Barry Humphrey’s Adelaide Cabaret Festival 12% up

July 18th, 2015

The curtain has fallen on Adelaide Festival Centre’s internationally renowned Adelaide Cabaret Festival for 2015 and I’m delighted to confirm that the Festival was an outstanding success.


  • Total attendance of 53,686 people;
  • A 12% increase in box office from the previous year, highlighting the Festival’s continued and growing popularity;
  • Additional activation of Adelaide Festival Centre food and beverage operations of 18,638;
  • 46 sold out performances; and
  • Generation of $11.5 million in publicity value.

With a program that featured more than 350 artists performing in 152 performances over 14 days and nights, Adelaide Cabaret Festival is the largest cabaret festival in the world and a major event in the international and Australian festival calendar. The 15 year old Festival has garnered a reputation for highlighting the very best local, international and national artists in the cabaret genre.

The calibre of the Festival continues to attract high profile artistic directors, including international performing arts icon Mr Barry Humphries in 2015. There is no doubt that the involvement of Barry Humphries shone a spotlight onto the Cabaret Festival and more broadly, Adelaide, with significant media coverage locally, interstate and internationally.

Moving on, Adelaide Festival Centre looks forward to the evolution of the Cabaret Festival under the guidance of newly appointed artistic directors, Ali McGregor and Eddie Perfect.With many years of Cabaret Festival history between them and a strong working relationship, Ali and Eddie are perfectly paired as co-directors and we eagerly anticipate their contribution.

I would like to acknowledge and sincerely thank the South Australian Government and our valued Adelaide Cabaret Festival sponsors for their ongoing support, which underpins our ability to deliver this wonderful event.

Douglas Gautier

CEO & Artistic Director

Adelaide Festival Centre

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