Western Australia Minister for Citizenship & Multicultural Interests John Castrilli
Western Australia Celebrates Harmony Week 2011
Victor P Taffa
Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister John Castrilli will tomorrow launch Harmony Week 2011, an event celebrated by thousands of West Australians each year.
The WA initiative encourages the support of multiculturalism and celebrates the many benefits it brings to the State.
Mr. Castrilli said Harmony Week enabled each and every one of us to recognise and respect our differences and to focus on what unites us all.
“Western Australia has been shaped and enriched by migration and this continues to be critical in sustaining our economic growth.” Mr. Castrilli said.
“With the highest proportion of people born overseas than any other State, WA is home to more than 200 cultural groups and nearly 300 languages.”
“The State Government is very proud to provide opportunities for everyone to appreciate our range of cultures, religions and traditions.”
Across the regional and metropolitan areas, State Government departments, local governments, businesses, schools and community groups will be presenting a range of activities. They include:
- Josiah Komichi, guitar virtuoso act, Tuesday, March 15, Seville Grove Library;
- Harmony Picnic for playgroups, Wednesday, March 16, Wanneroo;
- Harmony Dinner, Saturday, March 19 hosted by the Midwest Multicultural Association and the City of Geraldton-Greenough;
- Harmony Day Celebrations, Sunday, March 20, Geraldton Foreshore;
- Harmony International Folk fest, Sunday, March 20, Perth Concert Hall.
The Minister said there would be 30 events held in WA during Harmony Week 2011.
“‘I encourage all West Australians to get involved in the activities and show their support for our vibrant multicultural community.” Mr. Castrilli said.
Perth was the first Australian city to launch Harmony Week in 2003 an appropriate celebration of diversity for the capital city of Australia’s most multicultural State.