April 23, 2009 12:32
Celebrating its 16th year and gearing up for the third Delphic Games, the International Delphic Council invited the media this week to promote the games. The first two Delphic Games took place in Russia and Malaysia, where hundreds of participants competed in various disciplines of art including music, dance and poetry. This year's games will take place under the slogan, "Tuning into Nature."
The name comes from the Greek town of Delphi, the site of the Temple of Apollo, the god of sun, medicine and the arts. In contrast to the multi-sport Olympic Games, ancient Greeks are believed to have shown their cultural talents and skills in Delphi for over 1,000 years starting in 6th Century BC. About 1,600 years later, the council's secretary general and several others decided to create a forum for diverse cultures and to revive the games.
The founders of the modern-day games believe sharing cultural traditions and common values can lead to building trust and establishing world peace.
Some 1,500 participants from 40 countries are expected to take part in the games this year. Through this kind of exchange, organizers hope to bridge cultural gaps, while promoting the appreciation of diversity in the age of globalization.
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