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RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. tells local, contemporary stories from our stomping ground in Western Sydney. If you loved Home Country, then you’ll love this experience too.

Across nine nights in November we welcome you to experience a suite of new works developed by local and international artists and presented in Blacktown restaurants, arcades and public spaces.

Immerse yourself in an aural world of late night phones calls and philosophical musings; be awed by handwoven trampolines made with community contribution; hear the rhythm of the suburb in two new percussion compositions; reflect on First People’s stories and the history of place with Uncle Wes Marne and share fine food with new friends at a local restaurant.

Your hosts Kween G, Nancy Denis and Nitin Vengurlekar will ensure you’re guided through the collection of experiences – from the moment you arrive to the moment you leave.

Scroll down for further information on the full program.

We suggest booking early as capacity for this experience is strictly limited.

See you (t)here!


THE NIGHTLINE by Roslyn Oades & Bob Scott with Collaborators

The Nightline is an audio portrait of the night comprised of locally sourced anonymous phone calls, field recordings and a bedtime story. At the heart of The Nightline is a creative partnership between director Roslyn Oades and sound artist Bob Scott. In the spirit of creative non-fiction, The Nightline recomposes from reality to conjure up a shared story and a temporary community of sorts – made up of those still awake after midnight. Step into an exclusive underground listening club designed for insomniacs, night owls, lonely-hearts, worriers and dreamers. The Nightline promises companionship to the sleepless and rest to the restless.

TEAM TRAMPOLINE by Meg Wilson & Nicole Barakat

Team Trampoline is a visual installation and spectacle reflecting Blacktown’s very own backyard. The trampoline frames have come from nearby homes, rescued from their rusty state and repainted in bold colours. The trampoline mats are handcrafted and made with the help of  Blacktown and surrounding communities. 

Three performers will take to the arrangement of trampolines and thrill audiences with a choreographed display of dance, acrobatics and mock competitiveness. The performance will blur the lines between childhood playfulness and the world of professional athletics.

GULYANGARRIRA GUMADA NGALLAWAN by Corina Norman-Dadd & Julie Jones

Gulyangarrira Gumada Ngallawan (The Children's Spirits Live and Remain) is a short film which gives an insight into the history of The Blacktown Native Institution (BNI). The Institution was a residential school for young Aboriginal and Maori children that operated from 1823 – 1829.

BNI is one of the first known sites where Aboriginal children were removed from their parents and institutionalised – a practice that continued until the 1970s.  The film will be screened at the former location of an historic cinema on Main Street, Blacktown.

BEAT-A-NUMERIC by Maharshi Raval with Natasha Lette & Yash Shah

Everyday life in the suburbs is tuned to a new rhythm. Award-winning tabla player, Maharshi Raval has been collaborating with two young participants Natasha Lette and Yash Shah to develop two new musical compositions for percussion instruments including tabla, cajón and drum kit to be performed live. Together, they have created complex new rhythm cycles inspired by the Blacktown area.

A troupe of 7 Western Sydney percussionists aged 16-25 will perform two 15 minute compositions for you in public spaces in and around Blacktown's Main Street. 


Each night the audience will be trisected and journey through the night together. As part of the RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. experience, UTP has collaborated with three local restaurants to provide dinner for you. 

Indulge in a flavour explosion of either Afghan, Ethiopian or Persian cuisine whilst striking up a conversation with a new friend. Each group will get the chance to have dinner at a single restaurant and meet the owners of either Pameer, Dark Blue or Abyssinia at the east end of Main Street.

All dietary options are available and can be accommodated via the ticket booking process


Feminist Killjoys Reading Group (FKRG) is a growing community of people who identify as feminist killjoys, or who wish to learn more about the figure of the feminist killjoy in a respectful and inclusive setting. FKRG are led by a core group of five young artists working in collaboration with lead artist Rajni Shah and co-producer Sasanki Tennakoon.

FKRG will be in residence during RIGHT HERE. RIGHT NOW. and you are warmly invited to attend one of their open sessions which will run every Saturday prior to the main RHRN program. You can join the FKRG Facebook Group here.



Join members of the performing arts industries for this half-day training course facilitated within the context of the performing arts by Annette Tesoriero from Shoalhaven Health and Arts.  By attending this course you will learn how to identify warning signs for suicide, how to confidently support a person in crisis and how to have a conversation with someone experiencing suicidal thoughts and behaviours.
Thursday 18 October 2018 from 12:30 pm – 4:30 pm in our Blacktown Hub. Tickets available


Bankstown Arts Centre warmly invites you to the opening of CAMOUFLAGE.

Three artists explore the concept of camouflage as a metaphor for women's stories and experience, referencing the local story of Ruby Payne-Scott and her work at Potts Hill Astronomy Hutt. The exhibition features artists Cigdem Aydemir, Deborah Kelly and My Le Thi.

WHEN: Saturday 6 October 2pm
WHERE: Bankstown Arts Centre
RSVP: To register 
click here.

Light refreshments will be provided and the exhibition continues until 6 November.

For their second experience of 2018 our Bankstown reviewers attended The Almighty Sometimes presented by Griffin Theatre promoted as “An extraordinary work about mental health and the medication of children.”

What did our reviewers think about the show?
“I think it was a good production overall, not for everyone due to the nature of the content but it would certainly leave you thinking about it long after the play ended.” Catherine.

"This play is a reflection on society's inability to accept differences in character...” Khaled.

Click through to our website for the full reviews!
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