Halfway through the season, so it’s about time we give you an update.
After a rainy first part of the season, we are getting ready for the season finale! To us this marks the start of the busiest part of the year. Travelling, building and hopefully enjoying some free time in cities all over Europe.
It will be nearly impossible to miss us the next few months, since we will be visiting more than 40 cities in 9 different countries!
Let us take you back to a few of our personal highlights and look forward to exciting new challenges in the future.
Due to our Dutch roots we do not fear a little bit of cold and rain. Therefore we didn’t think twice about driving all the way to Lillehammer to expand our horizon and build a Spiegeltent for the Norwegian Festival of Literature.
We had never been this far up north before, so we didn’t quite know what to expect. All we knew were the mountains, snow, lakes and saunas. Our crew soon discovered that Norway has more to offer than that.
After the organisation gave us a warm welcome (and some help getting there) our crew set off to build our Deluxe. It may be our smallest Spiegeltent, but it proves good things come in small packages. Due to its intimacy, it is perfectly suited for a Literature Festival in a beautiful city like Lillehammer.
Luckily our crew had some time left to explore the mountains (which almost resulted in them getting stuck in snow) and the hotels’ spa facilities. They returned with another story to share and we hope the Festival shares their enthusiasm.
We are looking forward to be coming back next year!
Australia has become our second home during winter and spring. Every year we try to avoid the cold by spending time with our Australian friends. Traditionally ending our Southern season with the Spiegeltent in Tasmania. Time to give this small island the credits it deserves.
The last few years we have visited and explored Hobart, the main city on the small Island of Tasmania. Ten Days organises a great arts festival on this beautiful Island, and we are happy to come here. There is nothing like having a beer in the Australian sun, enjoying nice company and good shows. The Tasmanian International Arts Festival captures that feeling perfectly, and we are already looking forward to reuniting with our Australian friends.
Talking about friends, we have lots of friends we would like to introduce. From our slightly goofy neighbours to one of our main partners in London.
To call them our goofy neighbours is somewhat of an insult, but it does describe the general idea. Home for most of the year to our oldest Spiegeltent the ‘Romantiek’, this exceptional campsite has proven itself to be a unique place.
Rob van Rosmalen was one of the main initiators of the Lievelinge and that is noticeable. Forget everything you know about normal campsites and start thinking about Mongolian yurts, tipis, school buses, gypsy wagons, and everything else that had been forgotten. The Lievelinge creates a place where people can enjoy their creativity and experience true hospitality.
Take a step back from everyday busy life, and remember the good things like friendship, a campfire, good food and the freedom to do whatever you like. All of that combined with the luxury of a comfortable bed in a beautiful surrounding.
The Lievelinge is a world on its own!
For the last couple of years we are proud to be working with Underbelly. Famous for great events like the Underbelly Festival, London Wonderground, Comedy Hullabaloo and Edinburgh’s Christmas. Underbelly is all about entertainment, and hosts some of the greatest shows in the UK.
Luckily for us, they frequently ask us to build them a unique venue. We have said it before, but the Spiegeltent is made for entertainment, and this proves it yet again. Nothing makes us happier than to share our love for live theatre with the rest of the world, and Underbelly makes this possible.
We hope you take the time to visit one of their shows (and our Spiegeltent), because we know for sure you will not be disappointed.
No stranger to most people (especially the Dutch) is Mysteryland; the longest running dance event in the world. The festival is a pioneer and keeps on reinventing itself. That makes it the leading example for other great events in the world.
Besides music, the festival offers a wide range of theatre, film, art, shows and lots of creativity. This year we travelled with Mysteryland to the 69 Woodstock site in New York, to be a part of something special. At this amazing venue, we combined old surroundings with new forms of art, and loved the result.