Cabaret honours the great tradition of storytelling, and more particularly, storytelling set to music. As an artform it is admired and performed globally with cabaret festivals in major cities held annually around the world.

And now, we have a cabaret festival here in Perth!

Perth International Cabaret Festival is the brainchild of Ali Welburn and Graham Lovelock. Supported by an enthusiastic group of people with arts, community, business and governance expertise, a non-profit company was established in 2019.

Storytelling, artistic excellence and the celebration of culture is the beating heart of everything we do.

Perth International Cabaret Festival created a dazzling and inspirational atmosphere filled with great humour, imagination and glamour and will continue to be an intrinsic part of our great Australian storytelling landscape.

Thank you all for joining us in 2021 — when we raised the curtain on Perth’s inaugural cabaret festival.

Our vision was to deliver a festival of indulgence in all things cabaret.


18–26 June 2022


Perth International Cabaret Festival are thrilled to announce that Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse accepted our invitation to be the festival’s first patrons.

We are indeed very honoured and privileged to have Gina and Guy join us on this very exciting journey. Perth International Cabaret Festival acknowledge that First Nations storytelling is central to our land and will always be an important feature of our festival.

Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse PICF Patrons

We will continue to:

  • deliver a high-quality programme that includes the full range of cabaret styles and honours many cultures.
  • provide a vibrant entertainment event during winter in Perth.
  • present the best local, national and international artists.
  • become a part of the Australian and international touring cabaret circuit.

Perth International Cabaret Festival celebrates culture and the art of telling stories in their many forms, influences and origins. We acknowledge the traditional custodians of the many lands upon which we meet, work and live across this great country, and the enduring significance to the Wadjuk people of the Noongar Nation to the lands, waters and sky around Perth, which have been part of their lives, stories, dances and songs for thousands of years. In so doing, we pay our respects to Elders past, present and emerging.


Read more of what audiences and artists had to say following our inaugural festival. Thank you to Culture Counts for conducting and providing this report.