In 2023, Celebrate WA brought out the true essence of what it means to be Western Australian. More than 82,000 people attended one or more WA Day Festival events across our great State, bringing life to what it means to be a West Aussie.

Despite the rain pouring down, spirits were lifting high with a great turnout at the Burswood Park and Optus Stadium Precinct two-day festival. Audiences were treated to exceptional live performances by Baby Animals, Mark Seymour, Voyager, South Summit, Boox Kid, Dulcie, Priscilla and Mitch Santiago, more than 80 food trucks and a total of 35 sideshow attractions and carnival rides, not to mention the spectacular fireworks that even the wet weather could not dampen.

A personal highlight for me was Wadjuk Dreaming, an immersive indigenous storytelling under a bespoke dome creating a campfire-like experience of warmth and intimacy to gather around and hear and see beautiful stories come to life through graphic animations.

Across the state, more than 22,000 people attended one or more of our seven regional and satellite festivals, bringing culture, food and fun to Albany, Carnarvon, Fremantle, Geraldton, Kalgoorlie, Newman, and Port Hedland.

With 40,000 Education booklets distributed through our generous Official Media Partner Seven West Media, our School Education Program reached far and wide, further supported by 20,000 booklets having been circulated on the WA Day weekend and colouring-in pullouts included in The West Australian and The Sunday Times.

All these events, festivals, and promotions come together to broaden the reach and extend the cultural, age and geographic inclusivity of Celebrate WA activities across the WA Day long weekend.

This year marked the 50th anniversary of the Western Australian of the Year Awards, and we were delighted to be able to showcase the incredible talent and passion of leading Western Australians. This special event acknowledged and celebrated those extraordinary community members who have made outstanding contributions to our State. Sincere congratulations to all the category winners, whose outstanding achievements in their respective fields really do represent the diversity of talent present in Western Australia. Sincere thanks go to our 52 independent and experienced voluntary judges.

All of this is made possible by the ongoing support of our remarkable sponsors and partners. The Celebrate WA Board wishes to acknowledge the significant contributions made by our major supporters – BHP, Lotterywest and the Government of Western Australia – along with premier partners Woodwside Energy and Hancock Prospecting – Roy Hill; festival sponsors RAC, Navitas and Perdaman; award sponsors Alcoa, APM, BHP, HBF, Seven, Wesfarmers and Woodside Energy. A special thanks to our venue partners Crown and Burswood Park; hospitality partners Gage Roads and Rainfall Distillery; our official media partners Seven, The West Australian, Perth Now and the Sunday Times; along with our supporting partners EY, Herbert Smith Freehills and PwC. Your generous support continues to make the WA Day celebrations such a grand success.

I would also like to extend thanks to our Celebrate WA Board and Management, who work tirelessly year-round to ensure the smooth running of our programs.

The new year is fast approaching, and nominations are now open for the 2024 Western Australian of the Year Awards across all seven categories. Please do take the time to submit your nominations for what will be another extraordinary celebration of achievement, passion and purpose.

I look forward to the year ahead in 2024 when we will see even more people come together to celebrate what it means to live, work and play in our great State of Western Australia.

MICHAEL ANGHIE Chair, Celebrate WA

Celebrate WA is a not-for-profit organisation responsible for the annual WA Day celebrations, recognising excellence in all fields of endeavour, and encouraging pride in all things Western Australian.

Whether it’s appreciating our rich culture, talented musicians, world class food and wine, blue skies and fresh air, iconic landmarks or the standout achievements of our citizens, WA has so much to celebrate on this special day.

In April 2012, Foundation Day was changed to WA Day following bipartisan political support. This heralded a new era in which WA Day was acknowledged as an inclusive celebration of our Aboriginal history, European settlers and the many people and cultures that make WA such a unique place to live.

WA Day is powered by partnerships. Events of this scale and significance are only possible through the support of our sponsors, and together we achieve:

in the community, celebrating what it means to be Western Australian.

by increasing awareness and discussion around our heritage, culture and diversity, identity and location.

focusing on regional and remote Western Australia.

by acknowledging the contributions made by Aboriginal people to WA.

through uniting diverse people and cultures, and acknowledging Aboriginal people as the traditional landowners.

through celebrating inspirational Western Australians who deliver positive outcomes for our State.

WA Day 2023 Festival


The reimagined WA Day Festival kicked off with brilliant sunshine on the first day of winter. Early birds enjoyed rides, food trucks, and family fun. A free family music concert at 12:15 pm featured local talent, followed by Eurovision contestants Voyager. The Lotterywest Community stage showcased WA’s finest, from comedians to magicians.

Kids marvelled at Scitech’s discoveries, and the WA Museum hosted Dawson’s Burrowing Bee lessons. Alcoa wowed the crowd with an incredible robotic dog, and food enthusiasts flocked to the Spudshed cooking extravaganza. Despite weather challenges, the crowd eagerly anticipated performances by Mark Seymour and the Baby Animals.

Unfortunately, Amy Shark couldn’t perform due to severe wet weather. The Festival closed early on Sunday, but not before a spectacular fireworks show lit up the night.

The 2023 Western Australian of the Year Awards made a triumphant return, showcasing the grandeur expected from this prestigious event. The Gala Awards evening gathered prominent figures, including business leaders, the Premier, State and Federal Ministers, and Head of State, Governor Chris Dawson.

Among 122 exceptional nominees, the 55 Judges faced the challenging task of selecting winners in seven categories: Aboriginal, Arts & Culture, Business, Community, Professions, Sport, and Youth. The evening featured entertainment from the Ten Tenors, creating a truly memorable atmosphere. The highlight of the night was the announcement of Mrs. Gina Rinehart AO as the 2023 Western Australian of the Year, recognizing her remarkable philanthropic contributions to the Western Australian community.

The Celebrate WA Education program’s success keeps on thriving year after year. This time, an impressive 60,000 Education booklets were printed, with 40,000 making their way directly to school children across Western Australia.

The outreach extended to Metro and Regional Festivals in Port Hedland, where 20,000 booklets found eager recipients. Adding to the vibrancy, special colouring-in liftouts were featured in Friday’s The West Australian, The Sunday Times, and once more in The West on Monday

The 2023 media campaign proved to be exceptionally successful, garnering over $2 million in total media value between May and June. The WA Day Festival achieved its marketing objectives with flying colours.

Key messaging and highlights skilfully promoted civic pride, social inclusion, community participation, excellence, and the remarkable achievements of Western Australians. The campaign also emphasized Aboriginal engagement and the celebration of our rich history. Despite the weather challenges, the spirit of Celebrate WA shone through, creating a memorable experience for all.

WA Day Major Supporters

Premier Partners

Festival Sponsors

Award Sponsors

Venue Partners

Hospitality Partners

Official Media Partners

Supporting Partners

Phone: (08) 9324 5000
Street Address: 50 Hasler Road, Osborne Park WA 6017
Postal Address: PO Box 7681, Cloisters Square, Perth WA 6850

© 2023 Celebrate WA

Major Supporters

Celebrate WA wish to acknowledge the traditional custodians of the land we meet on for all WA Day festivities. We wish to acknowledge and respect their continuing culture and the contribution they make to the life of this State. Paying our respects to Elders past, present, and emerging.

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