The Delphic Games Summit 2016, India
The Delphic Games Summit 2016, India will address the vital need for a common floor for the global community to access and understand each other’s cultures through the medium of the arts.
It will surface and explore the unique challenges for the Arts in two contexts: How to achieve sustainable financial needs by a concept of Culture Market Economy and how to communicate worldwide using the Digital Space. It will bring to light the relevance of the Delphic Games to the Modern World and to Culture &Tourism.
Intangible Cultural Heritage
Prof. Soo Kwan PARK, IDC Executive Board Member, founded the Korea Eastern Folk Song Conservatory in Daegu and held the first entrance ceremony with 40 students admitted after fierce competition at the Eastern Folk Song Conservatory Gyeongju Campus in February 2016. The city of Daegu designated Eastern Folk Songs of Korea as the 19th intangible cultural heritage and Master Soo Kwan Park as a possessor of the songs on the 10th of March. The Eastern Folk Songs refer to traditional songs that have been passed down on the eastern part of Hamgyung Province, Gangwon Province, and Gyeongsang Province. The songs are full of vigor, yet are considered as the best ones to represent joys and sorrows of common people. They maintain original musical, literary, and folkloric characteristics very well.
Invitation to a series of speculations on the subject of Language Arts
Life is stories – live stories
Language as a means to create reality
In the beginning was the Word - so it is written. In a series of words man creates reality, which is based on the wealth of terms of his language. This reality is the result of sound and sign. It is them to show the world the way we realise and understand it. It is them to constitute our individual reality and make it live. The very special idea of life is created by each of us individually.
Each person writes and tells his own story. Whoever looks back to his life realises it as a fixed and coherent story. Whoever narrates his experiences makes himself a frantic visionary of his own life by the production of a plausible narration of loose fragments. Each and every experience is being reported to defeat the prevailing principle of chaos by the structure of language. The very moment you give terms to what you experienced you make life senseful. Only then you can understand it, too.
In fact each single story might have happened completely differently, if you consider the free will of man. Most interesting is the fact that exactly the same experiences could have been reported completely differently, i. e. you could see the world with anybody else’s eyes to realise the idea of reality in a different way.
It is exactly this that provides the teasing side of narrations and is the core of poetry because here, at the very beginning of the production of endless varieties, the author takes his pen. The author checks the unlimited probabilities life can offer. He takes ideas of realities, combines them and produces a structure of coherent order. By doing so he creates a different but acceptable truth. He creates a new world of equal worth.
In the civilizations of the world people like and enjoy telling stories. We find this aspect in all of us. By working with migrant students of global origin, I definitely realise their endeavour to tell stories, so trying to give some order to life and to report unreportable things. They hope to make their experience understandable and realisable. By this I am repeatedly reminded of the facts that each human being provides an individual reality by the choice of words, that each moment in our life could happen differently, could be reported differently and by that could be understood differently. That is why each of us lives in stories which he tells all by himself, he himself gives life to. So he himself makes his own reality of life.
Arranging these bits and pieces is the craft of the poet. It is him to enter (im)possible and (im)probable worlds in order to offer his readers experiences which make the reader grow mature. The reader may as well take some support from them in the run of his own monstrous and intransparent story. It is by the archways of various narrations that the reader finally becomes able to slip into strange worlds, to indentify with different realities and to collect experiences which could be of great help to him in his own life, in his own story.
Exactly these experiences and their multiple effects are shown in the Delphic Games of the Modern Era. The Games, which formerly were held to the honour of Apollo, have become a place of encounter of artists today. By that they revitalise the tradition of finding exchange in competitions of this artistic kind. This exchange leads to the understanding of different civilisations and realities, i. e. different stories of life, to step on to a better understanding of your own position in the world, of your own story.
Across cultural barriers language is now again celebrated to be the Prometheic Art, which actually creates reality – the reality of the story (and the stories) of our life.
Yannick Dreßen, Author and DaF-Teacher, Cologne
Siegfried M. Lange
Minute Taker, IDC, Berlin
Dr. Christoph Quarch: The Delphic Spirit
The Delphic Games are much more than merely a culture-event. They are nurtured by a profound philosophical and spiritual source which can be called the Delphic Spirit. Dr. Christoph Quarch, a German philosopher and partner of the International Delphic Council, describes the key-features of the Delphic Spirit and argues on why we urgently need it in our troubled times. “Delphi is the cradle of Europe. It is the source of European virtues and values. It is the origin of western civilization. Today, as we face a severe crisis of Europe and western culture, there is an urgent need to remember the Delphic Spirit. By reconnecting with the roots of its civilization Europe will have the chance to renew itself and to face the challenges of the 21st century in a proper way. Without any knowledge about our heritage Europe is in danger to go astray…” Please read more.
Divya Bhatia, Games Director visited Berlin
Divya Bhatia, Games Director , visited Berlin to meet the Founder and Secretary General of the International Delphic Council. On the 21st of March they both discussed at the IDC Head Office the planning of the upcoming games in India. During the intense conversations JCB Kirsch showed Mr. Bhatia the historic places in Greece he visited many times and expressed his close relation to the City of Delphi and the Greek history. The Delphic Games of Modern Era are bridging past and present developments, setting a strong sign for peace worldwide. Divya Bhatia, known as a multi-talented creative professional in India and beyond, with skills and experience in many arts disciplines, underlined his commitment to continue the legacy.
Happy Birthday ITB Berlin!
The world’s leading travel trade show celebrated its 50th anniversary in March 2016. The Grand Finale in the Palais am Funkturm organized in partnership with the IDC Berlin became a brilliant event. Mr. David Ruetz, Head of ITB Berlin and Mr. J. Christian B. Kirsch, IDC Secretary General welcome the official representatives from Goa Tourism: Mr. Deepak Narvekar, Public Relations Officer; Mr. Sanjeev Desai, Director and Mr. Rajesh Kale, Deputy Director.
Welcome to the Grand Finale of the 50th ITB Berlin
Monika Eckert, the award-winning event and television presenter, will moderate the Grand ITB Finale in the Palais am Funkturm, March 13, 3:30 - 5:00 pm.
Delphic Council St. Petersburg
13th of January 2016. Ekaterina SAUT, President of the Delphic Council St. Petersburg and Boris KONAREV, member of the Executive Board of the organization met with representatives of the Association University Women "VERA". Together they organized the active participation of Russian artists in previous Delphic Games.
The Castalian Spring Ceremony in Delphi 2015
On the 8th September the Delphic family celebrated the Castalian Spring Ceremony in Delphi to pass the blessed water to Ms. Sarika Baheti, the official representative of the host of the upcoming Youth Delphic Games. The ceremony was organized by Prof. Dr. Fotis Papathanasiou, President of the Hellenic Delphic Council and graced by IDC Honorary President Mr. Spyros Mercouris; the Mayor of the Municipality Delphi, Mr. Athanasios Panagiotopoulos and the Vice Mayor of the Municipality of Delphi, Mr. Loukas I. Anagnostopoulos together with members of the Amphictyony and guests. Shortly after the celebration a gathering at the Town Hall took place continued up to the group dinner on invitation of the OrgCom of the upcoming Youth Delphic Games.
The need of a constructive dialogue between peoples and cultures and the Olympic idea
Olympia, 1-6 September 2015: Under the aegis of the International Olympic Academy the International Symposium “The need of a constructive dialogue between peoples and cultures and the Olympic idea” took place. The importance of the Olympia Symposium, initiated and arranged by Mr. Spyros Mercouris, IDC Honorary President, cannot be overestimated bringing the International Delphic Council in touch with the scientific world of Olympia and with the Greek Government.
The Delphic Art Wall Project
The OrgCom of the 5th Youth Delphic Games announced “The Delphic Art Wall Project”, presented during the 69th Indian Independence Day celebrations at the Historic Hyderabad Public School, 15th of August 2015. Students from schools all across India are invited to showcase their artwork: painting, drawing, calligraphy, collages, based on the theme Water, titled “Sanctity and Scarcity”. Mr. Pranav Pingle Reddy, coordinator of the project, shared: “Water is pure, timeless, has a spiritual value and is Life. Water is also the Spiritual element of the Delphic Games for thousands of years…We intend reaching out to more and more young minds to sensitize them of the need to protect water and therefore Life forms.”
The Delphic Festival at the Grand Finale of the ITB Berlin 2015
The Delphic Festival at the Grand Finale of the ITB Berlin 2015 was a resounding success was made amidst thundering applause! Shivasree Bhowmik and team presented 'Unity & Beyond' - a combination of 3 Indian classical dance forms, followed by the Goans strumming the guitar, singing and dancing to the delight of the audience. The show was closed with an interactive session, by ringing together a bell in rhythm with Goan Music.
Chief Advisor to the Delphic World Culture Forum and Delphic Ambassador
Mr. J. Christian B. Kirsch, Founder and Secretary General of the International Delphic Council, was welcomed as the Guest of Honour by Dr. Sonal Mansingh at the Jivan Pani Festival, India Habitat Centre, New Delhi. With great delight, he announced of Dr. Sonal Mansingh being officially appointed as the Chief Advisor to the Delphic World Culture Forum and Delphic Ambassador, for she has been an inspirational idol for Arts & Culture. Dr. Sonal Mansingh is the Founder-President of the Centre for Indian Classical Dances.
During the stay of Mr. J. Christian B. Kirsch in India
During his stay in India Mr. J. Christian B. Kirsch, Founder - Secretary General, International Delphic Council (IDC) met Dr. Kiran Seth, Founder of SPIC MACAY (Society for the Promotion of Indian Classical Music and Culture Amongst Youth). SPIC MACAY is a voluntary movement founded in 1977 by Dr. Kiran Seth, a Professor at IIT-Delhi who was awarded the 'Padma Shri' for his contribution to the arts in 2009. The largest youth organization in India will promote the participation in the Youth Delphic Games. Dr. Kiran Seth invited Mr. J.C.B. Kirsch as Guest of Honour to the 3rd International Convention at the Institute of Technology in Mumbai from 31st May - 6th of June 2015.
The Government of Saint Petersburg and the Council of Rectors of Saint Petersburg
The Government of Saint Petersburg and the Council of Rectors of Saint Petersburg organized the 1st Saint Petersburg Spatial Development Forum (city planning) Harmony of Complexity from 22 to 24 May 2015. The Secretary General of the IDC Berlin, J. Christian B. Kirsch, was officially invited to participate as a key speaker to share his experience in the field of dialogue among cultures and here in particular with the focus on Ecological Arts & Architecture. In his speech Mr. Kirsch underlined his close relationship to St. Petersburg - the city most delegates came from to the Founding Assembly of the IDC in Berlin 1994 and the host of the first Delphic World Congress in 1996 under the patronage of Anatoly A. Sobtshak. 2003 the Governor of St. Petersburg awarded the IDC Secretary General JCB Kirsch as Ambassador of Honour.
For the sixth time, exhibitors, visitors and guests
For the sixth time, exhibitors, visitors and guests celebrate the conclusion of ITB Berlin with a top-class show. Musicians from Mongolia, models in magnificent garments, traditional instru- ments from the Maldives, dancers from Egypt, Rwanda and India - peacefully united at the Delphic Festival. Artists build bridges for a multi-cultural dialogue. Highlight: The announcement of the V Junior Delphic Games 2015, India. 500 bells will bring the finale to life and visitors will be involved in the performance. Welcome to the Delphic Festival, Palais am Funkturm, March 8, 3:30 - 5:00 pm.
Delphic Festival - The Grand Finale of the ITB Berlin 2014
On the 16th of January IDC Secretary General J. Christian B. Kirsch had a meeting with US Ambassador to Germany H.E. John Emerson and Cultural Attaché Ms. Katharina Göllner-Sweet in the Embassy. Themes were the V Junior Delphic Games 2015 and the upcoming ITB Berlin 2014 with its "Delphic Festival - The Grand Finale of the ITB Berlin 2014".
The Russian Art & Dance Alliance
The Russian Art & Dance Alliance, acting as Russian Delphic Council, held the first qualifying rounds for the final of the V Junior Delphic Games 2015, USA. These rounds took place in Gubkin, Yaroslavl and Tyumen. More than 6.000 juniors participated in the preliminary competitions. In 2013 the Russian Art & Dance Alliance became full member of the International Delphic Council. President Andrey Kokoulin and his network will present and showcase the artistic and cultural strength of entire Russia.
Ms. Kavitha Kalvakuntla met Ms. Sonia Gandhi
Ms. Kavitha Kalvakuntla, President of the Delphic Association of India, met Ms. Sonia Gandhi, President of Indian National Congress. The occasion for the meeting was to offering thanks for granting and formation of Telangana State. Ms. Kavitha informed about her various social activities and presented the international Delphic Movement. The NDC of India is planning different projects to become a strong member of the IDC Berlin.
Honorary President of the International Delphic Council - Spyros Mercouris
Spyros Mercouris became Honorary President of the International Delphic Council. "I am really glad to receive this honour and of course I accept this position. I believe that the IDC can organize many cultural events which will have a global impact. This is particularly important in our times", Spyros Mercouris wrote in his letter to the Secretary General of the International Delphic Council.
The Creative Association Art Alliance and Ukrainian Dance Organization
The Creative Association Art Alliance and Ukrainian Dance Organization (UDO) unite children and adults from all Ukrainian regions. The Head of these organizations, Vadym Ponomarov, became Corresponding Member of the International Delphic Council. He started to establish the National Delphic Council (NDC) in Ukraine in close cooperation with the IDC Berlin. "Culture & arts have the power to unite the people and to maintain peace in our country and around the world", declared Vadym Ponomarov. Photo, from left: Elena Ponomarova, Christina Shyshkariova and Vadym Ponomarov. Christina is a most famous choreographer of modern dance in Ukraine. She is balletmaster-choreographer in Kyiv Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theater for Children and Youth,Teacher of Kyiv National University of Culture and Arts, Teacher and choreographer of show Ukrainian version "You Think You Can Dance" (Season 1 and 2). Choreographer, teacher of contemporary dance, modern jazz. Head of Totem dance group & Totem dance school.
Awareness of the Delphic Games
33 communications design students of the College of Visual and Performing Arts worked alongside the Delphic Council of the Americas to raise awareness of the Delphic Games' arrival to Syracuse in the summer of 2015. Teams from the Design Project Management class, divided into advertising, public relations, graphic design and motion graphics, produced a variety of design solutions in 15 weeks. The group will host its final presentation Friday, April 18, at 10 a.m. at the Nancy Cantor Warehouse Auditorium.
Special Delphic Summit held in the Eastern Cape Province
The National Delphic Council of South Africa (NDCSA) & African Delphic Council (ADC) will be the hosts of the Special Delphic Summit held in the Eastern Cape Province from the 24th to 25th July 2014. The Special Summit is intended to usher in the 20th Anniversary Celebrations of the IDC as well as to debrief the Delphic Society at large on the upcoming 2014 First African Delphiad with worldwide participation. This will be happening at a time South Africa is also celebrating its 20th Anniversary of Democracy.
International Artists at Mthatha in Eastern Cape Province
International artists have gathered at Mthatha in Eastern Cape Province, birthplace and final rest of world icon Nelson Mandela for a two-day Special International Delphic Summit from July 24th to 25th, 2014 at the Walter Sisulu University. The summit has been organised by the National Delphic Council of South Africa (NDCSA) & African Delphic Council (ADC). Chairperson of African Delphic Council, Zolani Mkiva, says the African continent is hosting Delphic Family for the first time and "it is an unprecedented and historic event, not only for South Africa, but for Africa as a whole because Africa has not had an opportunity to participate in the Delphic Games at an international level. Source: SABC News
President of the Delphic Association of India (DAI)
Ms. Kavitha Kalvakuntla, President of the Delphic Association of India (DAI), became a member of the Amphictyony and with this moving in the highest authority of the International Delphic Council. Begin of October J. Christian B. Kirsch followed an invitation of Ms. Kavitha Kalvakuntla to India. In Hyderabad, capital of Telangana - on 2 June 2014 created as a new 29th state of India - they shared thoughts and ideas, how to strengthen the Delphic Idea and discussed future plans in India and worldwide.
World Congress in Bautzen
The International Council of the Organization of Folklore Festivals and Folk Arts (CIOFF) held its World Congress in Bautzen, Germany. About 200 delegates of 101 Sections participated at the Congress. Among the guests IDC Secretary General J. Christian B. Kirsch, as the International Delphic Council being a partner of CIOFF since 2012. CIOFF is furthering events of Intangible Cultural Heritage, which expresses the artistic skills in dances, music, games, rituals, traditional dresses and other arts. Traditional arts are enriching the diversity of the Delphic Art Categories and make Cultural Heritage visible. 2010 the IDC started an initiative for preserving Intangible World Culture Heritage.
Anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall
On the 9th of November citizens of Berlin together with guests from around the world celebrated the anniversary of the collapse of the Berlin Wall. This unexpected occurrence 25 years ago paved the way for the founding of the International Delphic Council (IDC) in Berlin. J. Christian B. Kirsch was living in Greece at that time, following the traces of Angelos Sikelianos reviving the Delphic Games. After the Berlin Wall collapsed he packed his bags traveling back into a rapidly changing Germany transforming his life time vision into reality. On the 15th of December 1994 the founding assembly of the International Delphic Council took place in Castle Schoenhausen, Berlin / Germany.
International Delphic Council - rebirth of the Delphic Games of the Modern Era
1994 - 100 years after the founding of the IOC in Paris, France - representatives from 20 nations from 5 continents followed the invitation of J. Christian B. Kirsch to Berlin, for participation in the founding congress of the International Delphic Council - rebirth of the Delphic Games of the Modern Era. "It's a moving moment to state, that the continuously talking water of the Kastalia source did not stop flowing and that there are still people sensitive to hearing it", Konstantinos Lefas, the former Mayor of Delphi, Greece wrote in his goodwill message. Water became the symbol of the Delphic Games, as fire for the Olympic Games.
IV Delphic Games
From 23rd to 28th September 2013 arts and cultures from all over the world will meet in Delphi to hold the IV Delphic Games. "It's one of the best messages Greece can convey to the world this year that the Delphic Games arrived to where they were born", the Greek Minister of Tourism Olga Kefalogianni said in a talk with IDC Secretary General J. Christian B. Kirsch at the ITB Berlin 2013. The IDC is organising the IV Delphic Games 2013 in Delphi and its region including villages & cities like Amfissa, Itea, Parnassos, Hrisso, Arachova and Galaxidi.
Greece Recognizing and Supporting the Delphic Movement
Upon hearing the news about Greece recognizing and supporting the Delphic movement and ultimately organizing a Delphic Games on its territory this year I had the feeling that the dream comes true at last! After nearly 20 years of IDC Berlin and partner's hard work since the 94 inaugural session of the Delphic Movement of the New Era has finally seen us come full circle - the Delphic idea has came back to its roots. I feel that with Greek cultural heritage and its historical weight we can achieve the unthinkable. In my opinion there is no better message for the world's ills than the very Delphic idea of creating and cementing peace through the exchange of cultures and arts. Lukas Jan Cissowski Co-founder of the International Delphic Council (IDC), Member of Executive Board (Amphictiony), Coordinator Polish affairs
Future Platform for Arts, Culture and Education
In 1993, I met Christian Kirsch in Munich at a Diplomatic Reception of the General Council of the Philippines. He introduced to me his idea of reviving the Delphic Games as a future platform for arts, culture and education - and I loved this proposal spontaneously. In 1994, I participated in the founding Assembly of the International Delphic Council (IDC) in Berlin. And in 2007, the National Delphic Council (NDC) Philippines hosted the III Junior Delphic Games in Baguio City. Finally, after 1619 years, the IV Delphic Games 2013 will be held at its place of origin in Delphi, Greece. The Games are coming home - organized by the IDC, with the strong support of the Hellenic Ministry of Tourism, and in cooperation with Greek partners. May these Games be held as a celebration of the arts! Divina Bautista President of the International Delphic Council (IDC) Co-founder of the IDC
The National Delphic Council of South Africa
The National Delphic Council of South Africa (NDCSA) is proud to share the great news that our President the Honorable Zolani Mkiva has been awarded the Highest Recognition in South Africa - A Presidential Honor for his tireless efforts to preserve and promote African Culture. We will use this opportunity to firmly entrench the NDCSA with our Department of Arts and Culture, with the clear aim of entrenching the Delphic movement in Africa. Paul Leisegang Chief Operating Officer, National Delphic Council of South Africa
The Cradle of Democracy
"Greece and Delphi are the cradle of democracy and thus modern social structures. Breathing new life into the Delphic ideal and philosophy at this historic location, for the benefit of Europe and the world, should be reason enough for us all to support this initiative wholeheartedly", underlined Klaus Brähmig, MP, Chairman of the Committee on Tourism of the German Bundestag in his letter to the Greek Minister of Tourism Olga Kefalogianni.
Meeting at the Kastalian Spring in Delphi, Greece
Delegations of St. Petersburg participated - in the Delphic Games / Junior Delphic Games 2007 (Baguio City, Philippines), 2009 (Jeju, South Korea) 2011 (Johannesburg, South Africa). They recognised the importance of the Dialogue of Cultures bringing people from different countries together connecting continents. Now we are happy meeting again this year at the Kastalian Spring in Delphi, Greece - where the Games were born. Ekaterina Saut President of the Delphic Council St. Petersburg Member of the IDC Executive Board (Amphictyony)
National Delphic Council of Germany
The National Delphic Council of Germany, host of the II Junior Delphic Games 2003, is looking forward to the Delphic Games - Summit 2013. At present we are preparing for this amazing meeting in Delphi, Greece. The German delegation will present several performances, such as a band of young girls. With the song "Bridges like a rising rainbow" they will remember the singer and composer Reinhard Lakomy, who participated in the II Delphic Games 2005 in Malaysia and became awarded. Let's have a colourful celebration of cultures and nations in Delphi! Together we will enjoy a cheerful ceremony and honour the place of origin of the Delphic Games. Monika Ehrhardt President of the National Delphic Council of Germany Member of the IDC Executive Board (Amphictyony)
Axel & Sabine Sperl (Delphic Media) visited the city of Aquileia for Filming Activities
Axel & Sabine Sperl (Delphic Media) visited in July the city of Aquileia for filming activities. This Italian city, known for its remarkable art treasures was awarded as UNESCO World Heritage 1998. The Mayor Alviano Scarel showed great interest becoming involved in the Delphic Movement and will introduce suggestions for an active participation of his city.
The Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova addressed a Goodwill Message
The Russian mezzo-soprano Elena Obraztsova addressed a Goodwill Message to the participants of the Delphic Games Summit 2013. During "The Ninth Elena Obraztsova International Competition of Young Opera Singers" in St. Petersburg the famous artist handed over the letter to Ekaterina Saut, President of the Delphic Council St. Petersburg and Member of the IDC Executive Board. "I wish the historic Delphic Games Summit at the 'Navel of the Ancient World' a great success!"
Meeting Prior to the Delphic Games Summit 2013 in Athens and Delphi
On 23rd of September H.E. Mr. Panos PANAGIOTOPOULOS, Greek Minister of Culture, received representatives of IDC and delegates of National Delphic Councils in the Acropolis Museum, Athens. The meeting took place prior to the Delphic Games Summit 2013 in Athens and Delphi, September 23 - 28. Photo: from right - Dr. Soo Kwan PARK (South Korea), Minister PANAGIOTOPOULOS (2nd from right), IDC General Secretary J. Christian B. KIRSCH, IDC President Prof. Divina BAUTISTA (Philippines), Dr. Fotis PAPATHANASIOU, General Manager of B & M Theocharakis, Foundation for the Fine Arts & Music, Athens, Initiator of the Hellenic Delphic Council (HDC), Marina CHERNYAVSKAYA (Russia), Dr. Constantin S. DELICOSTO- POULOS (Greece), US Bidding Team: Michele TARNOW (USA), Dan ADAMS (USA), Jennifer WARD (USA), Roberta G. Williams HRISTODOULOU (USA), Zolani MKIVA (South Africa), Anastasia SAUT (Russia)
Delphic Games Summit 2013
On 24th of September the Delphic Games Summit 2013 was officially opened with a welcome address of the IDC President Prof. Divina BAUTISTA and a speech by IDC Secretary General J. Christian B. KIRSCH. At the B & M THEOCHARAKIS Foundation for Fine Arts & Music in Athens they welcomed representatives of the IDC, delegates of National Delphic Councils and guests.
New Elected Member of the Amphictyony
Dr. Fotis PAPATHANASIOU, General Manager of B & M THEOCHARAKIS, Foundation for the Fine Arts & Music, Athens and initiator of the HELLENIC DELPHIC COUNCIL (HDC) is the new elected member of the Amphictyony (IDC Executive Board). During a meeting of the Amphictyony the banner of the Interna- tional Delphic Council was handed over to him. Photo: from right - Dr. Fotis PAPATHANASIOU / Hellenic Delphic Council, Prof. Divina BAUTISTA / IDC President, J. Christian B. KIRSCH / IDC General Secretary
Support for US bidding
Support for US bidding: On 25th September U.S. Senators Charles Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand applied for hosting the Junior Delphic Games 2015 in Central New York. "By hosting these games in Central New York we will showcase our academic institutions as well as terrific young artists, musicians, and performers from our state's many diverse cultures", Senator Schumer wrote in a press release. Senator Gillibrand added that "the Games would bring visitors from all around the world to Central New York for an exchange of culture and celebration of diversity." Read about on Senator Gillibrand's website >> Photo by A. Sperl - Delphic Media: Michele Tarnow (Americas' Regional Delphic Council) during her presentation of the 2015 Junior Delphic Games Bid for Syracuse New York
Application by Syracuse / New York as host of the V Junior Delphic Games 2015
The Amphictyony (Executive Directors) has discussed the application by Syracuse / New York as host of the V Junior Delphic Games 2015. "This bid is based on the desire to make a statement to the world that there is nothing more important that we can give to our children and society as a whole; than to elevate the stature of Arts, Culture, Technology, and a Life Long Love of Education to that which we have perfected in athletics. Of equal importance we take the lead for the United States in America to extend a laurel branch of peace and harmony to the entire world via the Delphic Games as the purest expression of friendship, respect and equity." (extract from the Syracuse Bid-Presentation) Michele Tarnow representative of Americas' Regional Delphic Council, is pretty sure that the games will meet the expectations of their hosts. Photo: Participants of the Delphic Games Summit 2013 on excursion in Delphi, photo by Sabine Sperl - Delphic Media
World Showdance Championships 2013
More than 3000 dancers from 33 countries participated in the World Showdance Championships 2013, organized by the International Dance Organization (IDO). The event took place in the Erdgas Arena in Riesa, Germany. IDC Secretary General J. Christian B. Kirsch was invited to the grand finals. He used the opportunity to discuss with IDO President Jørn Storbråten and Vice President Andrey Kokoulin possibilities of a future cooperation between IDO and IDC.
IDC in mourning for Nelson Mandela
IDC in mourning for Nelson Mandela With the death of Nelson Mandela the world has lost one of the most charismatic personalities of our time. The IDC grieves about its Delphic Ambassador for the Youth. The relentless fighter against suppression and the outstanding politician Nelson Mandela has changed Africa. His vision of a reconciled South Africa has inspired and thrilled people. During his entire political career Mandela cherished a close relationship to traditional African music and revered the culture of his people. The IDC bows to the lifework of a man who was fondly called "Madiba" by his countrymen, no matter what colour of skin they were. A legend during his lifetime, respected by the whole world, has gone from us. Photo: Nelson Mandela - former President of South Africa, awarded with the Peace Nobel Prize 1993, Delphic Ambassador for Youth and Prof. Dr. Sibusiso M.E. Bengu, former Minister for Education in South Africa, former Ambassador of South Africa to Germany and Member of the Amphictyony
Delphic Festival - The Grand Finale of ITB Berlin 2012
The Delphic Festival - The Grand Finale of ITB Berlin 2012 took place again in the Palais am Funkturm. Visitors, exhibitors and guests celebrated together an extraordinary show presented by artist groups of three continents: Drummers and dancers from Burundi; The Cairo Opera Ballet Company, Egypt; The Berlin Accordion Orchestra Euphonia, Germany; Kostas Papanastasiou, the famous actor, guitarist, singer, poet and the Duo Aënaos, Greece. Japanese dancers and drummers lent artistic expression to their commemoration of Fukushima.
Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2012
Representatives of the International Delphic Council participated in the fifths Deutsche Welle Global Media Forum 2012, 25 - 27 June, Bonn. "Culture. Education. Media - Shaping a Sustainable World" was the title of the international conference. On the opening Session the Delphic Games were presented to a broad audience in a short film.
The X Session of the IDC in Delphi
The X Session of the IDC took place in Delphi, July 14. Highlight in the evening: Jeju, Korea - host of the III Delphic Games 2009 - was awarded with the POLIS AWARD 2012 by "Delphiki Idea", an initiative of the National and Kapodestrian University of Athens. Professor Dr. Maria TZANI handed over the award to represen-tatives of the Jeju Government such as Mr. Dong-joo HAN, Director for Sport, Culture and Tourism. With this the Awards Committee of "Delphiki Idea" is honouring and acknowledges the important role of the City of Jeju / Island of Jeju in propelling of the humanitarian and peace values and its contribution to the global cultural inheritance highlighting its cultural cross-road function by hosting the III Delphic Games 2009.
Spyros Mercouris - Delphic Ambassador
Spyros Mercouris became Delphic Ambassador: "I think Delphic Games is a great idea because Delphic Games are not only sports, but is included culture, every moment, every time. And the cultivation of mind and body is the bitter way of Greek civilisation. Christian has done a fantastic work, and I am so close with him that he said to join him but I said I follow him because his idea is brilliant. And I think Delphic Games should be all over the world, because the world must see at least the power of culture, the power of understanding and friendship between people."
HOMO HELLENICUS 2012
Helmut Schmidt, former German Chancellor, has been awarded with the title "HOMO HELLENICUS 2012".>> J. Christian B. Kirsch, Secretary General of the IDC, handed the award over to Mr. Schmidt on October 30, 2012 in Berlin after having taken the award on behalf of Mr. Schmidt at the Awarding Ceremony on July 14, 2012 in Delphi. The title awarded since 2005 annually by "Delphiki Idea", an initiative of the National and Kapodistrias University Athens, is ascribed to persons who by their lives and actions contribute to the spread and propagation of the values of Hellenism. "I am deeply honoured by the intention to present to me the "Homo Hellenicus Award"", Dr. Helmut Schmidt wrote in his letter to the University of Athens. >> "The Hellenic culture and the achievements of ancient Greece are crucial foundations of the European civilisation. With declining global influence of the European national states, we now face the imperative to further enhance and strengthen the process of European integrations."
Kavitha Kalvakuntla - New President of the Delphic Association of India
Kavitha Kalvakuntla has been appointed as the new President of the Delphic Association of India. During a press conference in Hyderabad Ms. Kavitha and her team presented the international Delphic Movement and declared their strong will to become one of the leading members of the International Delphic Council. IDC Secretary General J. Christian B. Kirsch, asked by the media about the election of Ms. Kavitha stated, that with the large experience of Ms. Kavitha as President of Telangana Jagruti she is the very best person in this position to care for culture and art at a larger scale.
Spread of Delphic Movement within India and Worldwide
The Delphic Association of India is happy to bring to your attention that Mr. J. Christian B. Kirsch (Founder & Secretary General of International Delphic Council) and Ms. Kavitha Kalvakuntla (President, Delphic Association of INDIA) had the pleasure to be received in a personal meeting with Her Excellency Madam Prathiba Patil (Former President of India) and exchange supporting ideas to spread the Delphic Movement within India and world wide. Mr. Bijender Goel (Former Minister, Jharkand) and Dilip Mishra (Secretary General, Delphic Association of India) joined the meeting as well. The Delphic Association of India had requested for her Excellency's support in all their future endeavours and thanked her for responding positively.
Zolani MKIVA, poet of Africa - Delphic Advisor
Zolani MKIVA, poet of Africa and Nelson Mandela's former poet, Chairman of the National Delphic Council South Africa, became Delphic Advisor to Africa. During a three-day meeting at the IDC Head Office in Berlin in presence of Delphic Advisors for Austria, Switzerland and the United States, Secretary General J.C.B. Kirsch was handing over the Mandate for Africa. Mkiva, living in Joburg, South Africa stated: "As a cultural activist I will dedicate my time and energy to fulfil my mandate. My task is to mobilise and build structures of the IDC in Africa." Mkiva is also the CEO of the Xhosa Royal Council, chairmanship of the African Royal Awards, Council Member of the Havana International Poetry Festival and director-general of the Institute of African Royalty.
Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)
The International Council of Organizations of Folklore Festivals and Traditional Arts (CIOFF) and the International Delphic Council (IDC) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU). During the 42nd CIOFF World Congress in Paris both organisations agreed to start the international co-operation in the field of folk art and folklore and the enrichments of human contacts, mutual understanding and friendship. CIOFF and IDC will support mutually their initiatives and work for folk art and folklore in an atmosphere of goodwill und respect for this work.
Delphic Games - The Grand Finale of the ITB Berlin 2011
"The Celebration of the Delphic Games - The Grand Finale of the ITB Berlin 2011" became part of the International Year of Youth activities, announced by the United Nations. During the ITB event young artists and cultural activists of many countries and different continents will present an exceptional show program promoting the understanding of the diverse cultures. The show will take place on Sunday, 13th of March 2011, 3:30 - 5:00 pm, at the Palais am Funkturm. The motto: "art & culture - an experience for all senses".
Announcement at tourism fair ITB
Announcement at tourism fair ITB: South Africa will host the IV Junior Delphic Games in 2011 Berlin, 13 March 2011. A cultural group from South Africa participated in the closing ceremony of the ITB as part of the Delphic Games Celebrations where the announcement was made that South Africa will be hosting the Junior Delphic Games in Nelson Mandela Bay from 14 - 20 November 2011.
Executive Board Meeting - IV Junior Delphic Games 2011
NDCSA Chairperson Mr. Motsumi Makhene invited to an Executive Board Meeting into the Central Johannesburg College for preparation, discussion and realisation of the IV Junior Delphic Games 2011. The meeting was attended by (from left): Moss Laoka, Strategy and Business Affairs; Brenda Sisane, Executive Director; J. Christian B. Kirsch, IDC-Secretary General as guest of the NDCSA; Masepeke Sekhukhuni, Education and Programming; Motsumi Makhene as well as Nothando Mogadime, Director Operations and Dr. Wally Serote in charge for political relations.
National Delphic Council South Africa
The National Delphic Council South Africa invited to the IV Junior Delphic Games to be held at Joburg City, South Africa from November 14th to 20th, 2011. Joburg is the World Class City in Africa; Capital of Culture and Finance in the Gauteng Province of South Africa. The Delphic Games present an opportunity for young artists to converge, showcase, and experience inter-country arts and culture. The very first time the Delphic Games will take place in Africa, a historic moment. They will help to strengthen and showcase the cultural and spiritual wealth of the continent to the world.
IV Junior Delphic Games 2011
Provoke, Innovate, Inspire was the motto of the IV Junior Delphic Games 2011, Johannesburg City. These days the National Delphic Council South Africa launched the website. The hosting of the Junior Delphic Games and the intension to realise national and continental Delphiads by South Africa is based on the experience of participating in two international Delphic Games in Malaysia (2005) and South Korea (2009) where South Africa won medals.
Representatives of Sport, Culture and Economy
Bahrain. H.E. Shaikh Fawaz bin Mohd. Alkhalifa, Minister for Youth & Sport, received representatives of sport, culture and economy, among them the Secretary General of IDC, Mr. Christian Kirsch.
Kuchipudi Dancer Shallu Jindal
"I am deeply humbled and singularly honoured to be nominated by you in the Selective Ambassadors from the India zone and becoming a colleague of such illustrious luminaries as H.E. Mr. Nelson Mandela, Mr. Lothar de Maizière and Mr. Soo Kwan Park..." Adressed to the IDC by Kuchipudi Dancer Shallu Jindal, 20th of March 2010
The Russian Delphic Union (RDU)
The Russian Delphic Union (RDU) as upcoming new member of the IDC Berlin is in process of registration in the Ministry of Justice Russia. The designated President of RDU is Andrey Kokoulin, President of All Russian Dance Organization (ARDO).
French National Delphic Committee
The founding group of the French National Delphic Committee nominated Gad Weil, well-known Artistic Director, as President of the NDC. On 28th of April 2010 a working meeting took place in Paris , attended by J. Christian B. Kirsch, IDC Secretary General and Alain Eisenstein, IDC Board Member.
Art Place Berlin
art place berlin - Forum for contemporary art and intercultural exhibition projects at the Park Inn Berlin - Alexanderplatz presents: Sabine & Axel Sperl - Photographic Impressions from the opening of the III Delphic Games 2009 Jeju / South-Korea May 15th - July 12th 2010, open daily 24h free entrance
Gad Weil, designated President of NDC France, transformed on the 23rd and 24th of May the Champs-Elysées in Paris with his project "Nature Capitale" in an ocean of plants, flowers and trees. Almost 2 million spectators stunned about the colourful beauty. Federal President Nicolas Sarkozy personally took the time to open this spectacular event.
Poznan has expressed its Interest
Poznan has expressed its interest to bid for the Delphic Games. With Tomasz Wendland a well-known artist and culture manager of the city gets involved. After several successful Delphic Games in Asia time has come to get the Games back to Europe, said Lukas J. Cissowski, Executive Board Member of the International Delphic Council to "Gazeta Wyborcza", largest polish newspaper.
Historic Coronation of Xhosa King
Prince Park Soo Kwan, Delphic Ambassador, attended the historic coronation of Xhosa King where he met Chief Nkosi Mandela, Grandson of Nelson Mandela. The event took place on the 18th June 2010 at Nqadu Royal Palace in Willowvale , Eastern Cape Province of South Africa. Kings, Sheiks, Princes and Chiefs from the African continent joined the proceedings.
Delphic World Intangible Cultural Heritage
The preservation of world intangible cultural heritage has become a new initiative of the International Delphic Council (IDC) with the award as "Delphic World Intangible Cultural Heritage" (DWICH). It is the objective to protect those cultural values and artistic traditions of people in danger to fade away. The IDC started its worldwide research for cultural values to preserve this treasure for future generations. East Korean Traditional Folk Songs "Dongbu Minyo" are appointed as first DWICH. At the IDC Head Office in Berlin J. Christian B. Kirsch, Secretary General, handed over the Certificate of Appointment to Prof. Soo-Kwan Park, Ph.D., South Korea.
International Conference in Berlin
"Nation Branding in a Globalized World" - was the theme of an international conference in Berlin, 29th July - 1st August 2010, hosted by the "Institute for Cultural Diplomacy". The program consisted of lectures, seminars, workshops, debates and panel discussions. Speakers from across the world participated, including leading figures and experts from international politics, academia, the diplomatic community, civil society and the private sector. The International Delphic Council was official partner of the conference.
XXIXth International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences 2010
Pro Heraldica will host the "XXIXth International Congress of Genealogical and Heraldic Sciences 2010" in Stuttgart , 12th - 17th September 2010. Experts from all over the world are gathering to discuss questions of identity in Genealogy and Heraldry. The quest of tracing identity is a fascinating and exciting undertaking. Cultures are creating diverse identities, which can be presented under the umbrella of the Delphic Games. Pro Heraldica became official advisor of the International Delphic Council and developed the Code of Arms of the organisation. www.pro-heraldica.de
Cooperation with SAE and ITB at the DELPHIC ART MOVIE AWARD 2011
Cooperation with SAE and ITB at the DELPHIC ART MOVIE AWARD 2011 The "SAE" institute with over 20,000 students and 58 locations is the oldest and largest private media educational institute in the world. For more than 30 years it sets international standards for the education. The "ITB" Berlin is the world's leading travel trade show and has a special segment of cultural tourism. The combination of trade exhibition, public exhibition and the world's largest professional convention attracts every year tens of thousands of visitors, exhibitors and media representatives. The contest for the "Delphic Art Movie Award" will take place at the ITB Berlin from March 9th - 13th, 2011.
DELPHIC ART MOVIE AWARD
First films for the competition for the DELPHIC ART MOVIE AWARD arrived International film-makers and students from universities of arts, film schools and institutes worldwide are participating in the Delphic Art Movie Award (DAMA) documentary short film competition. Shortly after the start of the registration period the first films arrived. The films should be intended to document, to inform, to inspire and to encourage the enthusiasm and understanding of art. Every artistic field is included, from the contemporary avant-garde to the preservation of traditions and the cultural heritage. DAMA winners will be presented at "The Celebration of the Delphic Games - The Grand Finale of ITB Berlin 2011.
Water, as symbol of the Delphic Games
Water, as symbol of the Delphic Games is of equal importance as the fire for the Olympic Games. With a ceremony of the water fetching at the Kastalian Spring, the III Delphic Games 2009 were initiated weeks prior to the Games and its official Opening Ceremony in Jeju, Korea. Members of the OrgCom 2009 met the mayor of Delphi, Panagiotis KALTSIS, to prepare the ritual. From left: Jong-Duck LEE, Chairperson of the OrgCom 2009; Panagiotis KALTSIS; J. Christian B. KIRSCH, IDC Secretary General; Sang Kyun CHOI, Assistant to the IDC Secretary General; Sang Man LYI, Member of OrgCom 2009
Gathering of Traditional Leaders in Honour of and to pay Tribute to Nelson Mandela
Representatives of the IDC were officially invited to participate in the "Gathering of Traditional Leaders in Honour of and to pay Tribute to Nelson Mandela" in Pretoria on the 5th of November 2009. They met Chiefs, Kings and Queens, among them the Grandson of Nelson Mandela, Mr. Nkosi Zwelivelile Mandela, Head of Mvezo Traditional Council.