The week runs from 15 to 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
Week is an opportunity to consider the many benefits WA gains from its
culturally and linguistically diverse communities.
include job creation, improved skill levels, the introduction of new
skills and networks, and improved economies of scale.
advantages are also many. Our diverse communities link us strongly with
the rest of the world and increase our competitiveness in this global
Harmony Week celebrates our diversity while working to remove barriers that still exist in the community.
Start planning now!
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
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 2019!
Harmony Week Events Calendar
Email OMI with your Harmony Week events and they'll publicise them on the Office of Multicultural Interest's Community events calendar.
Then send your photos to firstname.lastname@example.org or tag them with #WAHarmony and OMI will add them to the Multicultural community event photo gallery
Why Harmony Week?
Week originated in Western Australia 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
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
Harmony Week resources