Bankstown will come alive and be transformed into a designer’s dream in the final evening of Council’s Art Nights: Culture Alive program.

Creatives can indulge in a series of exhibitions, workshops and screenings by Western-Sydney based designers at Bankstown Arts Centre’s Design Alive evening from 5pm on Friday 1 March.

The evening will see the preview of Urban Theatre Projects exhibition Body Place, by April Phillips, where audiences can take a virtual walk on Country with an illuminated 14-metre screen.

Visitors can also bring the family along for a free movie screening of Paper Planes at Paul Keating Park, hit the dance floor for a silent disco DJ battle, or chill out and enjoy live music by Beat Kitchen Records at Bankstown Arts Centre.

Design Alive will give a taster into the expansive field of design and is all about showcasing ‘design beyond spatial experience’ – the idea that design is present in all areas of life from art to architecture, fashion and landscape.

Canterbury-Bankstown Mayor Bilal El-Hayek said the Culture Alive program has been a huge hit and a wonderful showcase of Bankstown’s thriving arts and cultural scene.

“It has been fantastic to see Bankstown bustling over our three-night program, with visitors travelling from outside the City to see what Western Sydney has to offer,” Mayor El-Hayek said.

“I encourage everyone to come along and enjoy the final night of our arts and cultural extravaganza!”

The Design Alive: Design Beyond Spatial Experience program includes:

  • Urban Theatre Projects exhibition Body Place by April Phillips preview;
  • Badge making workshop with OutLoud;
  • Design your own 2D lenticular artwork workshop with Leyla Oz;
  • Live music and silent disco DJ battle;
  • Design markets with Western Sydney art and design makers;
  • Augmented reality art discussion panel;
  • Mini animation shorts screening by UNSW students, curated by Karen Kriss and Melody Li;
  • Design and fashion takeover at Incubate Studios with Dr Sky Hugman and Dr Karena De Perthuis; and
  • Movie screening of Paper Planes at Paul Keating Park.

Visitors can also experience the final days of Bankstown Arts Centre’s outdoor augmented reality and site-specific installation art walk, Hyperreal Amble, and the Blak Flaneur exhibition by Travis De Vries.

For more information and to see the full program, visit 

Art Nights: Culture Alive (nsw.gov.au)