Harmony Week – a time to celebrate cultural diversity

  • Celebrations begin today and run until Saturday, March 21,2020
  • Harmony Week culminates with commemoration of the International Day for Elimination of Racial Discrimination
  • Harmony Week begins today, with Western Australians from all backgrounds set to celebrate the State’s wealth of cultural, faith, linguistic and ethnic diversity.

    The annual event provides an opportunity to reaffirm our commitment to multiculturalism and diversity – while continuing to oppose racism, prejudice and discrimination in all its forms.

    Many of Perth’s iconic landmarks – including Parliament House, Council House, Elizabeth Quay, Matagarup Bridge, Mount Street pedestrian bridge, Sky Ribbon, the Bell Tower and Yagan Square – will be lit up orange to mark Harmony Week.

    WA’s Office of Multicultural Interests provides a wealth of information for community members wanting to get involved – including the Harmony Week toolkit which includes materials for schools and workplaces wishing to participate.

    For more information about Harmony Week, visit at https://www.omi.wa.gov.au/

    As stated by Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:

    “Harmony Week began as a Western Australian event and grew into an Australia-wide celebration of our multicultural country.

    “Western Australians should be proud of leading the nation in celebrating all the things that make our diverse country great.

    “Cultural diversity is one our greatest strengths, bringing so many of benefits to us all. Harmony Week is our annual chance to celebrate this.

    “I encourage everyone to get involved with Harmony Week and share your activities by using the hashtag #WAharmony on your social media posts.”

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