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.​​

Cultural diversity’s benefits

Harmony Week is an opportunity to consider the many benefits WA gains from its culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) 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 2021 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 2021!​​​​​​​

Harmony Week resources

Useful links

Explore the following resources to inspire your Harmony Week activities. 

Food, Faith and Love in WA

Find out how the themes of food, faith and love can touch us and shape the direction of our lives.

Voices in Harmony playlist

Give your Harmony Week events the sound and spirit of harmony with this playlist of local culturally and linguistically diverse music.

Discover Multicultural Perth

Find out how WA's many culturally and linguistically diverse communities have shaped Perth and made it into the vibrant city it is today.

 

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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.

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.

Harmony Week 2021 grants

Funding round is now closed

The Department of Local Government, Sport and Cultural Industries offers grants of $2000 to support community-led diversity and inclusion activities celebrating Harmony Week in 2021. 

Grant applications were accepted between 7 September and 19 October 2020.

All grant applicants will be notified of their funding outcomes by January 2021.

 

Additional resources

Organisations may be required to provide these forms as part of the application process:

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. 

Page reviewed 24 November 2020