Spectacular Entertainment in the Heart of Melbourne this Spring
12 September – 20 October
Melbourne's iconic Federation Square and Wonderland Entertainment & Leisure are proud to announce the inaugural Wonderland Spiegeltent Festival set to entertain audiences of all ages this Spring at Federation Square's The Paddock 12 September– 20 October.
The Wonderland Spiegeltent, a vintage 19th 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. The Wonderland Spiegeltent Festival will coincide with the Melbourne Fringe Festival (12-29 September) with the Spiegeltent serving as a central live entertainment hub for guests along with the Coopers Garden Bar. Additionally, a dedicated Spring School Holidays program will be on offer featuring family friendly circus, acrobatic, magic and adventure shows with sizzling adult performers taking stage after dark.
Wonderland Entertainment & Leisure's director, Melissa Head, said "We are delighted to be located in the centre of Melbourne at Fed Square this year. Audiences across Australia marvel at our astonishing acts of acrobatic circus, live concerts, kids' shows and late-night adult cabaret. We are also very much looking forward to being a part of a key festival event in the City of Melbourne and one that is renowned for celebrating art, culture and diversity," she added.
Jonathan Tribe, CEO of Fed Square, said "Fed Square is a natural home for the most inventive, quirky and unique of events, and to host the Wonderland Spiegeltent is genuinely a pleasure. We always take pride in events of this kind and are very excited to able to offer this experience to the people of Melbourne."
Highlights of the Wonderland Spiegeltent Festival Program include:
Railed – 12th Sep – 25th Sep, 7pm (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. A racy, heart-stopping display of the finest acrobatics by the most ridiculous storytellers in the circus.
Dreamboogie – 13th Sep – 14th 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. In the 8 years that they have been performing together, they have turned heads, opened ears, and made a significant impact on the Australian Blues scene – touring nationally and performing regular shows at venues in Melbourne and throughout Victoria.
Circus-Cision – 13th Sep – 14th Sep, 10:30pm (Adult)
A raucous late-night variety show hosted by the incredible Headfirst Acrobats (creators of smash hits Elixir and RAILED). Featuring a mash-up of Spiegeltent legends, home-grown favourites, and the freshest and hottest circus superstars of this year's festival.
The Fairy Wonderland Show – 14th Sep – 15th Sep, 1pm (Family/Kids)
The Fairy Wonderland show is the ultimate interactive musical fairy show for kids. Come along on a magical journey with Fairy Jasmine, and her best friend Fairy Jack, as they show you all the things fairies get up to in Fairyland and explore what it means to be a true fairy.
Mahua Improv Night – 14th Sep – 15th 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 ... Mahua improvises impromptu scenes, characters, and plots based on the keywords provided by the audiences.
Incognito – 17th Sep – 19th Sep, 5pm (Family/Kids)
When spy training headquarters are infiltrated by a group of armed acrobats, new to the field spies must use their skills to defend the base... the trouble is they haven't started training yet! Will chaos ensue or will they defeat the ninjas, stop the bank robbery and save the diamonds?
Society – 17th Sep – 22nd 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 N'Orleans party tunes from dirty south hip hop, to the big easy jumping jazz numbers. An all alluring, all-encompassing onslaught on the senses, nothing is off limits in this indulgent Circus Cabaret.
Spring School Holidays Program 20 Sep – 5 Oct:
Don't Mess with The Dummies – 14th Sep – 5th Oct (Various Dates and Times) (Family/Kids)
From the unstoppable Dummies Corp comes an all-new extraordinary adventure! Don't mess with the Dummies. They're on an expedition and you're invited along for the ride. Pack your bag, tie your shoes and get ready for circus-filled hilarity as the Dummies monkey around the jungle, swing through treetops and skip past foliage. With a rockin' soundtrack, unbelievable acrobatics and trademark Dummies frivolity, let's get ready to rumble!
Good As New – 20th Sep, 5pm (All Ages)
Let your imagination run wild with a visit to your local thrift store. where swinging from the rafters and tumbling down the aisles is encouraged... well, not by the shopkeeper! Watch in awe as circus performers delight with acrobatic feats and expressive performance exploring unity through difference.
The Listies Make You LOL! - 21st Sep – 26th Sep (Various Times) (Family/Kids)
The Listies are serious about being silly. Formed in 2008 by professional idiots Rich Higgins and Matt Kelly, they are now the most sought-after live comedy act for kidults (Kids and their adults) in Australia
Pirate Circus – 21st Sep – 29th Sep (Various Dates and Times) (Family/Kids)
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! Featuring the incredible acrobats behind cheeky adults shows Elixir and RAILED, you are guaranteed awesome circus tricks and non-stop comedy.
A Day in The Life of You – 27th Sep – 29th Sep, 11am (Family/Kids)
A colourful and fun live children's show featuring bursts of song, dance and storytelling for children aged 2 to 6. This clever and creative trio of Sprouts, each with a charming and unique personality, spend 50 minutes tackling all the big issues in a little person's daily life and ensures a love of music will blossom in every mini audience member.
Circus Wonderland – A Mermaid's Tale – 30th Sep – 5th Oct (Various Times) (Family/Kids)
An ALL NEW all-star lineup of fun and the Golden Era of Circus. Circus Wonderland - A Mermaid's Tale will keep everyone on the edge of their seats. Be astounded and amazed at the sideshow antics of a mesmerizing cast of world class circus performers presenting a hilarious and thrilling magical Circus Wonderland for the whole family.
Monski Mouse's Baby Disco Dance Hall – 3rd Oct – 4th Oct, 11am (Family/Kids)
Baby Disco Dance Hall is designed as a super-fun session of dancing and play with your small person as you bop to an eclectic selection of retro classics, thumping nursery rhymes and funky tunes. Grab your rainbow sequenced onesies and get your disco-dancing-booties on!
Tony Roberts: I'm a Magician Get Me Out of Here – 3rd Oct – 4th Oct, 3pm (All Ages)
Mind-blowing escapology and magical mayhem are unleashed by Covent Garden's cheekiest and funniest street performer! For humans 8-80+ Having escaped from chains at festivals in over eight countries around the world, the hilarious and charming Tony Roberts proves the impossible possible as, tied up in knots, he escapes and entertains in this show all about friendship, fun and following your dreams.
SHOWS FOR ADULTS:
Yummy Up Late – 20th Sep – 21st Sep, 10:30pm (Adult)
Is the wildest offering from the darlings of Fringe, YUMMY Productions. The multi-award-winning drag and burlesque ensemble has toured the globe and are now ready to unleash outrageous new acts in their home city. YUMMY UP LATE is the risqué part of the repertoire, pushing the boundaries of art vs entertainment and everything you thought you knew about this legendary group.
Australian Burlesque Festival - 26th Sep – 29th 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. Delight in a stunning array of sensational tease and exotic seduction as the ABF makes its national tour stop in Melbourne.
Rouge – 1st Oct – 5th Oct, 8pm (Adult)
A non-stop celebration of the astonishing, surprising, subversive and supremely sexy. Award-winning circus cabaret sensation Rouge is returning to Melbourne with its outrageous brand of adult circus.
Bernie Dieter's Little Death Club – 9th Oct – 19th Oct (Various Dates and Times) (Adult)
Fresh from a smash hit Edinburgh Festival run, join Bernie and her international family of circus superstars for a hazy night of dangerously funny kabarett, breathtaking circus and fire-breathing sideshow at its most inappropriate, provocative and hilarious best.
Hans: Like a German – 11th Oct – 12th Oct, 6:30pm (Ages 15+)
The boy wonder from Berlin is here! International superstar, sex symbol, accordionist, homewrecker and Madonna fan Hans returns to Melbourne with an accordion-pumping, foot-stomping, glittering blitzkrieg of cabaret backed by his live band.
Hans: Haus Party – 12th Oct, 10:30pm (Adult)
Hans hosts your late night disco inspired by the opulent New York City club scene of the 80s and 80s. Hans will jump behind the DJ decks spinning tunes from the likes of Donna Summer and Diana Ross through to the modern day to keep you on your feet till midnight!
SPECIAL ALL AGES 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. Featuring Hans the German, Cabaret shows including Bernie Dieters Little Death Club, Weimar Club and Late-Night Hans Haus Party plus rides and amusements including a Ferris Wheel, Dodgem Cars and the thrilling Aviator ride experience.
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 allstar blues musicians with continuous live music, multiple stages, food trucks and Coopers Garden Bar licensed venue.
Tickets for all shows can be booked online wonderlandspiegeltent.com.au or in person at The Wonderland Spiegeltent Box Office (open 1hr prior to each show). Full details also at fedsquare.com/. For more information on the Blues Festival visit bluesmusicfestival.com.au/
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