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The Vice-Regal program continued virtually this week, as the Governor and Mr Howard continued to meet with representatives of many Victorian organisations.

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The Melbourne International Film Festival (MIFF) is renowned as being one of the biggest and most exciting film festivals in the world, and despite the challenges presented by COVID-19 for the second year running, the festival has put together a remarkable program of incredible stories from across Australia and around the world. This week, the Governor had the opportunity to meet virtually with the Chair of MIFF, Teresa Zolnierkiewicz, to hear about some of the highlights of this year’s festival. The Governor and Mr Howard also took the opportunity on Friday evening to stream one of the feature movies available as part of the 2021 MIFF program.

While screenings in Melbourne are continuing online only, many screenings scheduled in regional Victoria are proceeding as planned. To learn more about the MIFF program, visit their website.

The Governor in Schools program enables students from all parts of Victoria to meet the Governor and Mr Howard, and gives them the opportunity to ask questions about the modern role of the Governor in Victoria. This week, the Governor and Mr Howard spent some time online with VCE students from Maffra Secondary College where they were able to answer questions posed by the students as part of their Legal Studies class.

Among other meetings this week, the Governor met virtually with Mr Adel Salman, President of the Islamic Council of Victoria.  The Governor appreciated the opportunity to hear about the support that the ICV is providing to many Victorians through these challenging times.  The Governor also met virtually with Mrs Chirelle Ellul Sciberras, newly arrived Consul General of Malta. International engagement is one of the key aspects of the Governor’s role – to learn more about the role of the Governor, visit this page.