Live, Move, Smile

Thanks to Bankstown City Council #LiveMoveSmile has been providing access to creative and recreational activities for #Youth in #Bankstown – especially those living with a #disability !
The activities are being presented through series of workshops for young people (especially those living with a disability and/or from CALD backgrounds). Workshops involve movement and dance encouraging healthy living, self expression and a stressing self worth and connection to the community.

The project acknowledges the culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds of participants. It is working on reducing social isolation by bringing young people from a diverse range of cultures and abilities together.

Sport has always played an important role in young people’s lives. However, it is not of universal interest. “Live, Move Smile” has created alternate opportunities for young people to engage in physical activities whilst working within a team environment through mime, music and physical theatre including puppetry.

Horizon Theatre needs just $2000 more in funding to present this project to its full extent. If you are able to contribute CLICK HERE or simply Contact Us.

The project addresses some of the key issues raised by disability discussion group at Bankstown social planning meetings such as

  • the lack of day programs for people with a disability, particularly affordable ones
  • the need for access to services by people with a disability especially CALD and newly arrived.

Keeping Up Appearances

Keeping Up Appearances is part of a series of short films known as Snippets.

These Snippets are intended to be used when delivering community engagement/education workshops.

Snippets is a video resource depicting pertinent issues in Bankstown to be used when delivering community engagement/education workshops. Funded by Bankstown City Council and supported by Bankstown Working With Youth Network – Social Issues Working Party.

These Snippets are intended to be used when delivering community engagement/education workshops.

This one is about a young woman looks at an image she believes represents an attractive woman. She tries to measure herself against this image but feels inadequate. Considering herself to be overweight, she stops eating. Her friends become worried but she refuses all offers of food. At home, she continues to refuse food. Finally, she collapses and is taken to hospital. After treatment she returns home and begins to rebuild a normal life.

Facilitators can use the questions listed below to encourage young people to express their opinions — even though a description has been provided above there is not necessarily a correct answer!

Using your own words, describe what you saw happen in the film.
What constitutes a healthy diet?
Do images in magazines realistically represent how women look?
What could you do if one of your friends was not

Puppets for Planet

With the planet in peril from pollution and climate change, The puppets at Horizon Theatre are ready to spread environmental messages using live performances, workshops and video clips.

Thanks to funding from Bankstown City Council the puppets of Horizon Theatre will be sending out an environmental message to the people of the Bankstown LGA!

Whilst this project’s messages are primarily aimed at Children and Young People, through family connections, the information delivered will spread to the wider community and, in so doing, bringer a broader understanding that helps everyone.

Like everyone else, the puppets at Horizon Theatre are concerned about threats to the environment. Not content to merely sit on the shelf, they want to stand and be counted and, with their popularity with children and young people, they are uniquely placed to make a difference. They want (and need!) to sing and perform in the Bankstown local government area and tell the people of Bankstown about things they can do to help their environment. And whilst saving the planet is a serious business, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun.

After they put on a performance, the puppets and their puppeteers will run workshops making puppets out of recycled items, so that the kids of Bankstown can take a something home to help clean up the town.

Horizon Theatre will also be posting Youtube clips and using social media such and Facebook and Twitter to spread the word even further. Puppetry has been clearly demonstrated for effectiveness in dissemination of information to culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.

Horizon Theatre needs just $1200 more in funding to present this project to its full extent. If you are able to contribute CLICK HERE or simply Contact Us.

This is not the first time our puppets have been used in such an effective way. Horizon Theatre, with the help of Bankstown Council and local young people, produced a short video on the theme of recycling. It can be seen below. It is successes like this from which Horizon wishes to build.

We strives to achieve the goals of the 2023 Bankstown Community Plan partcularly in the areas of “Green”, “Liveable” and “Invest”

Jumping to Conclusions

Jumping to Conclusions is part of a series of short films known as Snippets.

These Snippets are intended to be used when delivering community engagement/education workshops.

This one is about two young women who see a poster for an ice skating event. One thinks the main performer is very attractive and is eager to go. She drags her friend to the event. However, seeing the performer’s costume, this second woman warns her that the skater might not be interested.

Facilitators can use the questions listed below to encourage young people to express their opinions — even though a description has been provided above there is not necessarily a correct answer!

Using your own words, describe what you saw happen in the film.
Why do people make assumptions about sexual orientation?
Can tough men be gay?
Do you think it matters?

Media Expectation

Media Expectation is part of a series of short films known as Snippets.

These Snippets are intended to be used when delivering community engagement/education workshops.

This one is about two young women look through a magazine at pictures of their favorite model during lunch time. Increasingly, they become concerned that they cannot be as attractive as the woman pictured in the magazine. One of the women pushes her lunch aside.

Facilitators can use the questions listed below to encourage young people to express their opinions — even though a description has been provided above there is not necessarily a correct answer!

Using your own words, describe what you saw happen in the film?
How does society decide what is appropriate for a woman to look like?
Given the use of Photoshop, make-up and lighting effects, can images in magazines be considered realistic?
What is sexism?
Can you give examples of instances of sexism you have seen?

What Makes a Man

What Makes a Man is part of a series of short films known as Snippets.

These Snippets are intended to be used when delivering community engagement/education workshops.

This one is about when a young woman receives a phone call from her boyfriend only to hear she has been dumped. She resolves to make the perfect man but, when she gives her heart to her creation, she is rejected again.

Facilitators can use the questions listed below to encourage young people to express their opinions — even though a description has been provided above there is not necessarily a correct answer!

Using your own words, describe what you saw happen in the film.
Using your own words, describe what you saw happen in the film.
Is there such a thing as a perfect man or woman?
Is it possible to live up to the expectations of being perfect?
How can you build a successful relationship?

Making Up Is Hard To Do

Making Up is Hard To Do is part of a series of short films known as Snippets.

These Snippets are intended to be used when delivering community engagement/education workshops.

This one is about a young woman is caught applying make-up by her mother. Her mother demands she remove it. Later the young woman meets up with friends who assure her she looks good just the way she is.

Facilitators can use the questions listed below to encourage young people to express their opinions — even though a description has been provided above there is not necessarily a correct answer to the questions!

Using your own words, describe what you saw happen in the film.
Is there anything wrong with wearing make up?
What is self esteem?
Can you trust your friends?