The programme – which runs from March 1st to 24th – includes such famous names as Parisienne chanteuse Caroline Nin, Irish folk singer Mary Coughlan and world-renowned cabaret artist Robyn Archer, as well as jaw-dropping circus and burlesque from the five-star sell-out show, Briefs. Bands include The Gadflys, Perch Creek Family Band, Mikelangelo & The Black Sea Gentlemen, Flap! and The Naughty Rhythms.
This legendary pleasure garden, with its unique, mirrored, Belgian spiegeltent, has spent many years travelling to arts festivals and fairs throughout Europe and Australia, but will visit Canberra for the first time when it takes its place in the Senate Rose Garden, next to Old Parliament House.
Many top artists originating from the capital will be showcasing their talents at The Spiegeltent, including duo Frencham Smith, singer-songwriter Daniel Champagne, rhythm & blues group The George Washingmachine Band, ’80s good-time party band Cell Block 69 and indie rockers The Falling Joys.
Other highlights include a live broadcast by Australia’s longest-running satirical radio show, How Green Was My Cactus, an afternoon of smooth sounds from Canberra Jazz Club – including the screening of a documentary on Madame Pat Thomson (plus concert) – and a screening of a film series on Canberra from its inception to the present day by the National Film and Sound Archive.
The dazzling season will also include children’s and family entertainment during the days, delicious food, cool drinks, hot sounds and all manner of festival frivolity at night.