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.
Warrnambool, VICRegistration close 20-2-2017
Grafton, NSWRegistration close 27-2-2017
Docker River, NTRegistration close 4-4-2017
Umuwa, SARegistration close 19-4-2017
Townsville, QLDRegistration close 23-2-2017
Please register ahead of the introductory workshop dates. Registration will close one day prior.
Full details of Gatherings including venue and running times will be sent to you if you have been accepted into the program.
Note: registrations for Rekindling Central Desert will be taken on the day.
Please download the release and the permission & disclaimer forms and bring with you to the introductory workshop.
Youth Program Contact
If you wish to register for Rekindling, please click this button
Bangarra's 2017 Rekindling program is supported by the Victorian Government.
Rekindling is also generously supported by:
- The Colonial Foundation
- Patterson Pearce Foundation
- Tim Fairfax Family Foundation
- Bangarra’s private 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 download the PDF and submit an application.