Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

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

    Local festival celebrates global cultures

    18/05/2018 2:00 PM
    • Harmony celebration now in its fourth year
    • Festival supported by the McGowan Government with $5,000 

    Visitors to Heron Park Estate in Harrisdale will get the chance to experience turban-tying, sari-styling and much more, as part of Harmony Festival 2018.


    Organised by a dedicated committee of volunteers from eight local community and cultural groups, the popular festival is now celebrating its fourth year and is likely to be the biggest and best yet.


    The multicultural celebration will feature music, dance and ethnic food stalls, as well as Pakiwaitara, a special Maori cultural experience made up of Ta Moko (photo exhibition of tattoos), Haka (challenge), Waiata (song), Whakairo (carving) and Kai (cuisine).


    The McGowan Government is proud to support the Harmony Festival with $5,000 via the Office of Multicultural Interests' (OMI) Community Grants Program.


    The Harrisdale festivities are taking place on Sunday, May 20 from 11am until 4pm at Jim and Alma Baker Park.


    For more information about OMI's Community Grants Program, visit http://www.omi.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Western Australia is rich with diversity and, every year, communities come together to recognise and celebrate the many cultures that make up our society.


    "Harrisdale is one of WA's most culturally diverse areas - in 2016, 46.2 per cent of Harrisdale residents were born overseas, including 30 per cent from a non-English speaking background.


    "This makes the annual Harmony Festival one of the area's most exciting culturally diverse community celebrations.


    "The popularity of the event is testament to the hard work and commitment of the local groups who work together to share and showcase their vibrant community."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600