The festival will be held on Saturday 9 April from 12pm to 6pm at the Narana centre in Grovedale.
Indigenous rising star Yirrmal will headline the festival and perform on the purpose-built Boomerang Stage. He will be supported by Josh Seymour of Cherrywood fame and Jayden Lillyst. The festival will also showcase a host of local Geelong talent with bluesman Alister Turrill, troubadour Olly Friend, Narana’s own Deadly Duo and didgeridoo player Lyndon Arthur Perry.
The inaugural Narana Unplugged was held in April last year and reacquainted audiences with Narana as an immersive arts destination for the local Geelong community. This was followed by NaranaFest in November, which saw an array of established and up-and-coming artists, including legendary indigenous singer Archie Roach, perform in front of a large audience.
Narana is a division of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress, the Indigenous arm of the Uniting Church. It was established in 1992 and continues to play an important role educating the community on Indigenous history and culture.
This year, Narana will highlight the importance of Songlines to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.
Songlines is the 2016 NAIDOC Week theme. It describes the dreaming tracks that recorded the journeys of ancestral spirits who ‘sang’ the land into life. These Songlines are captured in traditional songs, stories, dance and art.
Narana Unplugged II is an alcohol-free family event and kids under 12 can enter for free. With plenty of open space visitors are encouraged to pack a picnic rug and some camp chairs and immerse themselves in the total Narana experience.
Café Narana will serve their festival-inspired menu featuring the famous Narana kangaroo sliders, tacos, souvlakis, fish and chips, corn on the cob and seven seeds coffee. Visitors can also visit the art gallery, adventure playground and meet the resident emus.
Tickets are available from Narana’s retail shop on the day for $20.
The Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre is located on 410 Torquay Rd, Grovedale VIC 3216