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Harmony Week

 

​​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 2018 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 2018!​​

2018 Harmony Week Artist

 

Alina Tang is an artist and designer from Perth, Western Australia. Her parents were Vietnamese refugees who came to Australia in the 1980s. Her immediate family is linguistically diverse, speaking Cantonese, Mandarin, Vietnamese, and English at home.

She works at a Northbridge-based studio designing and creating original printed and painted artworks as well as greeting cards and notebooks.

Alina's 2018 Harmony Week artwork represents the various cultural, linguistic, faith and ethnic backgrounds of the people of WA.

 

 

 

Culturally and linguistically diverse community children at Harmony Week event

Harmony Week 2018 resources

​Harmony Week 2018

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.