Craig Dent

Community Arts & Cultural Development

Dreamfields Creative Youth Exchange

Dreamfields Creative Youth Exchange is a new partnership between Dreamfields Creative Youth Program, Somerset Rural Youth Project and Henty Machinery Field Days.

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The Dreamfields Creative Youth Exchange partnership between Dreamfields Creative Youth Program, Somerset Rural Youth Project (UK) and Henty Machinery Field Days will commence in April 2017.

The Dreamfields Creative Youth Mentor program provides a critical platform for young rural people and culminates every year in the annual Dreamfields Festival, a festival of youth creativity.
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 will see Dreamfields Youth Performers Maidie Dawson and Lachlan Mitchell hosted by Somerest RYP, where they will be special guests at Somerset Youth Music Conference, UK National Folk Centre, and meet iconic Glastonbury Music Festival creator, Michael Eavis.

It is envisaged that Somerset RYP will reciprocate by bringing Creative Youth to Dreamfields Festival 2017 at Henty MFD in September 2017.

Dreamfields provides access to rural youth who are often from isolated towns of less than 100 people, providing an important showcase at Henty Machinery Field Days, as it has done over the last 3 years.

With the support of SRYP, this exchange program will provide our rural youth with an international experience which will be memorable to participants and enhance their musical potential.

It is then envisaged that Henty Machinery Field Days will host Somerset Youth via Dreamfields Festival and work toward creating an annual partnership from rural Australia to rural UK.

Donations to the Australian Cultural Fund will assist with flight costs, as SRYP are hosting Maidie and Lachlan with transfers and accommodation as well as costs associated with their experiences in the UK at the conference, National Folk Centre and Glastonbury Music Festival Management meeting. The Creative Exchange program requires $6,000 in assistance for 2017.

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

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I am a regional Australian writer 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 Australia Council for the Arts.

I am currently commissioned to write a book on Benambra and its people by North East Catchment Management Authority, and in January I published an anthology of work from 1990-2009, entitled ‘ghostology’, now in the National Library of Australia.

I run a Creative Youth Mentor Program called Dreamfields, inclusive of Creative Writing Workshops into Regional Schools, and one on one mentoring for rural youth, connected to 3 Dreamfields Festivals in Chiltern of North East Victoria, Thurgoona near Albury-Wodonga, and at the Henty Machinery Field Days.


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