Experience Broome culture at Shinju Matsuri Festival of the Pearl

Broome’s streets will come alive in September in celebration of its exotic multi cultural and pearling history for the annual Shinju Matsuri Festival of the Pearl, this year to be held 7 to 15 September, 2019.

A kaleidoscope of street parades, food fairs, arts and entertainment, this festival offers the best way to experience all that Broome has to offer within one short week when artists open their home studios, and cultural groups invite you to be part of their world.

From pearl harvests, to yum cha; floating lanterns to dragonboats, the Barking Owl invites you to experience this amazing 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.

When: 7 to 15 September

Where: Broome, WA

See the full program here!