Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

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

    Spectacular festival celebrates Sikh history and New Year

    4/05/2018 12:00 PM
    • Traditional Sikh festival transforms South Perth foreshore
    • The McGowan Government supports Vaisakhi Mela with $5,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests (OMI)  

    More than 6,000 people are expected to converge tomorrow (May 5) on the South Perth foreshore to celebrate Vaisakhi Mela.


    The annual festival is one of the most important dates on the Sikh calendar, marking the Sikh New Year and the founding of the Sikh community, known as the Khalsa (Community of the Pure), more than 300 years ago.


    A fantastic family day out, the free festival will bring a taste of spectacular Sikh culture and traditions to South Perth for everyone to enjoy. Highlights include Indian food, dance and cultural performances, music, entertainment, children's rides, a DJ and fireworks.


    Vaisakhi Mela 2018 is supported by the McGowan Government with sponsorship of $5,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests.


    Sikhism is one of Western Australia's fastest growing faiths, with more than 11,900 Western Australians identifying with Sikhism - an increase of 142.3 per cent since 2011.


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


    Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Vaisakhi Mela takes its place alongside Perth's growing list of colourful community festivals bringing family fun, excitement and new cultural experiences to the whole community.


    "Our wonderful culturally diverse community means all Western Australians get to participate in the best of the world's annual festivals right here at home.


    "The WA Sikh community continues to play a key role in making Western Australia an even more vibrant and exciting State.


    "I encourage everyone to make their way to Vaisakhi Mela and experience some of the local Sikh community's fantastic cultural contributions to WA."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600