The World Delphic Games will take place in Jeju Sept. 9-15. While the Olympic Games stress athletic excellence, the Delphic games are a peace-creating competition of culture and arts from all around the countries. This year 1,500 participants from 40 countries are expected to take part in the games to show off their cultural and artistic diversity. This year’s games will be held under the slogan, “Tuning into Nature.”
There will be diverse festival programs, including a shamanism festival. The Jeju Delphic Games will take up the sprit of Modern Delphi and serve as an opportunity to encourage the cultural characteristics of the each host nation. Furthermore, Jeju will add two more competition categories – Communication and Social Arts and Architecture and Ecological Arts.
The name “Delphic” comes from the Greek town of Delphi, home of the Oracle of Delphi and the Temple of Apollo. While the Olympic Games began as military training and became sports contests, the Delphic Games were started by Greeks who were believed to have shown their cultural talents and skills in Delphi for about 1,000 years from the sixth century B.C. to A.D. 394.
Greeks held the Delphic Games in honor of Apollo two years after each Olympic Games. The winners received a wreath of bay laurel, sacred to Apollo. Smaller versions of the Delphic Games were celebrated in many other cities of the Levant and Greece.
After a 1,600 year hiatus, the Delphic Games were reborn as an international festival of cultures and arts thanks to Dr. J. Christian B. Kirsch, a German who sincerely felt the need for a global celebration of culture. The first Delphic game was held in Moscow, Russia in December 2000, 27 countries participating. Five years later the second Delphic game was held in Juching, Malaysia with 21 countries participating.
The third Delphic Games in 2009, in Jeju, is expected to be a festivity of six art categories and 18 disciplines such as Music and Acoustics arts, Performing arts, Craft, Design and Visual Arts, Lingual arts, Communication and Social arts, Architecture and Ecological arts.
The Jeju World Delphic Games preparatory committee is headed by Lee Jong-Deok, who has consecutively held various posts related to the arts industry. Including the Korean Culture and Art promoting center, Sae-jong culture center and Seoul Arts Center. He currently is chairman of Sung-nam Art Center.
For more information, visit www.delphic2009.com or call (02)722-8711
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