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2009 Parliament

Event Schedule

For a more detailed view of the programming on a particular day, please click one of the following links:

3 Dec
4 Dec
5 Dec
6 Dec
7 Dec
8 Dec
9 Dec

Daily Overview

8:00 - 9:00am Observances from diverse religious and spiritual traditions
9:30 - 11:00am Intrareligious Programs – speakers from a single religious tradition express their identities, discuss their challenges and showcase their messages
11:30am -1:00pm Interreligious Programs – speakers from two or more religious traditions engage with each other seeking greater understanding
2:30 - 4:00pm Engagement Programs – speakers from diverse religious traditions consider the challenges of our many crucial topics and the resources to meet them
4:30 - 6:00pm Open Space for informal discussions
7:30 - 9:00pm Evening Plenary – Keynote presentations, blessings and performances


Evening Plenaries – Preliminary Overview

Opening Plenary

3rd December
MCEC Plenary Hall

Official ‘Welcome to Country’ from the Aboriginal community and key government and international speakers with special artistic performances.
Communities Night Friday
4th December
6:00pm onwards
Around Melbourne
Melbourne’s diverse religious and spiritual communities will host participants in churches, temples, synagogues, mosques etc.
International Plenary Saturday 
5th December
MCEC Plenary Hall
Presents the international interreligious movement and the UN Decade for Interreligious Dialogue by international major speakers, international artists and performers.
Sacred Music Concert Sunday
6th December
MCEC Plenary Hall
Performances of the world’s sacred music and movement by world-class musicians from diverse religious and spiritual traditions.
Youth Plenary Monday
7th December
MCEC Plenary Hall
Presentations and artistic performances by contemporary local and international artists, organised by multi-faith Australian youth leaders committee.
Melbourne Plenary Tuesday
8th December
MCEC Plenary Hall
Presentations and performances celebrating Melbourne's religious and spiritual diversity and its vision for interfaith dialogue and cooperation.
Closing Plenary Wednesday
9th December
MCEC Plenary Hall
Presentation of awards, artistic performances and major speakers including His Holiness the Dalai Lama.