Festival to bring all together

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Steve Pigram will be one of several performers at the Broome Reconciliation Festival on June 1.
Camera IconSteve Pigram will be one of several performers at the Broome Reconciliation Festival on June 1. Credit: The West Australian, Stephen Scourfield The West Australian

A family and community festival featuring live music and performances, art and more will mark Broome’s celebration of National Reconciliation Week.

The Broome Reconciliation Festival, co-ordinated by the Shire of Broome and Yawuru, will take place on Male Oval on Friday, June 1, from 4pm in honour of National Reconciliation Week, which began on Sunday, May 27.

National Reconciliation Week aims to help all Australians learn more about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultures and histories, to share that knowledge to help Australia grow as a nation.

The theme for the Broome Reconciliation Festival is “A community celebrating together is a community growing together” and the event will feature music, community art, dance, the Kimberley Girls, market stalls and food vans.

The line-up of local entertainment includes John Bennett, Stephen Pigram, Yatangal featuring Mervyn Mulardy, StiX and TriX, Seaside Drifters, Lyrical Instinct, Wasamba Carnival Drummers, St Mary’s College Dancers, Studio 34 and Jacob the Rapper.

Broome Shire president Harold Tracey said the festival promised to be an important occasion and he encouraged community members of all ages to attend.

“Our aim is to put on a fun community festival, while at the same time bringing the community together to celebrate our town’s unique cultural heritage,” he said.

Yawuru chief executive Peter Yu said Yawuru and the Shire of Broome signed the first reconciliation agreement in Australia 20 years ago.

“We collectively represent a unique human experience in the social landscape of our nation and for Broome, Reconciliation Week should be a celebration of all that is good about this uniqueness in our community,” Mr Yu said.

“Recognising our town’s indigenous heritage is key to understanding our community now.”

“Recognising the necessity for an important legacy, we need to build a strong and common future for our kids, whatever their cultural background is, and this Reconciliation Festival is a great way to come together to celebrate, to share and begin to build the path for our common purpose.”

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