Frank Ford

(18 Mar 1935 - 27 Sep 2018)

Image: Claudio Raschella Photographer

We are deeply saddened by the passing of the beloved founder of our Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Frank Ford.
To us he was the godfather of cabaret, his dedication and passion was whole-hearted and unwavering.
He was the champion of artists everywhere and we will miss his mentorship, passion and beaming smiles.

Frank Ford will be honoured with a star on the Walk of Fame along the East-West promenade of Adelaide Festival Centre. His name will join the star-studded walkway which features more than 130 names of some of the great artists that have graced the stages of Adelaide Festival Centre over its history.

Frank Ford has bequeathed a generous, long lasting legacy to his beloved SA arts community. For the next decade, the Frank Ford Commissioning Award will provide $20,000 a year towards the commissioning of new South Australian cabaret works to be performed by local artists at Adelaide Cabaret Festival. Ford, who conceived the festival, was awarded the Adelaide Cabaret Festival icon award in 2015 and was chair of the festival’s Advocacy Committee.   

Frank Ford AM, who died in September 2018 aged 83, was a pivotal figure in the development of both Adelaide Cabaret Festival and the Adelaide Fringe. He was a mentor to several generations of Adelaide artists and creatives and was an active writer and director.

 “Frank was a man who clearly stood for all the good things: music, art and love. My talks with him inspired and energised me. His passion for theatre and music was enthralling. I am deeply humbled and thankful to be one of the drivers in finding excellent work through this generous yearly gift.” Julia Zemiro, Artistic Director,  Adelaide Cabaret Festival

On behalf of Adelaide Cabaret Festival, Adelaide Festival Centre and SA artists; we are humbled and truly grateful for Frank for this gift to our arts community.