Sunday, June 7, 2020

ADELAIDE CABARET FESTIVAL 2020: Bite Sized and Home Delivered


Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020: Bite-Sized and Home Delivered. Artistic Director Julia Zemiro. Digitally delivered to your home online. An Adelaide Festival Centre event. June 5 – 20 2020.


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It’s still not too late to visit the Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s twentieth anniversary. From Friday June 5th to June Saturday June 20th. cabaret aficianados can settle back and enjoy Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020: Bite-Sized and Home-Delivered online and in the comfort of your own home. As Artistic Director Julia Zemiro says, “While we can’t perform on stage to a live audience this year, we hope cabaret fans from across Australia and around the world will enjoy our online offering and the chance to dress up, pop open some bubbles, sit back and be entertained at home”

Artistic Director Julia Zemiro

All one needs to do to soak up the atmosphere is tune in for the bite-sized cabaret from 6 p.m. on Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s facebook page ( Clips from a host of popular cabaret artists, who have featured at previous festivals will be accompanied by videos from the Cabaret Festival’s archives along with pithy posts, stories, snippets and songs recorded in isolation and responding to Sally Bowles’s classic line in Life is a Cabaret from kandor and Ebb’s timeless musical, Cabaret“What good is sitting alone in your room?” There’s no fear of that when you know that you will be joined by Cabaret favourites including Robyn Archer, David Campbell, Ali McGregor and the irrepressible Adelaide entertainer Libby Donovan. International artists include Caroline Nin, Marcel Lucont, Carsie Blanton, Anne Pigalle and Jeanne Plante.

Robyn Archer

After 20 years of providing audiences with a banquet of cabaret delights, the anniversary is too important to pass by, and Zemiro and her team have put together a special selection of treats to savour during the pandemic. It is a festival to celebrate past highlights and look forward to the return to the venues when the health crisis has passed.

When the arts face unexpected challenges as a result of a crisis, artists rise to the challenge with ingenuity, resilience and imagination. “There have been some really creative interpretations of our theme, Zemiro says, and it’s been a pleasure working with our 2020 cabaret  during this challenging isolation period artists.

David Campb

But make no mistake. You won’t be alone. Sassy QBE Cabaret Lounge hosts Franky and Franky will be  on your screen or device to guide you through the festival’s first ever home delivered experience. For people in South Australia, there is a special treat to set the mood for a glamourous night in. Viewers can order a Cabaret Couch Kit wih wine and cheese platters featuring Pol Roger champagne, South Australian wines from Greenock estate and local produce from Out In The Paddock. After all, Life Is A Cabaret Old Chum so come to Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020 home delivered and online. The lineup of artists is impressive and will include over the two weeks of this unique festival Ali McGregor, All the Queen’s men,Anne Pigalle, Ash Flanders, Bec Matthews, Beccy Cole, Bert LaBonte, Caroline Nin,Carsie Blanton, Catherine Alcorn, David Campbell, David Finnigan, Earl Okin, Geraldine Quinn, James Galea, Jeanne Plante,Josh Quong Tart, Julia zemiro, Kate Ceberano, Libby O’Donovan,Marcel Lucont, Max Savage, Nicci Wilks, Plonk Family Band, Rbyn Archer, Sam McMahon, Sarah ward, Thando, The Hamiltons, The Sisters of Invention andTrevor Jones. Viewers may recognize many of these as old favourites including past and present directors of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival. If there are artists you don’t know then this is the perfect opportunity to get a bite-sized glimpse of a new cabaret experience.

Catherine Alcorn

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival is proudly supported by the Adelaide Festival Centre and CEO and Artistic Director  Douglas Gautier shares the excitement of this ingenious solution to the challenge posed by the nation’s public health crisis. “We are delighted to be reflecting on the festival’s 20 year history.” Gautier says, “while also celebrating the incomparable performers who make it possible. While we all eagerly await the return of large-scale live events once it is safe to do so, it is wonderful to be connecting digitally witth our audiences through one of our most popular festivals.”

Zemiro echoes the sentiments and applauds the ingenuity and spirit of the artists who will both celebrate the twentieth anniversary and keep the festival alive and looking forward to hopefully going back to a live event in 2021. “There have been some really creative interpretations of our theme and it’s been such a pleasure working with our 2020 cabaret artists during this challenging isolation period. “

“We hope the following weeks bring some sparkle to people’s lives through the power of great music performance, frivolity and fun”


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