Welcome, Families!

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 school’s program where children participate in events and performances through their school, and the general public program for families.

The next DreamBIG Children’s Festival will take place from 19 - 29 May 2021.

For Teacher's Learning Resources from previous years, take a look at the following information.

Teacher's Learning Resources

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 is part of UNESCO’s Creative Cities Network.

The 180 cities in 72 Countries currently make up this network and work together towards a common objective: placing creativity and cultural industries at the heart of their development plans at the local level and cooperating actively at the international level.

The UNESCO International Arts Education Week (20 - 26 May) coincides with DreamBIG Children’s Festival (22 May - 1 June) in 2019. The International Arts Education Week aims to increase the international community’s awareness of the importance of arts education by promoting cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue and social cohesion (People Together!).

How will your school or preschool highlight the importance and benefits of an arts education?


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 Arts SA