Two talented young musicians from the UK will set the stage alight as headline acts for the Dreamfields Festival at Henty’s Farm Gate.
Lauren Diffey and Oli Crawford Craig, both 17, were selected by the Somerset Rural Youth Project to take part in the Dreamfields Creative Youth Workshops and Awards at the field days.
They will perform on the sound stage at Farm Gate at 12 noon on the Tuesday and Thursday, and speak at the official HMFD luncheon on the Wednesday.
Somerset Rural Youth Project chief executive Nik Harwood said Lauren and Oli were awarded the opportunity for their long-term commitment to the Rural Music Network Project, and the quality of their song writing and music performance skills.
During their Australian visit from September 14 to 23, the pair will be treated to scenic tours of the region and country hospitality.
They will tour the Indigo Shire, take part in a recording session at David Wilson Studios at Wagga, see the sights of Canberra, experience a farm stay, and watch an AFL game.
It follows on the heels of the success of the 2017 Dreamfields Creative Youth Exchange of Maidie Dawson, Kergunyah, and Lachlan Mitchell, Jindera, to the UK in April.
The 2017 exchange was supported by Ten Mile Engineering, Holbrook, and regional residents who raised $2000.
Maidie Dawson said it was an honour to take part in the UK exchange.
“It was such a rewarding experience to spend time with another rural youth project with a similar vision to our own Dreamfields,’’ she said.
“Everyone shared the same passion for providing rural youth with an outlet.’’
HMFD chief executive officer Belinda Anderson said the Henty team were delighted to host the first exchangees from Somerset, and anticipated the exchange program becoming an annual event.
“We look forward to hosting Lauren and Oli, and showing them the quintessential Australia and an iconic Australian event,’’ Mrs Anderson said.
Dreamfields Festival co-ordinator Craig Dent said it was inspiring to see the young musicians enthusiasm.
“It is fantastic youth from our region can now go to Somerset for a creative experience of a lifetime, and then see two young musicians from there come all the way here to Henty,’’ he said.
“There are three creative streams to the Dreamfields Awards so the exchange is open to young musicians, photographers and creative writers participating in workshops held at their schools,’’ Mr Dent said.