2,500 tickets sold for Atheist Convention, Melbourne

Media Release from Atheist Foundation of Australia, co-presenters with Atheist Alliance International of the Global Atheist Convention, Melbourne:

Global Atheist Convention - Sold out!

30 January, 10

Tickets for The Rise of Atheism, 2010 Global Atheist Convention are now sold out! The Convention, to be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre 12 - 14 March 2010, has attracted substantial Australian and international interest and tickets have sold out more than five weeks before the Convention starts.

David Nicholls, President of the Atheist Foundation of Australia said "We are thrilled with the support for the Convention, from the presenters, the attendees and the many people who have volunteered their time and expertise. With over 2,500 attendees, the Global Atheist Convention will be the largest gathering of freethinkers in Australia's history, and may be the largest atheist convention ever! The Convention will be a celebration of global atheism, a wonderful opportunity to hear the thoughts of scientists, philosophers, writers, comedians and many others, and a statement to political leaders of our concern about the negative effects of religion on society."

Even though tickets have sold out we are still receiving a substantial number of enquiries about sales and we are sorry that many people who would like to attend will miss out on this unique event. Given the strong interest in the Global Atheist Convention we are investigating filming options for a DVD of the event and hope one will be on sale shortly after the Convention" Nicholls continued.

Stuart Bechman, President of Atheist Alliance International, co-host of the Global Atheist Convention added, "The response to The Rise of Atheism Convention has been absolutely fantastic! This will be the largest convention AAI has been involved with and we're excited that atheism and secularism are so well supported in Australia. With such a high level of interest we will have to consider returning to Australia for future conventions."

Presenters at the Global Atheist Convention include Richard Dawkins, Peter Singer, Phillip Adams, PZ Myers, AC Grayling, Taslima Nasrin, Catherine Deveny, Dan Barker, Robyn Williams, Julian Morrow, Craig Reucassel, Maggie Millar, Lyn Allison, Tanya Levin, Leslie Cannold, Jane Caro and many more!

For further information on the Global Atheist Convention visit www.atheistconvention.org.au.

We'll see you in Melbourne!

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Comment by Little Name Atheist on February 5, 2010 at 12:28am
Go Kristy!
Comment by Michael Stoner on January 31, 2010 at 12:04pm
Sounds AWESOME!!! too bad i can't be there... :(
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on January 30, 2010 at 4:41pm
I have it on good authority that a DVD is being planned.
Comment by Marshall on January 30, 2010 at 4:25pm
Man, I would so love to be there.
Comment by Chrys Stevenson on January 30, 2010 at 12:40pm
Yes, Felch, the cake is all ready. I'm beginning to worry about you atheists blokes though. You want to jump out of a cake, Sean has contacted me about the etiquette of wearing a mankini and Woz (Mr Embiggen) is planning to wear a gold lame g-string. This dinner is sounding more like a night with Frank 'n Furter than Dawkins!
Comment by Glenn Sogge on January 30, 2010 at 11:22am
Congratulations, Kristy! And to everybody else who has (and will) put their time and energy into this.
Comment by tom arcaro on January 30, 2010 at 10:55am
Wonderful! Congratulations for you and OZ. Great work!
Comment by Loren Miller on January 30, 2010 at 6:15am
Uhhhh, felch? There are somethings even an atheist stomach has a rough time tolerating!

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