BYDS Breakdown – October Newsletter

It’s that time of year again when the buds are bursting from the stems of trees and the birds are carrying twigs and sticks to make nests for their babies to come.

It also marks intense artistic activity here at BYDS: new heartfelt interviews for Stories of Strength, two new shows from Root and Branch to invite you to, and bigger changes afoot as RESPECT releases another great song with a science fiction theme.

Vyvienne Abla has come home and will begin to rev up 4ELEMENTS HipHop festival for March 2019 and Bankstown Poetry Slam held a very successful Real Talk finale in the CBD.

In all, despite the whirlwind of madness that characterises our current times, BYDS continue to thrive and work with local artists and community to create works of value.

We value and need your support. Please keep it up as we continue to say Out Loud how art brings us together.

Tim Carroll, Director

This Halloween, be prepared for a night of unsettling tales. Sourced from the deepest reaches of unspeakable moments, join us as we shed light on what goes creak in the shadows.

Curated by Felix Cross, Tales from the Shadows is a collection of stories meant to cause unease and disturb. Some stories are fiction, some are based on real life but all of them will make your soul shiver.

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Another term and another RESPECT video released! Young men from Bass Hill Public and Condell Park Public have worked extremely hard to create, On My Planet and When You Grow Older.

The featured Bass Hill Public video, On My Planet was facilitated by BYDS’ Zainab Kadhim & Tim Wall who ran weekly workshops with a group of year 5 and 6 boys at Bass Hill Public School.

The boys performed this song at BYDS White Ribbon showcase at Bankstown Central on 26th July to a huge, appreciative crowd and will perform it later at their school for White Ribbon Day.

On My Planet demonstrates the philosophy of non-violence behind the RESPECT program which our program has been proved to empower in boys and young men, making real differences to them, their families, schools and wider community.

Term 3 saw BYDS Root and Branch project focus solely on playwrighting. Our writing groups at Bankstown and Chester Hill Public schools learnt about structure, scenes, character development and how ‘good’ stories are told.

Using the skills of mentees (and excellent poets) Hana Mansour and Rameen Hayat, alongside our own Kevin Ngo and the wonderful Felix Cross, the students presented their drafts to their respective classes. Now the hard work really begins as these wildly imaginative works are arranged into a professional theatre show by Felix entitled, The World Turned Upside Down.

Please look out for updates in November. The show will be something not to be missed.