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 Mentor program provides a critical platform for young rural people and culminates every year in the annual Dreamfields Festival at Henty Machinery Field Days, a showcase 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 allowed Dreamfields Youth Performers Maidie Dawson and Lachlan Mitchell to be hosted by Somerest RYP, where they were special guests at Somerset, and met iconic Glastonbury Music Festival creator, Michael Eavis.

Somerset RYP is bringing 17 year old Duo Oli Crawford-Craig and Lauren Diffey to Dreamfields Festival  Henty MFD in September 2017, supported by their SRYP Music Manager, James Brookes.

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 and HMFD, this exchange program provides our rural youth with an international experience which is memorable to participants and enhances their musical potential.

The Music Alive Program at the National Arts Centre in Canada is now also working toward creating an annual partnership between Rural Australia to Rural Canada, with the support of Alpine and Indigo Shires in North East Victoria.

Donations to the Australian Cultural Fund will assist with flight costs, as SRYP host with transfers and accommodation as well as costs associated with their experiences in the UK. This is also being facilitated in the new Canadian project, with in-kind support from the NAC covering support staff and their travel.

The Creative Exchange program requires a maximum of $10,000 in assistance for 2018.

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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