Federation Square will host the inaugural Wonderland Spiegeltent Festival this Spring, featuring a number of shows and performances, including shows from the Melbourne Fringe Festival.
On from the 12 September - 20 October, the Wonderland Spiegeltent, is a vintage nineteenth-century Belgian travelling circus tent, will roll into Melbourne complete with a world-class line-up of adult and family shows along with thrilling rides, nostalgic amusements and carnival style treats for all ages.
With events for the general public, a full school holiday program, adult events and all ages events - there is something for everyone!
Highlights from the Wonderland Spiegeltent Festival program include:
Railed 12 Sep – 25 Sep (Various Dates & Times) (Ages 15+) Welcome to 'Railed', a western-themed circus spectacular, combining the trademark physical talents, finely chiseled bodies and hilarious comic timing of the Headfirst Acrobats. Prepare yourself for when bare chested circus meets bare knuckle bar fights.
Dreamboogie 13 Sep – 14 Sep 7pm (All Ages) An act that is determined to create their own voice in Blues music, Melbourne-based Dreamboogie features Rebecca Davey, Sam Buckley, Connor O’Neill and Robert B. Dillon.
Mahua Improv Night 14 Sep – 15 Sep, 4pm (All Ages) China's most famous improv group is coming to Melbourne again! Using free dialogue, physical expression and performance skills to create unique improvised comedy, Mahua Improv's enthusiasm and talent are celebrated in China and beyond
Society 17 Sep – 22 Sep, 9pm (Adult) Blending Cajun party culture, French exuberance, Creole voodoo, masquerade and breath-taking acrobatics. Society serves up an extroverted lighting design and unique styled soundtrack featuring live and original New Orleans party tunes from dirty south hip hop, to the big easy jumping jazz numbers.
School holiday program Pirate Circus – 21 Sep – 29 Sep (Various Dates & Times) With a larger cast, more circus, more jokes and more pirate mayhem. If your kids loved "Arrr we there yet?" they are going to go absolutely nuts for Pirate Circus!
Australian Burlesque Festival 26 Sep – 29 Sep, 8pm (Adult) Internationally renowned for its glamour, spectacle and outrageous talent, the ABF brings together the best of local and national Australian performers as well as acclaimed international headliners.
Special all age events: Oktoberfest 11 Oct – 13 Oct, 11am ‘til late FREE EVENT (All Ages) Wonderland Spiegeltent Festival celebrating all things German. Family friendly fair during the day with live oompah bands, German beers and traditional German food.
Melbourne Blues Music Festival 20 Oct, 11am - 9pm FREE EVENT (All Ages) All Free – All Blues – Everyone Welcome! Get down and boogie with headliners Jimmy Hocking aka “Jimmy the Human” plus a huge line-up all Australian all-star blues musicians with continuous live music, multiple stages, food trucks and Coopers Garden Bar licensed venue.
Dates: 12 Sept - 20 Oct
Location: Federation Square- Crn Swanston street & Flinders Street, Melbourne