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Children, Families & Creative Learning

Feeding the next generation's creativity and imagination

The Opera House first began programming for children in 1977, just four years after it first opened. Four decades on, more than 150,000 people take part in our Children, Families & Creative Learning program each year.

A cornerstone of Sydney Opera House Presents, the program offers young people, families, students and teachers across Sydney, Australia and the region the opportunity to experience great art and explore diverse ideas with extraordinary artists and educators.

Conceived to inspire creative thinking in a building that has become synonymous with imagination and innovation, the Children, Families & Creative Learning
program offers traditional and contemporary performing arts experiences from leading national and international artistic companies.  From classic tales to popular culture, digital experiences and Aboriginal contemporary dance, the program encompasses diverse live and streamed performances, free creative play, digital creative learning, forums, installations and workshops.

Creative Learning

The Sydney Opera House’s Creative Learning program is Australia’s respected destination for the creative development of teachers and students, offering a year-round program of performing arts, digital and creative experiences. Schools can experience live performances at the Opera House, or via live-stream through our Digital Creative Learning program. Live, interactive, and free to all Australian public schools, this program also offers a unique suite of digital excursions that take students behind-the-scenes at Bennelong Point and extend the live performance program for deeper learning.

For teachers, we offer full-service and tailorable Professional Learning designed to suit the individual needs of any school group. 

Bridgette Van Leuven, Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning

Bridgette Van Leuven began her arts career at the Australian Theatre for Young People where she discovered the important role creativity plays in a child's development and education.  A graduate of Wollongong University (Australia), with post graduate studies from City University (United Kingdom), she has worked in various roles for Sydney Festival and the Sydney Theatre Company.  In her time at Arts NSW, Bridgette worked in positions such as Youth Arts Development and Program Manager for Theatre & Dance looking after cultural funding, strategy and policy. 

Since 2010 Bridgette has been the Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning at Sydney Opera House where she and her team are passionate about making the ‘House’ accessible onsite, offsite and online.  In 2018 she was accepted into the Asialink Leaders Program to further extend her skills in cultural diplomacy.

Bridgette is a Board Member of the Illawarra Performing Arts Centre, a representative on the Consumer & Carer Council for the Nepean Mental Health District and an Advisory Committee Member of the Blue Mountains City of the Arts Trust. 

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