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DreamBIG 2021 program inspires and reunites curious kids

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

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 May 19-29, 2021. 

Wolfgang's Magical Musical Circus. Photo by Damien Bredberg, DreamBIG.
Wolfgang’s Magical Musical Circus.
Photo by Damien Bredberg, DreamBIG.

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. 

DreamBIG Children's Festival 2019. Photo by Cath Leo.
DreamBIG Children’s Festival 2019.
Photo by Cath Leo.

DreamBIG Children’s Festival Creative Producer Susannah Sweeney is ecstatic to welcome children and schools back to the festival to reconnect through joy, fun and theatre following a difficult 2020. “We are living through strange times that highlight how essential the arts are if we want our young people to have strong, curious, empathetic minds,” she said. “Being able to offer the schools of South Australia an inspiring 2021 DreamBIG Children’s Festival that encourages curiosity and empathy, is a wonderful and important thing to be doing.” 

Education Minister John Gardner said after almost 50 years, DreamBIG Children’s Festival remained one of the most loved and longest running events in SA for students and families. “DreamBIG is a South Australian institution, offering children a great opportunity to engage their creativity and further their learning through the arts. DreamBIG 2021 offers a really exciting program of activities. I know that families and teachers all have their fingers crossed that children will be able to enjoy and participate in the live performances next year and unlock some of the educational opportunities from the teaching and learning resources that support the event.” 

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 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. 

Jade Fuda, Kate Betcher and Alex Packard in 'Magic Beach'. Photo by James D Morgan.
Jade Fuda, Kate Betcher and
Alex Packard in ‘Magic Beach’.
Photo by James D Morgan.

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. 

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. Teachers can utilise this resource for the entire year. 

Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier AM said more than two million children had participated in the festival since its inception. “Of all the festivals in Adelaide Festival Centre’s proud portfolio, DreamBIG perhaps invokes the most long-lasting possibilities because it connects with children at an inquisitive time, inspiring lifelong engagement with cultures and learning. Adelaide Festival Centre values our important role bringing communities together, and we look forward to welcoming students, teachers and families to DreamBIG Children’s Festival 2021.” 

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