In 2013, Bangarra launched a new initiative for youth: Rekindling. Rekindling's vision is to inspire pride, kinship and a sense of strength in young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders through a series of dance residencies with secondary school-aged students. Participants research and gather stories with guidance from Elders within their communities, developing skills to produce thought provoking performances and community events.
Rekindling is led by Sidney Saltner, one of Bangarra’s most acclaimed artists, who became Youth Program Director after 25 years as a performer. He is supported by Youth Program Coordinator and former dancer Sani Townson.
BRING REKINDLING TO YOUR COMMUNITY
Communities are chosen based on their interest in supporting the program as well as assessment of need. The Rekindling team work closely with community leaders and Elders to cultivate the sharing of local stories, songs and dance.
If you are a community leader and are interested in bringing the Rekindling program to your area, please read the Expression of Interest PDF, and complete the Expression of Interest form below.
Bangarra delivers Rekindling as a free program to communities across Australia. We rely on philanthropic support to transform the lives of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people.
BANGARRA'S REKINDLING PROGRAM IS GENEROUSLY SUPPORTED BY
Besen Family Foundation
James N. Kirby Foundation
John Villiers Trust
The Metamorphic Foundation
Patterson Pearce Foundation
and many generous individual donors