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Inaugural Cabaret Festival Coming To Sydney In 2019

13 March 2019 | 11:05 am | Staff Writer

"What good is sitting alone in your room?"

Good news cabaret fans - the inaugural Sydney Cabaret Festival will be going ahead this July and has just revealed an epic program of events. 

Celebrating both international and Australian cabaret stars, the festival is set to feature the Tony Award-winning Jennifer Holliday as headliner along with Natalie Joy Johnson, Ruben Kaye, Kim David Smith, Alison Jiear and a whole lot more from 5 July through to 14 July.

Festival Artistic Director Trevor Ashley said he was thrilled with the program.


"I have loved Cabaret as long as I can remember," he said. "As a confused child growing up I discovered this incredible artform that celebrated unique personalities, and more than that, an irreplaceable bond between artist and audience. Seeing artists like Lorrae Desmond, Julie Anthony and Geraldine Turner live, made me believe I could be anyone I wanted to be. It changed my life. 

“I have long dreamed that we could bring cabaret home to Sydney so I am immensely proud to present the inaugural Sydney Cabaret Festival, which in its first outing brings together some of my favourite artists from around Australia and the globe. From our headliner, the legendary Jennifer Holliday, through to Alison Jiear, Kim David Smith and Reuben Kaye - three artists at the top of their game, who were born here, but now call London and New York home, there is something for everyone. Variety, comedy, jazz, and more belting than you could poke a stick at, we are coming out with a bang. 

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“I invite you to celebrate this truly life changing artform, and hope that you’ll join not only artists you know and love, but take a chance on someone you’ve never heard of before. Every single one of these acts is at the top of their game, and I can’t believe we will have them all in one place at the same time.”

Follow the link here for a look at the entire program or scroll down to theGuide. Tickets go on sale from 18 March.