Town shares war-era Taste
Tourism highlight, A Taste of Broome will this year mark its fifth celebration of local indigenous culture with a two-part focus.
The music and picture show combines Broome’s distinctive indigenous and multicultural culture to promote its soul through music, dance, food, arts and crafts, tradition and heritage.
The role of local indigenous women will be acknowledged for their contribution to shaping community identity through pearling and cultural development in the town.
A second element will this year focus on the wartime era and the bombing of Broome, as this year marks the 75th anniversary of the attacks.
Stories from families in Broome during the bombing will help relive the experiences that have made the town what it is today.
To bring these tales to life, creative director Guy Ghouse has curated a stellar line-up of performers — Broome resident Bojesse Pigram who has shot to fame in the latest season of The Voice Australia.
Known for his soulful lyrics and musicality, Bojesse’s performance is sure to bring the house down.
A number of other acclaimed artists are taking part in this year’s show including favourites Stephen “Baamba” Albert, Naomi Pigram, Lorrae Coffin, Susie Quicke, Tania McKenna, Arnhem Hunter and Mick Stevens.
Breakout stars from the 2016 festival, Emma Sibosado and Pauline Bin Sali, will also return.
The performers began their celebrations last Thursday and will continue them next month, with shows on August 17 and September 6. Goolarri Media Enterprises chief operations officer Kira Fong said the festival was a rich celebration of Broome’s identity.
For ticket information visit Broome Visitor Centre or head to www.visitbroome.com.au and www.goolarri.com/atob.
'Baamba' Albert performs at A Taste of Broome in the 2015 dry season.