BYDS Breakdown – January Newsletter

Dear people,

Welcome to 2017 and our first newsletter. The weather has been as crazy as Sydney can be and our gardens and the bush respond scarily to the high temperatures. This heat is also reflected in the ugly politics swirling so relentlessly around us. I publicly re-state BYDS’ commitment to being on the side of compassion and justice and calling out hate speech whenever we encounter it. Life is way too short to deal in it or perpetuate it.

We feel really great about what we achieved over 2016 and look forward to growing the many great projects that we are currently running. Of course they will involve large numbers of local young people who will be writing short stories, recording and editing oral histories, reciting poetry, creating illustrations, making and performing theatre, HipHop and more.

We have a truly great team that will facilitate this: Felix Cross, Bilal Hafda, Zainab Kadhim, Vyvienne Abla, BPS, Craig Taunton, Christopher Woes, Anjali Roberts and our wonderful volunteers

I hope you can be a part of our year ahead as participant or audience and promise you some wonderful, profound art.

Tim Carroll, Director

4Elements HipHop Workshops

As the 4Elements Festival approaches, another round of workshop begins! This year some fantastic artists will conduct workshops in music production/beat making, DJing, dance, street art and much more. These workshops will take place at the Bankstown Arts Centre and Belmore Youth Resource Centre.

All participants will have the opportunity to showcase their work at the 4E Festival Saturday, March 18th and other venues throughout the year.

For more information or to sign up for the workshops, click here!

The Bond

Funded by a Stronger Communities grant through the new City of Canterbury Bankstown, The Bond is a theatre show that will focus on the stories of young people from this region. The Bond will be directed by long time favorite of BYDS, Stefo Nantsou. Stefo has worked with BYDS since 2010 on several important plays including beginning with Deep Suburbia and most recently, The Way. The Bond  is our first official collaboration with Youth Off the Streets. Thanks so much to Amirah Amin for her enthusiasm and passion to make some great art with us.

Stay tuned or contact us as The Bond progresses throughout the year. We will be looking for committed performers.

Summer Jams

Last Friday evening saw the open mic 2017 Summer Jams take place at the Bankstown Arts Centre. Bankstown Poetry Slam’s first foray into performance for the year. The night was filled with all original music, poetry, HipHop and the juggling of knives! A big thanks to all those who attended. BPS has a huge year planned and we can’t wait to see what they have in store. 

Sydney Story Factory

I am very happy to announce that BYDS will be officially undertaking a partnership with the award winning Sydney Story Factory (SSF). Our Root and Branch project will initially run a series of writing workshops with students at Bankstown Public School and Bankstown Girls High. Sydney Story Factory will utilise their pool of highly trained writing volunteers to work one on one with participants, leading to some great writing that will feed ultimately into public exhibitions each term. BYDS staff attended SSF orientation workshops at Canterbury Boys High and were moved by the level of passion and skill that the volunteer writing tutors brought to the day. I see great things coming from this!


If you are, or know a young person between 13 and 17 and feel that you have a short novel in you, bursting to get out, SSF will be running Novella writing workshops throughout 2017 at BYDS. Sundays between 10.30 am and 12pm.

Please contact us if this is your thing. Great outcomes guaranteed.