BYDS Breakdown – April Newsletter

Dear people,

Some news worth mentioning as we wait for Autumn to bring cooler weather. We launched a new RESPECT video at Georges Hall, ‘Violence is Not the Answer’ to much excitement and acclaim. We were informed that our RESPECT project had achieved ‘promising’ status with the Australian Institute of Family Studies – making it our first Community Arts based project to receive a stamp of effectiveness and approval from an academic institution.

Stefo Nantsou and a scaled down cast were invited to perform some beautiful monologues and songs from To Be Honest at the launch of Catholic Care’s new family dispute resolution centre on March 28th.

I will also be travelling to Finland in June to deliver a paper at the International Oral History conference where I will speak about 25 years of Oral History practice here in Bankstown.

Please enjoy a little break down below of our work below…

Tim Carroll, Director

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BYDS Breakdown – March Newsletter

Dear People,

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

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BYDS Breakdown February Newsletter

Dear people,

2018 is rushing by at an alarming rate and we have already run a very successful season of To Be Honest, launched Stories of Strength at Parliament house and have two new songs in the pipeline for our RESPECT project. It will be a relentless and fruitful year and we look forward to having you with us as participants, as audience and supporters. Unlike so many organisations that make the claim, BYDS is a trusted and vital part of this community and works in and with it at every step. As Tania Mihailuk stated in parliament last week, “I acknowledge BYDS and thank it for its amazing work over more than 25 years supporting our young people.” 

Tim Carroll, Director

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BYDS Breakdown – January Newsletter

Dear People,

The first month of 2018 has almost passed. It’s hot and humid, despite the beautiful North Easterly fanning us here in Bankstown. Schools went back this week and we here at BYDS are already gearing up for a busy season. We hope that you can support the work that we execute here as the longest running professional arts organisation in the region, by participating, attending and sharing.  I hope to see you at the events below.

Tim Carroll, Director

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BYDS Breakdown December Newsletter

Dear People,

Another year comes to an end. 2017 was a fantastically creative one for BYDS and I would love to pay tribute to the artists that made it happen: 

Our RESPECT program hits new heights with six new songs being produced to acclaim both artistic and socially.  Our understanding of issues pertaining to domestic and family violence and how we can intervene in young people’s understanding around that continues to grow – huge praise to Craig Taunton and his team: Zainab Kadhim,  Bilal Hafda, David Miller & Tim Wall. The Smith Family C4C program funded RESPECT, thank you. 

Root and Branch, Stories of Strength, Linked Up, Bankstown Poetry Slam & 4ELEMENTSall showed how excellent, professional artists working with community can change lives for the better and bring people to new knowledge.

Our first newsletter of 2018 will reveal our annual program – To Be Honest of course will be the first artistic cab off the rank. See below. 

On a personal note I would like to thank all of the people, institutions and organisations that worked with us, supported us and helped us deliver what we do so well to so many people from the Bankstown and surrounding areas.  

Tim Carroll, Director

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