General public welcome to attend from 11am
In an event that is fast becoming a festival tradition, 2000 school children from primary schools around Adelaide will create the Mighty Choir of Small Voices and sing a newly composed song – 'Dream Big' by Robyn Habel – to celebrate the re-naming of Come Out Children’s Festival as DreamBIG Children’s Festival.
This year’s theme is 'Feed the Mind' and we are transforming Adelaide’s footbridge into one big neural pathway. Gathering at Adelaide Oval for the song, the children will then chant, dance and walk their way across the footbridge towards Adelaide Festival Centre beneath 20 large parachutes designed and decorated by 20 regional schools (during Term 1) with images describing all the wonderful things that can feed our minds.
These parachutes – our giant pathway of inspiration – will be held aloft by 100 retired teachers as a guard of honour, acknowledging their instrumental role in feeding the minds of our children. This joyful event will meld metro and regional schools in a cross-generational and symbolic celebration of the way arts feed our minds for a lifetime.
- Gather at Adelaide Oval Southern Plaza between 9:30am – 10:30am
- Opening Event 11am
- Performance or workshop from 12 noon
Music and lyrics
Please click here to download the lyrics and sheet music to 'Dream Big'.
To download an mp3 version of 'Dream Big' performed by composer Robyn Habel and band, right click this link and select 'Save As'.
If your school is a participant in the SA Public Primary Schools Music Festival you will find the sheet music in their 2017 Songbook along with an accompanying double CD. You can call the Primary Schools’ Music Festival on 8261 5438 for further information.
Alternatively, a few copies of the Primary Schools Music Festival Songbook 2017 and double CD will be available to give away to Arts Ambassadors (see Teaching and Learning Resource, page 46, available to view here ). Send your request to DECD.DreamBIG@sa.gov.au with your name, school and why you would like a copy.
If you want to be one of the 20 regional schools who design and paint a white play parachute (which will be returned to you after DreamBIG) please send an email to DreamBIG.firstname.lastname@example.org – first in, first served. If needed, DreamBIG can assist with materials.
Opening Speech Writer and Presenter
We are looking for a student to write and present the two minute DreamBIG opening speech around the theme and importance of creativity to their future, that will be read in front of 2000 children, teachers and invited guests. The selected student will spend time with our media team for support and feedback on their speech – a valuable introduction to the public relations process. They will also spend time with a performer/director to assist with the presentation of their speech.
This opportunity suits a confident and aspiring young writer with BIG ideas. If the writer is not keen on presenting their speech we are happy to find a second student to present. If you have a student in Years 6-10 who you think might fit this bill (think the Emma Watson or Waleed Aly of the future), then send us an email to DreamBIG@adelaidefestivalcentre.com.au with a paragraph explaining why.