Presented By Geert Hautekiet

Automata Carrousel

Part of Greenwich Fair

29 August

Duration: 10 minutes

What to Expect: Participate


Step inside and marvel as this intricate rotating carousel evokes memories of the fairgrounds of the past. Beautifully carved by Flemish artist Geert Hautekiet from pear and lime wood, audiences can interact by operating levers to set in motion a series of mechanical stories. A magical toyshop of the imagination fusing engineering with poetry and sure to awaken the child in everyone.

The show will be performed every 10 minutes throughout the day.

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Automata Carrousel is part of our partnership highlighting Flanders (the Dutch-speaking northern part of Belgium) as one of the world-leading producers of innovative theatre and performing arts. Focus on Flanders is a two-year partnership between GDIF and the Diplomatic Representation of Flanders to the UK, designed to inspire cross-cultural working between the culturally vibrant and diverse destinations of Flanders and London.


Site Access

Site Access information is available on the Greenwich Fair page.

Show Access


  • Wheelchair Accessible
  • Assistance Dog Welcome
  • Audio Described (Digital) – see below

Access content will be available online via your mobile phone. Please bring a charging pack if you are concerned about battery use.


Large-print and Easy Read versions of the festival brochure will be available to download in advance or to pick up on the day. Visit our Access page for more information.

Notes for Audience

The carousal is turned by audience participation. Groups are encouraged to take part. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Where to find it

Automata Carrousel will be performed as part of Greenwich Fair at King Charles Lawns, Old Royal Naval College, Greenwich, SE10 9NN.

About the company

Geert Hautekiet is storyteller and automaton maker from Antwerp, Belgium.
Geert graduated from Product Development (Industrial Design) in Antwerp in 1991. He went on to work as a scenographer (set designer) and has been working in theatre ever since. First as a designer of sets, posters and installations. From 1995 also as a singer/storyteller.
He created several solo theatre performances as a singer-behind-the-piano and toured in Flanders and the Netherlands. He also worked as an actor/singer with various companies. In 2003, he co-founded the MuziekTheaterMakerij Compagnie KAiET and took on the role of artistic director. He created various musical stories, rusty sound machines and rough location performances and became a welcome guest at European summer festivals. In 2009, he made the front page of the New York Times with his project: the archaeological Dig.
Since 2018, he has been making Automata: fully mechanical storytelling machines. This is where all his skills as a storyteller, designer, sound maker and rough tinkerer with recycled materials come together.

Supported by

Automata Carrousel is a production of Geert Hautekiet Producties Comm. V., in co-production with ‘Les Machines de l’île and Boulevard Festival. Supported by Zomer van Antwerpen, Dieuwke Schuijtemaker and the Diplomatic Representation of Flanders in the UK.

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