Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

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

    Perth gets an African focus for Australia-Africa Week

    4/09/2019 12:10 PM
    • Australia-Africa Week runs until September 7
    • Annual week-long event celebrates WA African communities and Africa-Australia relations 

    Growing in size and scope every year, Australia-Africa Week is an opportunity to celebrate the many ties between Australia and countries across the African continent.


    The week is also a fascinating chance to discover a taste of the cultures, skills and business activities of many Western Australian communities from African backgrounds.


    Developed around the Africa Down Under Conference, Australia-Africa Week features events and activities that explore the economic and cultural links between African countries and WA.


    The McGowan Government, through a partnership between the Commonwealth Bank and the Office of Multicultural Interests, is supporting the Australia-Africa Trade and Cultural Expo which will showcase African Australian small businesses and cultural demonstrations.


    The expo, taking place at Yagan Square on September 6 and 7, will feature two sensational flash-mob dances following on the success of last year's event.


    Other events over Australia-Africa Week include university seminars, discussion panels, social functions and community events.


    Western Australia is home to more than 101,200 Africa-born people, which makes up about 4.1 per cent of the State's total population.


    For information of events during Australia-Africa Week, visit https://www.omi.wa.gov.au


    Comments attributed to Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Australia-Africa Week highlights the outstanding achievements of Western Australians from African backgrounds across a number of sectors including mining, community and small business.


    "Western Australian African communities are growing and contributing strongly to the social, economic and cultural development of the State.


    "The McGowan Government recognises and applauds the contributions of Western Australian African communities to every aspect of life in this State."


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