Date(s) - 15/03/2019 - 21/03/2019
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 which ends with Harmony Day, a national day, celebrated on 21 March.
There are many resources available on the Office of Multicultural Interests’ website – how is your school celebrating?
Did you know?
Harmony 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 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.