Town shares war-era Taste

Broome Advertiser - - Happenings - Glenn Cord­ing­ley

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.vis­it­b­ and

'Baamba' Al­bert per­forms at A Taste of Broome in the 2015 dry sea­son.

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