BROOME’S CUL­TURAL CEL­E­BRA­TION

Broome Advertiser - - Happenings - Jakeb Wad­dell

Shinju Fringe put Broome cul­ture in the spot­light ear­lier this month, in a week­end filled with mu­sic, art and en­ter­tain­ment.

The sec­ond con­sec­u­tive fringe fes­ti­val is a snip­pet of the huge cul­tural cel­e­bra­tion to come later this year, when Shinju Mat­suri takes over Broome in Septem­ber.

The week­end be­gan at Pearl Lug­gers on Fri­day, May 12, when Perth duo Jessie Gor­don and Mark Turner daz­zled au­di­ences with their tal­ent across a wide va­ri­ety of musical gen­res.

They were ac­com­pa­nied by the Wasamba Carnival Drum­mers, whose en­er­getic and pas­sion­ate per­for­mance brought the au­di­ence to their feet, in a true re­flec­tion of what the cul­tural aspect of Shinju Fringe is all about.

Fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Chris Ma­her said the per­for­mances were among the high­lights of the week­end.

“The open­ing night at Pearl Lug­gers show­cased some spec­tac­u­lar tal­ent,” he said.

“Jessie Gor­don and Mark Turner were ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic and their col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Wasamba Carnival Drum­mers made for an en­joy­able evening.”

While the self-por­trait ex­hi­bi­tion im­pressed many, it was the re­turn of the Open House Trail that cap­tured the at­ten­tion of art lovers around Broome.

Houses and stu­dios across the town had their doors opened to the public, who trav­elled by bus to see the very best art pieces that Broome had to of­fer.

Mr Ma­her said he had re­ceived tremen­dous feed­back re­gard­ing the Open House Trail.

“There was in­creased traf­fic through the doors of artists, com­pared to last year,” he said.

“On top of this, there were more artists on the trail who took the time to speak to the public about what each of their pieces were all about.

“We’re hop­ing to build on this in the fu­ture by in­tro­duc­ing a sec­ond trail, fo­cus­ing on buskers to de­velop the musical com­po­nent of fringe.”

Mr Ma­her said the fes­ti­val was a preview to the huge cel­e­bra­tions of the Mat­suri fes­ti­val, which would bring many sur­prises this year. “We’re cur­rently fi­nal­is­ing the ma­jor com­po­nents of Shinju Mat­suri,” he said.

Clock­wise from above: Jessie Gor­don and Mark Turner en­joyed in­ter­act­ing with the au­di­ence at their Shinju Fringe per­for­mance on May 12, Shinju Fringe Fes­ti­val pres­i­dent Chris Ma­her at the launch of the Broome Mak­ers Gallery on May 11, ahead of Fringe, Su­san Rush's ex­hibit on the Artist Open House Trail, and Chris Ma­her and other art-lovers pre­pare to em­bark on the Open House Trail on May 14.

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