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Harmony Week

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​​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.

​Cultural diversity’s benefits

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.

Start plan​​ning now!

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!​​


Harmony Week debate

​Thursday 21 March 2019 - Subiaco Arts Centre

Western Australian high school students are invited to attend and participate in a moderated debate to mark Harmony Week and the International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination.
Teachers are able to register group bookings of up to 30 tickets.
The topic of the debate, The Sharpeville Massacre Could Never Happen in Western Australia Today, will encourage students to reflect on concepts of multiculturalism, tolerance, racial discrimination, and Australian society.
The debating teams consist of students from Western Australia's universities and the official judgement will be determined by a panel from academia.
Audience members will have the opportunity to ask questions and share their own experiences and opinions.
This valuable learning opportunity is suggested for students in years 10 or 11.

Date:​     Thursday 21 March 2019
Time:     9.30am–11.30am
Venue:   Subiaco Arts Centre, 180 Hamersley Road, Subiaco
Doors open 9am
Bus drop-off/pick-up area available

​​​​Tickets 

For your free tickets, register with the Office of Multicultural Interests by calling (08) 6552 1768 or emailing Jennifer.Czekalowski@omi.wa.gov.au​​

Q&A​

Regional student​s can email their questions prior to the event to Jennifer.Czekalowski@omi.wa.gov.au

​Further reading​
Coming soon​​


 

Culturally and linguistically diverse community children at Harmony Week event

Harmony Week resources

​Harmony Week

Let us know about your Harmony Week events and we’ll publicise them on the Community events calendar on this website.

Multicultural community event photo gallery

Send your photos t​o harmony@omi.wa.gov.au​ or tag them with #WAHarmony​

 

Why Harmony Week?

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.