BYDS Breakdown – April Newsletter

Dear people,

Some news worth mentioning as we wait for Autumn to bring cooler weather. We launched a new RESPECT video at Georges Hall, ‘Violence is Not the Answer’ to much excitement and acclaim. We were informed that our RESPECT project had achieved ‘promising’ status with the Australian Institute of Family Studies – making it our first Community Arts based project to receive a stamp of effectiveness and approval from an academic institution.

Stefo Nantsou and a scaled down cast were invited to perform some beautiful monologues and songs from To Be Honest at the launch of Catholic Care’s new family dispute resolution centre on March 28th.

I will also be travelling to Finland in June to deliver a paper at the International Oral History conference where I will speak about 25 years of Oral History practice here in Bankstown.

Please enjoy a little break down below of our work below…

Tim Carroll, Director

Rehearsals for our White Ribbon Day showcase are ramping up! BYDS will be presenting a range of performances at Bankstown Central on the 26th July. The performances will be feature artists and schools from the Canterbury Bankstown area. For a sneak peek of one of the performances, check out this great video that’s come out from the RESPECT program this year!

Omar Musa headlined the Bankstown Poetry Slam this month as part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival! Each year the slam grows bigger and bigger and are amazed at the talent that comes from the area. Bankstown Poetry Slam is on the last Tuesday at every month from 6:45pm

Thinking Local; Expressions of Interest

Bankstown Arts Centre is seeking artists to explore the concept of Thinking Local to be showcased in July 2018. The Arts Centre asks the artists to examine the importance of our local neighbourhoods and the actions we take within them. Artists are encouraged to look at local spaces and actions, including permaculture and vegetable patches in backyards, community gardens, inclusive public spaces, local stories and significant sites.

EOI closes on Sunday 13 May, at midnight. For more information, email Stephanie Peters on

“I hope that my kids grow up, and then they get marry, and they, uh… they got kids, and become grandpa. And when I retire, I got grandchildren, and I can play with them or take them to school or take them go to adventure.”

Thanh Nguyen was born in Vietnam. He remembers running around in the rain. Thanh was then catapulted into Aussie life where he had to support his family despite his inability to speak English. Today, his words remind us of the value in education, family, and happiness.

You can read the rest of the story over at the Stories of Strength website