"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 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, VIC

Registrations close 20-2-2017

Grafton, NSW

Registrations close 27-2-2017

Docker River, NT

Registrations close 4-4-2017

Umuwa, SA

Registrations close 19-4-2017

Townsville, QLD

Registrations close 23-2-2017

Registration Information

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.

Rekindling Registration

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Please download the release and the permission & disclaimer forms and bring with you to the introductory workshop.

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Youth Program Contact

  02 9251 5333
  Bangarra Youth Program

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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

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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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