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.
Week is an opportunity to consider the many benefits WA gains from its
culturally and linguistically diverse (CaLD) communities.
include job creation, improved skill levels, the introduction of new
skills and networks, and improved economies of scale.
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.
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 (PDF 32 MB) 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!
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.
Let us know about your Harmony Week events and we’ll publicise them on the community events calendar.
Send your photos to the Office of Multicultural Interests by email or tag them with #WAHarmony
Harmony Week originated in WA and is this State's
seven-day celebration and recognition of our cultural diversity.
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.
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.
The list of grant recipients is available here:
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.