Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Police; Road Safety; Defence Industry; Veterans Issues

    Katanning Harmony Festival showcases multicultural gem

    16/03/2018 1:00 PM
    • Katanning celebrates cultural diversity for Harmony Week
    • Festival supported by the McGowan Government with $40,000 

    The Katanning community will come together tomorrow (March 17) for the annual Katanning Harmony Festival, which celebrates a town widely regarded as 'the multicultural gem of the Great Southern region'.


    The festival, which includes live entertainment, cooking demonstrations, market stalls and an international food village, is a highlight in the town's social calendar with about 5,000 people expected to attend.


    Katanning is one of the most culturally diverse regional areas in Australia with more than 50 languages spoken in the town, and more than 37 per cent of residents having one or both parents born overseas.


    This incredible diversity is reflected in the harmony festival, which features a number of diverse cultural groups including the Afghan, Chinese, Karen, Filipino, Malay, Burundi, Twa and Indian communities.


    The McGowan Government is proud to support this Harmony Week event via the Office of Multicultural Interests, the Great Southern Development Commission, Lotterywest, and Healthway.


    The Katanning Harmony Festival is one of the many events happening around the State to mark Harmony Week, an initiative of the State Government. Harmony Week gives everyone an opportunity to explore and appreciate Western Australia's wealth of cultural, faith, linguistic and ethnic diversity.


    For more information about Harmony Week, visit http://www.omi.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Katanning is often referred to as a multicultural success story and with good reason. The town has shown how multiculturalism can benefit a whole community culturally, socially and economically.


    "The Katanning Harmony Festival is an opportunity to showcase the cultural diversity that the town is famous for and for everyone to connect with their neighbours, and celebrate and explore their multicultural society."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600