BYDS Breakdown – Janurary Newsletter

BYDS are are back for 2016! We hope you all have had lovely holidays or breaks from the ordinary. The team here are ready to get back into it! We have big plans for a big year and we hope you’ll be a part of it!

My City

BYDS’ blogger Filip Stempien is now accepting submissions for our next Westside anthology on the theme My City. We are happy to accept fiction or non-fiction and in any form e.g.  poetry, prose, song lyrics, essays etc. We are also keen to receive illustrations, essays, comics, etc. on the theme.

Email writing to or upload them directly here!

Keep an eye out for future Westside writing announcements. If you are keen to develop your writing in any genre please contact us.


Flamenco/Movement Workshops

Get into the Rhythm is the first BYDS/Bankstown Arts Centre workshop for the year.

This collaboration between internationally renowned local flamenco artist Pepa Molina and local tabla maestro Ram Chandra Suman will result in a performance piece for Bankstown Arts Centre’s Dancing under the StarsFebruary 26th – 4-8 pm. Bring your dancing shoes and a picnic.

Another Get into the Rhythm workshop will be held at the Bankstown Arts Centre this Saturday the 30th January.

Jams of Summer

The Bankstown Poetry Slam is opening its 2016 box of tricks with the second SUMMERJAMS – An OUTDOOR OPEN-MIC NIGHT open to ANYONE and ALL CREATIVE ART FORMS.

Sing, dance, rap, paint, drum, beatbox, joke, juggle, hula hoop or unicycle…you decide!

Questions or particular tech

The first regular BPS slam of the year will be held Tuesday, February 23.


4Elements workshops kick off!

Leading up to the 4Elements Hip Hop Festival in March, BYDS in conjunction with Vyva Entertainment are conducting dance & music workshops with  renowned artists such as L-Fresh the Lion and Karen Siu.

Don’t pass up the opportunity, registrations are now open!

To register
More info + bios 

BYDS Vyva Entertainment 4Elements


BYDS are delighted to again work with Anjali Roberts on this exciting project.

Mashrabiya will include a series of talks by artists and architects from the Arab world and a complementary series of lectures to students at tertiary institutes around Arab architecture and visual culture. In partnership with Penrith and Bankstown Councils, students will work with international and local artists in facilitated workshops with community to explore key principles of Arab art and architecture. Artworks from these workshops will be curated in an exhibition/installation across Bankstown and Penrith. It is an opportunity for design professionals and community members to engage with contemporary ideas and ancient design principles and to apply these creatively. The project aims to expand our understanding of sacred spaces in Australian cities and to celebrate their aesthetic, social and cultural value.

Mashrabiya is funded by the Council of Arab-Australian Relations (CAAR). CAAR aims to ‘promote between the peoples of Australia and the Arab world mutual interests and a greater understanding and acceptance of each other’s cultures, values, beliefs and diversity’.

For more information contact BYDS on 9793 8324 or