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The Delphic Games -
Sister of the Olympic Games

Opening Ceremony of the III Delphic Games 2009 in Jeju, South Korea

What is the mission?

Art, culture and education are the most significant proof for identity, creativity and development. They are expression of contemporary creation. Art is able to build bridges between cultures and nations and can contribute to a peaceful living together.

Art and culture inspire and promote the awareness for the own existence. They help to answer the questions: Who am I, where I come from and where to go? This questions about the own identity, to find the future way in a globalised world becomes increasingly important.

What is our vision?

Similar to the Olympic Games for sports, bringing people together across the globe through enthusiasm, the Delphic Games should unite people of all nations and cultures through fascination for the arts.

To provide human beings of all ages all over the world access to culture and art as a base for emotional understanding among each other.

What are the Delphic Games?

The Delphic Games were held parallel to Olympic Games in ancient Greece and celebrated one year prior to the Olympic Games for about 1000 years - until both games were banned as heathen Games 394 BC

The Olympic Games for sport revived with the founding of the International Olympic Committee (IOC) 1894 in Paris - 1500 years after the ban

The Delphic Games for arts and culture revived with the founding of the International Delphic Council (IDC) 1994 in Berlin - 1600 years after the ban

In 1994 representatives of 20 countries founded the International Delphic Council in Berlin to start off the Delphic Games of the Modern Era. Since then the IDC arranges for Delphic Games and Junior Delphic Games within a four-year period but two years apart.

What is the aim?

To make Art and Culture an important part of our everyday life

To change our social behavior based on awareness of other cultures

To integrate Art and Culture in the life-long education process

Who is benefitting?

Artists – a unique national and international forum to present their arts and culture

Teachers – a unique way of testing artistic skills of students and to compare education methods and results around the world

Art Federations – a unique worldwide forum for interdisciplinary artistic disciplines at intercultural level in virtue of competitions, presentations and exhibitions

Audience – a unique active and transparent participation system

Regions, Countries, Cities – a unique motivation for arts, culture and social, political participation and its “branding” possibilities.

Economy – a unique podium and worldwide marketing platform with transparent investor and sponsoring opportunity, especially in worldwide media and entertainment sector.

How is it happening?

National Contest - organized by the National Delphic Council (NDC)

International Games - organized by the International Delphic Council (IDC) together with the NDC

Good will Messages


Arts and Culture are both our past and our future – the deepest expression of our feelings, our identities and our personalities.

Art helps us to understand different cultures, culture helps us to understand different arts.

Together arts and culture allow the different generations to communicate and create.

"It is in this spirit, that the ancient Greeks organised the original Delphic Games, and it is also in this spirit that the International Delphic Council decided to relaunch the Games. I would like to salute this initiative very warmly The Second Delphic World Congress and the First Junior Delphics, which are held in Tbilisi this year, are an impressive achievement. I am convinved that, thanks to the enthusiasm of all participants – old and youg, artists and spectators – they will be crowed with success"

Prof. Dr. Daniel Tarschys
Secretary General of the European Council


"I can think of no model more worthy of emulation than the Greek. They placed the refinement of body, mind, and spirit on one invisible altar to life. This trinity must be revered and cultivated. It is a feature of our own world than we have divided and subdivided continually the whole into its specific component parts and have often lost the binding unity to which this specific function is attached. There is a mutual independence between the whole to its parts and parts to the whole; we must never lose sight of either. I applaud your new impulses and your targets."

Lord Yehudi MENUHIN, OM, KBE
Violinist and Conductor,
April 1997


"It's a moving moment to state, that the "continuously talking water" of the Kastalian spring did not stop flowing and that there are still people sensitive to hearing it."

Konstantinos Lefas
Mayor of Delphi, Greece,
December 1994