Harmony Week is a Western Australian Government initiative that runs from 15 to 21 March each year.
Celebrations can be as big as a festival and as small as an office gathering where staff are encouraged to bring a tasting plate from their culture to share.
The aim of the week is to encourage everyone to experience, explore and appreciate Western Australia's wealth of cultural, faith and linguistic diversity, which helps to remove social barriers and improve community connections.
Other benefits of embracing diversity include the introduction of new skills and networks, and improved economies of scale.
Local activities during Harmony Week can involve arts and culture, sport and recreation, which are great ways to bring our community together to learn about other cultures and traditions.
Events planned for Harmony Week 2020 so far include a Pingelly Colour Trail, Experience India – The Flavoursome Way in Beacon, The Art of Sustainability in Maylands and the Mid West Harmony Festival in Geraldton.
Visit the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI) website to access the events calendar and to register a community event you are hosting.
A Harmony Week 2020 Kit is available to guide you through how to host a small or large event. If you do host a Harmony Week event, you are encouraged to share it on social media with the hashtag #WAHarmony.
OMI also provides Diverse WA: Cultural Competency Training, an online training module for working with people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.