Fine dining, cabaret, acrobatics, and music will come together under an elaborate, enclosed tent at Queen Elizabeth Park in Vancouver next winter.
Earlier this week, Vancouver Park Board commissioners approved a proposal by Bacio Rosso Entertainment to bring an indoor circus-based show to the hilltop park from November 1, 2018 to March 31, 2019.
There will be world-class international circus artists, cabaret singers, comedians, and musicians, and it will be accompanied with a multi-course gourmet meal prepared by a local star chef.
It will be held in a “jewel box-like venue” called a “Spiegeltent” – an antique magic mirror tent lined with plush red velvet, hand crafted woodwork, and over 2,000 beveled mirrors.
Under the tent will be stages, booths, a full-service bar, dining tables, and an attractive foyer and entrance.
Approximately 20,000 sq. ft. of the parking lot near West 37th Avenue, next to the tennis courts and golf course, will be used by the event, which will run four to six nights per week beginning at 7 pm. Each nightly show and feast will last for three hours and have a capacity for 325 guests.
“I’m really pleased to see it. I think it’s really unique compared to the types of events we usually get. Typically we get events for the summertime, and we get them all for Stanley Park,” said Park Board commissioner Sarah Kirby-Yung.
“We don’t necessary have the opportunity to diversify in terms of adding fun, unique entertainment offerings to Vancouverites during the rest of the year and typically during a less demand season, and to spread the activity level to different neighbourhoods.”
She added that it could compliment other holiday season events held at other sites in Queen Elizabeth Park.
According to Park Board staff, this will be Canada’s first gourmet cirque cabaret experience. Similar gourmet cabaret experiences are found in cities like Berlin, Vienna, Amsterdam, Nuremberg, Stuttgart, Basel, and Munich.
A permanent show called the Teatro Zinzanni has been running in Seattle since 1998.
The producer of the upcoming Vancouver event previously worked with these aforementioned international shows.