Jam Packed Program Brings People Together for DreamBIG

Posted by Adelaide Festival Centre on Monday 24 September 2018

The 2019 DreamBIG Children’s Festival will unite, inspire and entertain thousands of South Australian children, with a big, bright and beautiful school program unveiled today.
More than 55 shows, events and workshops are on offer from May 22 until June 1 including over 100 performances and 230 workshops and activities. The 2019 school program features 10 world premieres, two Australian premiers and 10 South Australian premieres.
The full family program will be announced in February.
The theme is “People Together”. The richly diverse program features dancing, dogs, gruffalos, robots, junk, singing, birthdays, orchestras, fireflies, music, silent discos, opera, writers, rice, a musical cubbytown and so much more.
Education Minister John Gardner said after more than 40 years the festival continues to be popular. “In 2019 more than 200 schools are expected to get involved. This is a wonderful opportunity for children to experience, reflect and have fun. It is also a wonderful resource for teachers to support creativity and an appreciation of the arts which is one of the key learning areas of the curriculum.”
DreamBIG Children’s Festival Creative Producer Susannah Sweeney said she is incredibly proud of the 2019 line-up. “We have worked hard to develop an inclusive program with depth and empathy. From babies to high school students and families, there is something for everyone. As always, we hope the program inspires, entertains and enriches lives.”
The DreamBIG Opening Event, at Adelaide Oval on May 22, will feature up to 2000 children singing the High School Musical hit “We’re All in this Together” after a reading of “Alpacas with Maracas”, held at the exact same time across Australia in a bid to get one million children reading at once as part of the National Simultaneous Storytime. It will finish with a short gig by local music legends Electric Fields, with students dancing their way across the bridge.
Other highlights include: 
  • The Gruffalo Live on Stage – returning to Australia after sell-out seasons in London’s West End and Broadway. For the first time the show will also head to Port Lincoln.  
  • New Owner – Combining puppetry and animation this is a beautiful story of loss and love, seen through a dog’s eyes. 
  • Beep – from the makers of Grug, this locally produced show is about a robot, friendship and finding where you fit. 
  • Robot Song – performing in Adelaide as part of a national tour, this show follows the story of a young girl on the autism spectrum learning to understand her unique way of relating to the world, with the help of a giant robot. 
  • The Song is You – an interactive show featuring SA multi-instrumentalist Adam Page and the sounds of students in the audience who become the stars of the show! 
  • Of All the People in All the World – a free show from the UK, which uses grains of rice to represent human statistics, making us think about our place in the world. 
  • Panda’s Home – a beautiful dance piece from China and Italy where Chinese culture and technology combine, and the audience becomes part of the show. 
  • Jump First, Ask Later – a hit of DreamBIG 2017, the show is dancing its way through regional SA, to Noarlunga, Renmark, Port Pirie and Whyalla. 
Approximately 350 performers are involved in the 2019 program. While the majority of shows are being held at Adelaide Festival Centre, some will be held in other city venues and surrounding suburbs.
The Gruffalo Live on Stage will also perform at Port Lincoln, Adam Page’s This Song is You will head to Goolwa, and Jump First, Ask Later is embarking on a tour to Noarlunga, Renmark, Port Pirie and Whyalla. 
Every South Australian child has an opportunity to engage in DreamBIG through the various state wide projects and the Teaching and Learning Resource, due to arrive in schools this week.
Adelaide Festival Centre CEO and Artistic Director Douglas Gautier said more than two million children had participated in the festival since its inception. “While the name is relatively new, the festival has been around for many years and is a favourite on the school calendar. Every event has been highly curated and selected. The care and thought put into this program is a big reason why this festival remains so relevant and popular. Adelaide Festival Centre is looking forward to seeing the joy and understanding this program creates for children and their families.”
Full details for the school program can be found on our website dreambigfestival.com.au  
Jennifer Salter 0487 296 984 or jennifer.salter@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au