Marco Polo Project
We bring cultures together
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We engage systems at global and local level

Bringing cultures together is not the matter of just a program. Challenges are systemic - spanning from the lack of efficient governance to individuals. We know that deep change occurs when individuals and systems are brought together. We also know that local and global actions need to be taken in parallel.

Since 2011, we have been fortunate to work with a range of cutting-edge organisations to design and deliver new workshops and events.

Marco Polo Project has been privileged to partner with a range of organisations across Australia and internationally on cutting-edge education and cultural projects. Our partners and clients include Melbourne Knowledge Week, Sydney Ideas, Writers Victoria, Melbourne Writers Festival, Books Actually, Beijing Bookworm, China 30s, Danwei Media, Yeeyan, Ecole Normale Superieure, Monash University – Centre for Translation and Interpretation, Latrobe University, Melbourne University – Faculty of Business and Economics, Paris Sorbonne University, Monash College, Level Up English, China Australia Millennial Project, Australia China Youth Association, Language Connection, Foundation for Young Australians, School of Slow Media, Richmond West Primary School, Fudan High School, Raffles Institute, Ivanhoe Grammar, and Ivanhoe Girls Grammar.

Our work has been recognised through a range of grants and honours, including multiple grants from the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs, Victorian Multicultural Commission, City of Melbourne and City of Yarra, as well as national and international scholarships to leadership and advanced study programs, including from Asialink, Victorian Department of Business and Innovation, Australia Council for the Arts, Monash University, and the THNK school of Creative Leadership. In recognition of the work accomplished by Marco Polo Project, our founder and CEO Julien Leyre was listed on the Victorian Multicultural Honour Roll in 2016 and awarded the title of New Australian of the year in 2017.


Shaping culture: Festivals and public events

We have worked with a range of cultural institutions across the world. Highlights included the Marco Polo Festival. 

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Focus on education: schools and universities

Marco Polo Project has worked with a range of education organisations. We delivered Translation Club in China. We delivered the


Working with people: internships, coaching and mentoring

Since we started our operations in 2011, we have worked with over 80 volunteers, interns and partners, supporting them through their growth. We tailored practicum experiences for international students through Melbourne university.

In addition, we provide individual coaching, mentoring and strategic advice to community leaders, artists, international NGOs and business practitioners.