Dreamfields provides an empowering creative youth program for rural Primary & Secondary students in Southern Riverina and North East Victoria. With the ACF as a platform, Dreamfields has successfully exchanged students in 2017 and 2018.
Young Somerset (formerly Somerset Rural Youth Project) was established in 1997. SRYP helps young people access training and employment opportunities, challenges the isolation of living in rural areas, provides individual support and advice on a range of issues and encourages participation in positive activities.
Henty Machinery Field Days is Australia’s premier mixed farming event. Located in the heart of the nation’s food bowl in southern NSW, Henty Machinery Field Days is an agribusiness supermarket attracting more than 60,000 visitors each year. The not-for-profit event is farmer driven and run by a board of agriculturalists from southern NSW, supported by 80-plus members of the field days co-operative.
The partnership allowed Dreamfields Youth Performers Maidie Dawson and Lachlan Mitchell to be hosted by Young Somerset in 2017, and Chelsea Knight and Nick Keogh in 2018, where they were special guests at Somerset, and met iconic Glastonbury Music Festival creator, Michael Eavis.
Young Somerset brought 17 year old Duo Oli Crawford-Craig and Lauren Diffey to Dreamfields Festival Henty MFD in September 2017, supported by their Music Program Manager, James Brookes.
In May 2019, Beechworth’s music duo The Inner Vision (Asha Bright & Indigo Lou Walker) and Cornishtown’s photographer, Amber Ferraro, will travel on the third exchange. With the support of venues and other youth acts, they have fund-raisers scheduled for the Old Beechworth Gaol, 27 January, Henty Bowls Club, 9 March, Thurgoona Country Club Resort, 20 March, and Bulla’s Winery Rutherglen, weekend 6-7 April, 2019.
With the support of Young Somerset and HMFD, this exchange program provides our rural youth with an international experience which is memorable to participants and enhances their creative potential. Donations to the Australian Cultural Fund will assist with flight costs, as Young Somerset host with transfers and accommodation as well as costs associated with their experiences in the UK.
The Creative Exchange program requires a maximum of $6,000 assistance for 2019. Information on the project is available via firstname.lastname@example.org. All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.