Shinju Matsuri Festival

Shinju Matsuri Festival

Late August-early September
The Shinju Matsuri Festival, also known as the Festival of the Pearl, is a 10-day celebration of the multicultural heritage of Broome, a tourist town in Western Australia. In the late 1800s, a wealth of pearls was discovered in the region, drawing fortune seekers from Japan, Malaysia, China, and Europe. In celebrating Shinju Matsuri, held annually since 1970, Broome relives those glorious boon days and celebrates the town's distinct ethnic heritage.
During the festival, Broome's Chinatown district is the site of a float parade as well as the waking of Sammy, a Chinese festival dragon. There are also tributes to the town's pearling history, a Mardi Gras festival, a Carnival of Nations, Dragon Boat Races, traditional and contemporary art exhibits, and a Gala Ball. A fireworks ceremony closes the week's festivities.
CONTACTS:
Shinju Matsuri Events Managers – Goolarri Media Enterprises
P.O. Box 2708
Broome, Western Australia 6725 Australia
www.shinjumatsuri.com