Harmony Day celebrates Australia’s cultural diversity. It’s about inclusiveness, respect and a sense of belonging for everyone. In Western Australia Harmony week runs every year and is an opportunity for all Western Australians to celebrate our vibrant multicultural State.
The week runs from 16–22 March in 2019 and encourages everyone to experience, explore and appreciate WA’s wealth of cultural, religious, linguistic and ethnic diversity. There are many ways we can celebrate during the week and on Harmony Day- through sport, dance, art, film, music, storytelling, cooking and sharing cultural meals.
By participating in Harmony Week activities, we can learn and understand how all Australians from diverse backgrounds equally belong to this nation and make it a better place.
Check out the Harmony Week kit for ideas on celebrations for communities, businesses, government organisations, schools and individuals and start your planning now.
No matter where each of our personal stories began, we believe Australia Day is when we can all come together and pay tribute to our diversity and progress as a dynamic modern society and promote reconciliation and equality of all Australians.
Auspire encourages all communities to start the day taking time to reflect on the truths of our past and pay respect to our first peoples who are an important, significant and unique part of our story, but also give us cause to celebrate our uniqueness, as we are home to the oldest living culture on the planet.
Also on this day, we should aknowledge that all around the country; from the biggest cities to our smallest, most remote townships; there are thousands of ceremonies taking place that welcome our newest citizens as Australians, who too play an important role in our national identity and who will share our common future.
If you or your community is organizing an event to celebrate all this and more on Australia Day, tell us about it here.
National Reconciliation Week was initiated in 1996 by Reconciliation Australia to celebrate our First Australians’ history and culture and foster reconciliation discussion and activities. It is celebrated by communities, businesses and individuals at thousands of events across Australia and is a great opportunity to explore how each of us can contribute to reconciliation.
Reconciliation Week is celebrated across Australia each year between 27 May and 3 June. These dates commemorate two significant milestones in the reconciliation journey—the anniversaries of the successful 1967 referendum, and the High Court Mabo decision.
There are many ways to get involved during Reconciliation Week. You’ll find event ideas, toolkits and other useful information here.