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Aussie songstress Tina Arena brings sizzling program to Adelaide Festival

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Tina Arena presents her first Adelaide Festival program bursting with alluring performances and sultry disco evenings.


Get ready to warm up this June with a sizzling program of the best and boldest performers curated by international star and Australian music icon Tina Arena.

Artistic director Tina Arena - singer-songwriter, record producer, actress and ARIA Hall of Fame inductee - presents her first Adelaide Festival program bursting with alluring performances and sultry disco evenings, as audiences and artists unite over 12 days and nights.

Adelaide Cabaret Festival 2022 opens on June 10 and runs until June 25, returning to Adelaide Festival Centre and Her Majesty's Theatre. It will feature 377 artists and musicians across 97 performances including 14 world premieres and 15 Adelaide premieres.

Tina wants her program to bring hope and happiness to audiences.

"Cabaret is a magnificent fusion of stories, song, dance, and all things theatrical. Cabaret is escapism of the most fabulous kind and boy, couldn't we all use a little bit of escapism after the year that's been?

"I am excited to be able to share this program of diverse voices and cultures, representing the best of cabaret and incredible talent.

"I hope this year's festival takes you on a journey of much-needed connection and healing, from the personal stories of Songs My Mother Taught Me to the decadence of The Pina Colada Room. Leave your worries behind and let the music save you, just as it continues to save me."

Bringing her Italian heritage to the program, audiences will get a rare chance to connect with Tina on a personal level as she headlines and hosts the world premiere show, Songs My Mother Taught Me.

Featuring Tina and special guests Lior, Thando, Jess Hitchcock, Wendy Matthews and Sophie Koh, the show celebrates culture, legacy and love and is inspired by storytelling and family. Two shows only at Her Majesty's Theatre on June 24 and 25.

The headliner show, The Gospel According to Marcia, will see Marcia Hines celebrate memories from her childhood in Boston and her early experiences with gospel music in a one night only unmissable concert at Her Majesty's Theatre on June 17.

Accompanied by Adelaide's own Charmaine Jones and The Gospo Collective, audiences will rejoice with hit gospel songs.