Shinju Matsuri rekindles the excitement and romance of Broome’s early days of being a world-renowned producer of South Sea Pearls and the unique multicultural population it created as a result. Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Koepangers, Filipino and Europeans flocked to Broome from the late 1800’s to be a part of the pearling prosperity.
Taking place this September, the event opens with the waking of Sammy the Dragon, a symbol of the festival for 45 years, signalling the start of 10 day celebration that brings together more than 50 different nationalities for this unique cultural experience. Other events include a float parade, pearl meat cook-off and a concert finale.
Shinju Matsuri will tempt your senses with an exciting whirlwind of colour, sound, taste and smell as the community share with the world this beautiful place and the people who call it home. By recognizing the many different cultures that have existed harmoniously in Broome for over a century, Shinju Matsuri showcases Broome’s natural beauty, unique history and diverse character to the outside world.