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Melbourne to Celebrate One-Year Anniversary of Parliament

One year after the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions was held in Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, the city has changed for the better.  The world’s largest interreligious event brings people together from all over the world, and certainly has a global impact, but nowhere is that impact more noticeable than in the host city itself.

Join the celebration of a newly-invigorated interreligious movement:

“A World of Difference…Just Around the Corner”

Sunday 14 November 2010

Click here for registration information

Click here to download the flier

November 4th, 2010 at 6:23 am

Brumby wins Gandhi Peace Award

From The Sydney Morning Herald

Victorian Premier John Brumby has won the 2010 Mahatma Gandhi Peace Award for helping stage last year’s Parliament of the World’s Religions in Melbourne.

The government contributed $2 million to the forum which brought together Victorians and delegates from around the world to share traditions, cultures and friendships.

“I am very proud to accept the Mahatma Gandhi Award which I see as an award for the Victorian people and their commitment to promoting harmony across our community,” Mr Brumby said.

“Victorians are proud of our diverse multicultural heritage and that’s why our government is proud to support programs, organisations and events that both promote and strengthen our rich multiculturalism.”

He said the government wanted to leave a legacy for promoting community harmony and understanding in Victoria.

Click here to read the rest of the article.

Post Parliament Gala with Yusuf Islam

Taking Away a Piece of the Parliament

The Age has written a short article on goods for sale at the Parliament of Religions exhibitors’ hall.  The article discussed a kaleidoscope of religious traditions and organisations, ranging from the Dharma Realm Buddhist Association and the Ubiee Futuro-Plan to the Federal and State Governments of Australia.

To read the full article, click here.

Pedalling for Peace to the Parliament

This week a literal youth movement will ride into the 2009 Parliament of Religions… on two wheels! Pedalling for Peace, “a powerful statement of hope and positivity” according to their website are at this moment biking the 1050 km journey from Sydney to Melbourne, stopping for school and interfaith events along the way. Their trek is being filmed as part of a documentary and has also been covered by the Northern District Times.

To read the full article, click here.

Melbourne, Australia

The Council is very happy to partner with the city of Melbourne, the state of Victoria and the government of Australia to host the 2009 Parliament of the World’s Religions. “A multi-religious, multi-lingual and multicultural city, Melbourne is an ideal place to hold the world’s largest interreligious gathering.”

To read more about the contextual significance of Australia to the Parliament, please click here.

For a special video invitation to the 2009 Parliament, click here.

So You’re Going to the Parliament. Now What?

You’ve made up your mind! You’re all set to go to Australia to join the discussion! So: What now?

You’ll definitely want to register for the event. Our registration page has information on packages, fees, forms and more. To visit the registration page, click here.

If you plan on bringing a group and want to find out if you qualify for a special, discounted rate, click here.

International travelers will have to take care of visas and other details well before they make their trip to Australia. Information about visiting requirements has been posted here.

Melbourne has fabulous accommodation options; to learn about them, click here. We have also provided a hotel list here and information on homestays here. Of course, details make a difference, from cab fare to the price of breakfast. Our Melbourne staff has helped by assembling some other useful information here.

Last but not least, while the Parliament of Religions is an immense and beautiful event, don’t forget that Australia itself is an immense and beautiful place. If you let your curiosity guide you outside the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre (MCEC), you’ll find a variety of exciting activities and sights, from the vineyards of the Yarra Valley to the penguins of Phillip Island. For information of these and other attractions, click here.