The event will kick off with an opening gala at the Palais Theatre on the Saturday the 6th of June. Following this, venues across Melbourne will be bursting with exciting, lively cabaret until Sunday July 7th. This year is sure to be exciting, with 2012 attracting over 8,000 visitors - 83% more than 2011.
This can only mean great things for 2013. The festival will contain a myriad of cabaret shows including comedy, vaudeville, New York styled acted, gay and lesbian and musical theatre stars.
Sheilas of the '70s at the Opening Gala 2012. Photo by James Thomas.
But it's more than just a show. The Melbourne Cabaret Festival gives visitors a chance to immerse themselves in some of our city's best nightlife. There are seven bars on offer, as well as elegant meals to be enjoyed with views of the stage.
A Full House at Chapel off Chapel 2012. Photo by James Thomas.
The Melbourne Cabaret Festival is a non-for-profit organisation. Its funding comes entirely from sponsorships, fundraisers and ticket sales.
Organisers David Read and Neville Slice formally owned and ran The Butterfly Club. It was here that they witnessed talented cabaret acts with nowhere to progress. Inspired to give performers a bigger, more extravagant chance to show the public their skills, they created the Melbourne Cabaret Festival.