REGIONAL Australia's only cabaret festival is returning, and with a vengeance.
According to the festival's artistic director Fiona Scott-Norman, the 2017 festival will test the boundaries of what makes great cabaret.
"The bedrock is excellence," she says. "Every artist here is at the top of their particular game – but besides quality, creativity, originality and fun, I’ve programmed to interrogate the boundaries of what makes great cabaret."
Fun and familiarity, dynamite and shock, comedy and heritage, Asperger's and banter - these are just some of the things to be expected from the four-day festival.
THE BALLARAT CABARET LINE-UP
The Bachelors from Prague
Paul McDermott and Steven Gates
Trevor Jones and his Key Party Piano Bar
Sophie Smyth and Ryan Smedley in The Aspie Hour
Cabaret Neu (From Federation University's Arts Academy)
Bringing to life the city's iconic buildings and venues, including the Mining Exchange, The Lost Ones Basement Bar and The Mechanics Institute, this year's Cabaret Festival will feature contemporary acts from Ballarat and beyond performing against a stunningly historic backdrop.
The Ballarat Cabaret Festival will be held between October 5 and 8 as part of Ballarat's spring Season of the Arts.