In April 2011 we were invited to support the NSW Youth Week and our Sunny Bins were used to perform live music, transmit speeches and present performance art and dance at various locations around Western Sydney. Our team were on hand to deliver and pick up the bins for the youth week events and to assist with set up and use. The art and design on the bins was produced by our artist Greg Archer while two of the bins were decorated by participants of Youth Week. Many of the community centres, having hired the sound systems, went on to purchase them for use in their youth events calendar. Communities New South Wales purchased four Sunny Bins. Bankstown, Wollondilly and Camden Councils as well as Liverpoolâ€™s Street University also bought bins for future programs and events.
NSW communities press release ;
Make some noise during Youth Week Minister for Youth Peter Primrose has announced a major new event in Western Sydney for this yearâ€™s Youth Week called the Wheelie Bin Beat Box.Mr Primrose said a number of portable 240-litre plastic bins would be retro-fitted with solar powered amplifiers and rolled out across Western Sydney for community beat box and live music events.
â€œThe Wheelie Bin Beat Box event might be a little unconventional, but itâ€™s a great way to showcase the talent and creativity of young people across Western Sydney,â€ Mr Primrose said. â€œThe sound systems will be used for live performances and DJ mixes at several sites across the region during Youth Week.
Â â€œYoung people will also be involved in organising the musical line-up for the events events and creating artwork to decorate the bins.â€
The eventâ€™s project leader, and Manager of the Powerhouse Discovery Centre at Castle Hill Christopher Snelling said the first wheelie bin sound systems appeared on the streets of Sydneyâ€™s inner west around 2000 and have now become a regular fixture at community and other grassroots events.
Â â€œBecause of their portability and simple design,, wheelie bin sound systems are perfect for small gatherings such as street parties, picnics or public events,â€ Mr Snelling said.
Â â€œThey can be plugged in to microphones, laptops, ipods, mixing decks or CD players and area really versatile, and environmentally friendly powered by a few solar panels on the lid. â€œWeâ€™ve already had a huge amount of interest from young people who want to be involved in this event and weâ€™re looking for more talent.â€
Mr Primrose said the Wheelie Bin Beat Box was just one of hundreds of Youth Week 2011 events that are listed on the event website at: www.youthweek.nsw.gov.au