Coordinates: 34°55′43″S 138°36′03″E / 34.9285°S 138.6007°E / -34.9285; 138.6007

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is an annual cabaret festival held in the South Australian capital of Adelaide, held in June each year since 2001.

History

Adelaide Cabaret Festival emerged during a period of change and uncertainty. During the late 1990s the number of big stage musicals was in decline across the country. Frank Ford approached then Arts Minister, Diana Laidlaw, who committed funding to establish the first cabaret festival at the Adelaide Festival Centre.

The first festival took place in May 2001 and featured Australian jazz musician James Morrison, musical satirist Phil Scott, and Australian musical theatre star Caroline O’Connor (a late replacement for Nina Simone). The festival proved successful, both critically and commercially, and the state government committed to a further three years of funding. The inaugural festival director was Julia Holt.

Description

The Festival starts on the Friday of the Queen's Birthday long weekend each June and is hosted by the Adelaide Festival Centre and runs for about two weeks. It is the biggest cabaret festival in the world.[1][2]

Festival Directors

Festival dates

  • 2002: 7 – 23 June
  • 2003: 6 – 22 June
  • 2004: 11 – 26 June
  • 2005: 10 – 25 June
  • 2006: 9 – 24 June
  • 2007: 8 – 23 June
  • 2008: 6 – 14 June
  • 2009: 5 – 20 June
  • 2010: 11 – 26 June
  • 2011: 11 – 25 June
  • 2012: 8 – 23 June
  • 2013: 7 – 22 June
  • 2014: 5 – 20 June
  • 2015: 5 – 20 June
  • 2016: 10 – 25 June
  • 2017: 9 – 24 June
  • 2018: 8 – 23 June
  • 2019: 7 – 22 June
  • 2020: 5 – 20 June 2020 Due to the COVID-19 pandemic in Australia, an online festival dubbed Bite-Sized & Home Delivered was presented on Facebook[4][5]
  • 2021: 11 – 26 June

Past acts

Artists featured in past festivals includeDame Edna Everage (AUS), Kristin Chenoweth (USA), Alan Cumming (SCT), Idina Menzel (USA), Dita Von Teese (USA), Megan Hilty (USA) Lea Salonga (PHIL), Cassandra Wilson (USA), Olivia Newton-John (AUS), Molly Ringwald (USA), Lenny Henry (UK), Ben Vereen (USA), Mary Wilson (USA), Tim Minchin (AUS), Natalie Cole (USA), Camille O’Sullivan (IRE), Paul Kelly (AUS), Bernadette Peters (USA), Stephen Schwartz (USA), Eddie Perfect (AUS), Rhonda Burchmore (AUS), Micheline Van Hautem (BEL), iOTA (AUS), Lanie Lane (AUS), Caroline Nin (FRA), Michael Feinstein (USA), Mandy Patinkin (USA) and Anthony Warlow (AUS).

References

  1. ^ "Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2019 Programme". scenestr - Pop Culture & Entertainment. 2 April 2019. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  2. ^ "Adelaide Cabaret Festival". Adelaide Cabaret Festival. 16 October 2006. Archived from the original on 4 October 2006. Retrieved 16 October 2006.
  3. ^ Frangos, Daniela (22 June 2020). "Acclaimed Actor Alan Cumming Announced as Artistic Director of Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2021". Broadsheet. Retrieved 23 June 2020.
  4. ^ "Bite-Sized & Home Delivered". Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Retrieved 24 June 2020.
  5. ^ "Bite-Sized & Home Delivered: Highlights". YouTube. Retrieved 24 June 2020.

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