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Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2018

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Gone are the days of cabaret being about skimpy costumes and moulin rouge. Although those are still there, today's cabaret is a delight of great shows and music, fantastic performances, dinners and diversity. Here in Adelaide, we are blessed each year with all of this and more. If any or all of this sounds fabulous to you, then the Adelaide Cabaret Festival to be held from Friday 8 to Saturday 23 June 2018, is here to fill you with joy and warmth from your head to your toes.

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Photo: Adelaide Cabaret Festival


This year, the festival is back under one roof following the amazing and exciting transformation of the Adelaide Festival Centre. There is a new entrance on Elder Park, new foyers, venues and the fabulous Walk of Fame that connects King William Road and the Riverbank Footbridge, all providing easy access to festival venues and bars.

This year's opening weekend will see the festival launched with the Variety Gala Performance held at the Festival Theatre on Friday 8 June 2018 at 8 pm. It is a 90 minute cocktail of cabaret stars with Artistic Director Ali McGregor playing ringmaster to give you a tasting plate of talent. General admission tickets range from $39.95 to $109.90 or subscribe and save tickets are $84.90 adults and $79.90 concession.

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The Legend of Queen Kong - Episode II in outer Space. Photo: Adelaide Cabaret Festival


Showing that the festival is not just for adults, the Family Gala on Saturday 9 June 2018 at 2.30 pm will delight the kids. In the Dunstan Playhouse, this 60 minute will see Artistic Director Ali McGregor don her best-glittered shoes and recycled trash to lead a stellar cast of singers, dancers and comics to have kids and grownups squealing. Suitable for ages 2 100, tickets range from $20 concession to $80 family or subscribe and save tickets are $20.

The festival offers so much to choose from, in so many different genres, that it is almost impossible to decide which, what and who to see. Opening week will provide an array of choices from The Cat Empire with special guests (10 June), Glorious Misfits (8 11 June), Amber Martin in Janis:Undead (8 10 June) or Bosom Buddies with Nancye Hayes and Todd McKenney (10 11 June).

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The Cat Empire. Photo: Adelaide Cabaret Festival


The second week will be delightful with the absolutely amazing Andrew O'Keefe (14 16 June), Hans & Lucky Seven's Loveboat! (16 17 June), Sunglasses at Night with Geraldine Quinn (15 17 June) and The Girl Who Jumped Off the Hollywood Sign with Joanne Hartstone (16 17 June).

The final week will see you enjoying Cake with Johanna Allen (20 21 June), Patti LuPone (21 June) and Wayne Brady with Brady AF (20 June).

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Patti LuPone. Photo: Adelaide Cabaret Festival


The Winter Soulstice Closing Gala will see one and all gather around the cabaret hearth on Saturday 23 June at 8 pm for 90 minutes of the finest cabaret acts from across the country and around the world. This will be an evening of music and stories that will have you forgetting it is winter outside.

There are also a range of free events for you to enjoy throughout the festival. Don't miss Peter Goers' live local broadcast on Thursday 14 June from 7 pm to 10 pm, Cabaret Catch Up with Sonya Feldhoff on Saturday 16 June from 2 pm to 4 pm at Artspace or candid conversations with First Unsettlers on 9, 16 or 23 June at the Quartet Bar, Festival Theatre Foyer.

Do not let these suggestions limit your thinking, there is a plethora of opportunities available at the website.

If you like to wine and dine there are fantastic foodie options around the Theatre. The Wintergarden will be resplendent with pop up eateries featuring locally sourced hearty meals, coffee and sweets for before, between and after shows. The Star Kitchen and Bar will be open 8.30 am to 5 pm daily or til late during evening shows and is along the Walk of Fame. Sean's Kitchen is located in Station Lane beside the Adelaide Casino and has amazing food options, or there is the Neon Bar Kitchen under the footbridge and Koffee Ink in Elder Park. There is absolutely no reason to go hungry!

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Head to The Wintergarden for great eats before, between and after. Photo: Adelaide Cabaret Festival


Pricing varies based on which performances you choose. Tickets can be made for individual shows at the website and on the specific show's event page, by phoning Bass on 131 246 Monday to Saturday 9 am to 6 pm or over the counter at the Adelaide Festival Centre Box Office or BASS Outlets. The Box Office is open Monday to Friday 9 am to 6 pm and Saturday 9 am to 5 pm.

Discount tickets can be purchased by choosing Buy Subscription on any event page. For this option, you will need to purchase tickets to a minimum of four shows.

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Briefs Factory, Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2017. Photo: Adelaide Cabaret Festival


Who said all the fun happens in Adelaide in February and March!

With the Festival Theatre carpark closed, Wilson Parking is offering discounted parking at the Adelaide Central car park at 225 North Terrace. There are also many other options with parking available along the Riverbank, at the Convention Centre and Adelaide Oval. Please see Adelaide Metro for public transport option.
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Why? Best winter fun in Adelaide.
When: 8 to 23 June 2018
Phone: 8216 8600, 131246 for tickets
Where: Adelaide Festival Centre and Riverbank
Cost: Varies
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