Adelaide Festival Centre announces new Artistic Director for Adelaide Cabaret Festival for 2012 and 2013.
Adelaide Festival Centre’s CEO and Artistic Director, Douglas Gautier announced today that the Artistic Director for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival for 2012 and 2013 will be Kate Ceberano.
Award-winning singer and songwriter, Kate Ceberano has been a leading star of Australia’s music industry writing and singing soul, jazz and pop for more than 25 years. She has won multiple ARIA and Mo awards, a Logie Award and achieved five Platinum and five Gold albums. She has sold more than one million albums in Australia alone.
Kate was the winner of season six of Channel 7’s Dancing with the Stars, helping the show to be the highest rated television program in 2007. She played the role of Mary in Jesus Christ Superstar which toured nationally with the album the biggest hit of the year (4 times Platinum). She also won a Logie Award for Most Popular Music Video for Everything’s Alright taken from the show.
Kate hosted her own late-night cabaret-style show on ABC TV during 1993-1994, Kate Ceberano and Friends.
A strong believer in using her gifts for the good of others, Kate is the Victorian Ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation, helping the organisation to raise awareness and funds for the disease.
“I am very excited about Kate’s appointment as David Campbell’s successor for the 2012 and 2013 Adelaide Cabaret Festivals,” said Douglas Gautier, Chief Executive Officer and Artistic Director of Adelaide Festival Centre.
“David, and Julia Holt before him, were integral in developing the Adelaide Cabaret Festival – one of the jewels in the Adelaide Festival Centre crown – into an event which has attracted attendances of more than 500,000 over its ten year history. It is an event which attracts significant sponsorship and which is a favourite on the arts calendar for artists and audiences alike,” Douglas said.
“David and Lisa Campbell are doing a sensational job and we are looking forward to what they have in store for the 2011 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. They know we are leaving the door open for them to return as the artistic direction team in the future. The success of the last two festivals has very much been due to their creative programming which has really connected with audiences. As a consummate performer himself and one who has great rapport with his audiences, David has a good handle on what audiences want,” he said.
Douglas explained that appointing Kate for 2012 and 2013 is part of the Festival Centre’s desire to keep building and growing the reputation of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival which continues to receive interest from artists, media and audiences from around the world.
Ideally a Festival of this size and scope takes well over a year to bring together so Kate will be able to commence thinking now about what she‚Äôd like to bring to the event in 2012 and 2013.
“I’m very excited and motivated to get into my role as Artistic Director of Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2012-2013. To be able to craft an event that invites the level of talent and creativity for Australian audiences is in itself inspirational, but to also work with the calibre of directors and administrators, who have to date, been making this festival one of the most successful in the world is thrilling,” Kate said.
“I have huge admiration for David and his wife Lisa and what they have achieved over the last two years. He is an inspiration and a great friend and understands exactly what it is to strive to make a difference and really aim for something sky high!!! He mirrors my dreams as an artist. And I’m going to be very challenged and motivated to continue to create the standard he has set,” she said.
Also announced today, by the Premier, was extra ongoing funding of $500,000 per year for the Adelaide Cabaret Festival and $250,000 per year for the Festival Centre’s annual OzAsia Festival from this year.
Premier and Arts Minister Mike Rann said “the Cabaret Festival has grown from strength to strength under Julia and then David’s artistic leadership.”
“David put on a spectacular 10th Anniversary Cabaret Festival this year and I look forward to next year’s Festival under his visionary artistic leadership.”
“I’m delighted that Kate Ceberano has agreed to take over the Festival from 2012, and as we prepare for a new era, I am happy to announce today that the one off funding of $500,000 allocated for the special 10th anniversary event is now to be ongoing.”
“I am also delighted to announce that we have allocated, for the first time, $250,000 per year, specifically for the OzAsia Festival.”
“This unique Festival is important in celebrating the rich and diverse cultures within the Asia Pacific region, the ties we have with countries throughout the region and also in fostering an understanding and celebration of the contribution that these cultures make within our own community,” Mr Rann said.
Douglas thanked the Premier and the State Government for their ongoing support to enable the Festival Centre to bring the best work it can from around the world for South Australian audiences and visitors.
The 2011 Adelaide Cabaret Festival, with David Campbell at the artistic helm, will open on Friday 10 June.
“We are thrilled to have been given an extended budget to work with for the 2011 Adelaide Cabaret Festival. After the huge success of the previous two Festivals, this helps ensure the next can be even bigger and better,” said David Campbell in response.
“It is an honour to run the Festival and Kate Ceberano could not be a more fabulous successor. She is a dear friend, an exceptional performer and I look forward to seeing what she does with the 2012 program,” David said