A kaleidoscope of colour and culture, the 46th annual Shinju Matsuri – Japanese for “Festival of the Pearl” – is a celebration of Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian and Aboriginal cultures that shaped Broome during the peak of the prosperous pearl industry. A nine-day festival with over 20 events that starts with the ceremonial waking of Sammy the Chinese Dragon. Highlights include the Floating Lantern Matsuri where hundreds of candle-lit lanterns containing special messages are released, a Sunset Long Table dinner set on the sand on Cable Beach, art exhibitions and awards, a float parade, film, music, dance, mardi gras, family and community events, food, and a Festival Finale party.

What: Shinju Matsuri – Festival of the Pearl
Where: Broome
When: 10-18 September 2016
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