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Read welcome messages from our supporters and the people behind the festival.


The Hon. Andrea Michaels MP Minister for Arts

The Government of South Australia is proud to support DreamBIG. Since 1974, this marvellous festival has enabled children to be introduced to creative experiences that have set them up for life. A lifetime of wonder and awe, of new ideas, deep and rewarding discoveries. I encourage all teachers to engage with the rich opportunities provided through DreamBIG’s focus on Our World. And this year, the festival is more accessible than ever! I congratulate the team at DreamBIG and the Department for Education, for presenting a terrific program that is sure to inspire students to think deeply and rejoice in Our World.

Douglas Gautier AM CEO & Artistic Director Adelaide Festival Centre

We welcome teachers and students to Our World, a place of celebration, joy and, wonder. In 2023, Adelaide Festival Centre on the banks of the Karrawirri Pari/River Torrens is having a very special birthday. We are turning 50! To celebrate this milestone birthday, DreamBIG invites students from across the state to imagine what the world will be like on their own 50th birthday. What will a future birthday cake look like? If you can dream it, you can draw it! This will be a very special exhibition and all schools are invited to submit artwork.

Susannah Sweeney Co-Creative Producer & Georgi Paech Co-Creative Producer

The focus of DreamBIG 2023 is ‘Our World’ – and what a crazy time to be exploring our world! Young people are more aware than ever of the complexities and challenges faced by the planet. It’s part of an artist’s job to help audiences navigate and understand our world. Author Sarah Ban Breathnach says, ‘The world needs dreamers and the world needs doers. But above all, the world needs dreamers who do.’ We know that young people are capable of these two things. We hope that participating in DreamBIG will encourage young people to become creative, compassionate, and thoughtful citizens by inspiring them to look at and learn from the world around them – from the prehistoric to the future, from Afghanistan to Ireland, from the natural world to the imagined.

Cherie Broad Manager, Arts Projects including DreamBIG Festival, Department for Education

Let DreamBIG take your students on a journey of discovery through the Arts. Download the 2023 DreamBIG Teaching and Learning Resource (T&LR) and Companion to access 10 Arts learning sequences, written to version 9 of the Australian Curriculum, with information and materials to support Arts teaching and learning. The option to livestream and access recordings of the opening event, the professional learning panel and the teachers’ briefing makes DreamBIG more accessible than ever. To win $500, send an email detailing the arts learning that has occurred using the DreamBIG resources (entry details in the T&LR). Have a great festival, and always remember to DreamBIG!

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