Sydney Pre-Parliament Event
Lachlan’s Garden Marquee Old Government House Parramatta Sunday 2 August 2009 10.00 am -5.00 pm

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Parramatta, Sydney, Australia, 2 August 2009

In the lead-up to the Parliament, a pre-Parliamentary event for Sydney was held on Sunday 2 August at Old Government House, Australia’s oldest public building, from 10.00 am to 5.00 pm.

This event offered a taste of the Parliament experience in a festive atmosphere.Members or all faiths and none were invited to take part.


10.00am Fasting and Feasting: A forum organized by the Faith and Ecology Network

Fasting is common in most religions. In a time where climate change is telling us that the Earth has had enough of excessive consumption, how we fast and feats takes us to the heart of the key themes of the Parliament of the World’s Religions in a practical and personal way.

FEN is a Sydney based network of people from different faith traditions who are interested in faith and ecology

12.00 noon Sacred Music concert

Featuring accomplished performers from several traditions

Dahlia Dior is a singer of enormous vitality and energy, whose unique vocal talents have gained her international acclaim. Dahlia trained at London’s Royal Academy and La Fayette in Paris, and is equally proficient in concert hall or intimate cabaret. Leo Novikov studied violin in Russia. As a member of one of the world’s best orchestra – the Moscow Philharmonic – Leo performed in the most prestigious concert halls with internationally acclaimed musicians. Sydney born Helena Sindelar has an extensive career, having performed both in Sydney and around the world with featured performances in Vienna, Salzburg, Innsbruck, Lucerne, Interlaken, Paris, England and Wales with a broad variety of companies and venues such as La Madeleine in Paris, Canterbury Cathedral, Sydney Opera House Concert Hall, Sydney's State Theatre, Angel Place, Sydney Town Hall, Modus Operandi, Opus Minor in their successful “Opera in the Pub” series and The Opera and Arts Support Group.

1.15 pm Vegetarian Lunch

2.00 pm Forum: Making a World of Difference: Hearing Each Other, Healing the Earth

Chaired by Dr Rachael Kohn (The Spirit of Things, ABC Radio National), the forum included:

* Welcome to Country

* Introduction to the Parliament by the Revd Dirk Ficca, Executive Director of the Parliament of the World’s Religions

* Keynote address by Professor Larissa Behrendt, Professor of Law and Director of Research at the Jumbunna Indigenous House of Learning, UTS Sydney

* Young people’s inter-faith panel, chaired by Dr Rachael Kohn, discussed the key topics of the Parliament of the World’s Religions.

* Musical performance

Parliament of the World’s Religions
Sydney Pre-Parliament Event

Lachlan’s Garden Marquee
Old Government House
Sunday 2 August 2009
10.00 am -5.00 pm

Registration $20
($10 for children under 12)
Includes a light vegetarian lunch

Telephone: 9299 2215


The Sydney Pre-Parliament event was
organized by a Steering Committee
made up of representatives of the
following groups:

Affinity Intercultural Foundation
Baha’i Council for NSW & ACT
Brahma Kumaris
Buddhist Council of NSW
Catholic Archdiocese of Sydney
Catholic Diocese of Parramatta
Columban Mission Institute
NSW Ecumenical Council
NSW Jewish Board of Deputies
Ramakrishna Sarada Vedanta Society
Sikh Council of Australia
Uniting Church Synod of NSW
and the ACT
Women’s Interfaith Network
World Conference of Religions for Peace
Zoroastrian community