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International Delphic Council

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IDC News

The International Delphic Council (IDC) is a charitable, non-governmental organization (NGO). According to the official website, IDC is the highest authority for all matters regarding the Delphic Games of the modern era, both for youth and for adult.[1] The headquarters of the IDC is in Berlin, Germany.

Historical reference

The Delphic Games of the modern era trace back to the ancient Greece traditional Pythian Games of Delphi as a symbol for peace. These Games were between artists and ethnic cultural groups. They took place each year preceding to the Olympic Games. The historic Pythian Games in Delphi can be traced as far back as 2,600 years ago. The spiritual leaders form the Pan-Hellenic to perform what they can, such as wonders, theatre, music, poetry to praise the god Apollo of wonderful light, the symbol of the Oracle of Delphi. The Pythian Games were one of the four Panhellenic Games, a forerunner of the modern Olympic Games, held every four years at the sanctuary of Apollo at Delphi.[2]

After the revival of the Olympic Games at the initiative of Baron Pierre de Coubertin from 1912 to 1948 were held in different countries around the world Art competitions at the Olympic Games. Competitions in various forms of art were thematically related exclusively to the sport.

Also in the first half of the 20th century, there was a move to revive the Pythian Games at Delphi again, thanks to the initiative by the Greek poet Angelos Sikelianos.[3] In 1927, the Delphic Festival was held for the first time, but the revival was then abandoned due to the excessive costs of organizing it, but at the present time there are in Delphi annually summer Delphic Festivals, focused largely on tourists.[4]

Founding of the international Delphic organization

Christian Kirsch`s Meetings in Greece during the preparation for the Founding of the IDC
Meeting with Melina Mercouri, Greek Minister of Culture, 1989 Conversation with Tzannis Tzannetakis, Greek Minister of Culture, 1990 Meeting with Evangelos Arabatzis, Director of European Cultural Centre of Delphi, 1993.

The International Delphic Council (IDC) was founded in 1994 – 100 years after formation of the International Olympic Committee. The founder Mr. J. Christian B. Kirsch invited people from eighteen Nations of five continents to Berlin to the founding congress in Schönhausen Palace aiming to revive the Delphic Games and providing a unique forum for worldwide arts and culture.[5] The founding countries were Argentina, Austria, China, Cyprus, Ecuador, France, Germany, Greece, Kazakhstan, Libya, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Mexico, Nigeria, Philippines, Poland, Russia, Slovakia, Switzerland, United States.[6][7][8][9]

The symbolics of the International Delphic Movement reminds of the Olympic symbolics. The flag with the Delphic rings that are connected in a circle like a flower, was designed by Christian Kirsch [6] and symbolizes the connection of the six Delphic art categories.

The first president of the IDC was Hon. Mrs. Ebun A. Oyagbola of Nigeria, the General Secretary and Founder is Mr. J. Christian B. Kirsch, Germany and the present President is Mrs. Prof. Divina Bautista, Philippines since 2009 in office.[10][11][12][13]

Following the old Grecian pattern Amphictyonic League, the IDC Executive Board received since 2001 the same name - Amphictyony. The Board is elected for two years by the General Assembly of the IDC. On the IX. Session of the IDC in Jeju, Korea, the current Executive Board (Amphictyony) was elected.[14]

The International Delphic Council has also Delphic Ambassadors, including famous people like Nelson Mandela (South Africa), Lothar de Maizière (Germany).

Just as for the International Olympic Committee, the private sector is for the International Delphic Council the only source of financing. One can not say that large sponsors immediately expressed their willingness to support this new initiative.[15] That is the reason why the host country of the Delphic Games is not just looking for private sponsors, but in addition depends on the financial governmental support.

International Meetings in Berlin (1996 — 2007)
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Invitation to Moscow, 21. Mai 2003
Ambassador of Honour, Juni 2003

Founding of the national Delphic organizations

The International Delphic Council (IDC) is the co-ordinator and chief executive body of the worldwide Delphic Network. The member countries will establish national Delphic organisations (council, committee, association, union, etc.) which will coordinate with the IDC to promote and organize the Delphic Games. They receive from the IDC, the confirmation of admission after the official registration in the country.[16] There are most important requirements in two statutes - both national and international organizations - for successful cooperation.[17]

After 1994, these countries Belarus, Deutschland, Georgia (country), Greece, China, Japan, Nigeria, Philippines, Russia and USA were in the establishment of the National Delphic organizations particularly active.[18] The first regional Youth Delphic Games were held in Georgia, Albania and Russia.[19]

The National Delphic organizations design their own logo, which includes some of the IDC-symbolics.[20] In preparation of the national qualifications specially designed logos of these national games, which are endorsed by IDC.[21][22]

The decision on the venue of the next Delphic Games will be taken by vote of the members of the IDC Board at an extraordinary meeting.

The national Delphic organization of the host country together with IDC prepare for holding Delphic Games. This initiative has received many greetings from around the world, among other from Yehudi Menuhin [23] and Elena Obraztsova[24] und so weiter.

The National Delphic organizations of host countries produce after meeting with the IDC thematic posters, brochures, stamps and other products that are dedicated to the Delphic Games and the IDC Congress. The host country for the event can get support from international organizations and by its Parliament or the government.

If possible, the National Delphic organizations are opening their official websites.[25][26]

IDC and NDC Russia

The National Delphic Council of Russia (NDC Russia) held its founding in December 1998, at conference in Kursk, where Secretary General of the IDC Christian Kirsch participated. 19 March 1999 was NDC Russia at the Ministry of Justice registered, and soon afterwards officially recorded in the International Delphic Council recorded, according to IDC-status.

26 June 2000, the Head of NDC Russia V.Ponyavin turned to the Secretary General of the IDC C. Kirsch, with the request, the first Delphic Games for adult in Moscow from 1 to 10 December 2000 let to hold.[27] This request was granted.

Later, however, the Russian NDC split off from the International Delphic Council. Today, various Russian websites and Pressa claim, the Delphic idea was originated by the Russians in 2000.[28][29]

Despite the withdrawal of the Russian National Delphic Council from the International Delphic Council, the Russian delegations took part in the International Delphic Games in 2007 and 2009.[30][31][32] This confirm also the illustrated Delphic calendars.[33][34]

Chronology of the International Delphic Games

The IDC, organize Adult and Junior Delphic Games every four years, two years apart from each other in different countries – the countries having interest to host the games are urge to bid for and it is being decided by the eleven IDC Board Members.

The Delphic Games is in six Delphic Art Categories, and it is under the patronage of International Institutions - the Council of Europe, UNESCO and ASEAN states.[35][36][37][38][39][40][41]

Since 1997 seven international Delphic Games has been organized - three for adult and four for junior.

Year Event Location Theme
1997 the first Junior Delphic Games Tbilisi / Georgia A Day of Dreams
2000 the first Delphic Games Moscow / Russia The New Mellenium
2003 the second Junior Delphic Games Düsseldorf / Germany Creativity & Peace
2005 the second Delphic Games Kuching / Malaysia Revitalising Endangered Traditions
2007 the third Junior Delphic Games Baguio City / Philippines Bridging Arts & Culture for our Children's Future
2009 the third Delphic Games Jeju-si / South Korea In Tune with Nature
2011 the fourth Junior Delphic Games Johannesburg / South Africa Provoke, Innovate, Inspire
2015 the fifth Junior Delphic Games Syracuse / New York, United States ----

Delphic ritual

To the 15th Anniversary of the International Delphic Council (1994–2009) the appearance of a new Delphic ritual was proposed. With water ceremony from the Castalian Spring at Delphi the IDC presents this Holy Water ritual to the hosting country of Delphic Games.[42]

At the opening ceremony of the III Delphic Games 2009 in Jeju, Kim Tae-hwan, Jeju Governor and prominent actress Go Doo-shim, the cultural ambassador of the Jeju Delphic, exhibited a combining ritual in which two waters ― from the Castalian Spring and from the lake on the peak of Mount Hallasan ― were mixed together to celebrate a successful opening.[43][44]

In the future – six months prior to the Games – a Kastalian Spring Water Ceremony will symbolise the count down till the Opening next Delphic Games.[14]


On 14 March 2010 the International Delphic Council has organised the celebration of the Delphic Games during the Grand Finale Show at the ITB Berlin, the world's biggest and most important exhibition in tourism. There was the Feast of Delphic Games under the motto: «Arts and Culture - an experience for all senses».[45] This event corresponds to the UNESCO initiative: «2010 - International Year for the Rapprochement of Cultures».[46]

In a relaxed atmosphere all visitors and exhibitors had the chance to enjoy the Feast of Delphic Games at the Grand Finale Show of ITB Berlin 2010.[47]

Celebration of the Delphic Games – Grand Finale of the ITB Berlin 2010

In addition to the celebration of the Delphic Games for the ITB Berlin in 2011, an international contest for short documentaries - the Delphic Art Movie Award 2011 - is scheduled. This was intiated by the International Delphic Council.[48][49][50][51]

Format of the modern Delphic Games

Delphic arts and culture categories

The International Delphic Council (IDC) and the hosting nations National Delphic Council (NDC) meet together and choose the disciplines out if the Delphic arts categories as presentation programme for the Games.

Acoustic Arts (i.e. Singing, instrumental, electronic sounds ...)

Performing Arts (i.e. Dance, theater, circus ...)

Lingual Arts (i.e. Literature, lectures, moderation ...)

Visual Arts (i.e. Painting/graphics, sculpture/installation, photography/film, architecture, design, fashion, handicraft ...)

Social Arts (i.e. Communication, internet, media, pedagogic, didactic ...)

Ecological Arts (i.e. Landscape and city planning, preservation and conservation of nature, buildings, memorials and monuments ...)


The competitors presents and demonstrate their work traditionally or modern arts to make the programme attractive. The independent experts served as Judges to decide for professional work and take decision for the best price award. The Judges are specialist like art teachers, professional artist and prominent persons.

Prize and award

The most important elements of the Games are artistic competitions the presentations and exhibitions. Exceptional artists will be honoured with special awards of the International Delphic Games such as:

Delphic Medals Award - gold, silver and bronze for comparable Delphic art categories.

Delphic Lyre Award - exceptional artistic individual performance as a part of a larger synthesis of the arts

Delphic Laurel Award - for outstanding and incomparable artistic performances

Delphic Certificate - for all active participants of the Delphic Junior Games and of the Delphic Games for adults

IDC and NDC Russia

From the beginning Russia played an active role in the formation of the International Delphic Movement.[52]

After 2003, many Russian websites and central mass media claimed that Russia alone has revived the Delphic idea in 2000.[53][54]

Despite the withdrawal of the National Delphic Council from the International Delphic Council, the Russian delegations took part in the International Delphic Games in 2007 and 2009.[55][56][57] The illustrated Delphic calendars verify these participations.[33][34]


  • Die Delphischen Spiele 1994 - 2007
  • Die ersten Delphischen Jugendspiele 1997, Tiflis / Georgien
  • Die ersten Delphischen Spiele 2000, Moskau / Russland
  • Die zweiten Delphischen Jugendspiele 2003, Düsseldorf / Deutschland
  • Die zweiten Delphischen Spiele 2005, Kuching / Malaysia
  • Die dritten Delphischen Jugendspiele 2007, Baguio City / Philippinen
  • Die dritten Delphischen Spiele 2009, Jeju-si / Süd Korea


External links

  • International Delphic Council
  • Delphic-Media
  • 20.November 2000: Delphische Spiele in Moskau
  • Idee und Geschichte der Delphischen Bewegung. Innovations-Forum 2/03, Seite 23
  • 7 September 2004: National Delphic Council: Department briefing
  • 16 September 2005: South Africa excels at Delphic Games, Malaysia
  • February 13, 2006 Jeju bids for international culture Olympics
  • 20.09.2007: Deutsche Tänzer, Komponisten und Breaker reisen im November zu den III. Junior Delphic Games 2007 in die Philippinen
  • Education through Art by Delphic Games of the Modern Era
  • 28.August 2008: Jan Oliver Scheller. Einladung zur Eröffnung der Ausstellung «Art from Pyongyang Korea»
  • Sept. 2 -10. 2008 Art from Pyongyang Korea
  • 04-21-2009: By Chung Ah-young. Delphic Games to Be Held in Jeju
  • Delphiade der Künste
  • 19.5.2009: «Delphiade der Künste» thematisiert Grundgesetz und deutsche Einheit
  • Greeting from Elena Obraztsova, Saint Petersburg, 2009
  • September 02,2009: By Kim Hyung-eun. A different kind of crowd to descend on Jeju Island
  • September,04,2009: Delphic Games honor peace through art
  • September 7th, 2009: Lee Kyung-min. Top Artists to Gather at 3rd Jeju Delphic Games
  • 2009-09-09: Delphic Games Open in Jeju
  • 09-09-2009: By Chung Ah-young. 3rd Delphic Games Opens on Jeju Island
  • Sep 10,'09 Tuning into Nature - III Delphic Games 2009 in Jeju
  • Sep. 10 2009: Competition kicks off at 'culture Olympics' on S. Korean island
  • 2009-09-11: The 3rd Delphic Games Opened in Jeju
  • Sep 13,'09: III Delphic Games 2009 in Jeju Documentors
  • Sep 14,'09: Successful 2009 Delphic Games in Jeju Korea
  • 16.09.2009: Tuning into Nature — Stankovic Architects Berlin participates at the III Delphic Games in Jeju City, Korea
  • November 6, 2009 The Delphic Games and a glimpse of Korea
  • 01/10/2009 SA: Mashatile: Speech by the Deputy Minister of Arts and Culture, on the occasion of the Republic of Korea National Day Celebrations

International Press

  • 1988 год, К. И. Якубович. Небывало! Невиданно! Здорово! * IDC * International * Delphic * Committee * проект века. //«Российская Музыкальная Газета» ежемесячное издание Союза композиторов РСФСР,№ 9.
  • 24 января 1989, Е. Бовкун. Господин Кирш ждет ответа. //«Известия», Москва, № 25 (22563),
  • 1. März 1991, Franz Anton. Ein Jahr der Delphischen Spiele. «Sachsen Spiegel», Nr.9.
  • 3. Mai 1993, Griechenland braucht die Delphischen Spiele. «Athener Zeitung», Nr. 18.
  • 16. Dezember 1994, Delphische Spiele als Reflexion ihrer Zeit. «Athener Zeitung», Nr. 55.
  • 08 августа 1995, Владимир Кузнецов. Возрождение Дельфийских игр. //«Санкт-Петербургские Ведомости», Санкт-Петербург, № 148 (1076).
  • January 27, 1995, The second coming of Delphic Games. «Daily Times», Nr. 20.
  • 08 августа 1995, Владимир Кузнецов. Возрождение Дельфийских игр. //«Санкт-Петербургские Ведомости», Санкт-Петербург, № 148 (1076).
  • 11. August 1995, Von Cornelia Krüger. Traum von einer Olympiade der Kunst. «Mitteldeutsche Zeitung», Nr.186.
  • 10–17 January 1995, Oyagbola heads Delphic Games, Lagos Horizon
  • 21.01.1995, Nigeria to host Delphic culture games, Saturday champion
  • Jan./Febr.2000, Engagement für Delphische Spiele, Diplomatisches Magazin
  • Juni 2001, International Delphic Council, Diplomatisches Magazin
  • 10.02.2003, Spreading The Canvas: Here Comes Indian Culture, HT City
  • 30.August 2003, «Neue Impulse an die Gesellschaft geben». Verleihung des Innovationspreises auf der Museuminsel Hombroich: Drei Preisträger bewegen mit ihren Erfindungen die Menschen. Die Träger des Innovationspreises 2003: Richard Breuer, Professor Fritz Popp, Christian Kirsch und Moderator Hans Georg Torkel. «Neuss- Grevenbroicher Zeitung», Nr.201.
  • 16.06.2005, Kuching to host arts olympics, The Star
  • 21.06.2005, Extending Invitation, Sarawak Tribune
  • 03.09.2005, International Delphic Games 2005 launched, Sarawak Tribune
  • 05.09.2005, Deputy Governor wants 4th Delphic Games in S. Korea, The Borneo Post
  • 09.09.2005, We will help but be transparent, says government, The Borneo Post
  • 26.09.2005, Koreans made great effort at the Delphic Games, Outlook (Sarawak Tribune)
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