BPS to host 3 events at Sydney Writers Fest

BPS is honoured to be hosting THREE events for Sydney Writers Fest this month. Check out all the events below and grab your tickets before they go.

May Bankstown Poetry Slam featuring Rupi Kaur
In conjunction with Sydney Writers Festival, we are proud to present this month's feature will be internationally acclaimed Rupi Kaur, supported by Bankstown local Iman Etri. Due to space restrictions, this event is strictly via a ballot process. Ballot registrations have now closed and attendees will be notified if successful in mid-May.

Fresh Voices from Western Sydney: A Showcase of Real Talk
Get a dose of reality as high school students from Western Sydney perform original spoken word poetry. They’ve all been been part of Real Talk, an award-winning spoken word poetry program created to help young people find their voices. In this showcase, teenagers from the program spit words from the heart and use slam poetry to tell it like it is. Sara Mansour, co-founder of Bankstown Poetry Slam, hosts this performance of fierce, funny and fresh voices of the future.
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Bankstown Poetry Slam: Best of the Grand Slam

Bankstown Poetry Slam hosted its second annual Grand Slam last year at the Art Gallery of NSW. This sold-out event featured the highest scoring poets from its monthly slam and was a fierce battle of words on everything from politics, love and family to religion and identity. Join us for an exciting showcase of the diverse voices from the Grand Slam and see for yourself why Bankstown is home to the largest regular poetry slam in Australia. Hosted by Sara Mansour.
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BPS Takes Home 2 ZEST Awards!

Bankstown Poetry Slam was honoured to be nominated for three categories at last Wednesday night's ZEST Awards that celebrate outstanding projects and individuals from the Greater Western Sydney community.


We were awarded:
Outstanding Youth Leader (BPS Host & Co-Founder, Sara Mansour)
 Outstanding Project promoting Social Cohesion and Community Harmony (Real Talk).

We were also nominated for Outstanding Voluntary Group/Organisation. 

Special thanks to the Western Sydney Community Forum for hosting such a wonderful event and congratulations to all our fellow nominees and winners who make western Sydney an innovative and creative region.

Stay updated on our Instagram and Twitter for live feeds of more events!

 

BPS launches new youth open-mic night, Flip The Script

FLIP THE SCRIPT is Bankstown Poetry Slam's latest project that offers young people the chance to showcase their talents, challenge stereotypes, address issues and action change. 

The event will be held before the regular slam on the last Tuesday of every month from 4pm-6pm at Bankstown Arts Centre. 
Performers must be 24 or under to sign up, but all are welcome to watch and support our performers.

Unlike the regular slam, there is no limit to what can be performed -  Poetry, music, stories, magic. There are no strict time limits either and no judging involved.

"Flip The Script is a space for you to perform whatever you want to, without any rules."

Performers must arrive at 4:00pm to sign up with the event kicking off at 4:30 pm.

The Facebook event page can be found HERE

Any questions or queries can be directed to info@bankstownpoetryslam.com

Sara Mansour awarded Young Citizen of the Year!

Bankstown Poetry Slam's co-founder and host, Sara Mansour, was recently awarded Young Citizen of the Year at Canterbury-Bankstown's Australia Day ceremony. 

"In addition to the monthly workshops and Poetry Slam performance evenings, which regularly sees more than 300 people in attendance, Ms Mansour also introduced the program into seven western Sydney high schools.

Last year the 23-year-old Punchbowl resident juggled the expansion of the Poetry Slam and studies at Western Sydney University where she recently completed her law degree. “The Poetry Slam is my passion, so I really want to promote this powerful and positive message to other young people in the community and let them know they have a voice and can connect with other like-minded individuals,” Ms Mansour said."

The full article can be found here from the Canterbury-Bankstown Express. 

 

Grand Slam a huge success

For the second year in a row, some of western Sydney’s finest poets took to the stage at the Art Gallery of NSW to compete with their poetry for a much anticipated Bankstown Poetry Slam finale.

The Grand Slam featured an incredibly diverse range of poets from all ages, backgrounds and communities. Voted in as the best poets from random audience members of each month’s slam, the stellar line up showcased western Sydney’s voices and stories like never seen before.

 

 The winners of the Bankstown Poetry Grand Slam 2016 are:

1st:
UnTAMEable (Alice Tame, Mark Sims and Layla Mkh)

 2nd:
Earth, Wind & Fire (Miski Omar, Antar Hanif and Kevin Jin)

3rd:
Mic Drop Momento (Rana Abdullah, Brendan Reed and Kevin Ngo)