BYDS Breakdown – October Newsletter

Best of luck to everyone beginning their HSC today! Let’s hope all of that study has paid off. It’s interesting to see yet another cohort of young people move into that post-school phase of their lives. . So many wonderful opportunities await and we hope to stay in contact with the hundreds of young people who have been involved in BYDS’ projects over the years… they roll on and on.

It did seem like summer was coming, but something happened and I am wearing layers again, the magnolia below came and went, but native plants are blooming and you can feel the new life blasting greenly, gently into the world.

BYDS are now geographically a part of Canterbury Bankstown City Council; the largest LGA in NSW, more people than Tasmania they say. What opportunities might exist in that for BYDS? A re-brand? 20,000 + young people to work with? I think it might be a good time to think a little outside the standard box. It might get interesting over the next few months.

Tim Carroll, Director

BPS: “RealTalk/The Final Verse”

The Bankstown Poetry Slam ran a five week Real Talk poetry workshop series in seven Western Sydney high schools last term, resulting in a fantastic finale at the Bryan Brown Theatre, with none other than Mr Brown in attendance along with  Jihad Dib MP and other luminaries. To see the quality of of work produced in such a short amount of time by the young participants goes to show the talent that is abundant amongst our young people . The winners were Serena Olatona, Stephanie Bamgbose, Kathy Ofahengaue and Aisha Abdu. These four young ladies will be Australia’s representatives for the first ever Trans-Tasman slam against New Zealand. You can watch a segment about Real Talk, produced by the ABC 7:30 Report here!

“The Final Verse”  is the first time we will see Australian and New Zealand youth on a different kind of field: on the stage and behind the mic. These young poets have been going through intensive workshops and writing sessions to prepare them for this day. Slamming their way through their respective competitions, they will now battle head to head for the winning spot. Find more information here!

Pictured: Kathy Ofahengaue, one of the Australian representatives

Bankstown Arts Centre Visual Artist/s opportunities

Bankstown Art Centre is interested in artists working in a broad range of mediums: photography, video, sculpture, new media, sound, writing, performance, digital art and design to develop temporary site specific work. Use of recycled materials is encouraged to showcase their work at three different exhibitions in November 2016. Three artists or artist groups will be selected to develop new site-specific artwork/s or adapt existing work for one of three opportunities:

1. Imagine Art Wall: A large outdoor wall (dimensions: 20m L x 2.4m H ) at Bankstown Art Centre, suitable for murals/street art.

2. Bus Stop Gallery: suitable to series of photographic, text based or graphic works (size A2) for exhibition at Bankstown Bus Interchange.

3. Bankstown Art Centre Studio One Gallery, an indoor gallery (11.6m L x 8.9m W) space with hanging tracks, lighting and plinths available, suitable for exhibition of 2D and/or 3D work.

The selected artists will develop work in response the theme of The Night Sky and can interpret this theme as they wish.

Expressions of Interest must be submitted by 5pm, 17 October 2016 to:
Heidi Axelsen heidi@mapa.net.au

For more information please contact Vandana Ram, Bankstown Arts Centre Director on 9707 9989

National Live Music Awards – 4Elements Nomination!

A huge congratulations to Vyvienne Abla and the 4E Festival team on the nomination for The AAA (All Ages Ambassador) Award. 

The National Live Music Awards (NLMAs) are a broad recognition of Australia’s diverse and successful live industry, celebrating the diversity and success of the Australian live scene – recognising the best vocal talents and musicians alongside the best venues, events and festivals. To even be recognised for this award is a great honor!

The Emerging Artists Program, which is run in conjunction with the festival is also kicking off soon. Come and participate in a series of practical workshops to gain industry and business skills to assist in the growth of your artistic career. Learn from industry experts to develop your leadership and creativity and how to best apply your talents practically towards all aspects of events and project release strategies. 

The workshops are aimed at:

•    Performing or visual artists who want to gain experience and skills on what goes on at the back end of industry events and the music business.
•    People interested in event/ project management, festivals and community/ youth engagement
•    Creative industries practitioners

Register your interests here!