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4Elements 2015 - Review

Vyva Entertainment with the support of Bankstown Youth Development Service and Bankstown City Council hosted the 4Elements All Age HipHop Festival at the Bankstown Arts Centre to celebrate Harmony Day on Saturday 21st March 2015.

The festival attracted over 1,000 people to the Arts Centre including our local community and many from outside the area, whom normally wouldn’t venture out to Bankstown.

The 4Elements line up consisted of over 100 artists from a very diverse mix of cultures, personalities and our local young people side by side with industry pioneers; showcasing spoken word, music, dj’ing, dance, various art forms and photography, industry panel discussions, food and loads of other activities for people of all ages!!

BYDS director Tim Carroll said he was overjoyed with the outcome of the festival bringing together much of Sydney’s HipHop family in one space and looks forward immensely to a bigger and better 4Elements next year.

Posts/ comments made by festival attendees can be viewed by searching the hash tags #4ESYD and #4ELEMENTS on Facebook and Instagram.

4Elements Youth Music Workshop (x3) Feb-Apr 2015

  • Five young people attend all three sessions and two attend one session.

  • Participants (five) performed at the Bankstown Poetry Slam in front of 300 people in the lead up to the festival.

  • We decided to run an extra session in the two weeks before the festival, which focused around performance – nine young people attended both workshops (seven participants and two mentoring).

  • Third round of workshops were run post festival in the lead up to Youth Week at Youth in Colour Festival, inviting another 10 young people to participate.

Benefits post 4Elements 2015:

  • 4Elements had a section at the Bankstown's Youth Week Festival & featured 15 young people from the workshop program and their mentors to close off the event (17/04/15).

  • Second round of workshops (over three weeks) started 31/03/15 where 10 young people attended & three more asking to join for session two.

  • Approached by three schools to discuss running programs

  • A photo shoot was held utilising the art gallery & live art wall pieces from the event for both local & international touring artist.