Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2012 Program Announced

Kate Ceberano has secured an impressive line-up of acclaimed international, national and local artists in her debut year as Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.


Kate Ceberano has secured an impressive line-up of acclaimed international, national and local artists in her debut year as Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

The 2012 program features 110 international artists from the United States of America, United Kingdom, Canada, France, Ireland and the best from Australia with 194 Australian artists, 110 of those South Australian performers. Showcasing eight World premieres, seven Australian premieres and 20 Adelaide premieres, the vibrant program also features 12 international shows, many of which are exclusive to the Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Opening on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival includes 146 performances of some 49 different shows across 16 electrifying nights.

In the Festival’s 12 year history, attendances have more than doubled since its inception in 2001. The 2011 Cabaret Festival broke all previous box office records, achieving an estimated 95,000 attendances.

Ceberano’s program builds on the Festival’s reputation for excellence, not only through its stellar performers, but also with a design that matches its international reputation. Kate is working with renowned Australian artist and good friend David Bromley who has been engaged as Festival Designer, to enhance some of the performance spaces, interiors and public areas by providing an overarching aesthetic and visual texture for the Festival.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Kate Ceberano says, “I would like to extend an invitation to come to Adelaide and experience the drama, glamour, and up close and personal nature of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. I hope it will corrupt, provoke and thrill audiences and encourage show-goers to be wild and fabulous. Don’t miss out on Cabaret 2012, I guarantee you won’t be disappointed.”

“The Festival features an eclectic mix of performers from Australia and around the globe. Discover the newest Cabaret talent along with a selection of the world’s leading singer/songwriters, living legends and icons and some old favourites. We’ve just about covered all cabaret bases from comedy, satire, contemporary, rock, pop, blues, soul, swing, gypsy jazz, the Broadway classics, whimsical numbers and most importantly, the artists who will take you on their own personal journeys”.

Opening this year’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival in the elegant Festival Theatre is Adelaide’s night of nights: the Variety Gala Performance on Friday 8 June, sponsored by Adelaide BMW. Guests will walk the red carpet and witness a selection of incredibly talented cabaret artists from this year’s program. Hosted by Kate Ceberano and Mark Nadler, the Gala will provide audiences with a snapshot of some of the highlights of this year’s Festival.

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier says “Under the artistic leadership of celebrated songstress and self-proclaimed South Australian, Kate Ceberano, the 12th  Adelaide Cabaret Festival promises to take you to new and exotic places. For two weeks in June the best cabaret artists from around the world will converge on Adelaide for a winter celebration of intimate performances,“

Adelaide Festival Centre’s youth arts membership program GreenRoom have a range of special offers to Adelaide Cabaret Festival for 16 and 30 year olds, including heavily discounted tickets to a variety of shows, as well as the free Artist Talk ‘How to get your show up’ with the creative team of the show Kurt (Saturday 9 June, Banquet Room). Sign up to GreenRoom in April and receive a free mystery ticket to an Adelaide Cabaret Festival performance. For more information visit

Full program and tickets are on sale now through BASS 131 246 or online Program details are available in the Adelaide Cabaret Festival brochure. Get one free by calling the Adelaide Cabaret Hotline on (08) 8216 8901 or go to

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival thanks Performance Partner Investec, Community Engagement Partner Adelaide City Council, Evening Partners Vili’s and Coopers along with Associate Partners Grant Burge Wines, Adelaide BMW and Moët Hennessy.

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