Broome’s year of big events
More than a nut
The iconic boab trees of the Kimberley presented a new business opportunity for Nyul Nyul man Robert Dann, who began using boab nuts to create iced tea, cosmetic ointments, and the first-ever boab beer and boab ginger beer.
Hancey visits Broome
WA Food Ambassador Don Hancey made a special visit to Broome while on board the Holland America Line cruise ship Maasdam, showcasing the best produce WA has to offer.
North West flavour
Celebrity chef Curtis Stone’s Los Angeles restaurant Maude got a taste of WA’s North West as the eatery unveiled a new WA-inspired menu and featured in a new television series.
Stone visited several local hotspots, including Yarrie Station, Cape Leveque and the Cygnet Bay Pearl Farm.
Circus dreams come true
Broome woman Georgia Deguara’s YUCK Circus made its debut at the Freo Royale and Perth Fringe Festivals, breaking down barriers and rough, Aussie norms.
Broome was left in stitches when two of Australia’s beloved comedians ventured to town. Fiona O’Loughlin and Peter Rowsthorn performed their stand-up show, Ron and Brenda Go Country, at the Broome Civic Centre.
Accolades for Bennett
Bidyadanga-based musician John Bennett took home two awards at the Boyup Brook Country Music Festival, winning Album of the Year for Country is Calling and Male Artist of the Year.
Gold for Horizontal Falls
Horizontal Falls Seaplane Adventures stole the show at the Australian Tourism Awards, taking home gold awards in Tourist Attractions, Unique Accommodation and Adventure Tourism. The national awards came after the tourism operator struck gold with its induction into the WA Tourism Hall of Fame late last year.
Laughing out loud
Broome Civic Centre provided a showcase of some of the best stand-up comedy Australia has to offer when Comedy Gold returned. Patrons enjoyed hilarious sets from Marc Ryan, Steve Weyland, Sean Conway and Gerry O.
Vogue the house down
Dancers of all ages had the chance to immerse themselves in the world of voguing in a Marrugeku-hosted workshop led by prominent LGBT performer Bhenji Ra.
Music tales retold
Broome Civic Centre hosted a journey back in time to celebrate the music of a few “angry old men” when The Songs and Tales of Angry Old Men came to town.
Local dance company Marru-geku began its long creative journey to develop its next production, Jurrunugu Ngan-ga (Straight Talk).
The piece would look at real-life events such as the Don Dale Youth Detention Centre and reports about asylum seekers on Manus Island.
Countless hours of puppet-making, songwriting and rehearsals culminated in a large-scale community performance, impressing thousands at Town Beach.
Theatre Kimberley, Broome Bird Observatory, primary school students and rangers came together to perform The Shorebird Quest.
Miss First Nation
Local drag queen Ayleesha Tryed walked away a winner after travelling to Melbourne to compete in the 2019 Miss First Nation pageant, a drag contest dedicated for indigenous queens.
While Ms Tried did not snatch the crown, she walked away with the title of Miss Congeniality.
Melbourne takes Broome
The popular Melbourne Comedy Festival Roadshow returned to Broome with Tom Cashman, Kirsty Webeck, Paul Williams, Xavier Michelides and Mawaan Rizwan all performing their favourite sets and leaving the town in stitches.
Artists, photographers and curators from across WA came together to develop a Statewide exhibition that challenged artists to explore local history and stories in a bid to tell them in a new way in The Alternative Archive.
Broome’s love for The Waifs was certainly not lost when the folk-rock band stopped by The Roebuck Bay Hotel on the last stop of their regional WA tour. They performed a varied selection of songs from their large back-catalogue to a sellout crowd.
Brews on the Bay
Broome’s Mangrove Hotel became a wonderland for beer enthusiasts when it hosted the inaugural Brews on the Bay.
Hundreds filtered through the doors into the hotel’s beer garden where more than 20 craft beers were showcased for tasting.
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