Since inception, Rekindling has been delivered in 30 communities across five states with more than 600 students taking part in the program.
2018 marked Rekindling's sixth year. In addition to revisiting communities from 2017, the Youth Program Team visited three new communities: Darwin in the Northern Territory, Charleville in Queensland, and Thursday Island in the Torres Strait Islands to reach secondary school-aged students in each community.
Rekindling participants and Elders were encouraged to share local cultural stories, song and dance through a series of gatherings. This culminated in a community performance of the newly created dances by the youth.
Bangarra’s Rekindling program is entirely supported by philanthropic trusts, foundations and a generous group of individual donors to Bangarra. In 2018, Rekindling was supported by the Colonial Foundation, Linnell/Hughes Trust, Lord Mayor’s Charitable Foundation, The Marian and E.H. Flack Trust, Patterson Pearce Foundation, Tim Fairfax Family Foundation and the Victorian Government, through Creative Victoria.