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.



Youth Program Contact
02 9251 5333
Bangarra Youth Program


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.

Rekindling - Expression of Interest
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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.

  • Angela Wright Bennett Foundation
  • Besen Family Foundation
  • James N. Kirby Foundation
  • John Villiers Trust
  • Bowden Marstan Foundation
  • The Metamorphic Foundation
  • MJW Foundation
  • Patterson Pearce Foundation
  • Paroo Shire Council
  • The Todd Family Foundation
  • Plus many generous individual donors


“The Rekindling experience was life-changing for Rosa... it was like learning a language that she somehow had always sort of known.”

Kate, parent, Kelvin Grove State College, Queensland