importance of preserving the beauty of the British Isles.

Laura Aldridge: LAWNMOWER
Jupiter Artland, Edinburgh. 11 May-29 Sep
Laura Aldridge's extraordinary installation LAWNMOWER combines luscious, sensual textures with collaged elements, exploring the capacity of materiality to invoke or absorb the viewer's feelings and responses.

GRDN: The Lab
Summerhall, Edinburgh. 10 May, 8pm
Underground club collective GRDN are throwing another pop up club night, this time in the super secret (OK, it was announced a couple of weeks ago) of Summerhall's atmospherically gloomy Old Lab, with sets from effua, Smiff, Bartek and Releaf.

La Sécurité
Sneaky Pete's, Edinburgh. 11 May, 7pm
It doesn't get artier or punkier than Montreal art punk band La Sécurité, known for their edgy, creative beats, off-kilter arrangements, and minimalistic melodic hooks. Head over for a heady dose of new wave and punk, for fans of Coach Party and Amyl & the Sniffers.