BYDS projects cover theatre, music, literature, dance and multimedia.

We run and resource projects which lead to participants gaining skills in areas such as publishing, music and interview recording, music production, Indigenous dance and language, acting and oral history.

BYDS initiates and partners with other organisations and Bankstown City Council across a range of social and education areas helping organise and run events such as White Ribbon Day, NAIDOC Day, Refugee Week etc.

BYDS Patron, Jason Clare MP says BYDS, “Enrich and inspire audiences through innovative arts and cultural projects that portray the voices, experiences and innovative ideas of our diverse community.”



Below are a few of current projects that are currently running at BYDS


Westside publications is an initiative that BYDS has undertaken over the last ten years. They have followed in the footsteps of two other highly successful publications: ‘Call it Black’  and “Please Explain”

These publications seek to give an audience to the many talented young writers (poetry, prose, plays and essays) and visual artists that live in the Bankstown area.  We have also tried to demonstrate just how excellent our writers are in the medium of English, even though for many of our contributors this is a second language.

To date there have been five Westsides published  – mostly based around  on a theme.

The aim of Westside has been to showcase and highlight the work of young writers and artists from Western Sydney, of of Australia’s most culturally diverse regions. The artists channel the unique and often misrepresented voice of Sydney’s Western Suburbs.

These areas often have a reputation for being dark, dangerous places. The real experiences, beliefs, customs and communities of the people inside yearn to be set free.

The currently anthology we are working on is based around the idea of “My City”


Run by Craig Taunton, the RESPECT project focuses on early intervention in regards to DV (Domestic Violence). The project focuses on targeting primary aged boys and run music workshops with them over a period of 8 to 10 weeks. This process results in high quality musical and vocal video clips espousing appropriate and respectful relationships with women and girls.



The Bankstown Poetry Slam (BPS) is a not-for-profit community organisation that was founded by UWS students Ahmad Al Rady and Sara Mansour in February of 2013.

With the patronage of the BYDS at the Bankstown Arts Centre, the event happens on the last Tuesday of every month.

BPS is the first regular poetry slam of Western Sydney, and has gained national recognition as the largest regular slam in the country.

Heralding in over 300 people every month, BPS has featured renowned spoken word poets such as Joel McKerrow, Mark Gonzales, Omar Musa and Luka Lesson and offers people of all ages a platform with which to perform their spoken word poetry.