It is my joyful duty to announce that the BYDS team are back after a well deserved break. We have already kicked off for 2019 and promise you many programs and projects to get involved in and support.
I had the great fortune to spend some down time with my son Rahul and his dog Bodhi in the old growth forests of East Gipplsland, soaking up the exquisite oxygen and re-programming myself in that unique way.
I hope you can stay with BYDS in 2019 as we embark on some surprises….
Mapping Frictions has kicked off 2019 with the beginning of a collaboration with the wonderful students from University of Technology Sydney as part of their Global Studies program, featuring articles researched & written by the students on ‘Global Change in Western Sydney’.Creative Director of Mapping Frictions, Kavita Bedford says, “It was a wonderful opportunity to work and engage with young people and bright students who are open to learning and engaging with the wider world. A course like this, which encourages a more ethnographic and ‘hands on’ approach to high level concepts of globalisation is a significant resource for students.”
Well done to the students whose works were selected for this current series, which can be read here!
BYDS is delighted to support, now for the fifth year, the 4ESydney Festival (formerly known as 4Elements HipHop), this time spanning 10 days.The festival will be preceded with a plethora of workshops: across dance, aerosol arts, beat and music making and DJ-ing led by industry heavyweights. If you’ve ever had a desire to pick up a new skill or are interested in Hip Hop, there’s never been a better time to sign up for these free workshops!
Register at this link here!
The Stories of Strength team will be travelling up north to Lake Macquarie later this month to showcase the great work they’ve been doing, and teach an array of skills in Oral History and Storytelling to students from Glendale High.
This follows our day long workshop with Sir Joseph Banks High Koori club students, who got to interview a selection of wonderful Aboriginal artists; Munki Muk Ross, Izzy, Nardi Simpson and Merindah Funnell (snapped with Amelia and Emily by Christoper Woes)
New stories are always being updated, so check out the website.
It wouldn’t be right to pretend it doesn’t matter, it does. Our photographer of more than eight years has decided that he needs to move on.
Chris began taking photos for us in 2011 and proved to be great in pretty much every way. Reliable, innovative and funny, with a great eye for an image that just kept getting better and better.
I estimate that Chris took about a million photos for us, many that stand out in my memory and managed to capture – sometimes in the most poignant manner – beautiful moments in time. For Stories of Strength, Bankstown Poetry Slam, so many book launches, Mapping Frictions and of course the many plays we did with Stefo Nantsou… Chris was there.
Chris will be sorely missed even though another BYDS acolyte, Zach Janus is now taking shots for us.
The photo of Anissa and Abdullah, says it all: just before the dress rehearsal for “The Way”.
Check out: https://www.christopherwoe.com/