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DreamBIG Children’s Festival

18 – 27 May 2017

DreamBIG (formerly Come Out) Children’s Festival is South Australia’s iconic arts festival for children and families with a history dating back to 1974

Since then, over 2 million South Australian children have participated. Emerging from the Adelaide Festival, DreamBIG Children’s Festival is now Australia’s premier arts event engaging children in high quality, professional arts experiences.

The largest festival of its kind in the world, DreamBIG Children’s Festival presents a diverse program filled with international, national and local productions. It is a biennial event with the next festival scheduled for 18 – 27 May 2017.

Imagination + Application = Creativity – Sir Ken Robinson, World Renowned Expert on Innovation and Creativity

In 2015, Adelaide Festival Centre was proud to produce the Festival for the first time.  The Festival saw our theatres, function rooms and outdoor spaces filled to capacity with young people immersing themselves in the arts.  By the end of the Festival, over 100,000 young people and their families had engaged with the Festival.

  • A Bridge Across Time launch event featured 1,700 children singing ‘Eagle Rock’ on the River Torrens footbridge and a 100+ choir of older Adelaide nursing home residents singing on the other side of the footbridge.
  • 25,000 young people and their families attended the Big Family Weekend – a plethora of free arts activities at the Festival Centre, Elder Park and throughout Adelaide.
  • 30,000+ Festival bookings with the vast majority of school bookings being public schools, and up to 50% equity and regional schools among them.
  • Festival program featured a total of 550 events, performances, exhibitions, workshops and activities.
  • There were 14 completely sold out shows, with strong demand on tickets for all performances.
  • Regional shows went to Port Pirie (sold out), Port Lincoln (school performances sold out), Whyalla, Barossa, Roxby Downs, Renmark, Lameroo, Streaky Bay and Kersbrook Primary and Victor Harbor.
  • Students travelled to Adelaide performances from several regional centres including Port Kenny, Solomon Town, Snowtown and Lameroo.

The program for DreamBIG Children’s Festival is divided into two categories – the schools program where children can participate in events and performances through their school, and the general public program.

We have been delighted with the overwhelmingly positive response from South Australian families and schools to the DreamBIG Children’s Festival.  Seeing thousands of happy children engaging with the arts is a powerful reminder of the ability of the arts to connect the community and fuel young minds.  You can view a selection of photos from the Festival in the slideshow below.

Going forward, Adelaide Festival Centre remains committed to inspiring young people by providing an outstanding range of educational programs and entertainment.  The DreamBIG Children’s Festival will become the flagship of Adelaide Festival Centre’s strategy to engage with children, young people and their families.

The arts inspire children to dream big dreams and I am sure the DreamBIG Children’s Festival will continue to do just that for generations of children to come.”  – Jack Snelling, Minister for the Arts, SA