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New York Daily Photo: Spiegeltent
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Monday, 20 August 2007


The Spiegeltent is a traveling European mirror tent. These are hand-hewn pavilions built of wood, mirrors, canvas, leaded glass and detailed in velvet and brocade. They have been used as traveling dance halls, bars and entertainment salons since they were created in the early 20th century in Belgium. One of the last remaining Belgian Spiegeltents is The Famous Spiegeltent, which travels around the world to various venues such as the Edinburgh Fringe, the Melbourne International Arts Festival, the Belfast Festival at Queen's and Just for Laughs in Montreal, Canada. The Famous Spiegeltent was built in 1920 by master craftsmen Oscar Mols Dom and Loius Goor. Marlene Dietrich sang ‘Falling In love Again’ on its stage in the 1930’s. There are only a few remaining spiegeltents worldwide at this time (one of the largest is the Grand Spiegeltent) - read more here about Siegeltents here. The one in the photo is located at South Street Seaport as part of Spiegelworld. In tomorrow's posting, I will tell of the spectacular shows I saw there with exterior shots of the tent and environment they have created ...


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