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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.​​

 

Harmony Week 2020 grants

Funding round now open

Applications close 4.00pm Monday 21 October 2019 

Grants of $2000 are available for diversity and inclusion activities to celebrate Harmony Week in 2020.

Activities focused on culture and arts and sport and recreation are encouraged.

Culture and arts actvities must involve a professional artist or arts practitioner working with the community to design and deliver the activity.

Sport and recreation activities must involve the participation of the community in physical activity or active recreation.

Harmony Week grants are open to:

  • Not-for-profit organisations based in Western Australia
  • Associations operating under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 based in Western Australia.

For further information, download the Harmony Week 2020 activities - Funding Guidelines and Harmony Week 2020 activities - Application Form.

Harmony Week grants one-on-one sessions

If you would like further advice on the application process, you can register to meet with OMI for a 45-minute one-on-one meeting.

Register for a 45-minute one-on-one meeting during one of the following sessions:

​Date: 11.00am - 6.00pm Wednesday 18 September 2019

Venue: Ellenbrook Library - Cafe Room, 90 Main Street, Ellenbrook

Date: 10.00am - 4.00pm Friday 20 September 2019

Venue: Riverton Library - Studio, 67 Riley Road, Riverton

Registration is essential as places are limited.

To register, email harmony@omi.wa.gov.au with your organisation name, your contact details, and your preferred timeslot.

If you are unable to attend this session, OMI staff are able to meet at a time and location more suitable for you.​

 

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 2020 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 2020!​​​​​​​

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.