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 now open

Applications deadline 4.00pm Monday 4 October 2021

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

Activities should involve culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) communities in their coordination, and be open to participation from the broader community. Activities with a focus on culture and the arts and sport and active recreation are encouraged. 

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

Sport and active recreation activities must involve the community participating in a primary activity requiring physical exertion and/or physical skill.

Harmony Week grants are open to:

  • not-for-profit organisations based in Western Australia
  • associations incorporated under the Associations Incorporation Act 2015 based in Western Australia.

For further information, download the Harmony Week 2022 activities - Funding Guidelines and the Harmony Week 2022 activities - Application Form.

Additional resources

You may be required to provide these forms with your application:

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!​​​​​​​

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.

 

​Harmony Week

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 08 September 2021