Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s Cabaret Icon Award celebrates and acknowledges pioneers and leading figures that have had a significant impact on the Australian Cabaret industry.

The first Cabaret Icon Award was presented in 2013 when the Festival was under the artistic direction of Kate Ceberano. The Award is now an annual tradition we are proud to present to our country’s finest cabaret creators.

Previous recipients of the award include the inaugural recipient Reg Livermore AO (2013), Rhonda Burchmore (2014), Frank Ford AM (2015), Robyn Archer (2016), Debra Byrne (2017), David Bates (2018), Meow Meow (2019), David Campbell (2020), and Paul Capsis (2021). The 2022 award was presented to Libby O'Donovan at The 2021 Variety Gala on 25 March 2022.

Libby O'Donovan, Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 Variety Gala Cabaret Icon Award winner. 

Image credit: Sia Duff