DreamBIG Children’s Festival | 19-29 May 2021

DreamBIG Children's Festival

DreamBIG Children’s Festival 2021

DreamBIG Children’s Festival 2021 has unveiled an amazing family program of shows, online experiences and free activities. This year’s theme, “Be Curious” aims to encourage children to explore new ideas and to see them filled them with wonder. 

Opening Event | 19 May 2021

The DreamBIG Opening Event, to be held at the Festival Theatre on May 19, will see school children gather and The Mighty Choir of Small Voices, ably guided by the Public Primary Schools Music Festival team, sing a new arrangement of David Bowie’s Space Oddity.

It will finish with an uplifting gig by 2019 Australia’s Got Talent finalist Mitch Tambo who will perform with a group of young dancers from SA’s own fabulous Kurruru Dance Ensemble.

Photo credit: Catherine Leo

DreamBIG Children’s Festival Big Family Weekend |  22 & 23 May 2021

This FREE family event for children of all ages will be held at the Adelaide Festival Centre offering 20 free activities over two fun-filled days.

This ever-popular event will converge on Adelaide Festival Centre and includes performances in the Festival Theatre by Teeny Tiny Stevies and Tutti Choir.

To coincide with the weekend’s festivities, Elder Park will host Fork on the Road – South Australia’s premier mobile food truck event showcasing local food and supporting grassroots talent.



DreamBIG Children’s Festival Shows & Experiences

This year’s DreamBIG family program feature amazing theatre shows as well as workshops, interactive performances and installations, exhibitions and even activities that families can enjoy at home. There will be events taking place in Adelaide and regional centres.

Find a selection of shows, activities, experiences and events below.

Patch Theatre’s  ZOOOM

Combining old-school whimsy with state-of-the-art technology, ZOOOM is an enchanting story of a child in her bedroom, unable to sleep and curious to understand.

She begins a transformational journey with light and discovers that the dark is a magical place. With the assistance of the audience, the girl discovers a community of people who can help her solve problems. Part music video, part dream, this is a show about all sorts of perspective.


From the award-winning Trick of Light Theatre (makers of The Bookbinder and The Road that Wasn’t There), Tröll combines storytelling, music and puppetry in an uncanny tale from the twitchy edges of the digital age.

Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus

Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus will animate the mischievous composer’s vibrant music with physical comedy and thrilling acrobatics.

Magic Beach by CDP Theatre Producers

Magic Beach will see the team behind The Gruffalo and the Treehouse series bring to life Alison Lester’s best-selling children’s book.

Creation Creation by Windmill Theatre Co

Windmill Theatre Company’s Creation Creation aims to answer the big questions in life through art, performance, theatre, and a bit of fun.

Dr AudiYO’s Giant Adventure | Interactive Performance by Holly Austin

Join the quest of Dr AudiYO, a beatboxing clown-come-superhero, as she sets off on a surreal adventure to slay The Beast, who is on a rampage to silence the city. On a bare stage – using only her voice, a microphone and magic looping bum bag – theatre-maker and comedian Holly Austin (Dr AudiYO) brings to life a wondrous world of giants, music and…cats?

Fusing old-school clowning and miming techniques with new-school beatboxing, this show invites your family to become superheroes and help Dr AudiYO save the day! Let your voices be heard!

The Narrator | Performance by Jessica Wilson

The windows of the bus act as screens through which the audience watches a classic story of childhood rejection and betrayal unfold in real time.

Live actors appear and disappear, and real buildings and pedestrians become part of the story as told by the on-board narrator. Universal story elements are brought to iconic and everyday locations, with children seeing their favourite places in new and exciting ways.

Photo credit: Gatis Melnacis

Our Corka Bubs | Interactive Performance

Grounded in Aboriginal culture, Our Corka Bubs offers captivating storytelling through movement and music, inspired by Ngarrindjeri culture and language.

The performance circle is a space for interactive play, guided by four dancers and storyteller Owen Love. Gentle motifs of water and earth combine with gestures that mimic iconic Australian animals and entwined with language and stories of Ngarrindjeri land and water along the lakes of the River Murray. Audiences of all ages are entranced by this enriched and captivating show that has been carefully crafted for babies.

This is a transformative experience for little ones, carers and for the whole family to enjoy.

Still Point of a Turning World | Interactive Performance by By Carte Blanche and August & September in association with Causeway Projects

As our world turns faster and faster, this is a space to slow down, reflect and wonder. Explore a patchwork of experiences that will inspire you to question who you are and how you affect the world around you. Within a darkened corner of the Queen’s Theatre you are at the centre of this immersive performance installation. Three performers animate the room – creating small scenes, poetic images and stories together with you.

Photo credit: Carte Blanch

Touch & Go | Interactive Performance by Sally Chance Dance

An enticing and playful world of shapes and pathways, stepping stones and lines, dance and live music. The children become part of the performance by entering the action or by observing it, touching and go-ing just as they need to.

Big Tutti Singalong

Join in as the Tutti Choir performs some of your favourite songs with a live band and a special guest host. There will be something for every generation so gather your family together for a fun afternoon out. The lyrics will be on the big screen. This is a chance to experience the Festival Centre in a relaxed format – wriggly kids and compulsive dancers welcome!

Like Dancing with your Big Sisters and Brother | Performance Workshop by Of Desert & Sea

Participants in this premiere event will accomplish things they didn’t know they could. Children will get their bodies moving while learning from strong, young and proud First Nations artists. At its heart this work is a connection with and exploration of culture, with a focus on using dance to tell stories through movement. Get ready for some spirit and fun – a bit like dancing with your big sisters and brother in the living room. No experience required!

Wild City | Workshop and Exhibition by Kathy Holowko

In different cities around the world, adaptations are already taking place to include animals and improve the quality of living in our urban ecosystems. These inspiring examples form the basis of a creative learning workshop where children work together to imagine and build their very own Wild City. Adding to the sculptural building blocks of a city, children explore ideas and create the habitat and infrastructure to welcome wild animals as citizens in their urban landscape.

The end result is a collaborative exhibition, on display in the South Australian Museum throughout DreamBIG 2021, that investigates environmental issues and inspires solutions.

Infinite Monster | Interactive Workshop by Terrapin

Three tents. Three participants. Two minutes to draw, scribble or scrawl your contribution to an ever-changing monster projected in real time on a gigantic tower of LCD screens. In this extra-special version of the classic game, everyone is invited to draw the head, legs or torso of a creature from their imaginations, each on individual screens.

Photo credit: Peter Mathew

Ping Pong WoW | Interactive Installation  by The Ball Room Projects

See what happens when you enter a space with 2,000+ ping pong balls! The Ball Room artists believe play to be an essential ingredient in all creative acts. In Ping Pong WoW, their signature participatory work, the audience’s experience becomes the fabric of the performance, revealing endless manifestations of play.

This interactive installation has been designed to captivate and engage and is suitable for all abilities. It is a place where everyday objects spark boundless imagination and are a source of infinite fascination.

Ping Pong WoW is the perfect family activity for children and their adults to play, learn and have fun together!

Photo credit: ArtPlay

Silent Disco with DJ Monski Mouse | Activity

Get your dancing shoes ready as crowd favourite Silent Disco is back at DreamBIG Children’s Festival. International kids disco queen DJ Monski Mouse joins us as our guest Silent Disco hostess with the mostest.

Monski Mouse will curate three epic DJ sets to choose from and leads the dancing madness as you boogie on down, pull shapes and absolutely bop ‘til you drop!

Photo credit: Dave Pickens

Hidden Creature Gallery | Interactive Installation and Workshops by Arena Theatre Company

Ever wondered what your favourite tree in the park was thinking? What does your toaster think about your choice of cheese spread? Part laboratory, part performance and all imagination, Hidden Creature Gallery is an exciting interactive work for school-aged children.

Existing between the digital and the real world, this work empowers young people to bring to life the places and objects around them and give them a voice using augmented reality technology. Children will be encouraged to make their own creatures and discover others that have been created before them.

Photo credit: John Fish4

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In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the program and schedule may have to be altered in response to the advice of the Chief Medical Officer.

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For more information and all enquiries please visit the DreamBIG website here

What:   DreamBIG Children’s Festival 

When:    Wednesday 19 – Saturday 29 May 2021 

Where:   Adelaide Festival Centre, King William St, Adelaide and various locations around Adelaide

Who:   Children 

At Play & Go Adelaide we make every effort to provide accurate information to the best of our knowledge at the time of publication. We recommend confirming times, dates and details directly before making any plans as details may be subject to change.

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