Craig Dent


Dreamfields Creative Youth Exchange 2019

The Dreamfields Creative Youth Exchange is a partnership between the Dreamfields Creative Youth Program, Henty Machinery Field Days and Young Somerset, UK. Dreamfields provides an empowering creative youth program.

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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 All donations over $2 are tax deductible. Thank you for your support.

I am a regional Australian author and artist who has a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Writing, a Bachelor of Teaching in Secondary English, and have been 4 times funded by the Literature and Music Boards of The Australia Council for the Arts, as well as by Arts ACT, North East CMA, and the NSW Better Futures Fund.

I was commissioned to write a book, Released From The Wild, on Benambra by North East Catchment Management Authority, and published an anthology of work Ghostology, both now in the National Library of Australia. I am currently working with 16 towns in North East Victoria on a Children’s Book, to be launched in November, and am also a Writer in Residence at Macquarie Primary School in Canberra.

I run a Creative Youth Program called Dreamfields, inclusive of Creative Writing, Visual Arts, and Music Creation Workshops into Regional Secondary Schools, showcased at the Dreamfields Festival and Awards at Henty Machinery Field Days in September, with supporting fund-raising events at Thurgoona Country Club Resort and Hub 62 Café Chiltern over Summer.


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