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Festival Program - Coming soon to Ballarat in November 2022

Festival Program
November 18th & 19th 2022


Darling Friends,

Thank you for your interest in the Ballarat Cabaret festival! It’s been 18 months since we began formally working towards bringing this much-loved festival back to Ballarat. After much hard work, and last year’s online program we are absolutely delighted to announce that our beloved festival is returning to Ballarat this November 18 - 19.


with Issie Hart & Guests

After our mainstage shows Ballarat Cabaret Festival kicks on till late with the Festival Club. Cocktails, Piano Bar, Special Guest Entertainers and other Surprises!

18+ Event

$40.00 each $60.00 each


We have carefully curated 2 days of beautiful shows for you. Amongst our programming we have international cabaret legends like Naomi Eyers as Glamour Pussy with her fabulous band The Hip Replacements, the sublime and bizarre Miss Friby, International Piano Bar Legend Trevor Jones as well as local superstars including the superb Vivian Fonteyn and the quirky and hilarious Dandyman. We are busy mentoring local emerging talent as well as planning an extravagant LGBTQIA+ brunch and Ballarat’s first session of Vicky Jacob’s Glee Club.


& The Hip Replacements

From Naomi Eyers, the creator of The Fabulous Singlettes, comes the irrepressible GlamourPussy supported by her spritely duo The Hip Replacements. Directed by Shaun Murphy

(Combo Fiasco)



Born In A Trunk
by Vivian Fonteyn

Covering everything from being homeschooled & a religious upbringing to coming out, falling in love & being a talented little shite.

Vivian’s trademark wit & absurdist humour this is a coming of age story sure to delight audiences.



For the Love of It!
a Family Show by DandyMan

This unexpected experience filled with moments of fun and spontaneity will fill everyone’s hearts. It’s all for the love of it and it’s for everyone: young and old. We’ve all got a story to tell and this show opens the audience up to understand and appreciate their own story.



Miss Friby's
Mile High Variety Hour

Melbourne’s boldest showgirl brings her unique brand of cabaret, vaudeville and burlesque to the Ballarat Cabaret Festival!

In a wild tornado of hilarious showmanship, Miss Friby's world class wit, high end choreography and nail biting satire promise an unforgettable audience experience.



We have free events, family events, queer events, secret events (Shhhh! If you hang around the bar you might just catch one…) and we are simply bursting at the seams with excitement for all the incredible talent. After our main stage shows you can kick on at the Festival Club where our artists will really let their hair down with pop-up and variety performances.


Brunch Darling!
Hosted by Lance DeBoyle

Our LGBTQIA+ Inclusive Brunch Event Drink Upon Arrival, Brunch Platter, Fabulous Queer, Drag, Circus, Cabaret and Variety Performers. 18+ Event



Trevor Jones
is "By Request"

Australia's leading Piano Bar entertainer will be taking your requests all afternoon for free! He has performed to great acclaim in cabaret venues around Australia and the world. Trevor regularly performs at Piano Bar Geelong and Ballarat.



Glee Club
Hosted by Vicky Jacobs

Join us for our famous sing-a-longs. There are no auditions, no solos and you can drink as much as you like while you sing!

We don’t mind if your voice is fit, rusty or never-brought-out-in-public-before – we just love getting together for a big group sing of the world’s greatest pop songs.



BALLARAT'S Rising Stars
from Vicky Jacobs & Issie Hart

Festival Director and International Cabaret Diva Issie Hart and Ballarat's Own Musical Director, Pianist and Conductor Vicky Jacobs have been working with Ballarat's extraordinary Local Talent to present: Ballarat's Rising Stars!



Please enjoy our program and show us your love by booking your tickets early.

We can’t wait to see you there!

Much love,

Issie Hart ~ Festival Director

click below to
Watch the Trailer


All Access Pass!

The Full Catastrophe:

Access to all Mainstage Shows, Festival Club, Brunch Darling and 1 x Secret show per day.

$250.00 $300.00


Secret Shows

You're not gonna want to miss these once in a life time experiences!

But keep it under your hat, word travels fast and tickets won't last!!!




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