Broome (WA): Shinju Matsuri - 2-10 Sep 2017

The Festival of the Pearl in Broome

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Website: www.shinjumatsuri.com.au

The annual Shinju Matsuri (Japanese for "Festival of the Pearl") originated from three cultural festivals - Japanese Obon Matsuri, Malaysian Hari Merdeka, Independence Day from British rule in 1957, and the Chinese Hang Seng.

Shinju Matsuri rekindles the excitement and romance of Broome’s early days of being a world renowned producer of South Sea Pearls when the Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Koepangers, Filipino and Europeans flocked to Broome from the late 1800’s to be a part of this prosperity. This unique multicultural population of pearl industry workers joined with the local Aboriginal people and Europeans to work on up to 400 Pearling Luggers that sailed out of Broome.

Broome’s people and businesses have given generously to show their love of Broome over the 46 year life of the Festival and is a testament to the character and culture of this special place. The volunteer Board of Shinju Matsuri is driven by the community and sees the festival as an ortunity to re-educate and inform the community of the cultural heritage of Broome. Ensuring that education and information is passed on to young people and new arrivals will assure that Broome’s unique and diverse identity is acknowledged and remembered through the generations.

Shinju Matsuri will tempt your senses with an exciting whirlwind of colour, sound, taste and smell as the community shares this beautiful locale with the world and the people who call it home.

Highlights include:

* Pearl Harvest Party
* Jetty to Jetty Trail
* Floating Lantern Matsuri
* A Taste of Broome

WHEN: 2nd to 10th September 2017

WHERE: Locations throughout Broome and the surrounding areas.

COST: Varies

BOOKINGS: Visit the Shinju Matsuri website (link above) to view the program and booking details.

 

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