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Children & Families and 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 and 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 and 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.

Sweet Skills: How to do Parkour
In the first of our series of 'How to' videos for kids, our Creative Learning Host Curly is shown how to do Parkour.
Baby Proms Music for Tutus

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. 2017 marks a new phase in the evolution of the Creative Learning program as we prepare for the opening of the Creative Learning Centre in late-2018. 

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

Bridgette Van Leuven began her arts career at the Australian Theatre for Young People where she discovered the important role that arts education and creativity play in a young person’s development.  Throughout her twenty five year career Bridgette has worked in arts management and policy in a number of organisations.  

In 2009 Bridgette returned to her passion cultural programming for young people as the Head of Children, Families & Creative Learning at Sydney Opera House.  Since this time she has developed a large family and school engagement performing arts program delivered onsite, offsite and online across Australia and into Asia.

Bridgette is a Board Member of Illawarra Performing Arts Centre and was recently the Chair of the Helpmann Awards Children’s Panel 2015-16.

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