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Get your eye candy at the Spekken Festival

Get your eye candy at the Spekken Festival

19 dec 2014Lejo Hands Up (c) Spekken

Every Easter and Christmas holidays, the Spekken Festival at Tinnenpot opens the doors to the cultural world of theatre to children from the ages 1 - 12 years old.  ‘Spekken’ means lollies in Ghent dialect and this festival is certainly eye candy for the kids and there is no shortage of choice. Many performances are wordless so are suitable for audiences of all language backgrounds. Let’s take a peek at some of my picks from the Christmas edition of the Spekken Festival.

‘Hands Up’ – Theatre Lejo

This little piece will have you counting your fingers and your toes. The puppets are created from the puppeteer’s own ten fingers and some wooden eye balls. With background music ranging from classical to house, the puppets appear as a dog, a magician, a tap dancer, just to name a few! The children will be amazed and ask how could one man do all of this?

‘De Ridder in het Roze Jurkje’ (The knight in the pink dress) – Element vzw (Dutch spoken)

A 25 minute long shadow puppet show about a princess who dreams about becoming a knight. Her friends help her through as she battles dragons and an angry giant. ‘Being different’ is the theme of this play and after it has finished there will be a craft workshop lasting half an hour around this theme. Ticket price also includes entry to the Count’s Castle Winter Wonderland.

‘Parel’ – De Bovenkamer

This is a wordless show filled with sound and music and is perfect for the littlies. A saxophone, a piano, two voices and a myriad objects prickle the curiosity of the children.  The audience can participate in musical and dancing games.

‘Still’ – Meandertaal

Another wordless show, but certainly none the poorer! Join Meandertaal on a visual journey through paper architecture, pop-ups and object theatre. ‘Still’ is an ode to the power of imagination, a visual theatre piece set to cello music.

‘Vingerslag – De Wancel

A wordless musical story about two baby birds who live in a cosy backyard with their mother. Until one day, one discovers a hole in the fence, and the two curious birds decide to see what the world outside looks like…


You can buy tickets in the Uitbureau,  Veldstraat 82, 9000 Gent - (Tel)  0032(0)9/233 77 88 - www.uitbureau.be or via www.spekken.be

Be quick because the shows are sure to sell out fast! 

Lejo Hands Up (c) Spekken
Meandertaal Still (c) Spekken
De Bovenkamer Parel (c) Spekken