One of Australia’s most treasured performers, Archie Roach, will headline the Shinju Matsuri Festival Finale tomorrow, Sunday 18 September 2016, from5pm.
The free event will be held at Cable Beach Amphitheatre and include performances from the Pigram Brothers, food markets and end with a dazzling fireworks display.
Festival-goers are encouraged to bring a picnic and arrive early as Archie Roach is expected to draw a large crowd.
A Member of the Order of Australia (AM) for his service to music and his support of social justice, the spirit of Archie’s music is the connection to his country and people.
In a voice rich with humanity, filled with joy, pain, love and longing, Archie Roach traces the journey of his people, and gets to the heart of what it means to be human.
Archie Roach is a man of few words but when he speaks, or sings, those words lift you up, transport you and humble you. He is that rarest of beings; one that sees beyond race, religion, gender and ideology.
In career that has spanned over 25 years, Let Love Rule is Archie’s tenth studio album in what has become an extraordinary career – the new songs explore the theme of love, and it is expected he’ll play several new songs at the Shinju Matsuri Festival Finale.
“I wanted to write about love, or a willingness to love all people,” says Archie.
“We are closing ourselves off and not letting people in. And not just in the sense of not letting them into the country, but not letting them into our hearts, into our minds. Many of the songs on the album are really a call for understanding,” explains Archie.
Shinju Matsuri – Japanese for “Festival of the Pearl” – is a celebration of Japanese, Chinese, Malaysian and Aboriginal cultures along with others that shaped Broome during the peak of the prosperous pearl industry.
The nine-day festival features over 20 events, which starts with the ceremonial waking of Sammy the Chinese Dragon and ends with the Festival Finale headlined by Archie.