Broome may be a remote corner of Australia, but it offers a lot of amazing cultural things to see and do. This quiet town is worth a visit, especially if you are an art lover. There are many cultural attractions so if the busy roads and towering skyscrapers of big Australian cities bore you, then it is recommended that you visit Broome.
Following are ten things to do in Broome to enjoy the splendid art and culture of this town:
Commission Your Own Painting at James Down Gallery
James Down Gallery offers an excellent representation of Broome and the Kimberley in interesting and colorful paintings. This is one of the best places to check out the paintings and other items such as calendars and mouse mats. If James Down is in attendance, he will add you to one of his amazing paintings to give it a personal touch.
Appreciate Art at Short Street Gallery Broome and Broome Gallery
Broome is home to many art galleries that specialize in local and indigenous art. Short Street Gallery Broome and Broome Gallery are two recommended places that you should visit if you want to explore the history and culture of Broome through the extensive collections that highlight distinctive and varied styles of Aboriginal tribal groups.
Buy Art at the Environs Kimberley Art Auction
Environs Kimberley Art Auction is one of the highlights of arts year in Broome. This auction features a wide range of local Broome artists as well as indigenous artists from around the Kimberley and it is becoming bigger and better every year. This art auction presents a rare opportunity to buy authentic Kimberley artwork.
Be Inspired with Worn Art Revamped
Worn Art Revamped is a vaudeville style show that uses stunning visual theatre of costumes, circus, and dance to tell the story of old Broome. In November 2018, Theatre Kimberley will showcase the amazing, multicultural talent that this town is renowned for. It is definitely a must-see.
Enjoy the Mowanjum Festival
The Mowanjum Aboriginal Art and Cultural Centre is home to the Wunumbal, Ngarinyin, and Worrorra tribes. The annual Mowanjum Festival is one of the longest running indigenous cultural festivals of Australia that attracts thousands of visitors from all around the world.
Appreciate Bird Paintings at the Gallery Sobrane
Gallery Sobrane has become quite popular due to the striking street art by the street artist Sobrane. She is well-known for her depictions of birds. If you are holidaying in Broome, then visiting Gallery Sobrane is a must-do experience.
Book a Cultural Tour with Narlijia Culture Tours Broome
Broome is rich in Aboriginal history and no one details this story better than Narlijia Culture Tours. The tours allow you to see Broome in a completely different light. Bart Pigram describes it from his own perspective which is certainly a refreshing experience.
Buy Aboriginal Art
If you are interested in Aboriginal art, then you will be glad to know that there are lots of galleries in Broome that specialize in it. All the galleries in the town provide a biography of artists as well as an exploration of the symbols used in the artwork. Some of these galleries have websites so you can easily view and buy their artworks.
Experience Indigenous Dance Culture with Marrugeku
Marrugeku is a dance-theater company that explores indigenous cultures thoroughly (their past, present, and future). It uses contemporary dance, contemporary and traditional music, installation, circus, and video art to share the traditions and memories of indigenous communities across the region. You should definitely experience the indigenous dance culture with Marrugeku as it is one of a kind.
Groove with the Pigram Brothers
The seven-piece country rock/folk band Pigram Brothers specializes in music that captures the spirit of Kimberley and Broome. Their songs from Jiir and Saltwater Country have attracted critical acclaim and have also become hometown anthem. If you are holidaying in Broome and you are into folk music, then grooving with the Pigram Brothers is highly recommended.