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The DreamBIG Children's Festival is an iconic arts festival for children and young people held every 2 years in South Australia.
The festival was originally known as Come Out Children's Festival, and started in 1974. Since then it's become an important part of South Australia's preschool and school calendar.
The festival includes:
- a poster competition, where the winning entry is used in festival materials
- an opening event involving around 2,000 children
- statewide projects
- storytelling experiences
- teacher professional learning opportunities.
The festival has:
- a schools program, where students take part in events and performances through their school
- a general public program for families.
The next festival will be held 19 to 29 May 2021. The festival ties in with the UNESCO International Arts Education Week, which is 24 to 30 May 2021.
Events will be held all around the state, including at the Festival Centre, Elder Park and throughout Adelaide.
Schedule may change in response to COVID-19
In view of the COVID-19 pandemic the program and schedule may be altered in response to the advice of the Chief Medical Officer.
- Be Curious (personal and social capability) – DreamBIG 2021 (PDF 9MB)
- Be Curious (personal and social capability) – DreamBIG 2021 accompanying images – Drama years R to 8: Space-iosity – Curious night sky (PDF 1MB) – from page 28 of Be Curious DreamBIG 2021 resource
- Be Curious (personal and social capability) – DreamBIG 2021 extra unit – Music years R to 6: Space-iosity – Curious night sky (PDF 1.8MB)
- Be Curious (personal and social capability) – DreamBIG 2021 extra unit – Visual Arts years 5 to 10: Sign Design (PDF 604KB)
- Be Curious (personal and social capability) – DreamBIG 2021 accompanying Water Seascape flashcards – Music years R–4: Magical Beach (PDF 111KB) – from page 37 of Be Curious DreamBIG 2021 resource
As part of the DreamBIG Children’s Festival, the department is offering practical workshops across metropolitan and regional centres.
- Drama – Curiosity box/Space-iosity
- Media Arts – Chroma key critters: Animation and screen trickery
- Dance – Dancing our landscape
Download the 2021 DreamBIG Children's Festival Professional Learning Workshops (PDF 285KB) to register and get more information.
One Minute Sculptures: inspired by Erwin Wurm
Students from years R–12 are invited to pose with an everyday object for one minute, while a photo is taken. Submissions received up until 30 April 2021.
Big Screens, Little Artists
Years 3–12 students can submit short digital artworks for display on the new big digital screens inside and outside the Adelaide Festival Centre. The DreamBIG website has details and submission instructions.
Remember, any student materials submitted must be accompanied with the necessary consent form:
- DreamBIG consent form (PDF 159 KB)
- Visit the education department intranet for more information about consent (Department staff login required)
South Australian R–12 students were invited to enter a poster competition, competing for a monetary prize. The winning design has been professional incorporated into a range of materials for DreamBIG 2021. Phitchapha Ritnayom, a Year 6 student from Pennington School R–7 and now, Le Fevre Peninsula School, is our 2021 winner! Congratulations Phitchapha!
A teaching and learning resource is produced by the Department for Education to support each DreamBIG Children’s Festival. Each resource is deliberately designed to be used any time of year and not only alongside the festival.
Using a learning design approach, resources are aligned with the arts section of the Australian Curriculum, the general capabilities including literacy and numeracy, and the artistic program of the festival. They contain many learning experiences, all based on each festival’s theme.
Each resource (and the school’s program) becomes available towards the end of term 3 in the year before the festival year, eg around September or October 2020.
- People together (intercultural understanding) – DreamBIG 2019 (PDF 6MB)
- People together (intercultural understanding) – DreamBIG 2019 accompanying notes – music years 3 to 4: food beats (PDF 218 KB) – from page 30 of the People together DreamBIG 2019 resource
- Feed the mind (critical and creative thinking) – DreamBIG 2017 (PDF 14 MB)
- Building bridges (literacy: metaphor vs literal) – Come Out 2015 (PDF 3.8 MB)
Arts ambassadors are educators in schools and preschools in South Australia who are interested in or are teaching the arts.
They receive email news with up-to-date information about DreamBIG, teacher professional learning, events, and the arts section of the Australian Curriculum.
Registration is free.
To register, email your name, school and contact details to education.DreamBIG [at] sa.gov.au.
DreamBIG Children's Festival
Phone: 8463 5994
Email: education.DreamBIG [at] sa.gov.au