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Celebrate WA is this weekend: 29th May – 1st June



This weekend, Celebrate WA will celebrate WA anniversary day with a long weekend of activities that promote and recognize excellence in WA’s people, lifestyle, culture and potential. Celebrate WA showcases Western Australia with a calendar of events to suit WA’s diverse population, be it cultural, musical, recognising our great achievers, or providing fun for the whole family.

On Friday night (29th May) the WA Day Long Weekend will be officially launched with the 42nd annual Western Australian of the Year Awards to recognise community leaders and the pursuit of excellence in our State. A total of 26 finalists have been chosen in seven categories, including arts and culture, business and the community.

The same evening, the Perth International Jazz Festival opens for the long weekend with the first of 52 jazz performances, from local and international acts, across 19 exceptional venues in the heart of the Perth.

On Saturday 30th May, the State of the Art (SOTA) music festival takes centre stage in the Perth Cultural Centre with three ticketed stages, along with plenty of free entertainment aimed at celebrating home grown music. The line-up offers something for everyone headlined by Birds of Tokyo and local favourites You Am I, as well as over 60 other local favourites. At five Long Lunch events in Perth on Saturday and one in Port Hedland on Sunday, food and wine lovers will be able to experience local food culture prepared by top chefs using Western Australian produce.

On Monday 1st June, Come Out & Play will offer a range of family friendly and free activities including face painting, puppet making, live entertainment, tours and community artworks, all focused on celebrating the iconic culture enjoyed by West Australians. As well as Perth, Come Out & Play activities will be held in regional areas including Albany, Kalgoorlie, Geraldton and Port Hedland.

Says Celebrate WA CEO, Patria Jaffries: “We want everyone to take the opportunity to relax and enjoy our unique public holiday in their own special way, and to appreciate all the great things Western Australia has to offer.”

The Celebrate WA organisation is not-for-profit and is supported by BHP Billiton, the Government of Western Australia, Lotterywest and other leading businesses. Its vision is to engage all Western Australians in celebratory activities that promote our lifestyle, culture and future potential.

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