BYDS Breakdown – March Newsletter

As we approach April the weather cools…but BYDS’ work continues to heat up.  Across local environmental education, domestic violence awareness and understanding, through Aboriginal dance and culture, Hip Hop and spoken word; we continue to create platforms and arenas for beautiful art to be made with a foundation of soul and love. All with local people and fantastic local artists. I hope you enjoy this snapshot of just some of our recent work.

– Tim Carroll

4Elements Huge Hit

The second annual 4Elements Hip Hop Festival went down on Saturday 19th March at the Bankstown Arts Centre. The day was a huge success over 1,000 people flocking to celebrate Harmony Day.

The Bankstown Arts Centre was converted by a small army of volunteers and professionals alike into a space where the 4ELEMENTS of Hip Hop – dance, aerosol art, emceeing and deejaying could all be exhibited to a grateful crowd.

Some of Sydney’s finest artists led a workshop process that resulted in a group of local, emerging artists developing skills and performing. 4ELEMENTS was a day of immersion in music, inspiration, diversity and a sense of community from start to finish. Harmony writ large, bringing people of diverse cultures together through art.

BYDS and Vyva entertainment wish to thank everyone who came to listen, to rap, to see, to dance, to paint, to eat and DJ. Thanks to all the volunteers who put in the hard work to make it possible. Huge thanks also to Bankstown Sports Club, Bankstown City Council, Multicultural NSW, Federal Dep. of Social Services, Ironlak, Bunnings and many others for the financial and material support.

Sustainabili-Tea Kicks Off

After the success of ‘My Backyard’, Anjali Roberts and Zainab Kadhim are back with another environmental art project.

Sustainabili-Tea will involve experienced artists working with different community groups to create environmentally sustainable curios and items, culminating into a Tupperware style swap event, trading hand crafted items items over tea in Bankstown City Plaza.

Our first happening was with a group of Bankstown Public school children who worked with artist/inventor Majid Rabet and his styrofoam cutting machine. Together they made a series of imaginative ‘creations’. We are looking forward to see where this project will go over the next few months. 


‘My City is where I live
a place where I can roam
A place of contradictions
but somehow still my home…’

– One contribution to BYDS’ next Westside

What does your city mean to you? Are certain landmarks close to your heart?
BYDS’ blogger, Filip Stempien is seeking submissions for The Westside Writing program that is entitled, My City. Submit your writing, drawings or digital creations in any style to: or upload them directly via Dropbox here!

Compact Grant Recipient

Funded by Multicultural NSW, the grants seeks to encourage partnerships and collaboration between relevant community, non-government, youth, sports, arts/media and educational organisations.

BYDS is very happy to be a recipient of one of 14 Compact grants. Our primary partners in this are Bankstown City Council, Sir Joseph Banks High School and Together for Humanity along with a huge number of other collaborators. The 3 year project is called, Inclusion: Celebrating stories of strength and will generate arts and cultural material around Oral History, Spoken Word and performance, using the many strengths of our community as its foundation, empowering individuals and communities.