NEXUS is an evening of immersive cultural experiences showcasing the energy and vitality of young creatives from Bankstown and beyond.
Running Thursday to Saturday for two weeks at Bankstown Arts Centre, NEXUS is an eclectic mix of installations, exhibitions, music and performances. Across a 90-minute session, audiences will be able to experience a variety of experiences throughout the Arts Centre.
Performances in the Courtyard
Each evening in the season, audiences can chill to the global beats of emerging DJs and revel in different nightly performances.
THURSDAY NIGHTS - Bankstown Poetry Slam will regale with spoken word performances
FRIDAY NIGHTS - street dance crew Hybrid Formz will astound with their high energy moves
SATURDAY NIGHTS - BINDI BOSSES will light up Bankstown with their uniquely feisty blend of Traditional Indian Classical and Folk Dances and Street Dances from around the world
In the Gallery, audiences can view Cultural Cartography: Creating Art at the Intersection of Cultures, curated by Guan Wei and featuring Cindy Chen, NC Qin, Chris Yee, Christina Huynh and Anney Bounpraseuth.
In the Theatre, audiences can engage with Juxta Jam, co-produced by Felix Cross and Katrina Douglas. During a club-style happening special guest D/VJs - Marlene Cummins, Nardi Simpson and Isaiah Kennedy – will mix live sound and images created by 46 artists to create new narratives.
Juxta Jam is a multi-artform DJ/VJ-led event, where audiences discover how art reflects and stimulates emotions. Juxta Jam is the live version of the website Juxta, which features 26 artists who created a sound or video work in response to the theme of WATER. These works are part of a unique game site that allows audiences to overlay videos on soundtracks to create new narratives.
Bankstown Poetry Slam
Thursday 13 January Thursday 20 January
Bankstown Poetry Slam has gained national recognition as the largest regular spoken-word event in the country. Founded in 2013 by Sara Mansour and Ahmad Al-Rady, the monthly community event has evolved into a leading platform that produces festivals, workshops, theatre productions, high school programs, digital content, publications and more.
Friday 14 January Friday 21 January
Hybrid Formz, established in 2003, is a street dance crew originally based in Bankstown, now based in Marrickville. The crew, some of whom have been at Bankstown arts centre since the day of its opening, wish to inspire younger generations to represent, carrying on the culture.
Saturday 15 January Saturday 22 January
BINDI BOSSES is a progressive, matriarchal South Asian Fusion Arts company based in Warrang (Sydney) that seamlessly blends Traditional Indian Classical and Folk dances with influences from South Asian Cinema and Street dances from around the world.
BINDI BOSSES provides a platform for diverse artists to collaborate and create through Dance, Costume Design, Henna Art, Styling, Music Production, Photography, Videography and more.
AT HOME PROGRAM
If you can't make it to Bankstown Arts Centre in person, you can still experience these online experiences from the comfort of your living room as part of Sydney Festival's At Home digital program.
Juxta invites you to choose from 16 sound compositions and 11 video works to craft new stories. Juxta originated and was conceived in 2020 by Felix Cross and Katrina Douglas during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic, as a way to bring together artists and audiences.
Time Pass explores the experience of ‘passing time’. This exhibition offers us an opportunity to pause, slow down and pay attention to the moments that offer us joy and wonder, at the little things that we might take for granted in our everyday lives. Through the lens of two artists Mylyn Nguyen and Garry Trinh, Time Pass explores experiences of place, history and the passing of time in Bankstown and its surrounds.
Cultural Cartography: Creating Art at the Intersection of Cultures Curator: Guan Wei Artists: Cindy Yuen-Zhe Chen, NC Qin, Chris Yee, Christina Huynh and Anney Bounpraseuth. Producer: Jing Han, Director of ICA, WSU Co-Producer: Vandana Ram, Director of Bankstown Arts Centre
Hybrid Formz Artists: will be announced closer to event time.
Juxa Jam Artists Producers: Felix Cross and Katrina Douglas DJ/VJs: Marlene Cummins, Nardi Simpson and Isaiah Kennedy Technical Guru: Fadle El-Harris
All performances will have conditions of entry adhering to the relevant NSW Government Public Health Orders and health advice. View the latest health advice here.