BYDS Breakdown – May Newsletter

Finally the cold weather is here. I will have to dig my winter wetsuit out again.

We always have a bit of a battle here trying to decide what to have in our newsletter, always lots of competing news – but here is a small selection of a few things we are planning or have already done.

Please stay in touch. Next newsletter I will tell you about our up-coming COMPACT funded, inter-generational Oral History Project: Stories of Strength and Resilience. No hurry, it will be running until 2018.

Tim Carroll, Director

SWF in Bankstown a hit!

A great week for lovers of poetry of the spoken word variety in Bankstown this week with 3 great events for the Sydney Writers Festival.

The Bankstown Poetry Slam, now in its 3rd year, filled both SWF events at the Bankstown Arts Centre and The Wharf respectively.

While in Bankstown, the Where I Live panel and Indigenous poetry reading was a night to remember – especially the work of Bankstown’s own Brotha Black and Robyn Schmitz, who publicly read her own work for the very first time! A big thank you to everyone who turned up to support us at these events.

Call Me Dad

Call Me Dad is a documentary about men who have perpetrated, or are at risk of perpetrating, family violence. At stake is the safety of children and partners, the stability of families, and the power we as a society have to intervene. These men struggle to maintain intimate relationships without resorting to abuse, physical or otherwise. The film follows these men over several months, as they attempt to change themselves, and heal fragile bonds with their loved ones.

If you work with women and/or children affected by Domestic and Family Violence and have ever wondered why we should engage men then this event is for you. Following the screening will be an in depth Q & A session lead by Bruce Chan – Manager of BaptistCare Relationship Services, Bankstown and facilitator of “Facing Up”.

Please join us as we work together as a community to act to prevent violence against women. This event is an initiative of the Bankstown White Ribbon Working Party, led by some of Bankstown’s proud White Ribbon Ambassadors who include BYDS’ Craig Taunton, Tim Bishop and Tim Carroll.

Wednesday 22 June 2016

10am – 12pm

Bankstown Arts Centre, 5 Olympic Parade, Bankstown

Light refreshments will be available on the day

Please register here by Tuesday 21 June, limited seats available.

NAIDOC Week 2016

Bankstown City Council, Bankstown Arts Centre, BYDS and our local Indigenous community will be holding 2016 NAIDOC week event @ Bankstown Arts Centre: 2nd July, from 11am. A plethora of interactive activities will be held on the day.  

Peta Strachan and Katie Leslie have been developing new work through a residency offered by BAC over the last month or so that will be showcased on the day. This work is looking very beautiful – not to be missed!

A picture below of Tim Bishop from last year’s event by Christopher Woe.