BYDS Breakdown – April Newsletter

Just because the Director is on leave doesn’t mean it slows down around here. While Tim is enjoying his (well earned) time off, the team at BYDS has been working extra hard with so many projects in the pipeline.

Below is a little bit of what we’ve been up to.

Kevin Ngo, Administrator

Root and Branch Launch

In term 1 of this year, Felix Cross, who we’ve been working with now for the last few years, has been working with students from both Bankstown Girls High School and Bankstown Public School on Root and Branch.

Funded by the Crown Resorts Foundation, Root and Branch is aimed at helping students develop their storytelling through creative writing, script development, photography and music.

Felix was supported by local artists, Zainab Kadhim, Bilal Hafda and Chris Woes. A big thank you also to Sydney Story Factory with their assistance in the form of tutors and their support overall.

The launch took form of an exhibition, turning the arts centre into an aural promenade with over 31 stories spread all around. It was an absolute joy to see the reaction on the faces of all the students seeing their stories showcased in such an innovative and creative way. We can’t wait to see what term two has in store!

COMPACT: Stories of Strength Launch

We were also extremely excited to have launched the first of our exhibitions for our COMPACT: Stories of Strength project at Bankstown Central two weeks ago.

Funded by Multicultural NSW Stories of Strength aims to collect stories from individuals in Western Sydney who have had to to deal with and overcome obstacles in their life.

Young people are trained up in interviewing skills and develop their knowledge of oral history. The project is made possible with the partnerships of Canterbury Bankstown Council, Sir Joseph Banks High School and FBi Radio.

If you don’t get a chance to visit Bankstown Central, you can view all of the stories collected so far on the Mapping Frictions website here!