Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

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

    Three-day event celebrates African cultures in WA

    24/05/2018 12:00 PM
    • Africa Day events bring Western Australia's diverse African communities together
    • The McGowan Government supports Africa Day with $5,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests 

    A series of events celebrating African cultures will take place across the State this week, as part of Africa Day 2018.


    The annual commemoration marks the founding of the African Union in 1963, and brings together Western Australia's diverse African communities to celebrate African unity.


    Africa Day has developed into a platform for creating awareness about all things Africa, all around the world.


    Apart from the political and economic challenges facing the continent, Africa Day celebrates the African way of life, culture, art, music and love for bright colours.


    Co-ordinated by the Organisation of African Community of WA and local African community groups, the celebrations are expected to attract hundreds of people.


    Africa Day 2018 is supported by the McGowan Government with sponsorship of $5,000 through the Office of Multicultural Interests. The program of events includes:

    • A free public panel discussion on the topic of 'African Sustainable Development Agendas' at The University of Western Australia on Friday, May 25, 2018;
    • An African-style gala dinner at Gloucester Park on Saturday, May 26, 2018; and
    • A free sporting festival at Herb Graham Recreation Centre on Sunday, May 27, 2018. 

    Africa Day celebrations take place between tomorrow (May 25) and Sunday (May 27), and details of events can be found at http://www.omi.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Africa Day takes its place alongside Perth's growing list of colourful community events bringing new cultural experiences to the whole community.


    "Events like this offer everyone the chance to learn more about WA's African communities while experiencing and enjoying African cultures.


    "Many Australians of African backgrounds have made Western Australia their home, and have enriched many aspects of our society."


    Minister's office - 6552 5600