The Eighth Open Youth Delphic Games of the CIS Member States took place in Novosibirsk on May 16 – 21, 2013. The Games were held under the patronage of the International Delphic Committee and under the auspices of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO.
1081 young artists from 10 to 25 years old and more than 150 eminent jury members from 21 world countries: Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Cyprus, Finland, Germany, Greece, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Moldova, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden, Tajikistan, Turkey, Ukraine, United Kingdom, USA, – participated in the Games.
The Regulations of the Eighth Open Youth Delphic Games of the Commonwealth were elaborated in accordance to the Conceptual Regulations on holding the Delphic Games (international) and the Youth Delphic Games (international), adopted at the Session of the International Delphic Committee on February 6, 2004. Four kinds of program were formed for each of the events: the general one, the program regulating the work of the nominations, the jury program and the guest stay one.
The Games were addressed by the greetings of the President of the Russian Federation Vladimir Putin, the Prime Minister of the Russian Federation Dmitry Medvedev, the Chairperson of the Council of the Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Valentina Matvienko, the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Sergey Naryshkin, the Chairman of the Executive Committee – the Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States Sergey Lebedev, the Secretary General of the Council of the Interparliamentary Assembly of the CIS Member States Alexey Sergeev, the President of the European Commission Jose Manuel Barroso, the Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bokova, the Secretary General of the Council of Europe Thorbjorn Jagland, the President of the Parliamentary Assembly of the Council of Europe Jean-Claude Mignon, the crew of the International Space Station.
The official opening ceremony took place at the arena “ZARYA” and gathered about 5000 people. At the opening ceremony the parade of the participating countries was held, the Anthem of the Russian Federation and the Delphic Hymn were performed, the National flag of the Russian Federation and the Delphic flag were raised, the Delphic fire was lighted and a theatrical performance was shown.
The contest and festival programs of the Eighth Open Youth Delphic Games of the CIS Member States consisted of 19 nominations of folk, classical and contemporary art, among which: piano, violin, fine art, bayan/accordion, folk instruments, saxophone, academic singing, folk singing, pop singing, academic dance, folk dance, contemporary dance, television journalism, photography, web design, DJ, fashion design, circus, folk arts and craft. The competitions in each nomination were conducted in two or three rounds, part of them implied the separation of participants into three age groups.
For the Games central stages of the Novosibirsk region were prepared: the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, the National Concert Hall named after Arnold Kats, the Novosibirsk Academic Youth Theatre "Globus", the Novosibirsk State Academy of Architecture and Arts, the Novosibirsk State Conservatory named after Michael Glinka, the Novosibirsk State Philharmonic Hall, the Novosibirsk State Museum of Art, TV channel "Novosibirsk", the Novosibirsk State Circus.
On the results of the contest and festival programs the laureates were defined and awarded by gold, silver and bronze medals and diplomas.
The official closing ceremony took place in the Novosibirsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre – on one of the greatest theatre scenes in Europe – on May 20, 2013. For the first time the laureates of the Games performed on one stage with the representatives of the country delegations, participated in the Games.
The new official dessert of the Delphic Games was presented in Novosibirsk – lingonberries and pine nuts, flavored with condensed milk – which became one more symbol of the Games together with the Delphic giraffe.
During the Games the headquarters with 43 acting services was set up. 17 hotels, 26 catering enterprises, more than 30 central stages, 60 buses, 30 vans, 20 cars were engaged to hold the event. 530 volunteers from among the university students of the Novosibirsk region participated in the organization of the event.
The promotion and information campaign of the Delphic Games was carried out through regional, national and international media. 6 TV channels, 12 news agencies, 7 radio stations, 7 newspapers and magazines, 49 advertising agencies took part in the information support of the Games; in addition, the social informational trailer promoting the events was placed on the channels, broadcasting in 35 world countries. The TV versions of the opening and closing ceremonies and the TV diaries of the Games were broadcasted on “Russia 24” channel. Besides, the web television Delphic TV (www.delphic.tv) for the first time provided the live webcast from all the nominations of the Delphic Games and both ceremonies of the Games. In social media support for the project was carried out in such resources as Facebook (www.facebook.com/delphic.tv), VKontakte (www.vk.com/delphictv) and Twitter (www.twitter.com/delphictv).
It is obvious, after the Delphic Games 2013, that through the activities of the International Delphic Committee (headquartered in Moscow), National Delphic institutions, due to the support of state authorities, international organizations and the general public, the Delphic Games for the past 10 years have become a significant event and a high demanded phenomenon in the international cultural life. Today one should state that through the joint efforts it had been managed to create a new and remarkable enlightening product in the social sphere – the Delphic Games – in which basis lays the new mechanism of holding large-scale cultural events, not having an analogue in its organizational scheme, wideness and the efficiency of tasks in the creative and ideological spheres.