BYDS Breakdown – August Newsletter

Dear people, Spring has erupted at the beautiful Bankstown Arts Centre where BYDS are fortunately situated. The big magnolia Felix has blossomed and demonstrated, once again, how important a part nature plays in helping us humans to be happy.

Firstly, let me honour our very own Tim Bishop, Indigenous Youth Arts worker, who will be moving on to new pastures next week. May lots of love and good vibes follow him and his family as this new chapter unfolds in Tim’s life. 

As for BYDS other work, I am excited to report that we will be publishing our nextWestside in October, coordinated and edited by Filip Stempien, funded by WestWords. I have included a photo of Filip and students at Bankstown Public School engaged in an illustration workshop with artist, Stephanie Peters.

So many wonderful artistic and cultural blooms bursting and enveloping us. 

Tim Carroll, Director

Canterbury-Bankstown Grants

We’re excited here at BYDS to report on the first tranche of funding from the newly amalgamated council of Canterbury-Bankstown: 4Elements Hip Hop Festival, a series of citizen journalism workshops and a revival of our forum theatre project all in the offing! Watch this space as these projects progress throughout 2016 & 2017.  We look forward to working closely with what is now Australia’s biggest local government to deliver meaningful arts and culture programs to, with and for the people of the Canterbury Bankstown area.

Bankstown Poetry Slam: Overflowing

August Bankstown Poetry Slam was packed to the rafters. On average, the slam attracts about 200 people, but we estimate 300+ at last months slam, no doubt influenced by dynamic feature poet, Omar Musa! Omar premiered some new material at this Slam, claiming that Bankstown had, “Something magical.’ His set was killer, with the indomitable Luka Lesson jumping up for one piece.

Bankstown Poetry Slam will be holding a FREE workshop this Saturday, 10th September facilitated by the lovely Sara Mansour here at the arts centre. You can get your free tickets here!

The BPS team have also been running the Real Talk program in 7 different Western Sydney schools. These workshops will manifest in a multi school Slam event at the Bryan Brown theatre (Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre), on the 23rd September.

The winners of this event will automatically enter THE FINAL VERSE: the first Trans-Tasman Youth Slam between Auckland, New Zealand and Sydney in October! The BPS began the year winning the inaugural Pemulway prize from the Western Sydney leadership dialogue and are going from strength to strength across a range of platforms. Congratulations to Sara, Hawraa, Bilal and Yasmine. Truly fantastic! 

Tickets for the Real Talk Finale can be booked here for free!

Vyvaentertainment 10 Year Anniversary

The powerhouse that is Vyvienne Abla, instigator of the 4Elements Hip Hop Festivaland valued  contributor to the many projects that we run here at BYDS, is currently prepping for the 10th anniversary of Vyva entertainment. Vyv has been inviting the many artists she has worked with to share some memories on video.

We are watching closely the next 4E becoming a reality in March 2017 and are busily attracting resources towards Hip Hop History month (in November). We look forward to developing our creative relationship with Vyv, who as many of you may know, has just returned from addressing the French parliament about Hip Hop and justice. Vyv also attended the prestigious ISME Community Music seminar in Edinburgh. Stay in touch if you love Hip Hop and community.



Randa Sayed’s Outspoken project saw a showing at ATYP’s theatre space at the Wharf, September 1st. After some months of meeting and talking about the things we don’t talk about and writing and editing and writing and rehearsing we saw: profound, funny, sad and exciting reading/performing by Aida Zjakic, Emily Warwick, Henry Vo, Kevin Ngo and Benny Ngo.  Projects like this show the talent and possibilities all around us, just needing a soul like Randa to bring it together. Many thanks to ATYP, particularly Jenny Medway for hosting and supporting: looking forward to developing Outspoken into a full work.

Cast from the Storm

Is an award winning Australian documentary about a group of ordinary teenagers with extraordinary stories – and the theatre program, Treehouse Theatre, that gives them a voice. A coming of age story, this uplifting documentary shares the reality of what it means to be a teenager and a displaced person. This is the story of what comes after, and what it means to remake your home.

Cast from the Storm is FREE to watch online now until 18th September, in the lead up to the UN World Summit for Refugees and Migrants.

Watch now: