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Join us for our Biggest Program Ever

Shinju Matsuri 2022 will come alive with an even bigger & better event program than ever before. Celebrating the heritage & history of Broome via a series of gourmet dining experiences by WA’s top chefs, cultural tours, art exhibitions & performances by local & visiting performing artists of all ages.

Experience the finest Broome cuisine, right in the heart of Chinatown, curated by a collaboration of some of our best local chefs.

Experience the spectacular Floating Lantern Matsuri in style, enjoying uninterrupted sunset views from the exclusive Paspaley Floating Lantern VIP lounge.

The Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures Jetty Gala, is the newest premium dining event on our festival program. Debuting in 2021, it is a gala style cocktail event set amongst the stunning waters & mangroves of Broome’s world famous Roebuck Bay.

Shinju Matsuri’s premier dining event, the Sunset Long Table Dinner is a decadent banquet set in the sand, against the spectacular sunset backdrop of world-renowned Cable Beach.

Shinju Matsuri 2022 Full Event Program

Sat 20th August

LiveLighter Opening Ceremony

4pm | Town Beach | Free

Join us at Town Beach to celebrate the official opening of Shinju Matsuri 2022. Experience a very special Yawuru Welcome to Country & cultural performances, before the traditional waking of Sammy the Dragon.

The LiveLighter Opening Ceremony marks the start of our 16-day program of diverse cultural, dining & art events that showcase the unique history & rich multicultural community of Broome.

Sun 21st August

The Roey’s Family Fun Day

1pm – 5pm | The Roey | Free

An event from the whole family to enjoy! With live music, free sausage sizzle, ice-cream, face painting & jumping castles, PLUS a great vantage point as the LiveLighter Float Parade goes past, the kids are sure to LOVE this Shinju event!

Sun 21st August

LiveLighter Float Parade

3.30pm | Chinatown | Free

Make sure you’re in Chinatown on Sunday 21st August, to witness the fun, creativity & captivating energy of the LiveLighter Float Parade.

The Shinju Matsuri LiveLighter Float Parade is one of the most traditional events on our program, being part of the festival since the very early days. The stunning array of floats represent the diversity of the Broome community, being created by local community groups, schools, performance groups & local businesses.

The parade route begins at the Broome Civic Centre, before making its way through the streets of Chinatown, before ending at Male Oval.

Sun 21st August

LiveLighter Mardi Gras

5pm | Male Oval | Free

Join in the party at the end of the LiveLighter Float Parade with the LiveLighter Mardi Gras on Male Oval.

Be blown away by the variety of local talent, entertaining the masses with a vibrant evening of performance by local performance groups, schools & clubs. Food & drink is available all throughout the evening from a selection of the town’s most delicious food vans & vendors.

Mon 22nd August

Pearl Master’s Dining

5pm & 8pm | Sydney Cove Oyster Bar | $225

In the spirit of Shinju Matsuri, Sydney Oyster Bar has created a menu that represents Broome’s rich pearling days & the multicultural people that heavily influenced the town’s cuisine from the early 1900’s.

Book in for one of two sessions, to experience a menu inspired by Malay, Chinese and Japanese cuisines, incorporating locally sourced produce that pays homage to the early pioneering years of Broome.

Be serenaded as you dine, by local songstress Jamie Jackett, performing a selection of modern day tunes, made over in a swingin’ roaring 20’s jazz style.
Tickets are available from the Sydney Oyster Bar website.

Tues 23rd August

Bugarrigarra Nyurdany, Because of the Dreaming

5pm | Nyamba Buru Yawuru | $160

Your intimate evening will begin at dusk in the beautiful gardens, where you will take part in a smoking ceremony conducted by Yawuru elders. You will then be a part of Yawuru’s journey with their Bugarrigarra Nyurdany (Because of the Dreaming): the Stories of Yawuru Country and People.

Yawuru guides will take you on a tour which highlights the spectacular artworks, installations and culture at Nyamba Buru Yawuru and the Liyan-ngan Nyirrwa Centre.

For more information & tickets, click here.

Wed 24th August

Chinatown Feast

6pm | Chinatown | SOLD OUT

The Shinju Matsuri Chinatown Feast, is returning to take over the heart of Chinatown on Wednesday 24th August

Our renowned hawker style dining event, with a very Kimberley twist, our Chinatown Feast guests are taken on a journey by Broome’s best food vendors, as they whip up a selection of delicious Asian fusion cuisine right before their eyes.

Featuring performances throughout the evening by local & touring artists, this event is a feast for all the senses.

Wed 24th August

HitFM WA Carnival of Nations

5pm | Male Oval | Free

Making a long awaited come back, the HitFM WA Carnival of Nations, is a much loved event from Shinju Matsuris of the past.

Join us for a celebration of diversity & culture via a series of unique immersive performances & cultural displays, including a feature show by Tara Gower & Burrb Wanggarraju Nurlu – Indigenous Contemporary Dancers.

Grab your picnic rug & a bite to eat from the line-up of local food vans, before taking in a visual feast for all ages, paying homage to the rich & diverse cultural tapestry of Broome then & now.

Thurs 25th – Sat 27th August

Taste of Broome

5pm | Goolarri Media | Various

A Taste of Broome is returning for its 10th year as an epic three-day cultural showcase that will delight your senses and entertain the entire family.

Festival goers will get a real taste of Broome’s best local food, culture, art, music, theatre & film across three main events, plus a series of smaller and more intimate events created for an all-inclusive Broome experience. Celebrate Broome’s identity and meet the locals as they share their history and heritage with you, during this unique festival that cannot be experienced anywhere else but right here.

All events including free family activities are ticketed. Head to Goolarri’s website for more information & to book tickets.

Fri 26th August

Games in the Garden

4pm | Little Local | Free Entry

Join the Little Local team for a games night with a difference in their cosy garden cafe space. A range of games for children & adults will be on offer, making it the perfect event for both families & groups of friends. There will be a small & delicious menu of Mexican inspired street food on offer throughout the night.

Fri 26th August

Horizontal Seaplane Adventures Jetty Gala

5pm | Town Beach Jetty | $195

Take in the beauty of Broome’s famous Roebuck Bay, at the Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures Jetty Gala, set amongst the iconic mangroves on Town Beach Jetty.

Delight your taste-buds as you indulge in a celebration of Kimberley delicacies, with a cocktail style menu curated by WA Chef Melissa Palinkas. Of course no cocktail evening would be complete without a special selection of local beverages & feature cocktail list.

Sit back, dine, drink & be entertained by local musicians & performers throughout the night. A truly stunning evening under the Kimberley stars.

Click here to book tickets

Fri 26th August

Flickerfest at Sun Pictures

6.15pm & 8.30pm | Sun Pictures
Adults $18.50 | Concession $14.50 | Seniors $13 | Family $55

Flickerfest, Australia’s largest Short Film Festival is thrilled to be bringing its National Tour back to Sun Pictures Broome. The even presents a selection of entertaining, inspiring & award winning films, hand-picked to give Broome audiences the first look at the hottest shorts from across the country

Session Times:
6.15pm – Best of Australian Shorts
8.30pm – Short Laughs Comedy

For more information & tickets head to the Flickfest website.

Sat 27th August

Streeter & Male Mitre10 Shinju Pearlers Games

2pm | Town Beach | Spectators Free

The Streeter & Male Mitre10 Shinju Pearler’s Games is another event making a long awaited return to the festival program, & we’re excited!

Head down to town beach for an afternoon of fun team & individual games inspired by the pearling industry of Broome.

With challenges that require a mix of brawn & brains, strategy & straight up determination, there’s a game for everyone to take part in at the Streeter & Male Mitre10 Shinju Pearlers Games!

Sat 27th August

Opera Under the Stars® 30th Anniversary

Doors 5.30pm, Show 8pm | Mangrove Hotel | Premium $195, GA $100

Acclaimed icon of the Kimberley Events Calendar, OPERA UNDER THE STARS® is presented in the lush, tropical gardens of Mangrove Hotel. Celebrating its 30TH ANNIVERSARY this year, this spectacular Gala Event is a must do experience for everyone, whether opera lover or opera novice.

This year’s 30TH ANNIVERSARY GALA is bursting with much-loved hits by the master composers of opera, plus songs from a variety of lighter genres to dazzle and delight in a superb evening of festive entertainment.

The perfect occasion to share with family and friends, enjoy the relaxed and less formal pre-show ambiance and treat yourselves to a delicious Opera Cocktail or glass of sparkling plus pre-show meal from The Bay Club restaurant, whilst your senses revel in the breath-taking beauty of Broome at twilight.

Deborah Cheetham AO – Yorta Yorta Soprano & Composer
Rachelle Durkin – Soprano
Caitlin Cassidy – Mezzo-Soprano
Paul O’Neill – Tenor
Mark Coughlan – Pianist

Click here to book your Opera Under the Stars® 30th Anniversary Gala tickets.

Sat 27th August

Broome Air Raid Artwork Launch

10.30am | Town Beach | Free

“Nine Zeros, Nine Stories” is a new public artwork at Town Beach. A collaboration between two Australian artists, Perth based Paula Hart and Broome local Chris Maher, the artwork depicts nine figures looking out to Roebuck Bay where 15 flying boats were destroyed by 9 Japanese ‘Zero’ fighter planes during the WWII Broome Air Raid.

The work aims to reveal and enhance the history and curiosity of the many perspectives of the Japanese attack on Broome on March 3 1942. Join the Shire of Broome from 10:30AM for a morning of history and creativity as we celebrate the launch of this new public artwork, commissioned by the Shire of Broome and funded by Lotterywest.

Sun 28th August

Paspaley Floating Lantern VIP

4.30pm | Gantheaume Point Beach | $150

Experience the iconic Floating Lantern Matsuri in style, as you bask in the uninterrupted sunset views from the exclusive Paspaley Floating Lantern VIP lounge.

The Paspaley VIP experience includes event access to the Paspaley Floating Lantern VIP lounge, floating lantern kit, open bar just for VIPs & a special menu of Japanese canapes by Sushi Ichiban Broome.

Book tickets here.

Sun 28th August

Floating Lantern Matsuri

4pm | Gantheaume Point | Free Entry, Lantern Kits $15

Our Floating Lantern Matsuri, is always one of the most iconic AND spectacular events on our festival program. The event is inspired by one of the Japan’s most fascinating & beautiful ancestral traditions, Toro Nagashi.

Join us for the most magical sunset experience at Gantheaume Point, as you set your glowing lantern, decorated with your thoughts & wishes, afloat on the outgoing evening tide. Be mesmerised by the beauty of the stunning display of light & dark, as the lantern’s glow majestically floats off into the distance.

Complete with a tantalising line up of Broome’s finest food vans parked up on the sand, the Floating Lantern Matsuri is the perfect fusion of cultural experience with delicious dining elements.

Lantern Kits can be purchased HERE

Mon 29th August

Matso’s Bento Beer & Comedy

11am – 10pm | Matsos | Free Entry

The Matso’s Broome team are joining in on the celebrations for Shinju Matsuri, with an all day celebration of food, drink & entertainment. Join them for their festival of bento boxes & beers, paired with live entertainment from local musicians & performances by comedians!

Did you know the bento box is not just a daily meal packed in a box, but more of an art? It is the art of packing your favourite foods into a beautiful box. Matched with an icy cold Matsos brew, or one of the Japanese inspired cocktails from their specialty list, that’s Thursday’s lunch or dinner sorted at Matsos!

Mon 29th August – Sun 4th September

Shinju Matsuri Art Awards Presentation

Various | Broome Civic Centre | Free

The Shinju Matsuri Arts Awards get more exciting every year with the sheer diversity of incredible talent we have here in Broome. While there is no set theme, entering artists are encouraged to find inspiration from Shinju Matsuri as well as the diverse culture, history & people of Broome.

This year’s awards & exhibition will take over the Broome Civic Centre during the final week of our 2022 festival. The People’s Choice Award vote will be open throughout the exhibition, with the winner being announced at the LiveLighter Festival Finale on Sunday 4th September at Town Beach.

Awards Presentation: Mon 29th August 6 – 7.30pm
Public Exhibition: Tues 30th Aug – Sun 4th Sept.
Hours – Tue – Thurs 11-5, Fri & Sat 10-5, Sun 10-2

To register to enter the Art Awards click here

Terms & Conditions click here

Tues 30th August

Quest Maritime Services Pets in the Park

4pm | Town Beach | Free

Head down to our Festival hub with your furry, or not so furry, friends, for a fun afternoon celebrating our favourite family members.

Show off your furry, feathered or scaled friend as you strut your stuff together down our Pets in the Park catwalk. No entry forms required, just come along and register your pet on the day. Awesome prizes to be won for best in show, best dressed & most unusual pet.

Weds 31st August

Senior Citizen’s Morning Tea

10am | Broome Civic Centre | Free

Our annual Shinju Matsuri Senior Citizen’s Morning Tea is back for another year. Come along to the Broome Civic Centre to reconnect with old friends & meet some new ones, while enjoying a morning tea spread of tea, coffee, scones & jams. With some light local entertainment & a chance to check out the Shinju Matsuri Art Awards Exhibition.

Thurs 1st September

Willie Creek Pearls Pearl Meat Cook Off

4pm | Pearl Luggers | $60

Pearl Meat Cook Off presented by Willie Creek Pearls returns to Pearl Luggers in 2022 as part of the Shinju Matsuri Festival.

Be delighted with pearl meat dishes from Broome’s best Chefs, as they compete for the cook off crown! Enjoy live entertainment, beer and wine tastings, in the fabulous event atmosphere. An event not to miss! All tickets include a complimentary Pearl Luggers tour to take at your leisure during the Shinju Matsuri Festival!

Head to the Willie Creek Pearls website for more info & to buy tickets

Fri 2nd and Sat 3rd September

Sunset Long Table Dinner

5pm | Cable Beach | $295

For the very first time there are two Sunset Long Table Dinners on the Shinju Matsuri program, Friday 2nd & Saturday 3rd September. Renowned as one of WA’s most exclusive dinner tables, our Sunset Long Table Dinners are a unique outdoor dining experience, set against the breathtaking backdrop of Cable Beach.

This year’s indulgent 4 course menu, influenced by the unique mix of cultures from Broome’s pearling days, has been curated by Brendan Pang & will be catered by local food gurus, Sydney Cove Oyster Bar Broome.

Enjoy a free-flowing premium beverage selection, featuring WA beers by Spinifex Brewing Co. & Great Southern wines by Omrah Wines, plus a specialty cocktail list, designed to compliment the tantalising cuisine being served throughout the evening.

More information about tickets, click here.

Sun 4th September

LiveLighter Festival Finale

5pm | Town Beach | Free

Our exciting 16-day event program builds towards final celebration at the LiveLighter Festival Finale, marking the official ending of Shinju Matsuri 2022.

Returning to Town Beach for a second year, the LiveLighter Festival Finale is a dazzling evening of performances by both local & touring artists including Joan & the Giants, and YUCK Circus, plus the highly anticipated fireworks display, thanks to Broome International Airport.

Get your friends & family together, grab a selection of tasty dishes from our Festival Finale Food Markets & enjoy an evening picnic by Roebuck Bay as we farewell Sammy the Dragon for another year.

Sat 20th Aug – Sun 4th Sep

Shinju Matsuri Festival Hub 2022

Town Beach

Mon 29th Aug – Sun 4th Sep

Shinju Matsuri Art Awards Exhibition

Broome Civic Centre

With more exciting events to be added to the program between now & the festival!

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