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Africa Week celebrations in WA

Africa Week, which runs from August 26 to September 1, is an opportunity to celebrate the many ties between Australia and countries across Africa, including recognising the important contributions of Western Australian Africans.

With more than 101,200 Africa-born people living in Western Australia, making up around 4.1 per cent of the total population, it is a great reason to celebrate the close relationship between the two continents.

The State Government, via the Office of Multicultural Interests and in partnership with the Commonwealth Bank, are supporting key Africa Week events through a total of $39,000 in funding.

Developed around the hugely successful Africa Down Under Conference, Africa Week now features a number of events and activities including:

  • WA African Awards, hosted by the Organisation of African Communities (OAC), recognising the achievements of Western Australian Africans across a number of sectors;
  • Australia-Africa Trade, Investment and Cultural Expo at Yagan Square and hosted by the Advisory Group on Australian-African Relations (AGAAR), showcasing African Australian small businesses and cultural demonstrations; and
  • Australia-Africa Week's Women in Leadership Forum, bringing together stakeholders, delegates and speakers from across Australia and Africa.  
  • These join other events including the Africa Week ​Film Festival, the Australian-African Universities Network Forum and the Down Under Football Cup, to celebrate a continent of rich diversity and enormous potential beyond the mining sector.

For information on events during Africa Week, visit the OMI Calendar of Events. ​

"Africa Week provides a platform to highlight the outstanding achievements of Australian Africans across a number of sectors including mining, community and small business," said Minister for Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia.

​​"Western Australia's African communities are growing and contributing strongly to the social, economic and cultural development of the State.