Kate Ceberano talks about her three-year stint as Artistic Director and reveals her top picks for this year.


Kate Ceberano chats to Shona Benson about her three year stint as Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival, her top picks for this year, and what she plans to do when it’s all over.

You’ve had such a varied career and crossed so many musical art forms; tell me a little about your draw to cabaret and how you felt taking on the role of Artistic Director of the Cabaret Festival three years ago?

Well, there was a lot to take on! As Artistic Director I needed to understand more than just the general culture of cabaret, I needed to appreciate the way it’s done in here, in Adelaide. The way we employ and curate artists, the way we look after them. The style and grace with which that’s done is what makes this Festival so special, as well as so successful. Last year we tripled box office takings and it’s now considered the best in the world. It’s wonderful that we don’t have to ring and ask for people to come anymore; we’ve got artists contacting us, desperate to...