Performance, provocateurs and politics at Adelaide Cabaret Festival

Adelaide Cabaret Festival (ACF) has released its 2017 programme. The festival, which runs from 9-24 June, will feature almost 150 performances from 430 artists.

Acts include Japanese beat boxer Kaichiro Kitamura, Australian singer Cath Alcorn, dance group KAGE, American comedian Bridget Everett and Irish-French chanteuse Camille O’Sullivan.

Other programme highlights are a cabaret take on the works of Roald Dahl titled Dahlesque; an immersive dining experience One Suitcase, Four Stories; and comic light opera Three Mikados.

“I don’t think any other genre has the ability to emotionally connect like cabaret,” said artistic co-director Ali McGregor. “The intimacy of cabaret means that there is an inherent level of trust between performer and audience.”

Added artistic co-director Eddie Perfect: “It is my biased opinion that cabaret has a rich and strong tradition as one of the first art forms to react to the world around us. The 2017 programme represents unique and varied artists doing just that: speaking to power, questioning tradition, upholding tolerance, love and respect, and uniting us together as an audience.”

Hosted at Adelaide Festival Centre, ACF tickets go on sale to the general public on 5 April.