Autumn is here but it is still hot and humid. We run projects here at BYDS that match professional artists with young people, passing on skills and knowledge that the school system is not designed to do. We appreciate that schools welcome us in on that basis: Stories of Strength, LinkedUp, Root & Branch and of course, our much loved RESPECT, all bring different kinds of focus with the ultimate aim of enhancing the potential within participants. We are not blind to the challenges that we currently face as homelessness and inequality grow, but make our way forward utilising a philosophy of putting arts and culture at the centre of all our practice.
Tim Carroll, Director
4Elements HipHop Festival a HipHit
The 4th annual 4Elements HipHop Festival was held at the Bankstown Arts Centre on Saturday, 10th March. Over 1000 people attended throughout this massive day with live graffiti, music and dance battles taking place across the centre. The weeks of workshops with industry professionals led to some fantastic performances by young locals on various stages. Congratulations to Vyvienne Abla and Alice Tauv and gigantic thank you to the many volunteers who made it happen.
Dobby, Maya Jupiter and a surprise performance by Aloe Blacc were real standouts at the festival. Plans are already afoot for next year’s festival. Contact Vyvienne Abla if you are interested to be a part of it.
If you attended the event and want to have your say on how it can be improved fill out a survey here!
Stories of Strength – More to Life
Jay Laga’aia was born in South Auckland. Jay was an avid rugby player until he busted his shoulder and his Mum made him quit. Knowing there had to be more to life than getting fat or going to prison, he set off to Australia. Eventually Jay ended up on Play School, in Star Wars, and playing Mufasa in the Lion King musical. Jay’s all about keeping it simple, enjoying life, and having fun… and making silly voices.
You can view the rest of this story and many more over at the Stories of Strength website as part of our Multicultural NSW funded COMPACT project!
Bankstown Complete Street Survey
A scenario…….The year is 2040; it is 6.45pm on Friday and you are on your way home by train to Bankstown…. the service taking only 12 minutes from the Sydney CBD! You live in an apartment 900 metres north of the station and you are now climbing the station stairs to enter the Plaza. What do you want and expect to see? The Complete Streets project is now live on the Have Your Say website with a brief survey. The project team from Canterbury Bankstown City council would love to hear from you and what your expectations are for the Bankstown town centre in the future. This information will provide Council with targets they can work towards that match the community’s expectations.
You can check out the survey by clicking through here