A month of literary goodness (and more) – April Newsletter

The days are whipping past just like the trains that pass the Bankstown Arts Centre on their way into the city or heading further west.

Already May is upon us and with that a brace of projects that BYDS’ wonderful artists have grabbed by the horns and run with. I am thrilled to provide you with a snapshot of what we’ve been up to. With May also being the month of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, Bankstown is going chocka block full of great stuff.

Tim Carroll, Director

RESPECT continues to grow

This year, the program has had 3 talented artists working alongside the young men to produce songs promoting healthy relationships.

BYDS is very grateful to have these artists be a part of the program, with them, the young participants have a much more enriching experience. This mentoring is also something that BYDS takes very seriously. In this case we have had Craig Taunton, BYDS’ music facilitator passing on some of his many, many skills to our next generation of community artists. These people join the ranks of the scores of artists who have grown up through BYDS:  A little about them below:

Jah Tung is currently working with Craig at Wattawa Heights and Chullora Public schools, adding his influence as a reggae, roots and hip hop artist. Jah is a local artist with a loyal following, first emerging into the scene in 2013 with the release of the “ASD Mixtape” with All Systems Dread. Jah has identified the lack of demand for reggae artists in Sydney and seeks to increase  awareness of the importance and necessity of reggae music to hold its own within the urban music industry in Sydney. 

Zainab Kadhim has been writing song lyrics since she was 13. She has grown to be recognised as an innovative, well respected female artist, playing literally scores of gigs over the last few years. Zainab uses her work to, “uphold justice for the world she lives in”, focusing on hip hop whilst remaining unbound to any particular genre. Zainab worked with Craig at Bass Public school. We look forward to the song created reaching fruition.

Bilal Hafda is a modern-day slam poet. For the past year and a half he’s been writing poems to read out loud. Not only is he a regular at the Bankstown Poetry Slam, he participated at the first ever BPS Olympics, was featured on ABC TV and was the  feature poet at the April BPS and ran a very successful poetry workshop 5 days later! Bilal helped Craig run workshops at Padstow Park Public school

Speaking of the Bankstown Poetry Slam… 

Sydney Writers’ Festival in Bankstown

A number of great events will feature in Bankstown this month as part of the annual Sydney Writers’ Festival

18th May“Bankstown Poetry Slam: an Exhibition” featuring Yasmine Lewis. As part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival, a selection of images and text covering some of the many projects and events will be on display at Bankstown Art Centre’s Incubate gallery. 6:30pm, Bankstown Arts Centre

19th May“Where I Live”  What makes Sydney’s suburbs diverse and unique and how do we challenge stereotypes about place? 5 artists from around Sydney talk about ‘place’ and how where they live has affected their writing. 7pm Bryan Brown Theatre

20th May – “Connection and Belonging”  Join eight Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Writers on a path of natural expression and be swept up into their world of connection and belonging – to culture, to identity, to country and to spirituality featuring our very own Brotha Black performing original poems and spoken word. 7:00pm, Bankstown Arts Centre

Mapping Frictions//FBi Radio Workshops

We are calling out all young people, aged 18-28 years who have a passion for telling news and wants to see a more balanced and diverse media

If you’re tired of media reporting on issues of terrorism that reinforces negative stereotypes and reckon you could do it better, show us!

Multicultural NSW, through its online project, The Point Magazine has teamed up with FBi Radio’s current affairs program Backchat, ABC journalists, and BYDS’ Mapping Frictions: Stories from Western Sydney to present ‘Outskirts Reporting: A Masterclass in Community Journalism’. 

We’ll be holding two full-day workshops led by some of Sydney’s best award-winning journalists to teach you how to take news stories from an idea through to the finished product.The workshops will be held at Bankstown Arts Centre on May 28th and FBi Studios on June 4th. Successful mentees will have the opportunity to be published across multiple platforms. 

 Capacity is limited so get in quick and send us your story here!