DreamBIG Children’s Festival is South Australia’s iconic biennial arts festival for schools and families that places its audience at the centre of fresh, inventive, imaginative and inspiring arts experiences.

More than 2 million South Australian children have participated in the festival since its inception in 1974 (as Come Out Festival), and it remains an intrinsic part of growing up in South Australia.

Adelaide Festival Centre has produced DreamBIG since 2015, and has embraced the responsibility that comes with putting on an event that holds such an important place in the hearts and souls of South Australians of every age.

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

The next festival takes place from 22 May – 1 June 2019 and the theme is Other People.

“I believe that an arts rich education can help children better deal with the social and cultural challenges we face in this rapidly changing world. The DreamBIG Children’s Festival offers an inspiring array of productions, workshops and curated events to excite, encourage, challenge, stimulate and motivate the children of South Australia” – Susannah Sweeney, Creative Producer, DreamBIG Children’s Festival

DreamBIG Children’s Festival is proud to celebrate Adelaide’s designation as a UNESCO City of Music!

Adelaide joins 115 other cities as part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network.

UNESCO promotes both the “learning through the arts/culture” and “learning in the arts/culture” approaches. These approaches strengthen cognitive development and the acquisition of life skills – innovative and creative thinking, critical reflection, communication and inter-personal skills – and enhance social adaptability and cultural awareness. They also help build personal and collective identities, as well as tolerance and acceptance of others.


We would like to take this opportunity to acknowledge this is the traditional land of the Kaurna people and that we respect their spiritual relationship with their country. We also acknowledge the Kaurna people as the custodians of the Adelaide region and that their cultural and heritage beliefs are still as important to the living Kaurna people today. The Kaurna people are the Traditional owners of the land on which the Adelaide Festival Centre is located. 

DreamBIG Children's Festival is supported by the Department for Education and Child Development and Arts SA

Creative Producer

Creative Producer

Susannah Sweeney is the Creative Producer of the DreamBIG Children’s Festival.


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