Not just a tent

2008-06-19 00:00

Madame Zingara: Aphrodisia

However, this is no ordinary circus tent, neither does it offer any ordinary entertainment. This is Madame Zingara, as the venue is known, a glamorous “lady” named after visionary restaurant owner Richard Griffin’s Cape Town venue which burnt down in 2006. Madame Zingara is a spiegelpalais, an original twenties magnificent mirror tent of the kind first built in Belgium around 1900 when they were used as travelling dancehalls. One of the very few left in the world today, this one is hung with sumptuous fabric, festooned with gilded cherubs and surrounded by stained-glass panelling, all reflected in the elegant mirrored posts. publishes all comments posted on articles provided that they adhere to our Comments Policy. Should you wish to report a comment for editorial review, please do so by clicking the 'Report Comment' button to the right of each comment.

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