Spiegel Fest ready for explosive fun

Taranaki’s newest entertainment festival is about to heat up the region with explosive fun and intoxicating live performances.

Spiegel Fest opens this Thursday with an entertainment bill that is packed with incredible acts.

The stunning Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent is at the heart of this festival, and it will play host to a bevy of events, including the international and intoxicating cabaret and circus style production LIMBO Up Close.

Limbo Up Close is headlining the festival, and promises to whisk audiences into a sinister netherworld of breath-taking aerial acrobatics and jaw-dropping stunts.

The rest of the festival line-up is just as good, and is packed with award-winning acts, highly decorated performers, and an enticing selection of live music.

Among the line-up is a delicious family-friendly dance theatre Chocolate, as well as comedic stand-up Kura Shoulda Woulda, and midday brassy tunes from local favourites The Great Taranaki Steam Band and The Devon Hotel New Plymouth Brass.

Theatre legend Jennifer Ward-Lealand, Māori musical treasure Troy Kingi, and acclaimed Kiwi entertainer Rutene Spooner will show off their theatrical skills, while international comedic star Jamie Bowen will interview Taranaki’s very own Patrick Gower.

There’s also a free community event filled with talented local poets and singer-songwriters collaborating in Arranged Marriage.

Taft chief executive Suzanne Porter says tickets are flying out the door for the festival, which runs from November 21 to December 1.

“There’s a show for everyone,” she says.

“I can’t wait for this line-up it’s packed with so many talented performers, we know audiences are going to have a great time throughout Taranaki.”

The opulent Pacific Crystal Palace Spiegeltent has been constructed by a team of 16 people, and the man in charge of the operations of the festival says it’s been amazing.

“It’s like when you’re a child building your toy Meccano set, but this is on a much larger scale,” Taft’s Steve Molloy says.

“It’s like a giant adult Meccano set with 3000 pieces that spectacularly fit together.

“It’s amazing to see it all come together in under two weeks and then how quickly it will go down. I hope people come out and enjoy the shows and appreciate the vibrant space we have created.”

  • Spiegel Fest runs from November 21 to December 1, with shows around Taranaki. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit