Applications Open for Adelaide Cabaret Festival’s Class of Cabaret 2023

A unique opportunity exists for talented Year 10 and 11 performing arts students to perform at the world’s biggest cabaret festival and learn from some of Australia’s best cabaret stars. The Adelaide Cabaret Festival invites young vocalists from these year levels to apply for its Class of Cabaret 2023 program.

Class of Cabaret 2021 | image credit – Claudio Raschella

Upon completion of the program, participants can gain SACE credits with the support of the Adelaide Festival Centre’s CentrED program.

An additional opportunity exists for regional and outer metropolitan South Australian Year 10 and 11 students who are encouraged to apply for Adelaide Festival Centre’s Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship. The scholarship was created to honour the memory of O’Brien, a former Class of Cabaret participant who passed away in a car accident in 2015.

“We are delighted to once again offer the Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship and look forward to discovering and supporting young performers from all over South Australia.”

douglas gautier am – Adelaide Festival Centre CEO & Artistic Director

The scholarship recipient will receive up to $6000, which includes entry into the 2023 Class of Cabaret program, travel and accommodation to attend rehearsals, and private vocal tuition in Adelaide next year.

Loxton High School student Joey Haenen was this year’s scholarship winner, and had this to say about her experience: “Class of Cabaret has been amazing for building connections with artists and finding a little arts family. I have loved learning about the cabaret art form and how to bring intimacy into my performing style.

Lazuli Chittleborough (front), Sammi Guerra, Emma De Maria, Isabella Jenke & Peter Jackson (Back L-R) – Class of Cabaret 2021 | image credit – Claudio Raschella

I’m going to miss being in the program and learning from the people who have welcomed me into the Adelaide arts community.

Joey Haenen – 2022 recipient of the nathaniel o’brien class of cabaret scholarship

Adelaide Festival Centre’s CentrED Schools program is supported by the Department for Education. The Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship is proudly funded by the Adelaide Festival Centre Foundation.

Applications for Class of Cabaret and Nathaniel O’Brien Class of Cabaret Scholarship close 5pm Monday, 5 September 2022.

Further information about Class of Cabaret and the Nathaniel O’Brien Scholarship can be found here.

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