Cabaret explosion’s shockwaves hit Queensland

The continued growth of Australian cabaret has sparked the transformation of the Brisbane Cabaret Festival into a statewide event.

Queensland Cabaret Festival image via Brisbane Powerhouse

The past five years have seen significant and sustained growth in the Australian cabaret sector, as indicated by the continued popularity of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival (where box office figures have increased by 85% between 2009 and 2013), the rapid growth of the Melbourne Cabaret Festival (whose audiences in 2013 were up 375% on the inaugural Festival in 2010), and the establishment of the Hobart Cabaret Festival earlier this year, as part of Tasmania’s Festival of Voices.

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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