2021 Shinju Matsuri: Festival of the Pearl

19 August 2021 1 minute, 47 seconds
2021 Shinju Matsuri: Festival of the Pearl

The annual Shinju Matsuri (Japanese for “Festival of the Pearl”) originated from three cultural festivals – Japanese Obon Matsuri, Malaysian Hari Merdeka, Independence Day from British rule in 1957, and the Chinese Hang Seng. Shinju Matsuri rekindles the excitement and romance of Broome’s early days of being a world-renowned producer of South Sea Pearls when the Japanese, Chinese, Malay, Koepangers, Filipino and Europeans flocked to Broome from the late 1800’s to be a part of this prosperity. This unique multicultural population of pearl industry workers joined with the local Aboriginal people and Europeans to work on up to 400 Pearling Luggers that sailed out of Broome.


Broome’s people and businesses have given generously to show their love of Broome over the 50 year life of the Festival and is a testament to the character and culture of this special place. The volunteer Board of Shinju Matsuri is driven by the community and sees the festival as an opportunity to re-educate and inform the community of the cultural heritage of Broome. Ensuring that education and information is passed on to young people and new arrivals will assure that Broome’s unique and diverse identity is acknowledged and remembered through the generations.

Shinju Matsuri will tempt your senses with an exciting whirlwind of colour, sound, taste and smell as the community shares this beautiful locale with the world and the people who call it home.

2021 marks the 30th year that Lotterywest has supported Shinju Matsuri. Without the ongoing support of Lotterywest much loved events such as: Lotterywest Opening Ceremony, LiveLighter Float Parade, Livelighter Mardi Gras, Floating Lantern Matsuri and the Liveligher Festival Finale would not be possible. Thank you Lotterywest.

Keep an eye on the Shinju Matsuri Facebook page and website for the full program of events.

Download the full program of events below.

Download Shinju Matsuri Program
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