Dreamfields showcases region’s young talent at Henty

Lachlan Mitchell and Maidie Dawson performed as part of the Dreamfields program on the Farm Gate stage each day last year.

Youth across the Border region are being given a unique opportunity to showcase their creative talents at the 2017 Henty Machinery Field Days.

The Dreamfields Creative Youth Mentor program culminates every year in the annual Dreamfields Festival at the Henty Machinery Field Days, incorporating music, creative writing and photography.

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 fourth year,’’ Mr Dent said.

The 2017 HMFD Dreamfields line-up opens on Tuesday, September 19 with UK guests Lauren Diffey and Oli Crawford Craig headlining on the stage on Tuesday and Thursday from noon to 1pm.

Chelsea Knight, 17, 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 Thursday at 10.30am and 1.15pm.

Students aged 12 to 18 taking part in the Dreamfields schools workshops or Creative Youth Mentor program receive free entry to the awards.

This year’s Dreamfields Festival is sponsored by Thurgoona Country Club Resort and Camera House, with a $1000 valued 3D walk-through video up for grabs for the most original set of school entries.

The Dreamfields showcase will include photography by 13-year-old Issy Kelly, who made her debut exhibition at Elvery Gallery in Chiltern after winning the Dreamfields Photography Award 2016.

The photography will be on display in the Country Lifestyle pavilion.

Justin Dallinger, of Camera House, will be in the pavilion on Wednesday, September 20, with a Canon selfie printer and Instagram frame so field day visitors will have a free momento of their HMFD visit.

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.

Regional businesses contributing prizes include Kirinari Community Services, Zone Laser Tag, Foto Supplies, David Wilson Studios, Regent Cinemas, Timmy Gs, Beacon Lighting, Dymocks Bookstore and Dent Creative.

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