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

Kate Flynn, 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 20 communities across five states with almost 300 students completing the program. 

Rekindling is lead 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.



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Youth Program Contact

  02 9251 5333
  Bangarra Youth Program


Bangarra’s 2016 Rekindling program is supported by the Victorian Government.

Rekindling is also generously supported by:

  • The Colonial Foundation
  • Patterson Pearce Foundation
  • Tim Fairfax Family Foundation
  • The Robert Salzer Foundation
  • Bangarra’s private donors


For Community Leaders

How to 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 download the PDF and submit an application.



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