"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


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. 

Since inception, Rekindling has been delivered in 25 communities across five states with almost 460 students completing the program. 

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 Leaders and former Bangarra dancers Chantal Kerr and Patrick Thaiday.


2019 Registrations

2019 registrations opening soon. Stay tuned. 

Youth Program Contact

  02 9251 5333
  Bangarra Youth Program

2019 Registrations

Opening Soon

Bangarra's Rekindling program is generously supported by
The Colonial Foundation
Linnell/Hughes Trust
The Marian and E.H. Flack Trust
Patterson Pearce Foundation
Tim Fairfax Family Foundation
Bangarra's amazing family of indivdual donors

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.

Rekindling - Expression of Interest