President Welcome

Shinju Matsuri 2020

President Welcome

It is with great pleasure that we welcome you all to the 50th Anniversary of Shinju Matsuri, a nine-day celebration of Broome, it’s diverse culture, pearling history and natural beauty. This year’s program of events ranges from family-friendly, locally focused activities that enliven our community.

As always, the festival provides cultural experiences such as the Floating Lantern Matsuri, where people send messages to loved ones on the open ocean, and the new Chinatown Feast, hosted by Brendan Pang. We encourage everyone to come to together to share a meal of tasty Broome delicacies, this year we have a host of events that celebrate the Indigenous cultures of Broome including: Ngan-ga Burugun: Stories of Country, hosted by Broome locals. Come and listen to tales told by the traditional owners of Broome. Foodies will not be disappointed with events such as the Sunset Long Table Dinner, this year hosted by Anna Gare. Guests can expect a world class menu using local ingredients and produce sourced from the local Kimberley region.

There is also plenty to see for art-lovers with the Shinju Matsuri Art Awards at the Broome Civic Centre growing in size each year.

All of your favourite family-friendly events are making a return and we can’t wait to see Broome’s creativeness on display at the LiveLighter Float Parade through the streets of Chinatown followed by the LiveLighter Mardi Gras on Male Oval. We’ll even be celebrating our four, and sometimes two-legged friends at the Rotary Club of Broome Pets in the Park.

We are also looking ahead to 2021, where we will conclude the 50th anniversary celebrations with a large-scale art installation created in collaboration with local Broome Artists and International artist Lisa Foo.

This year the Broome museum is presenting a 50th anniversary retrospective exhibition of past Shinju Matsuri committees, photographs, programs and other festival paraphernalia. We have only reached our 50th anniversary through the hard work and commitment from the committees and volunteers who went before us. Shinju Matsuri would not be possible without the commitment of the volunteer Board, community members who contribute to the events and our fantastic sponsors. We thank them all for their generous support.

Chris Maher
Shinju Matsuri President and the Shinju Matsuri Inc. Board

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