"The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams."
This quote from America's longest-serving First Lady, Eleanor Roosevelt, inspired the theme of this year's Come Out Festival, 'Dreaming the Future'.
The festival is creating a digital Dreaming Gallery and encourages everyone to share their dreams of the future in the interest of creating positive change and growth in our communities. Share yours by drawing, writing or capturing it creatively and uploading it onto the festival website.
Some aspirations that have been shared so far include never-ending holidays, swimming with dolphins, marrying members of One Direction, playing for the Crows, curing type 1 diabetes, owning a Volkswagon, being in Pokemon and solar panels on every roof. Let's hope they all come true.
Come Out Festival is South Australia's foremost arts festival for schools and families, and claims to be the largest of its kind in the world.
Over 2 million school children have participated in the festival since its inception in 1974. What began as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts has since become a popular event in its own right and occurs once every two years.
Come Out Festival aims to inspire "children to develop lifelong confidence in sharing and investing in their unique creativity" and "deliver an innovative, internationally celebrated multi-arts festival that intrigues, excites and inspires South Australian children."
Most schools will be involved in this year's Come Out Festival in one way or another, but there is also a program especially for families that offers plenty of interesting and interactive events and activities.
Bindjareb Pinjarra image courtesy of Come Out Festival website
Suitable for a variety of age groups, there is a wide array of performances, exhibitions and workshops of drama, music, art, literature and film happening at venues all over Adelaide. Prices vary and tickets can be purchased from BASS.
Some popular performances include The Moon's a Balloon by South Australia's Patch Theatre Company, Black Violin with Drums from USA, Random by Debbie Tucker Green of the State Theatre Company of South Australia, Bindjareb Pinjarra from Western Australia's The Pinjarra Project and a Swiss reworking of Hansel and Gretel entitled .h.g.
Among other things, children may like to partake in a performance making masterclass, a filmmaker bootcamp or workshops by Black Violin and Boori Monty Pryor.
There are also free events that make for an affordable family outing. Bookings are not required to participate in visual art presentations like Animation Club, When Will I Grow Wings?, Dream Archive and Inflatable Dreams.
Inflatable Dreams image courtesy of Come Out Festival website
Dream of the future and make the most of the festival from May 22 until May 31, 2013. There is so much to see and do, visit the Come Out Festival website and Facebook page for more information regarding performances, events and activities.