Bendigo: Multi-faith dinner and forum

Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services conducts an annual Festival of Cultures in Bendigo. A Multi-Faith Dinner and Forum will take place during the Festival on Wednesday, 18 March. The guest speaker will be Prof. Gary Bouma.


Have you ever wanted to know something about religion but been too scared to ask? Well, now is the time to get those questions ready.

The Multi-Faith Dinner at the All Seasons Conservatory will bring religions of all kinds together for a night of harmony, diversity and dialogue.

Representatives from all major faiths will be on hand to discuss Freedom of Religion and Belief while answering questions from the floor. Questions can even be emailed in beforehand to info@bendigofestivalofcultures.org.au.

UNESCO Asia Pacific Intercultural and Interreligious Relations chair and Global Terrorism Research Centre director Professor Gary Bouma will be the keynote speaker.

Also at the forum will be Harkirat Singh

Harkirat Singh started the Sikh Blood Donation Drive with Australian Red Cross and Sikh Food Donation with Food Bank Victoria.

He traveled all around Australia to get more and more Sikhs to donate blood to serve the humanity and make the Australians aware of the sikh Identity.

With his management and hard work, Sikhs broke the record of most number of blood donations in one day.

He is the Sikh representative in many council and government projects and continuously raises issues related to Sikhs with higher authorities.

Ven. Thubten Lhundrup will also be on the panel.

Lhundrup was ordained by Lama Zopa Rinpoche in 2003 and received full ordination vows with His Holiness the Dalai Lama in 2004.

He first attended Buddhist teachings with Geshe Doga in 1995 at Tara Institute in Melbourne, moved to Thubten Shedrup Ling Monastery in 2002, spent 2005 in Darjeeling, India studying Tibetan language and 2014 in Dharamsala/McLeod Ganj pursuing further studies

Lhundrup is the author of Practical Meditation.

Bendigo South East College will provide chamber strings music

Tickets at the All Seasons, on 5443 8166 or at LCMS in McCrae St. Tickets are $48 or $35 if booked before February

Sponsored by the Victorian Multicultural Commission, All Seasons and Bank mecu

What: Multifaith Dinner and Forum

When: Wednesday, 18 March 2915, 6 – 9 PM

Where: All Seasons Conservatory, 171 – 183 McIvor Road, Bendigo

Cost: $48, $35 if booked before February; Tickets at the All Seasons, on 5443 8166 or at LCMS in McCrae St.

More information: Loddon Campaspe Multicultural Services 03 5441 6644

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