FAQs

When is WA Day?

WA Day is always held on the first Monday in June. In 2020, it will be on Monday 1 June.

 

What is WA Day?

In April 2012, Foundation Day was formally changed to WA Day following bipartisan political support in the Western Australian Parliament.

This welcomed in a new era for the State with WA Day being a universal celebration of all Western Australians, recognising our Aboriginal history, early European settlers and the many people from all over the world who have made, and continue to make, Western Australia their home.

As a vast geographic area comprising many different urban, rural and regional communities, as well as being a very multicultural community, the emphasis for WA Day celebrations is on inclusion of all people no matter how long they have called themselves Western Australians.

 

What events are being held in 2020? 

We all want to celebrate the best of WA each year, however, in 2020 we must put public health first and foremost because of COVID-19. With great sadness we have cancelled the 2020 WA Day Festival events around WA. Read our full statement here.

 

How can we celebrate this WA Day?

Although our traditional WA Day Festival events won’t take place across the State this year, there’s still plenty for Western Australians to celebrate this WA Day.

Our success in fighting COVID-19 has meant the restrictions put in place to slow the spread of the virus have been partially lifted, allowing us West Aussies to enjoy WA Day in groups of up to 20, dine in re-opened cafés, restaurants and pubs, and travel within set borders to support regional communities over the long weekend.

SOTA (State of the Art) Music Festival will also return in 2020 with a socially-distant edition, SOTAstream. MORE DETAILS HERE.

 

What is SOTAstream?

SOTA fest is back in 2020 with a socially-distant edition – SOTAstream.  Awesome WA acts will be streamed live from Freo.Social straight to you this WA Day long weekend.

With venues forced to close and artists unable to perform due to COVID-19, SOTAstream gives some of WA’s most recognisable musos the chance to get back performing in front of crowds, albeit separated by a screen.

CLICK HERE for more info and the line-up.

 

Will the Western Australian of the Year Awards be presented this year?

Regrettably, we have cancelled the Western Australian of the Year Awards 2020 in response to COVID-19.

Nominations for the 2020 Awards will be carried forward to 2021 to ensure that we continue to recognise the talented Western Australians who have been put forward for this honour.

During these challenging times we would like all Western Australians to remain proud of the many achievements of our State and admire the resilience of all the people who live here.

 

What will happen in 2021?

In 2021, the following events will return bigger and better than ever:

–         The 2021 Western Australian of Year Awards gala dinner at Crown Perth on Friday 4 June.

–          The WA Day Festival at Burswood Park on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 June.

–          SOTA (State of the Art) Music Festival at Burswood Park on Monday 7 June.

–          Regional events across WA on Sunday 6 and Monday 7 June.

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