The festival coincides with National Reconciliation Week, which runs from 27 May to 3 June. Narana is inviting all Australians to reflect on two significant anniversaries in this country’s reconciliation journey – 50 years since the 1967 referendum to include Indigenous Australians in the census, and 25 years since the historic Mabo decision.
Festival director Lincon Boyd encouraged families and music lovers to come together to commemorate these milestones.
“The event is part of Narana’s efforts to continually engage with our local community in new ways and share Narana’s ethos of ‘listening and learning’ to a wider audience,” Mr Boyd said.
Narana is a division of the Uniting Aboriginal and Islander Christian Congress and one of its core missions is to educate the community on Indigenous history and culture.
This year’s Narana Unplugged line-up showcases a diverse range of musical styles and influences. Benny Walker, nominated last year for four National Indigenous Music Awards, will headline the festival along with fellow Indigenous singer Alice Skye, who performed at the recent Sacrededge festival at Queenscliff Uniting Church.
They will feature alongside local Geelong musicians Nathan Seeckts and Rach Brennan as well as didgeridoo player Lyndon Morgan and Indigenous dance group The Deadly Dancers.
Tickets are on sale at the Narana retail shop for $20. Entry is free for kids under 12 free.
“The affordable entry price makes it a perfect day out for families,” Narana business manager Craig McGough said.
“With plenty of open space, visitors are encouraged to pack a picnic rug and camp chairs and immerse themselves in the total Narana experience.”
A community BBQ will be running on the day and Café Narana will serve their festival-inspired menu. The Narana Art Gallery, cultural display and adventure playground will be open all day and children can pay a visit to the resident emus and wallabies.
Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre is located at 410 Surf Coast Highway in Grovedale. Narana Unplugged III will run from 12pm to 5pm.