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The Famous Spiegel Garden

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The Famous Spiegel Garden has once again opened next to the iconic Arts Centre in Melbourne. The name of this venture refers to a 'spiegeltent,' a large traveling tent, made of wood, velvet, canvas, mirrors and stained glass, which is used as a stage for various performers.The spiegeltent is a 19th Century concept but continues to be a popular attraction at arts festivals worldwide including the Sydney Festival, Adelaide Festival of Arts, Auckland Festival, Brighton Festival and Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

The spiegeltent currently on display outside The Arts Centre is 'The Famous Spiegeltent,' which was constructed in 1920. The grand and extravagant tent is currently owned and managed by Australian pianist and theatrical producer David Bates, and has been used as a venue for many different types of performers over the years, including musicians, comedians, circus performers and cabaret-style acts.

Currently The Famous Spiegeltent is presenting an exciting program of events until April 24, 2011. Some of the upcoming event highlights include music performances by the likes of My Friend the Chocolate Cake, Lior, Kate Ceberano and The Black Jesus Experience.

Upcoming comedy shows include Caroline Rhea, Eddie Perfect and Reggie Watts. Some of these upcoming stand-up shows are part of the 2011 Melbourne International Comedy Festival which opens on March 30.

Cabaret shows include Cantina, Dick and Christa Hughes present 21st Century Blues and Ali McGregor's Late-Night Variety-Nite Night. For the full listing of ticketed events at the The Famous Spiegeltent, click here.

Other attractions of The Famous Spiegel Garden include:
The Trophy Room - where you can indulge in high tea, cocktails or late night dining.
The Banana Lounge - a special place where you can relax on a picnic rug or deckchair.
The Reading Room - Relax with a coffee and catch up on some reading.
The Games Lawn - Try your hand at Badminton, Croquet and even Quoits!

To keep up to date with all the special events and attractions at The Famous Speigel Garden keep an eye on The Grapevine, Facebook, Twitter and Youtube.

The Famous Speigel Garden is open from 4pm on weekdays and 11am on weekends. Note entrance to the The Famous Speigel Garden is free, however events are ticketed. Also while the venue is suitable for adults and families (there are some kids workshops and entertainment programs), it is a licensed venue and persons under 18 will only be admitted when accompanied at all times by a parent or legal guardian.
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Why? A Special All in One Entertainment Complex
When: Until April 24, 2011
Where: The Arts Centre - 100 St Kilda Rd, Melbourne VIC 3004
Cost: Free Entrance - Concerts, Shows and Performances are Ticketed
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