Dreamfields youth festival ‘still important’

DREAMFIELDS Youth Festival may not have doubled its numbers as hoped, but festival MC Laura Vogel said it wouldn’t stop the event in the future.

About 100 people turned out to the headspace fundraiser yesterday at the Thurgoona Golf Club.

Ms Vogel said headspace was a vital asset to the Border and any event that supported it was important.

The event this year was brought indoors and the entry fee was axed.

It was also open to all ages and Ms Vogel said families turned out to encourage the performers.

“It’s great for older generations to see the talent of the future generation and performers have more support,” she said.

Ms Vogel said the event brought something new to the area.

“There’s not that much out in Thurgoona for young people and it really is a great opportunity for the younger generation to express themselves,” she said.

Ms Vogel said the festival was also a way of supporting those with mental illness and encouraging them to speak out.

“Having the opportunity to perform would boost self-confidence and it brings people together,” she said.

It was the second time the band Little Foot had performed in front of an audience and singer Mia Bettio said the event was motivational.

“These events are important because it gives us a chance to pursue it,” she said.

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