Fes­ti­val a re­sound­ing suc­cess

Pilbara News - - Lifestyle -

■ Af­ter 10 days of cel­e­bra­tion, colour, sound and com­mu­nity spirit, the 2015 Shinju Mat­suri Fes­ti­val came to a breath­tak­ing con­clu­sion on Septem­ber 6.

With a num­ber of new events, count­less or­gan­i­sa­tions and vol­un­teers get­ting in­volved and the Broome pop­u­lace ral­ly­ing around the cause, the 45th an­nual car­ni­val was a whole­hearted suc­cess.

Sammy the Dragon was as ea­gerly re­ceived as ever at the open­ing cer­e­mony late last month, with the Make Smok­ing History float pa­rade awash with colour and ac­tiv­ity.

The al­ways pop­u­lar Pearl Meat Cook Off and Opera Soiree got the fes­ti­val off with a bang the next day.

A num­ber of stand-out art, cul­tural, sport­ing and dance events had the com­mu­nity cap­ti­vated, while the A View to Asia ex­hi­bi­tion at Ca­ble Beach was a cel­e­bra­tion of all things Broome.

One of the high­lights was the Shinju Art Ex­hi­bi­tion at the Broome Civic Cen­tre, with the an­nual awards held on Septem­ber 1.

Lo­cal artist Kate Breckon won the 2015 Shire of Broome Ac­quis­i­tive Art Prize worth $8000, with judges Michael Tor­res, Dar­rell Si­bosado and Lia McKnight full of praise for her piece, Bun­garun.

The Float­ing Lan­tern event at Gantheaume Point threw up some strik­ing im­ages from the beach, as hun­dreds of cus­tom-made ves­sels adorn­ing per­son­alised mes­sages lit up the ocean as they re­turned to the shore on Septem­ber 4.

The Sunset Long Ta­ble din­ner blended iconic Broome food with an un­for­get­table lo­ca­tion at Ca­ble Beach the next day.

The Car­ni­val of the Sea de­lighted on­look­ers on the fi­nal day, with smiles firmly on faces as a host of unique lo­cal mu­si­cians re­galed the crowd at the fi­nale. A stun­ning fire­works show lit up the sky as the Pi­gram Broth­ers played their trade­mark lo­cal songs to a ca­pac­ity au­di­ence at Ca­ble Beach Am­phithe­atre, wrap­ping up the fes­ti­val.

Shinju pres­i­dent Chris Ma­her said the feed­back he had re­ceived was over­whelm­ingly pos­i­tive.

“I’m re­ally pleased to see and hear how many peo­ple are say­ing that this was the best Shinju fes­ti­val we have ever had,” he said. “I am also happy that the fes­ti­val went off with­out a hitch and was well run, which puts us in good stead for the fu­ture.”

Pic­tures: Sue John­ston

Chefs at the Sunset Long Ta­ble din­ner pre­pare de­lec­ta­ble food for on­look­ing guests.

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