Alan Cumming reveals his curated 2021 program for Adelaide Cabaret Festival


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Actor and cabaret star Alan Cumming says his curated program for the 2021 Adelaide Cabaret Festival is a “cabaret love letter” to Australia.

After last year’s online offerings, the long-running event is returning to Adelaide Festival Centre live in June.

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More than 180 artists are putting on 105 performances over 12 days and nights from June 11 to 26.

Alan Cumming is the Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s first international Artistic Director in the event’s 21-year history. This week, the gay icon unveiled his curated program for the festival.

“I am so excited to finally share this festival line-up with you all,” he said.

“I hope you Australians enjoy this Scot’s cabaret love letter to you.

“As ever I have gone with my gut, a quality I think we Scots and Australians share.

“This festival is a temple to my love and nostalgia for Australia. The people, the spirit, the adventure, the fusion of high and low that I have learned and stolen from and hold dear in my heart.”

Amazing queer highlights on the 2021 Adelaide Cabaret Festival lineup

During the festival, Alan Cumming will perform a second show of his world premiere, Alan Cumming Is Not Acting His Age, an evening of story and song.

The artistic director is also performing his late-night Spiegeltent variety show Club Cumming, inspired by his own New York nightclub.

Camp legend Bob Downe will join Adelaide entertainer Anne “Willsy” Wills to present Adelaide Tonight with Bob Downe and Willsy.

The show is a live recreation of Channel 9 variety shows Adelaide Tonight from Australia’s golden age of TV.

Also, First Nations artists Dan Sultan, Tia Gostelow, Kee’ahn and Aodhan and others will perform Deadly Hearts, a concert celebrating Australian Indigenous music.

Cult game show RocKwiz returns to the festival to salute the Eurovision Song Contest. Alan Cumming himself is joining host Julia Zemiro, Brian Nankervis and special guests.

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Also, New York singer Amber Martin is coming to Australia with Bathhouse Bette. The show is an uplifting celebration of legend Bette Midler’s big break.

In the early 70s, the singer got her first gigs performing to gay men in towels at New York’s Continental Baths, alongside a then-unknown Barry Manilow.

Meanwhile, the LGBTIQ+ Elders Dance Club by All The Queens Men is a free event on the Queen’s Birthday holiday.

The event is a fabulous afternoon tea dance party for all queer elders and allies at The Famous Spiegeltent.

The 2021 Adelaide Cabaret Festival runs from June 11-26. For tickets and the full festival lineup, visit the website here.

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