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Western Australia Day is celebrated with a multitude of events each year, and this year is no exception with celebrations being held in Perth, Mandurah, Bunbury, Albany, Kalgoorlie-Boulder, Port Hedland, Geraldton, Exmouth, Onslow, and Newman!

This year, the public holiday will be on Monday 4th June, with celebrations occurring over the weekend from Friday 1st June, 2018 until Monday 4th June.

This WA Day, Elizabeth Quay will come to life with the free WA Day Festival, in celebration of West Australian music, food, sports, arts and culture. The precinct will be jam-packed with free activities for the whole family.

Activities will include:

Awesome Arts' Imagination Playground
Circus skills
Lego and giant building blocks
Food trucks
Western Australia's biggest mascot run
And plenty more

There will also be the chance to meet and learn skills with some of Western Australia's best sports stars including the West Coast Eagles, Perth Wildcats, Perth Heat, Perth Glory, Perth Scorchers and Volleyball WA.

For the very first time, the State of the Art (SOTA) Music Festival will be free and will have two massive stages showcasing the very best of Western Australian music.

Also for the first time, the SOTA Festival will bring Bar, Bites and Beats, unique, urban-cool bars from Bar Pop featuring WA fortified and brewed beers, DJs and Insta-worthy bites from food trucks showcasing scrumptious local produce.

The Birds are back for the SOTA Festival 2018, from 10.00 am to 9.00 pm, and with SOTA's line-up including a mix of WA favourites, old and new, there will be performers as follows:

Birds of Tokyo
San Cisco
Mama Kin
Psychedelic Porn Crumpets
Arno Faraji
The Southern River Band
CALMLY - fka Childsaint
Carla Geneve
Sydnee Carter
John Bennett
Spacey Jane

Each year, the Western Australian of the Year Awards Gala Dinner continues to be the highlight of the calendar, and once again, this year's spectacular event will be no exception.

There will be seven categories and seven winners, all announced by our Patron, the Governor of Western Australia.

It will be opened by the Premier, the Honourable Mark McGowan MLA, and held at the Crown Ballroom, from 7.00 pm to 11.45 pm. They will have special food with our finest food and wines as well as entertainment by local artists and performers.

The following have all been nominated for this award:

Aboriginal Award
Gail Allison
Wayne Bergmann
Professor Colleen Hayward AM
Glenn Pearson

Arts & Culture Award
John Barrington
Janet Holmes Court AC
Andrew Ross
Phillip Walley-Stack
Bourby Webster

Business Award
Peter Bradford
Alicia Curtis
Dr Rick Fenny
Diane Smith-Gander

Community Award
Professor Mike Daube AO
Dr Garth Eichhorn
Greg Hebble
Joe Tuazama
Fadzi Whande

Professions Award
Professor Jonathan Carapetis
Professor Harvey Millar
Professor Robert Newton
Professor Deborah Terry AO
Professor James Trevelyan

Sport Award
Ron Alexander
Andrew Liddawi
Rob Thompson
Peter Trench

Youth Award
Shelley Cable
Luke Hallam
Greg Hire
Zal Kanga-Parabia
Sam Moyle

You can read about some of the winners at this site, and you can make your booking for this exciting Gala Dinner at this link.

On this day in June, WA Day aims to raise awareness and discussion on our history, unique heritage, culture, diversity and identity.

The aim is to unite all people young and old, from all ethnicities to join in a wide range of activities and events state-wide that will showcase the Western Australian spirit and our many achievements.

The celebration can be as simple as a lesson plan with a focus on the history of Western Australia, and all that it has to offer, or could even be something like a whole school assembly!

Or you could celebrate WA Day in your classroom and throughout your school by any of the following:

Decorate your classroom
Dress your classroom up for WA Day.

WA Day assembly
Hold an entire school assembly to celebrate WA Day in the week leading up to the WA Day long weekend.

WA Day morning tea
Invite parents, grandparents and friends to celebrate with your students over morning tea while showing them your WA day inspired stories and artwork.

WA Day Certificates
Present a WA Day Certificate in recognition of students who are making a positive contribution to the school and/or their local community.

Invite a guest Speaker
Invite a guest speaker to your school assembly who has had a positive impact on the lives of Western Australians and the community as a whole.

WA Day photography
Ask students to bring in images of their favourite place in WA.

WA Day Art show
Invite a local Indigenous artist to create artworks with students,

WA Day Creative Competition
Encourage students to demonstrate what it means to be an inspirational Western Australian

Celebrate WA will present eight separate events, extending the celebrations from Elizabeth Quay in Perth, to Esplanade Park in Fremantle, and with events in Kalgoorlie, Albany, Mandurah, Geraldton and Port Hedland.

You can check out about the rural events at this website.

If you are unable to make it to any of the events, you can always celebrate at home and check out this link for ideas.
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