Henty Field Days has teamed up with youth body Dreamfields to send two Border musicians to Britain to meet Glastonbury Festival founder Michael Eavis.
Kergunyah’s Maidie Dawson and Jindera-based Lachlan Mitchell will be hosted by the Somerset Rural Youth Project next year as part of a newly unveiled exchange program.
Its aim is to address the challenges of living in rural areas and to give young people access to training and employment.
Dreamfields co-ordinator Craig Dent said it would reciprocate by bringing creative youth from Britain to the Dreamfields Festival at Henty in September.
“Dreamfields provides access to rural youth who are often from isolated towns of less than 100 people, providing an important showcase at the Henty Machinery Field Days,’’ he said.
“With the support of SRYP, this exchange program will provide our rural youth with an international experience which will be memorable to participants and enhance their musical potential.
“We will work toward creating an annual partnership from rural Australia to rural UK.’’
To donate to the exchange program, visit australianculturalfund.org.au/projects/dreamfields-creative-youth-exchange.