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Julia Zemiro on her first Adelaide Cabaret Festival


Video: Julia Zemiro talks about what she has planned as the new Artistic Director of the Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2019.

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In a wide-ranging video interview Adelaide Cabaret Festival Artistic Director Julia Zemiro outlines the thinking behind her choices of performers, who will be playing at the new Thebarton Theatre venue, some of the highlight acts, some of the ‘curveballs’ she has thrown in, and why Adelaide, South Australia is the best place to enjoy a cabaret festival.

The festival runs from 2-22 June 2019 at various venues in Adelaide, South Australia.

The 2019 program features more than 380 artists in 245 performances over 16 days and nights, making it the world’s largest cabaret festival. Showcasing classic and contemporary cabaret, the program features 17 Adelaide exclusives, 17 Adelaide premieres and 7 national premieres by Australian and International artists from Germany, Sweden, the United States, Canada, Ireland, New Zealand, and the United Kingdom.

If you love all things shiny, it’s there. If you love to laugh, or reminisce and hear a dark story, it’s there. If you love a big bold stand-alone main event, it’s absolutely there,” Zemiro said.

In an Australian exclusive and premiere, headliner and German chanteuse Ute Lemper will bring her show Rendezvous with Marlene to Thebarton Theatre for one night only.

“Ute is the quintessential cabaret performer and she has made a show about a three hour conversation she had with Marlene Dietrich, which she has never spoken about before,” said Zemiro.

David Campbell Is Back in The Swing of Things with a world premiere featuring a 14-piece swing band and playing classics by Frank Sinatra, Louis Prima and Bobby Darin.

Zemiro’s RocKwiz will also rock the Thebby with a live show – RocKwiz Salutes The Rock Musical and fresh from the Eurovision stage in Tel Aviv, Australian singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke will take you where there’s Zero Gravity in an Adelaide exclusive performance.

A new late-night club – The 11 O’Clock Number – will light up the Spiegeltent. Featuring a different cabaret star each weekend, including International superstar Hans, Julia Zemiro as Eurobeat character Bronya and vaudevillian duo Hot Gin Punch, the club kicks off 11pm with a DJ and dancing until 2am.

In an Australian and festival first, award-winning immersive show The Swell Mob from the UK will transport audiences into a historical epoch and perform throughout the entirety of the festival.

A 2min snippet produced from the full video interview:

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