What a week: Recapping the 2023 Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster

July 3, 2023

Ten glittering days under the Kimberley stars

After two years of anticipation, the 2023 Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster saw thousands of people flock to the Kimberley, enjoying 10 days (and nights) of culture, art, music, food and festivities.

Local talent was undeniably the star of the show. From start to finish, the schedule was packed with performances, events and experiences that exemplified the Kimberley’s community spirit.

Boab Metals is proud to be the naming rights sponsor for the biggest event on the Kimberley’s cultural calendar.

Our highlights from a busy schedule

Mirima Dancers

The Mirima Dancers opened the festivities, taking the stage in front of 3,000 people at the Aviair HeliSpirit Kimberley Moon Experience on Saturday 20 May. The Mirima Dancers pay tribute to the traditional owners of Miriwoong country through energetic, emotional dances that tell rich stories. 

Art in the Park

Back for a second year, Art in the Park gave locals and visitors alike a chance to appreciate the rich talent of the Kimberley’s artistic community. The event made history by bringing together all eight of the East Kimberley’s Aboriginal art centres for the first time. 

Artists came from near and far, with exhibitions from Kununurra, Balgo, Halls Creek, Warmun, Kalumburu and Yiyili.

Storytelling Night

Festival goers were welcomed to Miriwoong Country for a night of immersive storytelling under the stars. Miriwoong people are truly talented yarn-spinners, weaving together millennia of tradition and history with personal experiences, and even teaching some language along the way.

Party in the Park

All good things must come to an end, as the saying goes. So why not make it a spectacle? The 2023 Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster concluded on Friday 26 May with the Horizon Power Party in the Park, a free, family-friendly festival with loads on offer for all ages. 

The afternoon’s highlight was the Sorby Silver Search, which saw eager participants dig for prizes, including a stunning silver necklace designed by Kimberley Fine Diamonds and donated by Boab Metals Limited.

It’s not a far cry from what we’re up to at Sorby Hills, Australia’s largest undeveloped silver-lead-zinc deposit.

Big names attend the 2023 Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster

The 2023 Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster got off to a spectacular start, with 3,000 people gathering in Celebrity Tree Park for the Kimberley Moon Experience. 

Celebrities, politicians and local personalities rubbed shoulders during the evening while King Stingray, Birds of Tokyo and Toni Childs took to the stage. Spotted in the crowd were WA Attorney General John Quigley, Durack MP Melissa Price, Regional Development Minister Don Punch and former Nationals leader Brendon Grylls.

Even the Governor of Western Australia, His Excellency the Honourable Chris Dawson APM, was in attendance on the night at the Kimberley Fine Diamonds Dinner

“The Governor and Mrs Dawson enjoyed the opportunity to chat with local business owners and industry leaders who were in attendance.”

The Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster marked the start of the Governor’s first official visit to the East Kimberley. 

What’s on the calendar for 2024?

We’re thrilled to announce that the 2024 Boab Metals Ord Valley Muster will take place from 17 to 25 May, 2024.

The Kimberley region will come alive again next year, with people expected to flock from far and wide as the Muster makes a name nationwide.

The schedule and stars will be revealed soon. Expect a few surprises, as well as regular favourites and a long list of unforgettable cultural experiences. It all happens next May in the stunning surrounds of the East Kimberley.

We’ll see you there!

Keep an eye on www.ordvalleymuster.com.au for announcements closer to the date.