NaranaFest continues year-long celebration of Songlines

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Some of Australia’s most talented Indigenous artists will perform at Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre on Saturday 5 November as part of NaranaFest.

The festival, which made a successful return last year following a 10-year hiatus, will continue a year-long celebration of Songlines, the NAIDOC Week theme for 2016.

Songlines describes the dreaming tracks that recorded the journeys of ancestral spirits who ‘sang’ the land into life. These Songlines are captured in art, craft, songs, stories and traditional dances.

Narana operations manager Craig McGough said the festival will showcase Indigenous culture, music and art in a family-friendly environment.

“NaranaFest allows Narana to engage with the community in a unique way. We want to grow to be a must-attend event in the live music calendar,” he said.

“With more cultural dance performances, a major art exhibition in the gallery, Songlines short films on the big screen and activities for kids, we’re looking forward to an even bigger event this year.”

Narana’s Boomerang Stage will provide visitors with an immersive festival experience, along with plenty of space to relax on deckchairs and picnic rugs.

Festival director Lincon Boyd is excited about the line-up of artists who will be performing at NaranaFest.

“NaranaFest’s hand-picked line-up features some of Australia’s brightest rising stars and will once again traverse some eclectic, genre-spanning territory,” Mr Boyd said.

“We have got rock, blues and roots, hip-hop and everything else in between, brought to life by some familiar and not-so-familiar artists.”

Headlining NaranaFest is A.B Original, a collaboration between two of Australia’s most critically-acclaimed hip-hop artists – rapper Briggs and ARIA-award winning producer Trials.

Another singer who will perform at the festival is Gawurra. He recently picked up four National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) including Best New Talent and Best Album for Ratja Yaliyali (which means “vine of love”).

He will be joined by Leah Flanagan, a Darwin-born singer-songwriter who will bring new music from her forthcoming album Saudades.

One of the most popular acts from last year’s NaranaFest were the cultural performances by One Connexion. They will return to Narana and open the festival with their energetic, interactive dances.

Visitors can take a break from the music by viewing the cultural exhibition and purchase art and craft from the Narana store. Café Narana will be serving festival-inspired menu and food trucks will also be operating throughout the day.

Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre is located on 410 Surf Coast Highway, Grovedale 3216.

Tickets on sale now
$40+ (excluding booking fee) or $50 on the day
Kids under 12 Free

Book your tickets here.

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