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 28 communities across five states with almost 850 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.
In 2019, the Youth Program Team will deliver the Rekindling program to secondary school-aged children in four communities; Rockhampton, Cherbourg, and Northern Peninsula Area (Queensland), and the Matraville/La Perouse area of Sydney (New South Wales).
Introduction Workshop: 5 March
Matraville/La Perouse, NSW
Introduction Workshop: 25 February
Northern Peninsula Area, QLD
Introduction Workshop: 28 February
Introductory Workshop: 7 March
Please note: all dates are subject to change.
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 read the Expression of Interest PDF, and complete the Expression of Interest form below.