Our flagship youth program, Rekindling, has connected with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Communities across Australia for the past ten years. Rekindling inspires 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. Over the course of the year, participants spend time On Country, gather stories with guidance from Community Elders and develop skills to produce thought-provoking performances and events.

Rekindling is led by Youth Program Director Sidney Saltner after 25 years as one of Bangarra's most acclaimed artists. Sidney is supported by our Youth Program Coordinator Sani Townson.

Hear Sidney describe the Rekindling program.

Contact [email protected] for more information about participating in upcoming programs.

Watch videos from Rekindling 2023.

Youth Program Contact

[email protected]
02 9251 5333

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 works 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.

Bangarra's Rekindling Program is generously supported by:

  • Angela Wright Bennett Foundation
  • James N Kirby Foundation
  • MJW Foundation
  • Perpetual
  • The Bowden Marstan Foundation
  • Todd Family Foundation
  • Une Parkinson Foundation

and 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