One night of hits

2015-07-21 06:00
Kat Gilardi is producing Divas one night only at the Joseph Stone Audito­rium on Saturday 1 August.

Kat Gilardi is producing Divas one night only at the Joseph Stone Audito­rium on Saturday 1 August.

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A few of Cape Town’s divas will be on stage at the Joseph Stone Auditorium for a special once-off performance on Saturday 1 August.

They’ll be performing in Kat Gilardi’s Divas one night only, a cabaret show of drag queens lip-synching.

The annual charity concert is the brainchild of Kat, who grew up in Mitchell’s Plain and now lives in Rondebosch East.

“I won Miss Gay Western Cape in 2010 and as the titleholder you have to come up with a fundraising or awareness concept,” she explains. Considering there were already many pageants on offer, Kat decided to instead do something she ­really enjoyed.

“Cabaret or lip-synching deserves the respect of an art form as it was not viewed like that.”

Kat explains that there’s a lot of effort, energy and creativity that goes into preparing a song to perform.

She decided to create a concert to showcase Cape Town’s talent on one stage to raise funds and educate local communities.

“We are not just boys or men in dresses but men with talent and creativity with amazing personalities and good souls.”

Funds raised at the concert will go to the Miss Gay Western Cape competition. They run soup kitchens and finalists of the competition visit old-age and children’s homes.

“My team and I at Miss Gay Western Cape have no financial backing,” Kat points out, adding that they welcome any contributions to help them with their charity work.

Kat says the audience at this year’s Divas one night only show can expect a bigger and better production than ever before. “The audience will definitely be in for an amazing show this year.”

Most of the performers involved are seasoned cabaret artists, but there will also be some new talent who made it through an audition process.

Some of the names on stage include Manila von Tees, Vida Fantabisher, Anastacia Khan, Angel Lalamore, Dayana Lima and 3D (ThreeDivas), who’ll be performing hits by divas like Patti Labelle, Whitney Houston, Mariah Carey, Tina Turner, Ariana Grande and Madonna. Heart 104fm’s Irma G will be the MC for the evening.

Kat says the show has become a true community event with something for everybody on stage. She also invites the audience to join the stars at the concert’s after-party at West End in Rylands. V

Tickets for Divas one night only on Saturday 1 August at 19:30 for 20:00 cost R100 each and are available from Computicket. 

Anyone who would like to sponsor something for the show or the goodie bags for the artists can email Kat at katgilardi@­

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