Alan Cumming to lead Adelaide Cabaret Festival in 2021

The Adelaide Cabaret Festival has appointed its first-ever international artistic director with Scottish actor and cabaret star Alan Cumming to helm the 2021 event.

Based in New York, Cumming has won many Tony and Olivier awards in addition to multiple Emmy and Golden Globe nominations.

“What I like about it is that it’s a manageable size of a city … when I was there for the Cabaret Festival, I felt like the whole city was involved in the festival and knew about it and was excited about it,” he told InDaily. “I really liked that – that the whole city was immersed in it.”

Cumming says most of the planning will be done remotely but he is set to come to Australia in June next year.

In terms of the type of festival he wants to create, he said it should be “provocative in all senses of the word”.

“We’ve gone to a time that is very provocative and my sensibility is quite provocative… It’s a wide brief, and I think we all need to feel challenged with what’s going on,” he told InDaily.

The 2021 Adelaide Cabaret Festival will take place from June 11-26 next year.