Festival a resounding success
■ 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.”
Chefs at the Sunset Long Table dinner prepare delectable food for onlooking guests.