DreamBIG Children’s Festival | 19-29 May 2021

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DreamBIG Children’s Festival 2021

DreamBIG Children’s Festival will inspire curiosity and wonder as children reconnect and return to the world of arts, with the 2021 school program unveiled today.

One of the first festivals to be announced for South Australia since COVID-19 restrictions began, more than 50 shows, events and workshops will be on offer during the celebration to be held from 19 May until 29 May 2021.

The Adelaide Festival Centre event will present 10 world premieres, two Australian premieres and 10 Adelaide premieres with the full family and general public program to be launched in February 2021. Next year’s theme of “Be Curious” encourages children to ask questions about the world through circus, puppetry, music, dance, play, poetry, quirky creatures, orchestras, technology, robots, monsters, a magic beach and a galaxy far, far away.

More than 2000 performers and students are involved in the 2021 program. While the majority of shows and activities are being held at Adelaide Festival Centre, some will take place in venues around the city, surrounding suburbs and regionally.

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.


Opening Event | 19 May 2021

The DreamBIG Opening Event, at Adelaide Oval’s Telstra Plaza 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.

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

The FREE family event for children of all ages will take over the North Terrace Cultural Boulevard for two fun-filled days.

Theatres, galleries, museums, universities, libraries, and gardens will be welcoming families to discover and dream BIG!

The full Big Family Weekend program will be available in April 2021.

Program Highlights

Magic Beach – from the team behind The Gruffalo and the Treehouse series, this play is based on the best-selling book by Alison Lester, where the quintessential Aussie holiday is brought to life on stage. The show will also head to Port Lincoln.

Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus – Circa returns with a new show that combines brilliant acrobatics and physical comedy performed to Mozart’s beautiful scores.

Spirit – A moving show weaving together storytelling, song and dance with fire, language and ceremony by Yellaka. Described as “The history lesson that everyone should see” (Glam Adelaide). 

Project Ludwig – an interactive show featuring SA performers from The Australian String Quartet that allows students to choose their favourite Beethoven playlist.

Still Point of a Turning World – An immersive performance installation where three performers create poetic stories that inspire students to question who they are.

Tröll – An Adelaide premiere, this show follows the story of a young pre-teen exploring the jittery edges of the online world with the help of Icelandic folklore, music and puppetry.

We Come from Far, Far Away – A moving tale about the refugee experience, exploring themes of survival, fear and friendship in an Australian Premiere.

Listen to See – A beautiful and intimate participatory dance piece by SA’s Restless Dance Theatre.

DreamBIG for Schools

Every South Australian child has an opportunity to engage in DreamBIG through the various state-wide projects and the Teaching and Learning Resource created by the Department for Education, due to arrive in schools this week. Teachers can utilise this resource for the entire year.

Full details for the school program can be found on the new schools’ specific website HERE. 

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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 some other venues to be announced) 

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.

Image Source: DreamBIG website


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