New Artistic Director

Image by Andrew Richey Photograph, Dolly dressed by Fool Clothing

Image by Andrew Richey Photograph, Dolly dressed by Fool Clothing

Melbourne icon Dolly Diamond was today announced as Artistic Director for the 2017 Melbourne Cabaret Festival.

Originally from the UK, the much-loved performer has called Australia home since 2009. Dolly has had great success hosting and performing in live cabaret and at special events, festivals and for various charities around Australia, Europe and the UK. She replaces outgoing Artistic Director Mike McLeish.

Dolly says: “What an honour to be asked to be the Artistic Director for the Melbourne Cabaret Festival in 2017, what a long overdue honour.

“I've been involved since its conception, as an artist and as a punter. I've loved watching it grow over its relatively short life. I think it's incredible how quickly it's found its artistic niche and is continuing to entertain the masses year after year.”

“I'm looking forward to unearthing a lot of new talent for 2017, as well as inviting back some of the cabaret darlings we all know, love and admire. Like me, Melbourne loves its cabaret and this festival showcases the very best. It's an exciting time ahead and I'll do all I can to leave you all thoroughly entertained. That's a promise!”

City of Stonnington is returning as major partner of the Festival, ensuring the main focus of activity will be Chapel Off Chapel in Prahran.

The Festival has also today opened submissions for its 2017 season, which will be held Tuesday 20 June to Sunday 2 July. Submissions close at the end of November, which is much earlier than usual to enable us to better plan for the festival. We’re particularly keen to present new works by Victorian artists. Submit your show via this form.