Seattle Cabaret Festival (SCF) seeks to offer the best in the versatile art of musical cabaret and to offer our audiences a wide and wondrous variety of shows. Over the years, SCF artists have drawn on a universe of music from the American Songbook to rock, blues, opera, a cappella, political satire, folk, French chansons, and their own singer-songwriter material. We are always excited to see what our new artists have in store and what our returning artists will come up with next!
In March 2008, our festival started with a one night showcase at a small club on Capitol Hill. Each year, we faced new challenges and, each year, we gained new supporters who became our guiding light. Our budget remains humble and yet we continue to give 85% of our ticket sales to the artists and only keeping 15% for administrative costs.
In 2023, our festival had 17 musical acts in solo or group categories every weekend in May at Egan's in Ballard and an opening night showcase at The Triple Door!
Seattle Mayor, Bruce Harrell proclaims "May 2023 is Seattle Cabaret Festival Month"!
Established in 2006, the Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association (PNWCA) is an arts collective of vocal performers who are dedicated to promote and to preserve the art of the cabaret: storytelling through live music in an intimate setting.
Pacific Northwest Cabaret Association is the producing arm of Seattle Cabaret Festival. Our vision is to create a vibrant cabaret audience and a community of artists by producing Seattle Cabaret Festival.
In 2017, PNWCA joined the umbrella 501c3 arts organization Shunpike whose mission is to provide independent arts groups in Washington State with the services, resources, and opportunities they need to forge their own paths to sustainable success.
Arnaldo Inocentes, Founder & Executive Producer
Angie Louise, Managing Producer
John Engerman, Musical Director & Graphic Designer
THANK YOU to Seattle Cabaret Festival 2023 DONORS! Your names are listed in our 2023 SCF Donors page.
Seattle Cabaret Festival is committed to providing artists the opportunity to create their own shows and to give the artists the majority of the ticket sales. We can only continue to fiscally do this with your support.
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Originally camberete, the term was used since the 13th century in Middle Dutch to mean an inexpensive inn or restaurant (caberet, cabret). The first cabaret in the modern sense was Le Chat Noir in the bohemian neighborhood of Montmartre, created in 1881 by Rodolphe Salis, a theatrical agent and entrepreneur.