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What good is sitting alone in your room? Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020 re-imagined

Cabaret aficionados will be able to savour the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in its re-imagined format, Bite-Sized & Home Delivered, where they’ll be serving canapés rather than their usual smorgasbord of acts.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Julia Zemiro and her team have curated a collection of bite-sized clips from artists who were set to feature in the 2020 program. From 5 to 20 June, you are invited to tune into social media where video memories will be posted, including photos from the cabaret archives, as we tip our bowler hats to two decades of Adelaide Festival Centre’s much-loved winter festival.

Artistic Director Julia Zemiro | credit – Diana Melfi

While audiences could not meet in person this year, Zemiro was looking forward to celebrating the spirit of South Australia’s favourite winter event on what will be the 20th Anniversary of Adelaide Cabaret Festival.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020: Bite-Sized & Home Delivered will highlight cabaret favourites sharing pithy stories, snippets, and songs recorded whilst they’ve been in isolation, and responding to the classic line from Life Is A Cabaret: ‘What Good Is Sitting Alone In Your Room?’

“Grab a glass of champagne, pop on some sparkles and heels, and enjoy cabaret on your couch.”

Julia Zemiro, Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director

Zemiro hopes you are entertained and that you find laughter and playful moments through the online platform.

“Everything we love about cabaret and performance is that feeling of real people around you – sharing something, laughing, singing, crying, clapping, dancing, chatting,” Zemiro said, “while there is no way we could re-create the amazing program the team and I had put together this year, we didn’t want to leave an empty space.”

Douglas Gautier, Adelaide Festival Centre’s CEO, is delighted to be supporting local, national, and international artists and arts workers during this difficult time by providing a platform for cabaret to shine. Gautier looks forward to welcoming audiences back to the Adelaide Festival Centre, safely, in 2021.

There has never been a more important time to bring solace through the arts and we hope Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s new online offering will uplift audiences by delivering what we do best.

– Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM 
cabaret artist and former Artistic Director Ali McGregor | credit – Alan Moyle

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2020: Bite-Sized & Home Delivered artist lineup includes Caroline Nin, Ali McGregor, David Campbell, Kate Ceberano, Sarah Ward, Josh Quong-Tart, Bec Matthews, Thando, Robyn Archer, Libby O’Donovan, Beccy Cole, The Sisters of Invention, David Finnigan, Bert LaBonte, Jeanne Plante, Trevor Jones, All The Queens Men, Max Savage, The Hamiltons, Geraldine Quinn, Carsie Blanton, Plonk Family Band, Marcel Lucont, Ash Flanders, Anne Pigalle, Sam McMahon, Nicci Wilks, Catherine Alcorn, and James Galea.

Tune in for bite-sized cabaret from 6.00 pm Friday, 5 June on Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s Facebook: www.facebook.com/adelaidecabaretfestival

Clips will be posted from 5 to 7 June and then at 6.00 pm every Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday until 20 June.

Visit: adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au
FB @adelaidecabaretfestival IG @adelaidecabaret
TW @adelaidecabaret Hashtag #AdCabFest

Viewers are encouraged to share their own favourite memories and join the conversation with #CabaretAtHome and #AdCabFest.

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