Dear people, I had a lovely week away at Culburra on the South Coast. I had time to reflect on our own place in history as well as the great beauty that nature permits us to experience on a daily basis. We all know that everything must pass, bad politicians, sad times, love and happiness, but sometimes we need a wake-up call to reinforce that belief and I luckily had mine.
In that same vein, I saw BPS co-founder Sara Mansour’s grandma perform a beautiful, heartfelt poem in Arabic that I could not understand, only feel. It was the standout performance at the Bankstown Poetry Slam last night for me and highlights why we do the work that we do. She took the stage as an equal alongside experienced spoken word artists and received the biggest applause of the evening.
On a daily basis here at BYDS we facilitate projects that enable: young men to learn how to be respectful to women, school students to step out of their every day and work with highly trained passionate artists – making music, making text and song – we enable young artists to step up and learn new skills, instilling confidence that results in greater ability to be creative in every area of their lives, helps us think outside the boxes or boxes that are made for us and by us.
Tim Carroll, Director
BYDS takes out a ZEST Award
Congratulations to BYDS’ Anjali Roberts for taking out a Zest Award (partnerships across regions category) for Mashrabiya. The project, which Anjali initiated and coordinated was funded by the Council of Australian Arab Relations (CAAR). A series of workshops, exhibitions and lectures unfolded, exploring sacred and inclusive spaces with communities across Bankstown and Penrith. Mashrabiyaaimed to present contemporary forms of sacred art and architecture from the Arab world. The broader goal to inspire the occupants, designers and planners of our cities to contemplate and incorporate a greater sense of inclusivity.
Gifted artists Pamela Maldonaldo and Hussein Nabeel worked with Sir Joseph Banks High School students to design more inclusive, occasionally sacred spaces. Willurai Kirkbright worked with children from the Muhammadi Welfare Association in Granville. Other distinguished architects, planners and academics in the City, Bankstown and Penrith all contributed greatly: special thanks go Tim Horton, registrar of the Architects Registration Board for his unending enthusiasm and support. A really great cross region/cross artform collaboration that BYDS is proud to support.
A goodbye: I also should mention that Anjali has sadly announced her time at BYDS to be over from March 3rd. We will miss this most amazing person and look forward to hearing of her new projects at Parramatta City Council.
BPS: First Slam of the Year
We kicked off the first Bankstown Poetry Slam of the year last night! It was a night of unexpected delights with feature poet Alice Tame, a winner of last years Grand Slam wowing the audience.
Flip the Script: If you’re still in high school and are keen to perform to a smaller audience, consider performing at Flip the Script; A slam aimed at young people in high school. They’ll be held prior to the monthly BPS from 4:30pm to 6.00.
CONGRATULATIONS to Sara Mansour for also winning a Zest award for Outstanding Youth Leader. The Real Talk Project also received a gong for Outstanding Project Promoting Social Cohesion and Harmony. Dynamic, passionate artists sharing their skills and love for the greater good. So impressive.
4Elements is making its presence felt all around Bankstown. There is a fantastic banner at the Bankstown Library and Knowledge Centre and huge graffiti wall in the food court at Bankstown Central.
All the while great magic is being developed over at the Bankstown Arts Centre. Check out the weekly updates of the workshops here!
The 4Elements HipHop Festival will take place on Saturday 18th of March at the Bankstown Arts Centre. Expect great things!