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2009 Parliament

Evening Plenaries Overview

Celebrate the 2009 Parliament and its principal theme, ‘Make a World of Difference: Hearing each other, Healing the earth’, every evening at inspirational Plenary Sessions. These sessions will draw upon the wisdom and gifts of a wide array of religious and spiritual leaders, speakers and performers, and will include welcome, blessings and keynote addresses, as well as opportunities to participate in observances, music and performances.

Click on titles below for more details about each plenary.

Thursday 3 December: Opening Plenary

  • His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, Art of Living Foundation, India
  • Royal Melbourne Philharmonic Chorus
  • more ...

Saturday 5 December: International Plenary

  • Indonesian artist delegation offering “Tri Yoni Saraswati”
  • Canon Gideon Byamugisha, the first African religious leader to openly declare his HIV status
  • more ...


Sunday 6 December: Sacred Music Concert

  • Flautist Natesan Ramani and singer Manjiri Kelkar, India
  • Traditional songman Djakupurra Munyarryun and dancers from North Eastern Arnhem Land
  • many more ...


Monday 7 December: Youth Plenary

  • South African Muslim singer-songwriter Zain Bhikha and Ensemble
  • Hugh Evans, Global Poverty Project
  • more ...

Tuesday 8 December: Melbourne Plenary

  • Melbourne Singers of Gospel
  • Jewish poet and storyteller Debbie Masel
  • more ...

Wednesday 9 December: Closing Plenary

  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Australian Girls Choir
  • more ...




The world-class production of the evening plenaries is managed by Cultural Infusion, a national not-for-profit organisation utilising arts, culture and technology to promote harmony, diversity, inclusiveness and well-being in schools and communities.


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