"We love that you come to see us every year. It's a highlight for our students and inspiring to teachers."
Leanne Tregea

In 2018, Bangarra's Rekindling team engaged with three new communities across two states: Charleville and Thursday Island (QLD), and Darwin (NT) and facilitated five Rekindling return visits: Warrnambool (VIC), Grafton (NSW), Townsville (QLD), Docker River (NT) and Pukatja (SA).

Rekindling is Bangarra Dance Theatre’s Youth Program, which aims to inspire young Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people to:

  • have pride in the knowledge of their cultural background
  • have a strong sense of kinship and connection to their communities and country
  • understand their role as the future custodians of their culture
  • establish the foundations for positive career choices

The Rekindling program is tailored to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander teenagers in regional and urban communities. As we know, for many young people the choices they make and the activities they engage with in their teenage years can have an impact on their entire lives, as well as affecting their families and communities.

In its first six years, the Rekindling program has engaged with 28 communities and 115 Elders across 42 language groups. More than 870 students have participated in the Rekindling experience and 30 of these students have gone on to be accepted into dance training institutions.