Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Hon Mark McGowan BA LLB MLA

Premier; Treasurer; Minister for Public Sector Management; Federal-State Relations

    Thousands flock north to pearler of a festival

    28/08/2021 12:30 PM
    • Popular Shinju Matsuri Festival now in its 51st year
    • Supported by McGowan Government, through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program
    • This year's event extended to 15 days

    The 2021 Shinju Matsuri Festival is now underway, with Broome abuzz as thousands of revellers fill its streets, venues and shores for the iconic annual event.


    Proudly supported by the McGowan Government, through Tourism WA's Regional Events Program, the popular festival is now in its 51st year, making it one of the longest-running events in Western Australia.


    The Shinju Matsuri Festival plays an important role in celebrating Broome's rich pearling history, multicultural community and extraordinary natural landscapes.


    The 2021 festival was extended from nine days to 15 days, giving festivalgoers more time to enjoy the region's history, multicultural community and natural landscapes.


    Headline events for this year's festival - including the newly introduced Jetty Dining with MasterChef's Brendan Pang and Derek Lau, the Sunset Long Table Dinner, Chinatown Feast and the Floating Lantern Matsuri - have sold out, with some affiliate event tickets still available.


    It is estimated approximately 20,000 people will attend more than 50 individual events over the two-week period, providing a significant boost to the local economy.


    Last year's 50th anniversary event was a sell-out, with about 65 per cent of ticket sales going to visitors from other regions.


    Comments attributed to Premier Mark McGowan:


    "My Government is very proud to support the Shinju Matsuri Festival through our Regional Events Program.


    "Shinju Matsuri is a unique, vibrant asset for the community which will provide further benefits for Broome's already booming tourism sector.


    "Western Australia is in the fortunate position of being able to hold these kinds of major events - safely and restriction-free - providing terrific local economic benefits and great experiences for the thousands who will attend."


    Comments attributed to Kimberley MLA Davina D'Anna:


    "Shinju Matsuri is always a popular event in town with local businesses as it brings in so many visitors and boosts the economy.


    "It is also a great way to showcase our beautiful region to the rest of the State and world."


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