13 Feb 2017

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is the largest event of its kind in the world and has become a major event in the international and Australian arts calendar.

What: Cabaret and entertainment festival

Where: Adelaide Festival Centre

When: Commences on the Queen’s birthday long weekend in June

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is an annual festival commencing on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend each June. The Festival, which is held at the Adelaide Festival Centre, has garnered a reputation of highlighting the best local, national and international artists through an eclectic program of classic and contemporary cabaret performances.


Burlesque megastar Dita Von Teese is among the world's biggest acts to have graced the stage in Adelaide as part of the festival's line-up of international guests.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Stars of the show

Past festivals have featured the likes of Dame Edna Everage, Kristin Chenoweth, Olivia Newton-John, Molly Ringwald and Anthony Warlow - just to name a few.

Festival directors include Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect (2016-2017); Barry Humphries (2015); Kate Ceberano (2012-2014); David Campbell (2009-2011) and inaugural director Julia Holt (2001-2008).

Where it all began

In the late 1990s, the number of big stage musicals was in decline across Australia forcing many talented performers out of work. At the same time, arts identity Frank Ford was concerned about the spike in visiting comedians flooding the Fringe program.

Frank saw the opportunity to create a new festival, showcasing musical theatre and political satire - both of which are a large part of the cabaret genre. The first Festival took place in May 2001 and featured Australian Jazz maestro James Morrison, musical satirist Phil Scott and Australian musical theatre star Caroline O’Connor.


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