BYDS Breakdown – February Newsletter

How can it already be March? BYDS engines are already running on full steam and a plethora of fascinating projects have been unleashed with our local communities.
– T.C.

Zest Award Winner!!
BYDS last week won the ‘Highly Commended Award for Exceptional Project in a Not for Profit Organisation’ at the 2016 Zest Awards for the RESPECT project. Congratulations to Craig Taunton and the team: Bruce Chan, Filmotion, Christopher Woe and of course the fantastic young men who make these songs!
Over 2015, Craig created, with our school partners and the Smith Family: It’s Not Equal, We All Say No. We see that this project is leading to real change amongst the young men, the schools and the many people that are associated with the project. Craig is now rolling RESPECT out at Bass Public School, with special guest artist/mentee Zainab Kadhim and at Padstow Park with local poet/mentee Bilal Hafda. We are looking forward to truly great things.
Watch the video “It’s Not Equal” here!

Indigenous Dance
BYDS Indigenous Youth Arts worker, Tim Bishop and colleague Peta Strachan (Jannawi Dance) were very happy to host a wonderful dinner/discussion with a group of Sydney’s most excellent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander dancers last week. We look forward to kicking off a program of Indigenous dance for young and old over the coming few months leading to potentially wonderful collaborations for this year’s coming NAIDOC festivities.

Submissions Still Open for Westside!

SustainabiliTEA will explore the use of materials generated through the shopping process in Bankstown Plaza to create new containers and bags. The project is inspired by the Tupperware parties where people used to gather at someone’s house to gossip, wow and buy Tupperware.
Inventor/Artist Majid Rebat will work with students from Bankstown Public School and the Greek Older Women’s Network to create works from waste that will wow and inspire passers-by. The project will take place throughout March and follows organically from BYDS’ very successful, My Backyard project.
For more information email Anjali Roberts