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"Spiegel tent"

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Something I've not come across in all my years in Holland.
A throwback to the late 1800's.
A "spiegel tent" (mirror-tent) is a place where people came to dance. It's a kind of travelling entertainment venue, part circus, part pub, part dance-hall.
A wooden, circular dance floor surrounded by mirror and coloured glass walls and all little booths to sit in and watch the fun from.
In the days when it would have been frowned upon to have a permanent pub or a bar in those Dutch-reformed villages, the arrival of this thing would have been quite a spectacle.
This one is in original condition and travells around Europe putting on shows, dances and still providing a spectacle here in the middle of our town square.
17th Aug 2008, 14:29   | tags:,

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Alfie says:

your at the Fringe? I was so close to going this year.

The Spiegel tent? An ex girlfriend of mine stole a *lot* of money serving beer there, I mean, a *lot*, something approaching 4k in the month she was there.

17th Aug 2008, 14:51

JokerXL says:

Not the fringe Alfie, our town square, here in Zevenaar.
Was pretty quiet there this afternoon, a kid's puppet thing going on there.
Dinner & Dance tonight, but we're at home having a nice salad and some cheesecake I made yesterday.

17th Aug 2008, 15:41

Caine says:

How cool! Fab series.

17th Aug 2008, 16:45

billion says:

I think alfie was referring to the spiegeltent here in edinburgh. it's one of the best places to drink during the fringe.

18th Aug 2008, 11:17

taniwha says:

What a neat idea. In a time when the oublic dislikes gatherings of people, we need more places for people to gather together. Nice one.

18th Aug 2008, 13:38