Anyone who has ever set foot in the Spiegeltent will know that an evening at this historic venue will deliver a performance that is as decadently fabulous as the hand crafted mirror tent in which it is hosted. A night spent at the Speigeltent is a night spent in another world, under a sumptuous velvet canopy, surrounded by stained glass windows and beveled mirror columns, dancing the night away on the teak dancefloor.
We jumped at the opportunity to attend the launch of their new season, The Spiegel et Luna. Set in the grounds of Luna Park, the festival program, we are told by the directors 13yo daughter, who herself is surely set for a career on the stage, has been curated for the people, just for fun. Sitting somewhere between performance, entertainment and dancehall, the opening night act by St Kilda locals The Shuffle Club, delivered on both of those promises.
There is a familiar otherworldliness about this place that lends itself to letting your hair down and getting completely lost in the experience. When we weren’t on the dancefloor, we we’re cosily tucked away enjoying the performance from the comfort of an intimate candle-lit booth, champagne in hand from their well stocked bar. Our only regret - not taking the opportunity to get the fur out of the wardrobe and really frock up.
Just in case you’re not having enough fun inside the Spiegeltent, step out of that world and into the iconic Luna Park. There is a child-like thrill about being back at this place and we immediately reverted back to 12yo versions of ourselves as we excitedly did a lap of the park to form a ride strategy. Dodgem (bumper!) cars first, followed by the ghost train (did we really find this scary?), and finally, no trip to Luna Park would be complete without a lap on the scenic railway. Having the Spiegeltent pop up in Luna Park really is genius. There is a beautiful synergy between the experiences of otherworldliness created by the two venues that lends itself to the cultivation of a truly unique sense of fun.
This season coincides with school holidays and is all about facilitating community wide participation so that audiences of all ages can experience the magic of this special place. The schedule is jam packed with performances day and night making it a perfect day out for the kids, or evening out and about with a difference for the big kids.