In a bid to address the national live entertainment crisis and create a new performance venue, Wynnum Fringe, a major Brisbane arts festival, has launched a crowdfunding campaign to restore a forgotten Spiegeltent from Augathella, Queensland.

The ambitious project aims to raise $500,000 to relocate and revive the derelict tent, originally commissioned by the Queensland Government in 2008. Designed by a renowned Belgian tent-building family, The Augathella Spiegeltent boasts a unique design that blends traditional European techniques with an Australian shearing shed aesthetic.

Wynnum Fringe founder Tom Oliver views the project as a solution to the recent closures of music venues and festivals across Australia. "This will provide a much-needed platform for emerging talent, while creating jobs and boosting the local economy," he said.

The Augathella Spiegeltent fell into disrepair after serving as a community function centre for several years. Murweh Shire Council Mayor Cr Shaun Radnedge is enthusiastic about the project, highlighting the opportunity to "revitalise and restore this great asset" and celebrate Queensland's regional history.

The funds raised will cover the 800km journey from Augathella to Brisbane, deconstruction, transportation, and reconstruction of the Spiegeltent. Notably, donations over $1,000 will be immortalised with a name inscription on the venue's floorboards.

Wynnum Fringe itself has seen impressive growth since its inception in 2020. The festival has employed over 2,500 creative workers, attracted over 100,000 visitors, and injected millions into the local economy. Oliver envisions the Spiegeltent as a launchpad for Queensland artists, "an engine get up and ready to tour the world."

The crowdfunding campaign is a testament to Wynnum Fringe's commitment to fostering artistic development and addressing the challenges faced by the national live entertainment industry.

All donations over $2 are fully tax deductible and both corporations and community members are invited to support this vital initiative. For more information, visit 

Crowdfunding link - Australian Cultural Fund