Thank you Melbourne for a massive three weeks!

Over the three weeks of the festival, the often ignored art form of cabaret was centre stage in Melbourne, with thousands flocking to see shows across multiple venues.

A big thank you to all the people we roped into making the festival such a success:

  • daring audiences
  • talented performers and the teams of musical directors, musicians, directors and writers who make them shine
  • teams at each of the venues we utilised
  • technicians, stage management and front-of-house teams
  • lovely volunteers
  • partners and sponsors
  • friends of the festival
  • media who helped to get the word out about the festival

We're off now to tour the Roadshow Gala for a couple of weeks but will be in touch soon with more exciting news. Sign up to our enewsletter to stay in touch.

Our 2015 dates are Thursday 18 to Sunday 28 June.


Five excellent shows remain in the final week of the festival.

The Kew Court House presents two new shows: Drew Downing's 'REBEL', and an all-star cast in 'LES FEMMES'.

Bloodbath continues at Draculas and The Butterfly Club hosts Tom Dickins' acclaimed 'MEET YOU DOWNSTAIRS IN THE BAR' (oops, sold out).

And then, ladies and gentlemen, the big one: the CLOSING GALA.

We can now reveal we've called in favours from the likes of Geoffrey Rush, Tim Minchin and Hugh Jackman who have all generously agreed to donate personal items for our charity auction on the night.

Do we need to remind you that the festival receives no support from the State Government? It’s up to fans of cabaret and the performing arts to raise funds for next year’s festival. But the night isn't just a fundraiser, it's also full of awe-inspiring entertainment.

Hosted by award-winning comedian Sammy J, confirmed acts are Mark Jones, Wes Snelling, Sally Bourne, Tom Dickins, Michael Dalton and Luke Gallagher, Ginger and Tonic, Tina Del Twist and Geraldine Quinn.

After three big weeks, you deserve to let your hair down and celebrate putting the spotlight on the Melbourne cabaret scene.