Written on the 25 August 2017

CHINATOWN REVITALISATION ANNOUNCES FIRST WAVE OF GRANT RECIPIENTS The Chinatown Revitalisation is pleased to announce the first four successful projects in its recent grant funding round for activation initiatives and laneway enhancements.

Adding up to a total of $35,080, the projects include:

1.     Shinju Pearl Harvest Party.  A new Shinju Matsuri festival event will come to Chinatown this year thanks to support from the Revitalisation.  The Pearl Harvest Party will be held on Dampier Terrace Sunday 3rd September from 4pm to celebrate the strong connection of the pearling industry with Chinatown.  The Party will feature many activities including live pearl harvesting, jewellery making, talks and demonstrations.  Through this event the Revitalisation hopes to inspire more such celebrations to be held in Chinatown led by community support.

2.     Nyamba Buru Yawuru Jetty to Jetty Activation events.  Trialled during the 2016 Shinju Matsuri Festival, the Revitalisation is pleased to support the return of the Walking Jetty to Jetty Stories of Broome which projects images of old Broome, music and audio from the Jetty to Jetty app at three sites around Chinatown Streeter's Jetty (Sun 3 Sept), Kennedy Hill (Tues 5 Sept), and the Goods Shed on Dampier Tce (Sat 9 Sept).   The Revitalisatoin looks forward to building on the success of last year's event by making it more Chinatown focused, adding live tour guides by Cultural Elders and event performers.

3.     Betty's Frock Shop Redevelopment.  With the support of the Revitalisation, the storefront of Betty's Frock Shop will be transformed into a traditional Asiatic scene and renamed to 'Betty Fong Sam', a reference to Ms Fong's great grandmother who as a Chinese migrant relocated to Broome in the 19th century.  Through this project the Revitalisation looks forward to enhancing the streetscape of Chinatown and celebrating the Asiatic history of Broome.

4.     Corrugated Lines: A festival of words.  Held in Broome August 11 to 13, the Revitalisation Project granted use of its HQ as the festival hub, showcasing author biographies and art installations.  To further connect the festival with Chinatown, the Revitalisation sponsored the Biggest Book Club morning tea events at Kimberley Bookshop on Napier Tce.

Acting Broome Shire President, Harold Tracey, said the Chinatown Revitalisation Project was pleased to be able to support the community through the Revitalisation Grants Scheme, and congratulated everyone who applied for taking initiative. 



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