The International Delphic Council - (IDC)
The IDC is the highest authority for all matters of the Delphic Games / Junior Delphic Games. The main purpose of the worldwide, non-profit organization is the reintroduction of the Delphic Games and the introduction of Junior Delphic Games. Member of the IDC are National Delphic Councils (NDC's).
- planning and organisation of International Delphic Games and Junior Delphic Games
- allocation of Delphic games to applying cities
- supporting the founding of national Delphic councils
- Strengthening of the Delphic Movement and the worldwide networks of cultures, politics and economy.
Founding und Registration
In 1983 Mr. J. Christian B. Kirsch founded the "Musica Magna International" in Munich as a uniting network to initiate the reintroduction of the Delphic Games. These initiative received support of Federico Mayor Zaragoza, Director General of UNESCO. -read document-
In 1994, 100 years after the revival of the Olympic Games, representatives from 20 nations from 5 continents followed the invitation of the founder of the modern Delphic movement, J. Christian B. Kirsch, to the founding congress of the International Delphic Council in Berlin. The founding assembly of the International Delphic Council took place on the 15th December 1994 in Castle Schoenhausen, Berlin / Germany. The registration took place by granting the status of public benefit at the Civil Court Berlin-Charlottenburg / Germany under No. 155 33 Nz.
Within the Ensemble of the Castle Berlin-Schönhausen the Founding Assembly of the International Delphic Council took place in 1994
"If only one person has a dream, it will remain a dream. But if many people dream together, it is the beginning of a new reality." (Dom Helder Camara)
Statement J. C. B. Kirsch, Founder of the Delphic Games of the Modern Era
At first, I just wanted to reactivate music and dance within the school's curriculum. That was in the middle of the eighties when I was living in Munich. It was then when I began to familiarise myself with the nature of competitions in the arts and to explore musical diversity. I became in particular interested how such competitions were organised in Ancient Greece.
I became curious and visited Greece to see myself the ruins of Delphi in the hope to find traces of that competition called the Delphic Games. However, I realised then and after returning back home that very little information had been passed on about the Delphic Games through the ages till the present. Still by having been in Delphi, I was able to imagine how magnificent and splendid the Delphic Games must have been! It became apparent to me whilst Delphi flourished in its glory, the Delphic Games were supplemented by a peaceful co-existence with the whole region.
My visit to Greece became an obsession for life, namely to succeed in reviving the Delphic Games. I started to search on every continent for people who would be willing to accompany me on this dream - and I succeeded. We founded the International Delphic Council in 1994. A dream became reality.
In 1997 a truly historical event took place when the Georgian city of Tbilisi hosted the very first Junior Delphic Games. Another rewarding highlight took place in 2009, prior to the opening of the III Delphic Games 2009 in Jeju, South Korea, when a ritual ceremony was conducted at the Kastalian Spring in Delphi, and "water" became the symbol of the Delphic Games again - as in Ancient times.
May the Delphic Peace guide future Delphic Games as it had been the case for over 1000 years in ancient Greece.
Johann Christian Bernhard Kirsch,
Initiator of the Delphic Movement of the Modern Era
Founder of the International Delphic Council