Shinju Matsuri - Festival of the Pearl 2022

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.

Festival dates: Saturday 20th August 2022 - Sunday 4th September 2022


Wed 24th August 2022
Chinatown Feast, Chinatown

Fri 26th August 2022
Jetty Gala, Town Beach

Sun 28th August 2022
Floating Lantern Matsuri VIP, Gantheaume

Sat 3rd September 2022
Sunset Long Table Dinner, Cable Beach (SOLD OUT - WAITLIST HERE)


Sat 20th August 2022
▪️ Lotterywest Opening Ceremony, Town Beach

Sun 21st August 2022
▪️ Livelighter Float Parade & Mardi Gras, Chinatown

Wed 24th August 2022
▪️ Carnival of Nations, Male Oval

Sun 28th August 2022
▪️ Paspaley Floating Lantern Matsuri, Gantheaume

Sun 4th September 2022
▪️ Livelighter Festival Finale, Town Beach

Keep an eye on the Shinju Matsuri Facebook page, instagram and the Shinju Matsuri website.

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.

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Shinju Matsuri - Festival of the Pearl 2022

Event Details


Saturday, August 20, 2022

to Sunday, September 4, 2022




Various locations around Broome, Cable Beach and Chinatown. To be advised.

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