BYDS Breakdown – Janurary Newsletter

BYDS are are back for 2016! We hope you all have had lovely holidays or breaks from the ordinary. The team here are ready to get back into it! We have big plans for a big year and we hope you’ll be a part of it!

My City

BYDS’ blogger Filip Stempien is now accepting submissions for our next Westside anthology on the theme My City. We are happy to accept fiction or non-fiction and in any form e.g. ¬†poetry, prose, song lyrics, essays etc. We are also keen to receive illustrations, essays, comics, etc. on the theme.

Email writing to or upload them directly here!

Keep an eye out for future Westside writing announcements. If you are keen to develop your writing in any genre please contact us.


Flamenco/Movement Workshops

Get into the Rhythm is the first BYDS/Bankstown Arts Centre workshop for the year.

This collaboration between internationally renowned local flamenco artist Pepa Molina and local tabla maestro Ram Chandra Suman will result in a performance piece for Bankstown Arts Centre’s Dancing under the StarsFebruary 26th – 4-8 pm. Bring your dancing shoes and a picnic.

Another Get into the Rhythm workshop will be held at the Bankstown Arts Centre this Saturday the 30th January.

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December Newsletter – BYDS Breakdown

2015 was possibly BYDS’ strongest year on record. We produced a non-stop series of sold out events, beautiful meaningful music and books. We changed the attitudes and behaviors of young people in relation to issues as disparate as the environment to domestic violence using an array of arts practice.

We supported the Bankstown Poetry Slam through another year through to an intense, sold out event held at the Art Gallery of NSW: the inaugural Bankstown Poetry Olympics.

All of this was created utilising the skills of fantastic artists grown from our own region, funded by a plethora of partners.



BYDS is a registered charity and any and all donations made to us over $2 can be claimed as a tax deduction. In 2016 we will begin our first ever drive to attract funds through this and we hope that you may be able to become a part of helping us move towards a more sustainable future.

– Tim Carroll

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