The 11th Adelaide Cabaret Festival drew to a close this weekend after a rocketing two weeks of ticket sales, making the 2011 Festival the most successful Cabaret Festival ever. This year’s Festival broke all previous box offices achieving an 8% increase on the 2010 Festival.
David and Lisa Campbell’s three year stint at the helm of the Cabaret Festival ended this weekend. David Campbell said, 'The last three years have been a wonderful experience. We are indebted to many people - the team at Adelaide Festival Centre without whom any of this is possible, the sponsors who supported us, especially our Principal Partner FOXTEL, all the magnificent artists that came from far and wide and the Adelaide audiences that brought the Festival to life. A special thank you has to also go to Douglas Gaultier who gave us this opportunity in the first place and Heather Muirhead our Executive Producer who has been integral to the Festival's success.'
“It has been an honour and a privilege to work in my home town. Working in Adelaide has been like donning a favourite pair of slippers ‘warm & comfortable, I wish new Artistic Director Kate Ceberano chookas for 2012 she will no doubt put her stamp on this fantastic festival and I can’t wait til next year to just kick back and enjoy it!”’
David and Lisa look back fondly on the past three Cabaret Festivals with many memorable moments, amongst them is the introduction of the Variety Gala where a variety of incredible performers from the Festival perform in an opening night spectacular. The Variety Gala is certified as one of the Adelaide Cabaret Festivals hottest tickets in town.
Their headlining acts just kept getting bigger and better every year with Bernadette Peters, Natalie Cole and Olivia Newton-John all wowing crowds. They have loved unearthing fabulous new Australian talent, and have been thrilled to be involved in shaping the future stars of tomorrow through the new initiative of High School Cabaret where David has personally undertaken the mentorship role of groups of High School Students.