A new Artistic Director and a major partnership with the City of Stonnington has delivered a massive line-up in this year’s Melbourne Cabaret Festival.
Artistic Director Mike McLeish has selected over 40 shows from around the country and overseas – over 100 performers – to perform from Tuesday 14 until Sunday 26 June 2016 in a newly centralised festival hub in Prahran incorporating Chapel Off Chapel, The Space Arts and Dance Centre and Love Machine nightclub. Other new initiatives this year include Kids Cabaret, Matinee and Cabaret Fringe programming streams.
Mike says that in Melbourne we are spoilt by an embarrassment of cultural and artistic riches. And this year's Melbourne Cabaret Festival is overflowing with glorious goodness.
“I'm pretty damn proud of what we've put together. From legendary locals and exciting up and comers to numerous treats from all around our great southern land along with a sprinkling of stellar international artists, this winter is shaping up to be smokin' hot. With a newly established festival hub in and around Chapel Off Chapel, our inaugural children's program, as well as our first ever festival fringe program at The Butterfly Club, you better start filling your diaries or syncing your calendars or however it is you like to get yourselves organised, because this is going to be fun.”
City of Stonnington Mayor Cr Claude Ullin says “The Melbourne Cabaret Festival is one of the most innovative and pleasurable evenings. It is fascinating to see so many talented people performing their own scripts and providing welcome entertainment across a broad area. The City of Stonnington is privileged to be part of the Cabaret Festival and looks forward to participating in this year’s event.”
The Opening Gala (Tuesday 14 June) will be hosted by our very own Artistic Director, Mike McLeish. The Closing Night Party will be Australia’s biggest piano bar party. One ticket gives open access to all the closing night party fun where you can freely wander into different piano bars within Chapel Off Chapel.