Broome is invited to ‘Paint the Town Red’ again on Friday 13 October as Chinatown comes alive with late night trading and entertainment until 8pm.
Following successful events on Friday 25 August and 15 September, the trial of late night trading will continue as part of the Chinatown Revitalisation Project.
For the 15 September trial about 40 businesses stayed open late, with many of the restaurants and cafes putting on special menus for the occasion, and five food vans brought in to boost the vibe on the streets.
Featured entertainment included fairy floss, face painting and balloons for kids in Little Johnny Chi Lane, and live musicians performing around Chinatown including George from The Mexicans, Jamie Jacket, Satya Lerner, Eloy Cardenas, Wil Thomas, Nik Eastwood and a Broome Academy of Music ‘flash mob’.
Chinatown Revitalisation HQ hosted art workshops with Hive Handmade Collective and a photography exhibition by Broome’s Michael Torres.
Sun Pictures’ Movie Madness event featured two movies and discounts around Chinatown for those attending, while the Town Bus service operated to Cable Beach and Town Beach at 7:30pm and 8pm.
Similar activities are now being planned for the next event on Friday 13 October, and with community consultation on the Chinatown Revitalisation Project Master Plan underway on Monday 9 October, Chinatown Revitalisation HQ will be open late with information and staff on hand to answer any questions.
The purpose of the trial is to test the concept of late night shopping in Broome and to create a monthly event in Chinatown during the 2017 tourist shoulder season.
The trial also allows data to be gathered on what does and does not work to help with planning for the 2018 season, and to allow businesses and the community to accustom themselves to alternative forms of trading in Chinatown.