Marco Polo Project
We bring cultures together
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About us

About US

Inspired by the multicultural fabric of Melbourne, Marco Polo Project exists in order to inspire and create new ways to bring cultures together. Founded in 2011, we are a registered charity headquartered in Australia, operating internationally, and committed to the public good on a global scale.

You can browse through the pages of this website to read more about our Education Projects, our flagship event Translation Club, or the Marco Polo Museum where we curate a selection of original stories and ideas from East Asia for Western Readers. 

The Marco Polo Project Story 

Marco Polo Project started with a vision: a distributed global community, connected through digital channels, reading and translating the voices of contemporary Chinese writers. This vision guided the development of Marco Polo 1.0 as a purely digital collaborative translation platform.

Soon, however, the vision prompted lateral developments - online, through social media channels and partnerships with China-focused magazines; offline, through partnerships and events with cultural, education and community-focused organisations. Marco Polo 2.0 started in 2013, with our first 'All-you-can-translate' event in Melbourne, as our centre of gravity shifted from the medium - our platform - to the people - our community.

This, in turn, led us to appreciate a new challenge: what specific models of learning or engagement might best allow people living across languages and cultures to develop self-awareness and mutual empathy? This question now drives the work of Marco polo 3.0. 

Get in touch! 

We are always happy to discuss potential collaborations, whether incubating a new project, running a pop-up Translation Club, or exploring the ways that our models or programs could apply in your context. We also run an ongoing informal internship program, and welcome people with a commitment to cross-cultural education to join us on the journey. 

If you're interested in the work of Marco Polo Project - or simply want to say hi - we would love to hear from you! Please contact us at info@marcopoloproject.org, or through our contact form