Australian singer-songwriter, ARIA Hall of Fame inductee, and highly accomplished international artiste Tina Arena AM has been announced as next year’s Artistic Director by outgoing Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Alan Cumming. The Adelaide Festival Centre was delighted to reveal the exciting news during the final night of the festival to a sold-out crowd at Club Cumming in The Famous Spiegeltent.
2021 was a big year for the iconic Adelaide Cabaret Festival which featured more than 180 artists performing over 12 dazzling days and nights with 44 sold out performances and more than 34,000 attendances at ticketed and free events, with Club Cumming proving to be the hottest ticket in town.
Adelaide’s winter festival is about to get classier with Arena at its helm. Incoming Artistic Director Tina Arena’s work has ranged from musical theatre (most recently playing the lead role of Eva Peron in the Australian production of Evita), to classical, rock, pop, dance and even indie. She has shared the stage with world-renowned artists including Lionel Richie, Donna Summer, Marc Anthony, Andrea Bocelli and Antonio Banderas.
“I’m so ready to take on this role and share my love of art, music, performance and of course cabaret with Australian audiences in Adelaide – a place I’ve always loved for its extraordinary arts and culture scene and its welcoming people.”– Tina arena am
Tina Arena is one of Australia’s highest selling artists, having sold over 10 million records worldwide and singing in English, Italian, French and Spanish. Her musical theatre credits include the West End production of Chicago in 2007 as Roxie Hart and in 2002 she played the role of Sally Bowles in Cabaret at Sydney’s State Theatre.
Tina Arena’s remarkable career began at the tender age of eight as a favourite on Young Talent Time where “Tiny Tina” with the big voice became a household name. Voted Australia’s greatest female singer of all time in 2013, Tina’s stunningly powerful voice remains unparalleled after 40 years in the industry and she has inspired generations of Australians, paving the way for upcoming Australian female artists to reach new heights within the Australian music industry.
“Performing is my lifeblood, I love to sing and connect with audiences through story-telling and the incredible power of music – to me this is at the heart of cabaret.– tina arena am
The arts and entertainment sector was in need of revival and Alan Cumming’s leadership and programming delivered this and then some with the South Australian Premier Steven Marshall calling it “nothing short of outstanding, highlighting South Australia’s reputation as a leader in arts and cultural events. “
Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 dates will be announced soon – updates at: adelaidecabaretfestival.com.au
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