Adelaide Cabaret Festival is an annual festival commencing on the Queen’s Birthday long weekend each June. 

Established in 2001 and the biggest cabaret festival in the world, Adelaide Festival Centre's Adelaide Cabaret Festival is a major event in the international and Australian arts calendar.

The festival has garnered a reputation of highlighting the best local, national and international artists through an eclectic program of classic and contemporary cabaret performances. 

In 2020, Adelaide Cabaret Festival was cancelled before the program was released due to the declaration of a public health emergency as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic. As a result, a digital version of the festival was conceived called Bite-Sized & Home Delivered featuring artists from the 2020 program. It is being delivered on Facebook from 5 - 20 June.

Artistic Director

Alan Cumming is the first-ever international Artistic Director in Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s history.

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Learn how the festival was born and became the biggest of its kind.

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Past Festivals

See how Adelaide Cabaret Festival has changed throughout the years.

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Who's Making the Festival

The team making Adelaide Festival Centre's Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

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Stay in Touch

If you have any feedback on the website or the festival in general, we'd love to hear from you.

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Cabaret Icon Award

Acknowledging pioneers and leading figures who have had a significant impact on the Australian cabaret industry.

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Nathaniel O'Brien Scholarship

We invite you to nominate yourself or a talented student currently in Year 10 or 11 from regional South Australia for the 2021 Nathaniel O'Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship.

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Class of Cabaret Program

Information about applying for the 2021 Class of Cabaret program.

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The Frank Ford Commission

To us he was the godfather of cabaret, his dedication and passion was whole-hearted and unwavering.

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