South Australia’s arts festival for young people is about to begin. But why is Adelaide keeping so quiet about it?

Adelaide’s 2013 Come Out Festival starts today under the banner “Dreaming The Future”. It’s a collection of theatrical, artistic and musical experiences designed to inspire and excite children of all ages. And although it has a rather dull, corporate, albeit well intended, vision and mission statement, according to its Creative Producer Michael Hill, the Festival is designed “to encourage the children of South Australia to be creative thinkers by embracing, sharing and finding expression for their dreams.”

Apparently Come Out is the largest festival of its kind in the world.  It began in 1974 as part of the Adelaide Festival of Arts but became a standalone biennial event in 1975 and, since then, it claims that over two million South Australian children have taken part in it. This year there is a great program of work scheduled and a visit to the website or a flick through the guide is definitely worth doing, and quickly, as it’s not on for long!

One of the most popular shows will undoubtedly be Patch Theatre’s world premiere of The Moon’s A Balloonat...