Artists and Musicians
A sampling of performers includes the following:
On the evening of Sunday 6 December 2009, the people of Melbourne, together with visitors from around the world, gathered at the new Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre to experience the beauty of the world’s most sacred music and movement, performed by world class musicians from many religious and spiritual traditions.
Throughout the seven days of the Parliament of the World’s Religions, the Arts and Culture program interweaveed with plenary sessions, discussions, conversations and forums. These events included Aboriginal and Indigenous traditional dance and songs, the poetry of Rumi and other mystical poets, religious and spiritual comedy, African drumming, chanting from diverse traditions, fine art exhibitions, major artistic performances and much more. Major galleries and museums in Melbourne also offered special exhibitions and tours around the themes of the Parliament. Cultural visits to Aboriginal sites and centres were a highlight of the program.