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), and David Campbell (2020). The 2021 award was presented to Paul Capsis at on the opening night of the 2021 festival at The Variety Gala on 11 June 2021.

Paul Capsis performing at Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2021 Variety Gala after receiving the Cabaret Icon Award