Harmony Week is an opportunity for all Western Australians to celebrate our vibrant multicultural State.
The week runs from 15–21 March every year and encourages everyone to experience, explore and appreciate WA's wealth of cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity.
Harmony Week is a State Government multicultural community relations initiative.
Harmony Week is an opportunity to consider the many benefits WA gains from its culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
Benefits include job creation, improved skill levels, the introduction of new skills and networks, and improved economies of scale.
The economic advantages are also many. Our diverse communities link us strongly with the rest of the world and increase our competitiveness in this global market.
Harmony Week is an opportunity for all Western Australians to celebrate our diversity while working to remove barriers that still exist in the community.
Take part in the many events that take place in Perth and all over WA during Harmony Week, or think up some of your own - our Harmony Week Kit will help.
Events for Harmony Week 2019 will be uploaded to our Community events calendar before March.
See the Harmony Week Kit for ideas on celebrations for communities, businesses, government organisations, schools and individuals—make sure you're ready to take part in Harmony Week 2019!
OMI is proud to present the annual Harmony Week debate on Thursday 21 March at Subiaco Arts Centre.
The topic of this year's debate, Australia is the most successful multicultural country in the world, provides an opportunity to reflect on multiculturalism and Australian society.
The debating teams consist of an extremely talented group of students from Western Australia's universities and an official judgement will be determined by an esteemed panel from academia.
Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and cast an 'audience vote'.
Multicultural community event photo gallery
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Harmony Week originated in Western Australia and is this State's seven-day celebration and recognition of our cultural diversity.
It began as 'Harmony Day', taking place on the United Nations' International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. This day is observed on 21 March, the date of the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre when police fired on a peaceful demonstration against apartheid in South Africa, killing 69 unarmed protestors.
The WA Government changed Harmony Day to Harmony Week in 2003. Organising events over a week was a new approach from the practice of celebrating on 21 March, a date now reserved for reflection.