Nostalgia meets future: nurturing cabaret

The 2022 Adelaide Cabaret Festival has a focus on Australian multiculturalism and nostalgia, and a commitment to growing the artform.
A dark-haired woman lounges langurously on a pink armchair against a lacy pink curtain.

Now in its 22nd year, the Adelaide Cabaret Festival has a long tradition of nurturing young artists through its Class of Cabaret program – not just showcasing contemporary cabaret stars, but actively contributing to the future of the artform.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival Executive Producer Alex Sinclair said the Festival’s commitment to young talent is ‘really significant’, and more important than ever given the changing nature of the arts landscape.

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Richard Watts is ArtsHub's National Performing Arts Editor; he also presents the weekly program SmartArts on Three Triple R FM, and serves as the Chair of La Mama Theatre's volunteer Committee of Management. Richard is a life member of the Melbourne Queer Film Festival, and was awarded the status of Melbourne Fringe Living Legend in 2017. In 2020 he was awarded the Sidney Myer Performing Arts Awards' Facilitator's Prize. Most recently, Richard was presented with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Green Room Awards Association in June 2021. Follow him on Twitter: @richardthewatts