Jack L does the rounds of the tablesThe Cáca Milis Cabaret is an irreverent, multi-disciplinary event that seeks to present a little of each of the Arts throughout its two-hour programme, somewhat in the joyous spirit of old time Music Hall –  with an emphasis on technical quality and artistic excellence.

It’s a not-for-profit organisation founded, and for several years coordinated by Helena Mulkerns, formerly co-host of The Clumsy Cabaret in New York’s Sin-é Café.  

Encouraged in 2008 by Wexford Arts Centre Director Elizabeth to set up a “recession busting evening of the arts”, Helena Mulkerns delivered a first “preview” gig at The Wexford Arts Centre in December 2008, with Fintan Cleary accompanying on piano. This was followed by an official kick-off the following month.  Since then, it has presented over 600 performers in Wexford, and other venues in Dublin, Limerick, Wicklow, Wales and Electric Picnic. We have received funding from The Arts Council of Ireland and have collaborated with arts organisations, such as The Limerick Writers’ Centre, The Coracle Project, The Wicklow Arts Festival, Farmleigh HouseElectric Picnic, The Stinging Fly and The Dublin Bowie Festival.

Eleanor McEvoy and Helena Mulkerns

If the viewer goes through our galleries – they’ll see established artists such as Dermot Bolger, Louise O’Neill, Colm Tóibín or Eleanor McEvoy, Caitriona O’Leary, Jack L, Carlo Jaccucci, Stacey McPartland or Bella A GoGo, alongside emerging performers and writers – and this is the aim of the Cabaret.  Taking a self-styled “post-modern vaudeville” approach, the event delivers a series of “variety” slots featuring invited guests, yet each artiste performs their own original work:  musicians, writers, poets, dancers, comedians, mime artists, burlesque divas and film makers.

Founded and run largely by Helena Mulkerns, the admin team has included Alex Caulfield and Aileen Williams; our piano has been played by pianists and performers like Fintan Cleary, Kate McKenna, The Featherhead Trio and Cyril Murphy.  Since 2014, Dublin piano man and composer Josh Johnston  has been at the keyboard, with the talented Marion McEvoy swinging by from time to time.  Our photographers have included Alan Mahon, Michael Duggan, Arek Wnuk, Filip Naum, Michael Stamp, Turlach O’Broin, Carolina di Pascuale among others.   Video and website contributors include Stefano Rolando and Ewa Newmann.  The Cabaret promotes performers through its website, traditional press outlets and social media forums. We have featured in The Irish Times, Hot Press, national radio (Today FM and Arena) and television (Imeall, TG4).

Red Lamp Black Piano - The Cáca Milis AnthologyIn 2013, we published an anthology:  Red Lamp Black Piano – with a splendid introduction by Patrick McCabe. It’s an excellent showcase of work from writers and poets who have appeared at The Cáca Milis Cabaret, running from established poets like the late, great Philip Casey to spoken word performers like Erin Fornoff.  Please visit our book page – or order it from any bookshop or online sales outlet to buy one and support us.

Currently, the venture is run on a voluntary basis with a small budget for admin and reimbursement of volunteers’ expenses, and all performers receive a set fee for their participation. Both The Wexford Arts Centre and Arthur’s – our bases in Wexford and Dublin thus far – have been supportive of the Cáca Milis Cabaret, and we are now 90% set to announce a similar location for Dublin in 2019, where we are re-branding as Cabaret 19

Our first gig of the new year 2019 will be for “BOWIE 19” at The Dublin Bowie Festival on 10 January at The Grand Social in Dublin, for a special tribute evening with a host of Cáca Milis performers the third anniversary of Bowie’s death. 

Our greatest strength is the artists who support and perform with us, and who understand and love what we are doing. We are honoured to have many excellent artistes return again and again to perform or screen their work – thereby creating a very magical “repertory” feeling – but ever introducing new and emerging talent.  We hope to see you in 2019 at The Cáca Milis Cabaret, or at Cabaret 19!

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