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Opening Gala

7pm Tue 20 June


Australia's Boys of Motown

6:30pm Wed 21 to Sun 25 June

Queen of Broadway – The Ethel Merman Story

7pm Wed 21 to Sun 25 June

Ginger and Tonic: For Love or Money

8:30pm Wed 21 to Sun 25 June


2pm Sat 24 & Sun 25 June

Doll by Babushka Cabaret

4:30pm Sat 24 & Sun 25 June

Put the Blame on Mame

5pm Sat 24 & Sun 25 June

You're My World - The Cilla Black Story

6:30pm Tue 27 June to Sat 1 July

Blue:The Songs of Joni Mitchell

7pm Tue 27 June to Sat 1 July

Cyrens – The Songs of Cy Coleman

8:30pm Tue 27 June to Sat 1 July

Dolly Diamond: The Lady is a Tramp

9pm Tue 27 June to Sat 1 July

It's not me, It's Lou

4:30pm Sat 1 & Sun 2 July


5pm Sat 1 & Sun 2 July

Dolly Diamond’s Closing Night Cabaret

7pm Sun 2 July


Submissions now open!

Submissions are now open to perform in one of Melbourne’s key winter arts events. Over the past six years, the Melbourne Cabaret Festival has grown to become an iconic Melbourne event much loved by audiences and performers. Join us in 2016, from Wednesday 15 to Sunday 26 June.

Submissions close at the end of January however we encourage you to submit now so we can begin conversations with you and Festival venues.

What we’re looking for:

  • We love a well written and crafted show that has high entertainment value and is thought provoking.
  • Originality floats our boat, as does strong concepts that we can market.
  • New shows: festivals are a terrific medium to introduce premieres!
  • We love shows that break down stereotypes of what often pops in people’s minds when you say ‘cabaret’.
  • We present a highly diverse program to cater for different tastes – for example we always pick at least one funny cabaret show, one show that appeals to a gay audience, a second language show, a jazz based cabaret show etc.

We really like shows that provide us with sufficient material to enable us to promote you. Things like:

  • multiple high res images that catch the eye and that print and online media will love;
  • a brief professional video promotion that keeps a viewer watching till the end;
  • evocative descriptions of your show; and
  • shows/performers that are highly engaged on social media channels.