Under the patronage of the Council of Europe and the President of the World Council of Hellenes Abroad Konstantinos Pappas the First World Delphic Games took place in Moscow from 1 to 7 of December, 2000.
The Games were organized and held by the National Delphic Council of Russia with the assistance of the Third Millennium Committee, the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Education of the Russian Federation, the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia, the Olympic Committee of Russia and the State Russian House of Folk Arts.
According to the Regulations group and individual artists formed into delegations of countries took part in the Games. All participants irrespective of age and professional category (professionals and dilettantes) were judged on general basis.
The number of participants accredited during the Games was 938 people from 27 countries, among the countries were: the Republic of Armenia, the Azerbaijan Republic, the Republic of Belarus, China, Croatia, Cyprus, Czechia, Estonia, Georgia, Germany, Greece, Japan, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Kyrgyz Republic, Lithuania, the Republic of Moldova, Philippines, Poland, the Russian Federation, Senegal, Slovenia, South Korea, Sweden, Switzerland, Ukraine, the USA, Vietnam
The age of participants was 7 – 71 years old (the average age was 28 years old).
The program of the First World Delphic Games consisted of several parts: the official Opening Ceremony of the Games, the competition and festival program (rehearsals and performances), excursion and cultural programs, the official Closing Ceremony of the Games.
The official Opening Ceremony of the First World Delphic Games took place on the biggest stage of Europe – at the Central Academical Theater of the Russian Army on December 2, 2000.
Participants and guests experienced the enchanting sight, which took them to distant Delphi. Apollo himself, the protector of sciences and art, came down from the Olympus for some time into the hall, where the Delphic fire was lighted and the Delphic flag was raised. Theatrical performance, decorations, lightning, music – all what was on the stage - was spectacular.
Greetings were addressed to participants of the First World Delphic Games by the First President of the Russian Federation Boris N. Eltsin, the Chairman of the Federation Council of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Egor S. Stroyev, the Deputy Prime-Minister of the Russian Federation Valentina I. Matvienko, the Chairman of the Executive Committee – the Executive Secretary of CIS Yury F. Yarov, the Minister of Education of the Russian Federation Vladimir M. Filippov, the Chairman of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia Mikhail V. Shmakov.
During the official part of the Opening Ceremony of the First World Delphic Games the Chairman of the Board of the National Delphic Council of Russia Valery A. Chernov, the President of the Olympic Committee of Russia Vitaly G. Smirnov made their speeches. Greetings were also received from the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Gennady N. Seleznev, the greeting was read by the Chairman of the Committee on Culture of the State Duma Nikolay N. Gubenko, as well as from the Mayor of Moscow Yuri M. Luzhkov, whose greeting was read by the Chairman of the Committee on Culture of the Moscow Government Igor B. Bugaev.
The culmination of the Opening Ceremony became the solemn Delphic Vow of participants. In the final part of the ceremony spectators saw then 6 kinds of art whose representatives competed for the Gold of Delphi.
The competition and festival program consisted of 18 nominations: piano, stringed and bow instruments, pop singing, folk singing, academical singing, folk dance, ballroom dance, theater, circus, photography, journalism, DJ, TV, folk instruments, wind instruments, drawing, applied art, web design. Competitions took place on 9 special stages, which met all international requirements.
On every nomination of the competition and festival program of the Games the Jury was formed, it consisted of representatives of 13 countries.
At the end of the Delphic week the Jury chose winners and awardees in all 18 nominations. They all were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals as well as diplomas of the First World Delphic Games. The greatest number of awards was received by teams of Russia, China, the Republic of Moldova and the Republic of Belarus. At the same time all participants and guests of the Games were awarded memorable certificates and souvenir sets of the First World Delphic Games by the organizers.
The Official Closing Ceremony of the First World Delphic Games took place in the Concert Hall «Izmailovo» on December 6, 2000. Winners and awardees of the First World Delphic Games took part in the Closing Gala Concert. Performance of the best representatives of different countries and kinds of art on one stage confirmed once more the fairness of the slogan – «Together is better…»