Attendees will be able to explore the award-winning Narana cultural centre and enjoy the unique performance spaces during the all-day music festival.
The festival will feature a mix of established and up-and-coming Indigenous talent, as well as provide an opportunity for local Geelong bands to showcase their skills. Performers confirmed so far include legendary Indigenous singer Archie Roach, Yirrmal and The Yolngu Boys, and Cherrywood.
It has been nearly 10 years since the last NaranaFest. Kirsten Bonds, Narana’s events manager, said the success of the Narana Unplugged mini-festival earlier this year encouraged the team to bring back NaranaFest for 2015.
“NaranaFest will be a focal point for Narana’s community engagement strategy, with ambitions to grow into an annual must-attend festival event in the local live music calendar,” Ms Bonds said.
Established in 1992 by the Victorian Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress and the VicTas synod, Narana seeks to build understanding of Aboriginal history and culture in a welcoming environment. The name ‘Narana’ means ‘listening and learning’, which are essential for dialogue and relationship-building between First and Second Peoples.
“As a not-for-profit enterprise that is wholly controlled by Aboriginal people and works with Aboriginal people to build self-reliance, educational and employment pathways, promoting this positive message via community engagement is a major priority,” Ms Bonds said.
“NaranaFest will help raise awareness about our organisation and the vital role it plays in connecting with the local community.”
In addition to the performances, there will be plenty of family-friendly activities at NaranaFest, including face-painting, arts and crafts, food trucks, and BBQs. Children under 12-years-old will be admitted free when accompanied with an adult ticketholder.
NaranaFest will be held on Saturday 14 November from 10am to 9pm at the Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre on 410 Surfcoast Highway, Grovedale. Tickets can be purchased online via Oz Tix.