BYDS Breakdown – November Newsletter

The first few truly hot days have arrived in Bankstown and all around I hear the sounds of birds in the big fig trees as new baby fledglings learn to fly. Ravens, Currawongs and our resident Butcher bird all compete for food and other resources as the cycle of life continues unabated.

Like many, we feel a sense of change with the news from the US and steel ourselves to continue to make art with communities that challenge misogyny, racism and fear all with a sense of wonder and joy. It is not the end of the world, just a new and challenging time. Hold on for an potentially interesting ride.

Tim Carroll, Director

Bankstown Grand Slam

After 9 slams in 2016 the teams have been chosen for the second ever Bankstown Grand Slam (formerly, the Poetry Olympics)

The Grand Slam will return to the Art Gallery of New South Wales for the final night of nights where the winning wordsmiths from every month in 2016 battle it out for the top spot! 27 poets, 9 teams, 1 winning team. 

Tickets will sell out fast so don’t miss out and buy them here!

COMPACT – Stories

Our COMPACT work is moving along nicely with the addition of our newly leased sound recorders! Our enthusiastic team at Sir Joseph Banks, trained over the last six weeks, will be using these recorders to conduct interviews with people of their choosing. These interviews will be transcribed and published as a series of oral histories, on paper, on-line and as podcasts.

If you have a person in your life who demonstrates qualities of strength and resilience – we would love to interview them! Email us a story at

Bankstown Arts Centre presents Night Sky…..a celebration of community stories that pay homage to childhood imaginings, and as dusk turns to dark, the ordinary becomes fantastical….stories, music, dreams and myths from many cultures, directed by Felix Cross.

Preview: 23 November 2016  //  7.30pm – 9.30pm
Performance: 24-26 November 2016  //  7.30pm – 9.30pm

For more information or tickets click here

White Ribbon Day 2016 – 25th November

Once again BYDS will be making a huge contribution towards the White Ribbon Day (WRD) events in this region: the Wattawa Heights RESPECT boys will be performing, ‘The Choice is Yours to Make’ at Parry Park in Lakemba. This performance will be held as over a thousand men converge on the park, walking in solidarity to say “NO” to violence against women.

White Ribbon Day ambassadors Andrew O’Keefe and Jason Clare MP, will officiate at the Wattawa Heights Dad’s WRD breakfast on the 23rd November where, ‘The Choice is Yours to Make’ will be officially launched. 

Our Bankstown Public School RESPECT cohort will perform, ‘ I Choose to be a Gentleman’ at the 2016 White Ribbon Day annual breakfast at Blacktown Workers Club, a truly great honour.

And lastly, 3 of our RESPECT videos will be screened at the Greater Dandenong WRD event on the giant screen in the town square on the 25th November…exciting times for a great cause.