Dreamfields showcases region’s young talent at Henty

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Maidie Dawson will perform as part of the Dreamfields program on the Farm Gate stage each day.

Youth across the Border region are being given a unique opportunity to showcase their creative talents at the 2016 Henty Machinery Field Days.

The Dreamfields Creative Youth Mentor program culminates every year in the annual Dreamfields Festival, held at Thurgoona Country Club Resort in March, and several of this year’s acts will grace the stage at the field days.

Dreamfields spokesperson Craig Dent said the events provided a critical platform for young rural people to put their creative endeavours on display.

“Dreamfields has forged a fantastic partnership with HMFD and we are now in our third year,’’ Mr Dent said.

The 2016 HMFD Dreamfields line-up opens on Tuesday, September 20 with Telstra Road to Discovery entrant in 2010 and 2012 Maidie Dawson will headline on the stage each day from noon to 1pm.

The 21-year-old hails from the Kiewa Valley and supported country music star Tania Kernaghan during concerts at the Birdsville and Innamincka Hotels last year.

Chelsea Knight, 16, is a singer songwriter who has won vocal competitions at Mitta Muster and The Man From Snowy River Festival.

She has performed at the Albury carols and is looking forward to performing as part of the Dreamfields line-up on Wednesday at 10.30am and 1pm.

Jindera musician Lachlan Mitchell, winner of the Kirinari Award for Innovation at Dreamfields 2015, will take to the stage on the Tuesday and Thursday from 10.30am and 1pm.

A radiography student at Charles Sturt University, Mitchell will launch his new EP at the field days.

This year the Dreamfields showcase will also include photography by 12-year-old Issy Kelly, who recently made her debut exhibition at Elvery Gallery in Chiltern after winning the Dreamfields Photography Award 2016.

Henty Machinery Field Days has partnered with the Dreamfields program since 2014.

HMFD chairman Ross Edwards said the co-operative was a strong advocate of youth involvement in the field days.

“They will be the ones ensuring rural Australia prospers and has a sustainable future as we head towards 2050,’’ Mr Edwards said.

The not-for-profit Henty Machinery Field Days will lend in-kind support to assist the Dreamfields program reach a wider audience in coming years.

For more information on Dreamfields Festivals, creative workshops and mentor program, contact Craig Dent at craig@craigdent.com.au