Farewell Dolly


Dolly Diamond has been our Artistic Director for the past two years and we thank her for her hard work, dedication and all the behind-the-scenes support she provides to performers across the festival. The search is now on to replace the irreplaceable!

“All good things must come to an end as they say. I've had such an incredible time being involved with the festival over the last 2 years.

Thanks to all of the cabaret lovers out there ... a special thanks to David Read & Neville Sice and the super hard working performers and support team who work night after night.” – Dolly Diamond

2018 Festival now on sale!

The ninth annual Melbourne Cabaret Festival bursts onto the stage with some of the most fabulous and seductive cabaret from across Australia.

Returning to Chapel Off Chapel with an even bigger program, up to 10 performances daily, from Tuesday 19 June to Sunday 1 July 2018.

Featuring 20 brand new cabaret shows, the festival again provides an opportunity to see new works from established and emerging artists before they tour to take on the national and world festival stages.

Queen of Cabaret, Dolly Diamond returns as the festival’s Artistic Director.  ‘Well there’s no denying that 2017 was a fabulous year for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival, so the pressures on to make this year’s festival even bigger. We’ve absolutely loved gathering such an eclectic line-up of performers for 2018, See you at The Chapel….’