"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.


Darwin NT

Registrations close 6-8-2018

Once you have registered, please download the form below. 

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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.

*Please note that Gathering dates are subject to change.

Please download and print the Release, Permission and Disclaimer form. 

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Youth Program Contact

  02 9251 5333
  Bangarra Youth Program

If you wish to register for Rekindling, please click this button


Bangarra's Rekindling program is supported by

The Colonial Foundation

Lord Mayor's Charitable Foundation

Patterson Pearce Foundation

Tim Fairfax Family Foundation

The Victorian Government through Creative Victoria

and Bangarra's individual 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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Participating in Rekindling 2018?

If you are a student, teacher, Elder, or community member who has participated in Rekindling this year, please complete the relevant survey below.



Elder/Community Member