Western Australia is set to host its first major cultural festival since the onset of COVID-19, with this weekend’s LiveLighter Multicultural Eid-Adha Carnival to take place tomorrow (August 8) at Burswood Park.
Co-ordinated by the Australian Arab Association, the free public family friendly carnival will include international cuisines, music, entertainment, performances and children’s rides.
Western Australia’s strong management of COVID-19 has allowed outdoor public events with large gatherings to take place, ahead of the rest of the country, with attendees reminded to continue to practise physical distancing and maintain good hygiene.
The carnival is a celebration of Eid ul-Adha, one of the most important festivals on the Muslim calendar. It will provide an opportunity for everyone in the community to learn about and enjoy the spectacular and diverse cultures and traditions of Western Australian Muslims.
This year’s LiveLighter Multicultural Eid-Adha Carnival is supported by the State Government with $35,000 through Healthway and the Office of Multicultural Interests.
More information about the Eid-Adha Carnival and others happening around the State can be found at https://www.omi.wa.gov.au
As stated by Citizenship and Multicultural Interests Minister Paul Papalia:
“This year’s Eid festival takes on a special significance as the first major cultural festival to be held in WA since the onset of COVID-19.
“With the State having moved to Stage 4 of WA’s roadmap for the careful easing of COVID-19 restrictions, the event is able to take place, with everyone planning to attend reminded to practise physical distancing and good hygiene.
“Because of WA’s culturally diverse communities, we get to participate in the best of the world’s celebrations right here at home with community festivals bringing family fun, excitement and new cultural experiences to everyone.
“The Western Australian Muslim community continues to grow and play a key role in making WA an ever more vibrant and exciting State.
“On behalf of the McGowan Government, I wish all Western Australian Muslims and their families Eid Mubarak during this important and joyful time.”