In 2016, Rekindling will visit Heywood and Horsham (VIC), Yarrabah (QLD) and Broome (WA).

If you participated in the Rekindling Program in 2016, please take the survey most relevant to you – we want your feedback!

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Registrations CLOSED
Gathering 1: 22 – 24 March
Gathering 2: 19 – 22 April
Gathering 3: 16 – 20 May


Registrations CLOSED
Gathering 1: 30 March – 1 April
Gathering 2: 3 – 6 May
Gathering 3: 23 – 27 May


Registrations Open until 13 June 2016
Gathering 1: 1 – 3 June
Gathering 2: 14 – 17 June
Gathering 3: 25 – 29 July

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Registrations CLOSED
Gathering 1 : 8 – 10 June
Gathering 2: 21 – 24 June
Gathering 3: 25 – 29 July

Please register ahead of the audition dates. Registration will close one day prior to each audition.

About Rekindling

Launched in 2013, the aim of Rekindling is to inspire and develop the next generation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander storytellers by using dance to reconnect with their cultures. 

It’s an intensive dance based program for secondary students exploring ‘who you are’ and ‘where you come from’. You don’t need any previous dance experience, just be willing to learn and share. The participants research and gather stories with the help and guidance from Elders within their communities, developing dance, performance and creative skills to produce dance theatre. The program features three Gatherings, culminating in a performance for the community.

Since inception, Rekindling has visited 16 communities and connected with nearly 230 young people.

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. 


Bangarra’s 2016 Rekindling program is supported by the Victorian Government.

Rekindling is also generously supported by:

  • The Colonial Foundation
  • Patterson Pearce Foundation
  • Tim Fairfax Family Foundation
  • The Robert Salzer Foundation
  • Bangarra’s private donors

* Full details of Gatherings including venue and running times will be sent to you if you have been accepted into the program.