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Bangarra is a Wiradjuri word which means “to make fire”.

Celebrate 30 years of the Bangarra Dance Theatre with a special Q&A preview screening of this important new documentary about a First Nations cultural powerhouse, with co-directors Wayne Blair and Nel Minchin in attendance. Moderated by NITV’s Rachael Hocking.

Firestarter - The Story of Bangarra
Firestarter marks Bangarra Dance Theatre’s 30th anniversary. Taking us through Bangarra’s birth and spectacular growth, the film recognises Bangarra’s founders and tells the story of how three young Aboriginal brothers—Stephen, David and Russell Page—turned the newly born dance group into a First Nations cultural powerhouse. Through the eyes of the brothers and company alumni, Firestarter explores the loss and reclaiming of culture, the burden of intergenerational trauma, and–crucially–the power of art as a messenger for social change and healing.