DreamBIG Children's Festival (formerly Come Out Children’s Festival) is one of Australia’s greatest festivals for young people, proudly presented and managed by Adelaide Festival Centre.
More than 2 million South Australian children have participated in the DreamBIG Children’s Festival since its inception in 1974 and it is an intrinsic part of growing up in South Australia.
In 2015, Adelaide Festival Centre produced the Festival for the first time. We have embraced the responsibility that comes with putting on an event that holds such an important place in the hearts and souls of South Australians of every age.
DreamBIG Children’s Festival is divided into two program streams – the schools program where children participate in events and performances through their school, and the general public program for families. In 2015, over 100,000 children and their families participated in the Festival which included performances in Port Lincoln, Port Pirie, Whyalla, the Barossa, Roxby Downs, Renmark, Lameroo, Streaky Bay, Kersbrook and Victor Harbor. 25,000 children and their families attended the Big Family Weekend – a plethora of free arts activities at the Festival Centre, Elder Park and throughout Adelaide.
“I believe that an arts rich education can help children better deal with the social and cultural challenges we face in this rapidly changing world. The DreamBIG Children’s Festival offers an inspiring array of productions, workshops and curated events to excite, encourage, challenge, stimulate and motivate the children of South Australia” – Susannah Sweeney, Creative Producer, DreamBIG Children’s Festival