Harmony Week

Harmony Week is an opportunity for all Western Australians to celebrate our vibrant multicultural State.

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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 2022 grants

Funding round is now closed

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries (DLGSC) offers grants of $2000 to support community-led diversity and inclusion activities celebrating Harmony Week in 2022. 

Grant applications were accepted between 23 August and 4 October 2021.

All grant applicants were notified of their funding outcome in December 2021. The full list of successful applications to this round is available for download here:

Harmony Week 2022 grant recipients

Organisations who receive a grant to support their Harmony Week activity are required to acknowledge the Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries in the promotions of their activity.

You can download the required logo in the format you prefer here

All grant recipients are required to provide a final project report, including a certified financial statement, within 60 days of completion of their activity to acquit the grant. A final project form for the Harmony Week 2022 activities grants is available for download here:

Harmony Week resources

Useful links

Additional resources

Project planning resources are also available for download. These resources include a budget template, a project plan template and an Event Management Planning Guide. You are welcome to use these resources for general project or event planning. 

Start planning 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.

Events for Harmony Week 2022 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 2022!​​​​​​​

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

Send your photos t​o the Office of Multicultural Interests by email or tag them with #WAHarmony​

Why Harmony Week?

Harmony Week originated in WA 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.

Why orange?

Orange is the colour chosen to represent Harmony Week. Traditionally, orange signifies social communication and meaningful conversations. It also relates to the freedom of ideas and encouragement of mutual respect. Australians can choose to wear something orange during Harmony Week to show their support for cultural diversity and an inclusive Australia. 

Educational resources

These web-based educational resources will enable school students and their teachers to take part in practical classroom activities that explore and raise awareness of issues related to multiculturalism, human rights, racism and discrimination.
Page reviewed 24 January 2022