BYDS Breakdown December Newsletter

Dear People,

Another year comes to an end. 2017 was a fantastically creative one for BYDS and I would love to pay tribute to the artists that made it happen: 

Our RESPECT program hits new heights with six new songs being produced to acclaim both artistic and socially.  Our understanding of issues pertaining to domestic and family violence and how we can intervene in young people’s understanding around that continues to grow – huge praise to Craig Taunton and his team: Zainab Kadhim,  Bilal Hafda, David Miller & Tim Wall. The Smith Family C4C program funded RESPECT, thank you. 

Root and Branch, Stories of Strength, Linked Up, Bankstown Poetry Slam & 4ELEMENTSall showed how excellent, professional artists working with community can change lives for the better and bring people to new knowledge.

Our first newsletter of 2018 will reveal our annual program – To Be Honest of course will be the first artistic cab off the rank. See below. 

On a personal note I would like to thank all of the people, institutions and organisations that worked with us, supported us and helped us deliver what we do so well to so many people from the Bankstown and surrounding areas.  

Tim Carroll, Director

Celebrate new Arts & Entertainment Precinct

Sat December 16th!

Why not drop down to the official launch of the Lilian Lane Arts & Entertainment Precinct, hosted by the Canterbury Bankstown Bulldogs and Vyva Entertainment. The 4Elements HipHop Festival crew will be putting on a free, all ages block party event with music, entertainment, dance, art, activities, food and more! 

The Graffiti Wall outside Belmore Oval connecting Belmore Station to Campsie Station has received its first facelift in 25 years. With the help of 4Elements Music Project (4EMP), some of the original writers and other locals artists from the area have come together to make this once famous wall, shine again.

Drop by for food, music, dance and more!

For more info visit:

Back by popular demand

After the great response to our last production, To Be Honest, we have to decided to hold another week long run in February 2018.  Feel free to share the link and purchase your tickets at:

To Be Honest  is the most powerful piece of theatre that BYDS has produced in 25 years and needs to be seen by you, your family and anyone interested in where Australia is heading. Help us spread the message. Thanks again to Youth Off the Streets for all assistance and the Strengthening Communities fund.

To Be Honest will be shown as part of OnStage week and a workshop on monologues and verbatim theatre is also available, details at

Hip Hop workshops to kick off

In conjunction with the annual 4Elements HipHop Festival, the 4Elements Music Project facilitates a twice a week, 7-week workshops in Music, Dance, DJ and Graffiti/Street Art. You will have the chance to learn from some of Sydney’s finest mentors who will teach and challenge you as the workshops progress. Registration is now open so don’t miss your chance to either learn a new skill or refine your current technique. All participants get a chance to be on stage at the festival in March.

Starting on Wednesday 24th January 2018, at the Bankstown Arts Centre.  

Register here: