Shinju Matsuri Festival
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.
2022 Shinju Matsuri Festival dates: Saturday 20th August 2022 - Sunday 4th September 2022
Shinju Matsuri, Broome's Festival of the Pearl has been an iconic part of the regional WA events program since 1970. A celebration of Broome's unique & diverse culture & history, via a 16 day program of events that tantalise all senses sight, sound & most of all taste.
Experience the finest Broome cuisine made by a collaboration of talented local chefs. Chinatown Feast is a starlit Hawkers Market with a Broome-style twist. Held in the heart of Broome on the streets of Chinatown, this event is a feast for the senses featuring cultural entertainment from local Kimberley artists and touring performers.
Wednesday 24 August 2022
6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ticket Price: $75.00
18+ GA seated
HFSA Jetty Gala
Jetty Gala is Shinju Matsuri’s newest feature event.
A gala cocktail event set against the waters and mangroves of Broome’s world famous Roebuck Bay, join us for an evening on “croc jetty” as we watch the stars come out accompanied by surprise local performance and live music. A paired tasting experience like no other, Jetty Gala is a celebration of Kimberley delicacies including pearl meat and seasonal produce paired with a local beverage selection and feature cocktail menu.
Friday 26 August 2022
5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Ticket Price: $195.00
18 + GA cocktail
Paspaley Floating Lantern VIP
Experience the Floating Lantern Matsuri in style. Enjoy sunset views in the Floating Lantern Matsuri VIP lounge before sending your lantern out to sea.
Your ticket includes event entry including access to the Floating Lantern Matsuri VIP lounge, your lantern kit, open bar and a special locally catered canape menu.
Sunday 28 August 2022
4:30 PM - 8:00 PM
Ticket Price: $150.00
18 + GA cocktail
2022 Sunset Long Table Dinner
Shinju Matsuri’s premier dining event, the Sunset Long Table Dinner is a decadent banquet on the shore against a magical sunset at Broome’s world renowned Cable Beach.
Ticket includes a curated multi-course menu catered by Sydney Cove Oyster Bar, open bar including a selection of local beverages and feature cocktails, and live performances by local artists.
Saturday 3 September 2022
5:00 PM - 10:00 PM
Ticket Price: $295