President Welcome

Shinju Matsuri 2019

President Welcome

Welcome to the 49th annual Shinju Matsuri – Festival of the Pearl. As one of Australia’s longest running festivals, Shinju Matsuri continues to grow and evolve to meet the needs of our local community and visitors to our beautiful town.

Shinju Matsuri is a celebration of Broome’s rich and diverse cultures, our pearling history and the natural beauty, all of which have contributed to the town’s economy, lifestyle and history. This is reflected in the broad range of events on offer, with a mix of fun, family-focused events, art exhibitions, unique food experiences and cultural activities, providing something for everyone at this year’s festival.

Alongside the Chinese, Japanese, Malaysian and other local communities, Yawuru, the traditional owners of the land on which Shinju Matsuri is held, are showcasing their culture as part of this year’s festival. Recently, a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) was signed between Nyamba Buru Yawuru and Shinju Matsuri which will serve to acknowledge the unique role of Yawuru, in providing a platform to positively promote their culture, language and tradition.

You can experience some of this at the Opening Ceremony which will include a special Yawuru welcome.

All your favourite community events are back for 2018 and we can’t wait to see you all at the Float Parade in Chinatown, followed by the Mardi Gras on Male Oval.

This year, we are very happy to welcome MasterChef alumni Adam Liaw and Marion Grasby as hosts for The Sunset Long Table Dinner, on stunning Cable Beach. Adam will also be hosting the Pearl Harvest Yum Cha, an open-air dining experience in the heart of Chinatown.

Remember your loved ones at this year’s Floating Lantern Matsuri, by decorating a lantern with a special message. The sight of hundreds of decorated lanterns floating out to sea from Gantheaume Point is fast becoming a popular event. Enjoy refreshments in the VIP viewing area, or relax with a picnic on the beach.

For art lovers, be sure to browse the fantastic art by local talent, at the Art Awards and have a wander through the sculptures of “A View to Asia” at Cable Beach.

We would like to thank our generous sponsors and all of those who help make Shinju Matsuri the wonderful cultural and tourism experience it is each year.

The volunteer Board of Shinju Matsuri Inc. generously give their time to ensure that the festival delights both, the local community and visitors, to our beautiful town. We hope you enjoy this year’s festivities and all Broome has to offer.

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

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