The annual Shinju Matsuri - Japanese for “Festival of the Pearl” – is a kaleidoscope of colour that celebrates the fusion of cultures which played a role in shaping Broome during its the prosperous pearling days.
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, Filipinos 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.
Now in its 47th year, Shinju Matsuri is a nine-day festival with over 20 events, which starts with the ceremonial waking of Sammy the Chinese Dragon.
Highlights include the Floating Lantern Matsuri where hundreds of candle-lit lanterns containing special messages are released, art exhibitions and awards, a float parade, film, music, dance, family and community events, food and a Festival Finale party.
Broome, Western Australia
2 – 10 September
18 August 2017, unless sold out prior. Availability is limited.