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Steven Marshall MP Premier of South Australia DreamBIG Children’s Festival invites children, students, and families from across South Australia to learn, connect with others, and engage their creative skills. It is an iconic festival on the South Australian arts calendar, and has seen more than two million children participate since its establishment in 1974. This year DreamBIG Children’s Festival has a number of shows that reflect the principles of STEAM (integrating ‘A’ for arts with STEM - Science, Technology, Engineering, and Maths). STEAM takes thinking and teaching to the next level, replacing limitations with innovation by combining traditional learning with art. Creative thinking is vital to the future success of our state. We want our next generations to think differently, approach problems in dynamic and creative ways, and fulfil their greatest potential. Engaging with the arts brings great joy to our children, and I extend my best wishes for a successful DreamBIG Children’s Festival!

Douglas Gautier AM CEO & Artistic Director Adelaide Festival Centre

Susannah Sweeney Creative Producer DreamBIG Children’s Festival

Adelaide Festival Centre is proud to present South Australia’s beloved children’s festival.

DreamBIG Children’s Festival 2019 is packed with inspiring, motivating experiences for your family. Our theme this year is People Together. In the words of Helen Keller, “Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much.” To work well together we must respect and enjoy our similarities and differences.

DreamBIG Children’s Festival provides many learning opportunities for young people and the diversity of our community is reflected in this year’s program and theme. The festival brings people together in a way only the arts can. Adelaide Festival Centre is a creative home for people of all ages and many young South Australians begin their lifelong journey with the arts through DreamBIG Children’s Festival. I congratulate and thank federal, state, and local governments and departments, sponsors and partners, Adelaide Festival Centre and venue staff, artists and participants, our wonderful team of volunteers, and the teachers and families who return again and again to celebrate and support creative programming for young people. I look forward to seeing you at the Big Family Weekend and throughout the festival.

One of this year’s focuses is empathy. It enables us to function in the world and we need to nurture it now more than ever. This year’s festival includes experiences to unite people and expand their hearts and minds as they enter new worlds, trying on other people’s shoes. The 2019 festival is filled with dancing, dogs, gruffalos, robots, singing, birthdays, orchestras, fireflies, imagination, pandas, music, expeditions, opera, silent discos, writers, rice, a musical cubby town, and more! Enjoy looking through this program and selecting shows, experiences and activities for your children. They deserve the best we can offer. And I’m confident you’ll enjoy yourself as well!

DreamBIG 2019 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. This guide is jam-packed with live performances, exhibitions and interactive activities across 11 days. Plus you’ll see some of our top picks of the Big Family Weekend, a free fun-filled weekend for the

whole family, taking over the North Terrace Cultural Boulevard on 25 & 26 May. Everything from a Gruffalo to drag queens reading stories, fireflies, birthdays and silent discos can be found within. Use the calendar on page 24–25 for quick reference or head to and check the Families page for full details. Join in and dream BIG!

Contents General Information 2 How to get to Adelaide Festival Centre 3 DreamBIG Venues 4 Seashore 5 Playable CubbyTOWN 6 Beep 7 Panda’s Home 8 The Gruffalo 9 The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things 10 Robot Song 11 Game Theory 12 Imaginary Architecture 13 Same Like Yesterday 14 New Owner 15

Impersonal Space 16 Katie’s Birthday Party 17 Dropout 18 A Hymn to the Hateful 18 Fear (Not) 19 Firefly Forest 20 Of All The People In All The World 21 Dance Like Everyone Is Watching 22 10 Minute Dance Parties 23 Event Calendar 24–25 BIG Family Weekend 26–35 Exhibitions 36–39 DreamBIG Opening Event 40 Access Information 49

Adelaide Festival Centre acknowledges Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people across South Australia. We pay respect to ancestors and Elders past, present, and emerging as we present DreamBIG Children’s Festival. We honour their cultural and spiritual relationship with their country and we do so in the spirit of reconciliation.


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DreamBIG Venues DreamBIG Children’s Festival is accessible to all South Australian children and their families, with venues all over Adelaide and across the state hosting performances and activity across 11 days. In addition, the free Big Family Weekend spans the North Terrace Cultural Boulevard and beyond over two big days. Adelaide Festival Centre Venues at Adelaide Festival Centre include: Artspace Banquet Room Dunstan Playhouse Elder Park Festival Theatre Foyer (QBE Gallery 2 & 3) John Bishop Room Quartet Bar Space Theatre Adelaide High School Theatre Art Gallery of South Australia Ayers House places/ayers-housemuseum


Freemasons Hall – Main Hall

South Australian Museum – The Armory

Marion Cultural Centre marion-cultural-centre

State Library of South Australia

Nautilus Arts Centre


Odeon Theatre

Torrens Parade Ground – Drill Hall places/torrens-paradeground-and-training-depot

Prospect Gallery prospectgallery Samstag Museum of Art samstagmuseum Slingsby’s Hall of Possibility

Woodville Town Hall

Ages: 3 yrs and under | Event Type: Performance | South Australian Premiere

Seashore By Sally Chance Dance and Insite Arts

Smell the sea air and imagine the sand beneath your feet as this playful group of children brings the seashore to life through dance. Through Seashore, DreamBIG is pioneering the cultural lives of very young children. What happens when very young children are the creators of a show? How can adults be artistic collaborators with children? Will it be the same show each time?

Fri 24, Sat 25, Fri 31 May Sat 1 June 10.30am Slingsby Hall of Possibility 96 Glen Osmond Road Parkside Tickets

1 child & 1 adult: $20 1 child & 2 adults: $25



Image: Sam Roberts Photography


Ages: 4+ | Event Type: Interactive Exhibition | South Australian Premiere

Playable CubbyTOWN Modern technology meets old fashioned storytelling in this interactive cubby house experience bursting with sights and sounds. We love our CubbyTOWN and this festival, Playable Streets and our resident designer Ali Jones are bringing it to life with a magnificent interactive installation direct from the imaginations of children. Step inside this larger than life storybook, and explore and touch paintings to hear the sounds of this strange and wonderful world. Developed in collaboration with students from Adelaide schools, this work uses bespoke technology developed by Playable Streets to turn their stories into an audio adventure. Students will discover new sounds and stories everywhere they turn in this unique and interactive experience. Wed 22 May – Sat 1 June 10am – 3pm Artspace Adelaide Festival Centre FREE EVENT


Ages: 2–7 | Event Type: Performance A Windmill Theatre Company production presented by Adelaide Festival Centre


From the makers of Grug, comes this slightly sideways tale about unexpected friendship, finding where you fit, and learning to mix it up a little. In Mort’s village everything has its place, every day is the same and everyone likes it that way. Until one morning, crash, boom, bang... down comes Beep.

Sat 1 June 10.30am, 12.30pm & 3pm

What is this annoying interruption to Mort’s breakfast molly melon, who is this noisy robot girl, and how will she find her home?

Space Theatre Adelaide Festival Centre

With Windmill’s trademark design, gentle storytelling, music and puppetry, Beep tells the story of what happens when someone new comes to town.

All Tickets $20



“A colourful setting, comic puppets and plenty of surprises hold young audience members in thrall.” InDaily Image: Shane Reid and Carnival


Ages: 3–7 | Event Type: Interactive Performance | China & Italy | Australian Premiere

Panda's Home By Compagnie TPO and TONG Productions Traditional Chinese culture meets digital technology from Italy in this international collaboration that proves there are no barriers to global understanding. Step into a kaleidoscope of colour, sounds and imagery set against the soundtrack of traditional Chinese instruments in Panda’s Home. Children will join two dancers alongside a zitar player on this unique and immersive adventure through the rich cultural landscape of China. On their travels they’ll encounter bamboo forests and ancient traditions as they learn about the Chinese concept of Wu Xing (“Five Elements”) - wood, fire, earth, metal and water – and the harmonious cycle of nature. Italy’s Compagnie TPO creates interactive theatrical spaces using sensors and digital technology. That technology combined with TONG Productions’ beautiful storytelling results in a performance that goes beyond language and cultural barriers.


Sat 1 June 11am & 1.30pm Marion Cultural Centre Tickets Adult: $25 Child/Concession: $20 Family of 4: $80



Ages: 4–8 | Event Type: Performance A CDP Kids and Tall Stories production

Based on the award winning picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler After sell-out seasons across the world, including London’s West End and Broadway, The Gruffalo returns to Australia! A mouse took a stroll through the deep, dark wood... Join Mouse on a daring adventure in this magical, musical adaptation of the classic picture book by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler. Searching for hazelnuts, Mouse meets the cunning Fox, the eccentric old Owl and the party mad Snake. Will the story of the terrifying Gruffalo save Mouse from ending up as dinner for these hungry woodland creatures? After all, there’s no such thing as a Gruffalo – is there?

Sat 25 May 10am, 12pm & 3pm Sun 26 May 10.30am & 1pm Dunstan Playhouse Adelaide Festival Centre Tickets Adult: $25 Child/Concession: $20 Family of 4: $80



Regional Show Wed 29 May 6pm


Nautilus Arts Centre Port Lincoln

The Gruffalo © Julia Donaldson & Axel Scheffler 1999 Macmillan Children's Books


Ages: 6+ | Event Type: Workshop | South Australian Premiere

"Thank you for slowing me down." Participant, Age 8

The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things By Zoë Barry, Drop Bear Theatre & The Seam There was a boy. The boy who loved tiny things. He would like to show you some of his collection… The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things is a unique participatory theatre work that celebrates wonder, curiosity, care taking and story making. Families are invited to go on a journey together, to take time to slow down and notice, play and share, as they explore the South Australian Museum and contribute to an enormous collection of precious tiny things nestled within The Armoury. This delightful experience teaches us all to stop and take notice of what is around us – no matter how small.


Sat 25 & Sun 26 May 10.15am & 12.30pm The Armoury South Australian Museum (Meet in main foyer) FREE EVENT Register for the event at

60+ minutes

Ages: 8–13 | Event Type: Performance | South Australian Premiere

Robot Song By Arena Theatre Company A smart young girl befriends a discarded robot and together they find their true voice. “Miss Cummings, if we’re all different, doesn’t that kind of make us all the same?” - Juniper May, Robot Song When eleven-year-old Juniper May receives a petition signed by her entire class stating that she is ‘the most hated person in the school’ her life is thrown into complete meltdown. After exhausting all other avenues her parents’ resort to the only thing they have left, a giant singing robot. Based on a true story, Robot Song illustrates the profound, transformative nature of creativity that when combined with unconditional love, becomes an unstoppable force.

Sat 1 June 11am & 1pm Dunstan Playhouse Adelaide Festival Centre Tickets Adult: $25 Child/Concession: $20 Family of 4: $80

Image: Ashlea Pyke




Ages: 6+ | Event Type: Performance | Switzerland | South Australian Premiere

Game Theory

By Joshua Monten Dance

A 20 minute dance performance in which order and precision give way to chaos, havoc and a whole lot of mess. Game Theory begins simply enough – two men draw chalk squares on the ground and start playing a game of hopscotch. It’s all very structured, repetitive and civilised. Then things begin to change shape – the basic geometries and rhythms fracture and multiply as the movement becomes increasingly complicated and physically demanding. Be transfixed as this energetic dance and body percussion mash-up evolves bit by bit into a frenetic journey around the world, ending in a haze of hyperactive havoc. See why Game Theory has been performed at the best festivals across Europe, Latin America and the Palestinian Territories.


Sat 25 & Sun 26 May 11am, 1pm & 3pm Location to be confirmed in April FREE EVENT


minutes Supported by: Swiss Arts Council Pro Helvetia, Kultur Stadt Bern, SWISSLOS / Culture Canton de Berne

Image: Giancarlo Donatini

Ages: 4–12 | Event Type: Interactive Installation | South Australian Premiere

Imaginary Architecture Concept and design by Lara Tumak Calling all town planners, architects and master builders, come together and create a mega mini city for all to explore. Is it possible to create architecture out of nothing more than dreams? How about some cardboard, sticky tape and string? Children will use nothing but their bare hands, wondrous imaginations and a whole lot of recycled materials to help build this interactive wonderland.

Sat 25 & Sun 26 May 10am – 3pm QBE Gallery 3 Adelaide Festival Centre FREE EVENT

Bring a box or two from home (an empty biscuit, cereal or teabag box), or grab one of ours, and allow roughly 30 minutes to transform your box into a diorama to add to the sprawling cityscape. Borrow one of our torches and explore our imaginary city. See what stories you can find! Image: Very Serious


Ages: 7+ | Event Type: Installation | World Premiere

Image: Sharing Stories Foundation in collaboration with women from the Adnyamathanha community.

Same Like Yesterday

Virlkuthalypila and Other Stories from Our Country This colourfully animated visual performance sees six Adnyamathanha women share stories of their ancestors and the memories of growing up on their country. Same Like Yesterday is a story about six senior Adnyamathanha women and two teenage girls travelling through the Flinders Ranges in the footsteps of Virlkuthalypila, the two women from the Yuramuda (Dreamtime). Their country is woven together by an endless thread of stories. They are embedded in the land, the sky, the water, and the mountains. Even the animals hold stories from a long time ago. By following the journey of the two women, children will learn to stay safe and respect sacred sites and to help everyone gain a greater appreciation of Adnyamathanha history and culture. This work is a collaboration between women and children of the Adnyamathanha community and the Sharing Stories Foundation which works with Indigenous communities to protect, maintain and grow language, stories and cultural heritage through digital technologies and artistic forms for this and future generations. 14

Wed 22 – Fri 31 May 10am – 3pm Tandanya FREE EVENT



Special thanks to Arkaroola Wilderness Sanctuary and Drapac Capital Partners for their assistance.

Ages: 9–14 | Event Type: Performance | South Australian Premiere

New Owner

By The Last Great Hunt

A story of love, loss and new beginnings from the creators of the international smash hit The Adventures of Alvin Sputnik: Deep Sea Explorer. Bart is a boisterous puppy waiting to be chosen from the animal shelter. Mabel is a lonely widow, trying to fill the hole in her heart. The day they find each other is the beginning of a profound friendship - but Mabel is old, and Bart is young – how will their bond unfold and what can they learn from each other? Combining puppetry, live action and animation, New Owner takes us on a world of adventure through a dog’s eyes. Nominated for Best Presentation for Children at the 2017 Helpmann Awards, this is a deeply moving tale about loss, friendship and new beginnings.

Sat 25 & Sun 26 May 11am & 2pm Space Theatre Adelaide Festival Centre Tickets Adult: $25 Child/Concession: $20 Family of 4: $80




Ages: 10+ | Event Type: Performance Tutti Arts presents a Company AT production

Impersonal Space 'Nameless’ is a nine-year-old girl who loves her family, stargazing and hot chips. But she isn't like the other children – she’s hyper intelligent but sometimes does strange things, and the bullies call her “dopey” and “weird”. She feels isolated, sad and confused, until she discovers she has autism.

“An incisive yet affectionate look at how autistic people experience the world.” The Advertiser

Taking comfort in her scientific heroes and imaginary friends, Albert Einstein and Sir Isaac Newton, Nameless sets out on a journey of the imagination to find strength in her differences and confidence in herself. Drawing on the personal experiences of its autistic cast, Impersonal Space offers a warm and funny insight into an experience shared by thousands of school-aged children. Sat 25 May 2pm & 6pm Odeon Theatre Tickets Adult: $25 Child/Concession: $20 Family of 4: $80




Image: Sam Oster

Ages: 11–13 | Event Type: Performance | Northern Ireland | Australian Premiere

“Katie's Birthday Party is a hugely relevant and relatable account of a painful process, told with honesty and is one of the best productions for young people I’ve ever seen.” Children's Theatre Reviews

Katie’s Birthday Party It’s no party growing up – but that doesn’t mean we can’t celebrate! Life for a 12 year old can be a complicated, confusing time. To help navigate that path, you’re invited to Katie’s Birthday Party. Internationally acclaimed performer Mary-Frances Doherty gives a stunning solo performance in this insightful show about a young girl’s journey from childhood to adolescence. We follow Katie as she moves from primary to secondary school – there are exams, a new school, and a different friendship group to navigate, but also hope for the future.

Sat 25 & Sun 26 May 11am & 2.30pm John Bishop Room Adelaide Festival Centre Tickets All tickets $20



Don’t miss Katie’s Birthday Party. There will be truths, there will be dares, there will be presents and there will be cake! Image: Monica McNally


Ages: 12+ | Event Type: Performance World Premiere

Ages: 13+ | Event Type: Performance World Premiere

Presented by True North and the Commissioner for Children and Young People

Running With Scissors Theatre for Young People presents


Directed and devised by Alirio Zavarce At a time when many young people are struggling to finish high school, this play has never been more relevant. Dropout explores the reasons why students are dropping out and truanting at an alarming rate. It highlights the isolation and stigma that young people feel once they’ve left, and attempts to facilitate this important conversation between young people and find solutions together. Wed 22 May Tickets 7pm Adult: $15 Child/Concession: $10 Sat 25 May 2pm & 6.30pm Tandanya 60 minutes

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A Hymn to the Hateful By Finegan Kruckemeyer

There is no THEM | No THEM vs US | There is only US A Hymn to the Hateful is a brand new play written by internationally acclaimed playwright for young people, Finegan Kruckemeyer. Currently in development, this emotive and insightful work has been specially commissioned for Adelaide High School’s Running With Scissors Theatre for Young People. A Hymn to the Hateful is an important inquiry into the spread of hatred in today’s society, performed by students for their peers. Turning negativity on its head, this empowering new work is a how-to guide for the hopeful. Mon 20 & Fri 24 May 7pm Adelaide High School Theatre Tickets Adult: $25 Child/Concession: $20



Ages: 10–14 | Event Type: Performance | World Premiere

Fear (Not) By Prospect Theatre for Young People and Cirkidz in association with Woodville Town Hall, assisted by the South Australian Government through Carclew The world can be a pretty scary place for young people. From the schoolyard to screens, and with social media bringing everything ever closer, there is little respite for today’s teenagers.

Sat 1 June 11am & 2pm Woodville Town Hall

In this highly imaginative and theatrical production, the Woodville Town Hall will transform into a series of strange worlds where young people will face their fears head on.

Tickets Adult: $25 Child/Concession: $20 Family of 4: $80

Fear (Not) has been created through a dynamic collaboration between Prospect Theatre for Young People and Cirkidz, and will be performed by young artists aged 11–16.




Image: Graphic Designer - Kate van der Horst Photography - JoAnne Bouzianis – Sellick


Ages: All | Event Type: Installation

Firefly Forest By Patch Theatre Firefly Forest is an immersive magical lighting installation created by Patch Theatre's new Artistic Director, Geoff Cobham, and his longtime collaborator Chris Petridis. This timeless piece, sparked by an unexpected sublime moment in a paddy field under a full moon and next to a volcano, is an inspiration for all ages. Our fireflies leave trails of ever-changing ember coloured light. Please come and sit beneath them and be transported to another time and place.


Wed 22 – Fri 31 May 10am – 3pm Banquet Room Adelaide Festival Centre Warnings Haze effects FREE EVENT

Ages: 7+ | Event Type: Exhibition | United Kingdom | Adelaide Exclusive

Of All The People In All The World

“Astonishing, an installationcome-performance from one of the UK’s most tirelessly inventive theatre companies.” The Guardian (UK)

By Stan's Cafe Direct from the UK, this provocative installation uses grains of rice to bring abstract statistics to startling and powerful life. A team of performers weighs out quantities of rice to represent a host of human statistics: • populations of towns and cities • number of doctors and number of soldiers • number of people born each day and number who die • number of people who have walked on the moon • number of deaths in the Holocaust

Wed 22 – Fri 31 May (excluding Mon 27) 10am – 3pm Drill Hall Torrens Parade Ground FREE EVENT

Witty, at times shocking, and always thought provoking, this ever changing landscape of rice will engage children of all ages, causing them to reflect on their own place in the world.

Images: Graeme Braidwood, Ed Dimsdale


Ages: 4–14 | Event Type: Workshop

Dance Like Everyone Is Watching Feel the power of dance with moves to make you feel brave, strong and happy. When you dance like everyone is watching, you can take on the world. Once there was a little girl who loved to dance. She was always entertaining people with her incredible moves. Then she grew up and thought people didn’t want to see her dance any more. So she only danced when no one was watching. But that all changed when she found herself dancing in Rundle Mall one day – it was AMAZING. She realised that much better than dancing like no one is watching is dancing like EVERYONE is watching. Fun and connectivity is at the core of this sensational dance session from dancer and choreographer Liz Cahalan, which is set in the majestic Freemasons Main Hall. 22

Sat 25 & Sun 26 May 11am & 2pm Main Hall Freemasons FREE EVENT Register for the event at



Image: Prema Lucas

Ages: 5+ | Event Type: Activity | South Australian Premiere

10 Minute Dance Parties By Joseph O'Farrell (JOF) Families have the opportunity to experience the shipping container dance phenomenon that has delighted audiences across Australia and the UK. 10 Minute Dance Parties is an interactive dance party like no other. Enter the converted shipping container and experience an explosion of sound, colour, light and art.

Sat 25 & Sun 26 May 10am – 3pm Sessions every 30 mins

This is a positive and reaffirming experience that proves the power of music to lift the spirits, motivate the mind and bring people together.

Elder Park

DreamBIG is delighted to be collaborating with Playford City Council and Northern Sound System to present this event.

Image: Pekka Makinen

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A Hymn to the Hateful


Adelaide High School Theatre




Space Theatre




Fear (Not)


Woodville Town Hall

Game Theory



Impersonal Space


Odeon Theatre

Katie’s Birthday Party


John Bishop Room

New Owner


Space Theatre

Panda's Home


Marion Cultural Centre

Robot Song


Dunstan Playhouse



Slingsby Hall of Possibility

The Gruffalo


Dunstan Playhouse

An Anthology of Un–Kept Secrets


Space Theatre Foyer

Animate My World


Quartet Bar

Firefly Forest


Banquet Room

For Country, For Nation


Samstag Museum

Hello Rajasthan/Hello SA


Dunstan Playhouse Foyer

Imaginary Architecture


QBE Gallery 3

Of All The People In All The World


Drill Hall

Playable CubbyTOWN



Phil Cummings


State Library of SA

SALA Schools Exhibition


QBE Galleries

Same Like Yesterday





Prospect Gallery

10 Minute Dance Parties


Elder Park

Dance Like Everyone is Watching


Main Hall – Freemasons

The Boy Who Loved Tiny Things


The Armoury





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Choose your adventure! 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 full to the brim with children and families immersed in arts activities and dreaming BIG! Choose your adventure and discover a world of art and wonder around every turn. Within the following pages you will discover a snap-shot of the activities on offer, with the full Big Family Weekend program available in April. #DreamBIGFest

Images: Cath Leo and Claudio Raschella


FAMILY WEEKEND 25 & 26 MAY Nature Craft By Kate Hubmayer Be inspired by nature and create a beautiful mosaic made from seeds. Using beans, peas, rice, lentils and much more, watch as your colourful designs come to life. Crafter and author Kate Hubmayer leads children on this journey of discovery driven by creativity, free thinking and the use of all-natural materials.

Sensory Play By Playgroup SA It’s all about exploring and experiencing the fun with this sensory workshop from Playgroup SA. Learn all about our world using your senses to explore, see, hear, smell and touch, and make a mess.

Image: Cath Leo

Cubby Building, Junk Parts and Mud Play By Climbing Tree Get back to nature with these messy, muddy and imaginative outdoor play stations. Children can immerse themselves in these back-to-basics nature play areas where fun and creativity are limitless.

Image: Claudio Raschella 28

A free fun-filled weekend taking over the North Terrace Cultural Boulevard and beyond

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DreamBIG Forest By Nonsense Inc The whimsical DreamBIG Forest is back! Last festival’s forest accumulated 2,000 dreams, wishes and aspirations. You are invited to make the forest bigger and more inspirational than ever - add your special dream to the forest, and wander through the trees to reveal the dreams of the DreamBIG community.

Image: Cath Leo

Make Your Own Dukkah By Sprout Cooking School This interactive cooking experience gives children the chance to create their own dukkah using seeds, herbs and spices from around the world. This culinary session for the senses will see children explore the taste, smell, feel and look of ingredients from Australia and abroad.

Slacklining By Slackline Australia Slacklining is a balance sport that involves dynamic movement on a length of tensioned webbing. Slackline Australia offers fun and professional instruction to help you evolve your balance and take your first steps along a slackline. All ages and abilities welcome!


FAMILY WEEKEND 25 & 26 MAY Stories Under the Stars By DreamBIG and SciWorld Crawl into the dark and magical StarDome, then find a comfy cushion and sit back and relax for Stories Under the Stars. You’ll feel like you’re under the night sky, stars twinkling above, as the stories of adventure, fun and science are told by our engaging story readers.

Being. in space By Urban Mind & the Adelaide Botanic Garden & the Commissioner for Children and Young People Here is your mission. You have discovered a galaxy far from home and are about to take off on an interstellar expedition to explore it. There are great challenges ahead, but the design code you must develop will help you navigate the journey, so you can safely explore all the planets in the cosmos! Five, four, three, two, ONE!

Pop Up Science By Children’s University Children’s University Adelaide will deliver science lectures. Come and listen to these engaging talks covering a range of topics such as the big world of botany and the magic and wonder of science. These talks are presented by experts in their field to delight curious minds and inspire budding scientists. Image: Children’s University 30

A free fun-filled weekend taking over the North Terrace Cultural Boulevard and beyond

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Calligraphy Writing & Paper Cutting By Confucius Institute; The University of Adelaide Come and experience the beauty of the brush stroke as our artists compose the characters of Chinese calligraphy with your Chinese name. Take the opportunity to learn the unique art of Chinese paper cutting. It will be a whirlwind exploration of Chinese culture for the weekend.

Drag Queen Storytime Join Adelaide drag queen Miss Molly and The Southern Sisters as they host Drag Queen Storytime at the State Library. Miss Molly will join some of Adelaide’s favourite drag queens who will read stories to children, bringing books to life through these larger than life story time sessions.


Image: Krystle Aunger

By Southern Elders Weaving Group, Migration Museum Share in the rich culture of the Kaurna people as you learn the traditional art of basket weaving. Aunty Alice Janice Rigney, from the Southern Elders Weaving Group, will lead these culture sharing workshops aimed at 10–18 year olds. Along the way, Aunty Alice, a Boankik Elder, will share traditional stories of her people, revealing the importance of handing down culture to future generations.


FAMILY WEEKEND 25 & 26 MAY BIG Family Sing By BodySONG Nothing brings people together like a big tune. From the crew who brought us PUBsing comes the Big Family Sing, an intergenerational feel good sing-a-long. Enjoy the sound – sing it loud and proud. Song list can be viewed on the website.

Image: Claudio Raschella

Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour

Image: Kelly Champion

By Guru Dudu Everybody loves a silent disco, but this phenomenon has reached a whole new level with Guru Dudu’s Silent Disco Walking Tour. Created in Australia but taking the world by storm, anyone who has done this knows what a fantastic experience it is. Pop on some headphones, feel the beat and follow your funky leader around the Riverbank Precinct – with plenty of stops for dance breaks. You will enjoy interpretative dancing around local landmarks, spontaneous flash mob routines and lots of crazy improvised fun.

Protest Lab By Centre of Democracy What makes a good protest? Your voice does! Come and share your voice, your opinion, and your creativity at the Centre of Democracy’s Protest Lab. Make a placard, a protest poster, a campaign slogan, a badge and more as you learn about the importance of free speech for all and the right to be heard.


A free fun-filled weekend taking over the North Terrace Cultural Boulevard and beyond

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Dream Big in a Big House By National Trust Get up close to a grandfather clock and stand under a 3,000 piece chandelier. Dress up in a top hat, play some knuckle bones or make a keepsake in the interactive school room. Entry by gold coin donation with all proceeds going to the work of the National Trust of South Australia.

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Government House Open Day You’re invited to Government House Open Day, on the Sunday of the Big Family Weekend. Explore the gardens and learn about the current workings of the house from Government House volunteers.

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Neo Teen Art Tours By the Art Gallery of South Australia Explore the Australian Collection with a Neo Teen Art Tour. Discover the collection from a unique perspective, led by 13-19 year-old trained guides. Then drop in to the vibrant, paint-spattered world of the Art Gallery of South Australia Studio as Joe Quilty, the son of renowned artist Ben Quilty takes over. Learn art tips and techniques from Joe and create a bold ‘remix portrait’ with oil pastels. Image: AGSA


FAMILY WEEKEND 25 & 26 MAY The Little Barista Program By Bean Bar Learn how to make the perfect coffee with Bean Bar! Find out everything you need to know to make mum or dad a special cuppa. Book online at from 1 May

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Family Meditation By Lifeflow Meditation Centre Learn meditation and mindfulness in this fun and interactive workshop for all ages. You will be guided through simple techniques to help you slow down the mind and body and focus on just being present. Meditation and Mindfulness helps relieve stress and anxiety as well as promoting relaxation, focus and emotional regulation. Image: Cath Leo

Family Yoga By Blooming Hearts Yoga Get connected with yourself and each other in this interactive yoga workshop for the whole family. No experience necessary – just a willingness to try yoga poses, games, mindfulness, breathing exercises, relaxation techniques and creative expression. The entire family will leave feeling more connected and inspired by ideas for living a healthy, playful and relaxed family life. Image: Claudio Raschella 34

A free fun-filled weekend taking over the North Terrace Cultural Boulevard and beyond

10am–4p m each day

Outdoor Stages Located on the Museum Lawns and Goodman Lawns, the DreamBIG outdoor stages will be jam-packed with fantastic performances, workshops and interactive activities. Sing, dance, laugh and applaud all weekend! Enjoy beatboxing with MCME, the Junkyard Beats crew, It’s Rhyme Time with Little Big Book Club, music by the City of Adelaide band, and Class of Cabare, plus many more! The full stage program will be available April 2019 via

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Something on Saturday Foundation Kids Corner All are welcome at the Something on Saturday Foundation Kids Corner workshops; have fun crafting and creating to your heart’s content all weekend! What Animal Are You? Create your own terrific animal tail! Find inspiration from the animals around you or from your pets at home. Have fun with fluff and fur creating your very own tail to take home. Fun Foresty Headbands Take a stroll through the deep dark wood. Stick, paste and cut your way to creating a crown fit for a forest king or queen!

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DreamBIG Exhibitions From art by little artists to art for little people, visit these free exhibitions throughout the festival.

Wonder An exhibition examining how children see themselves and others, celebrating our difference and commonality. Prospect Gallery

Art Gallery of South Australia Explore the New Rehang of Australian Art Step back in time and explore what life was like in the 1800s through these telling and emotive works of art. Art Gallery of South Australia

An Anthology of Un-Kept Secrets An emotive and empowering insight into the hearts and minds of young South Australians. Space Theatre Foyer


Animate My World Everyone has a story to tell – see the inspiring stories of these young people come to life in animated glory. Quartet Bar

Hello Rajasthan / Hello South Australia Hello Rajasthan/Hello South Australia is an arts event with an international reach. Dunstan Playhouse Foyer

For Country, For Nation Honour our First Nations people with these fascinating and revealing stories of wartime and peace. Samstag Museum Gordon BENNETT, Psychotopographical landscape (inversion), 1990, acrylic on canvas. Courtesy the Australian War Memorial and the Samstag Museum of Art.

Phil Cummings This is an interactive exhibition with an access all areas pass into the creative mind of award-winning South Australian author Phil Cummings. State Library of SA Image: Jenny Scott, State Library of South Australia


Art during DreamBIG Adelaide Festival Centre showcases art from young people throughout DreamBIG Children’s Festival. We invite you to view these works at our venues.

SALA Schools Exhibition DreamBIG is thrilled to present an exhibition of the winners from the 2018 SALA (South Australian Living Artists) and Credit Union SA School Awards. This is a brand new award introduced in 2018 for primary and secondary schools. We will remount the winning schools’ exhibition at Adelaide Festival Centre during DreamBIG in the QBE Galleries.


SALA - St. John’s Grammar School Year 8 artist, Something Fishy, mixed media, 1000mm x 550mm

Big Screens, Little Artists The DreamBIG 2019 theme is People Together. It’s all about exploring and encouraging empathy, understanding and compassion and recognising that harmony and kindness is the best way forward. School students have the opportunity to create short digital works to display on the outdoor screens at Adelaide Festival Centre.


Ask your school!

DreamBIG Opening Event DreamBIG Children’s Festival opens this year with the theme People Together at its centre. Join 2,000 students and 13-year-old Audrey MasonHyde as she welcomes all to the beginning of the festival. Then join the rest of Australia with a simultaneous reading of Alpacas with Maracas by Matt Cosgrove for National Simultaneous Storytime. Next, students will become The Mighty Choir of Small Voices and sing the High School Musical hit ‘We’re All In This Together’.

Wed 22 May Arrive from 9.30am for 10.50am start Telstra Plaza Adelaide Oval

The opening event finishes with a high energy gig by South Aussie icons Electric Fields (unless they win the chance to perform at Eurovision!) while the students dance their way along the footbridge.

DreamBIG Children’s Festival is especially grateful to the SA Public Primary Schools’ Music Festival for their continued support of The Mighty Choir of Small Voices since the choir’s inception in 2011.


Image: Kelly Champion Photography

Arts Professionals Unite!

Youth of the World is an exciting theatre initiative by AJZ Productions that aims to connect and invigorate the youth theatre sector. It will bring together a number of youth theatre companies who will perform new and pertinent works during DreamBIG. It will also feature a professional symposium to facilitate the exchange of ideas among practitioners making work with young people. Companies involved include Cirkidz, Prospect Theatre for Young People, True North Youth Theatre Ensemble, Adelaide High School’s Running with Scissors Theatre Company, SAYarts, Australian Theatre for Young People, Carclew, and others. These young makers and performers will have the chance to meet each other and share their stories and ideas with their peers. More information about the symposium will be added to dreambigfestival. closer to the time. Watch this space!


Pack your compass and put away the screens. Discover the city’s unique playspaces.

2019 DreamBIG Festival proudly supported by City of Adelaide

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Adelaide Festival Centre is committed to ensuring our programs are accessible. We have a number of facilities to help: wheelchair loan service, assistive hearing system, accessible toilets, accessible seat allocations, access friendly drop off/pick up points and lift access in the Festival Theatre. For more information visit /access-services

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DreamBig 2019 Family Program  

DreamBIG Children's Festival is South Australia's iconic biennial arts festival for schools and families that places its audience at the cen...

DreamBig 2019 Family Program  

DreamBIG Children's Festival is South Australia's iconic biennial arts festival for schools and families that places its audience at the cen...