The Second World Delphic Games, which are the large international event in the field of culture, took place on September 19-25, 2008 in Saratov, the Russian Federation.
The Games were prepared and held by the International Delphic Committee (the Headquarters is located in Moscow) jointly with the National Delphic Council of Russia and the Government of the Saratov Region with the support of the Ministry of Culture of the Russian Federation, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation, the Executive Committee of the Commonwealth of Independent States.
The Second World Delphic Games were granted the patronage of the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) and the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Terry Davis.
In the course of the preparation of the Games the International Delphic Committee cooperated closely with the National Delphic Organizations, governments and state bodies on matters of culture, education, youth of a number of countries, the National Commissions for UNESCO, international creative unions and associations, leading world educational institutions in the field of culture and art.
1167 representatives from 61 countries of 5 continents participated in the Games, which were held in 19 nominations of folk, classical and contemporary art. The age of the participants was 9 – 35 years old, among them 70% were older than 20 years old, the jury consisted of famous workers of art from 21 states.
The Second World Delphic Games were organized on the basis of the Regulations, designed pursuant to the Conceptual Regulations on holding the Delphic Games and the Youth Delphic Games, adopted by the Decision of the Second Session of the International Delphic Committee dated February 6, 2004, and taking into account the rights of the organizers to use the «Delphic Games» trade mark and Delphic symbols. The document was translated into 7 languages and with the support of the Commission of the Russian Federation for UNESCO and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation sent to 190 countries and placed on the official web site of the International Delphic Committee www.IDCworld.org/eng/.
The goodwill letters to the Games were addressed by the Chairman of the Council of Federation of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Sergey Mironov, the Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of the Russian Federation Boris Gryzlov, the Russian Plenipotentiary Presidential Representative to the Volga Federal District Grigoriy Rapota, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Russian Federation Sergey Lavrov, the Minister of Culture of the Russian Federation Alexander Avdeev, the Minister of Sport, Tourism and Youth Policy of the Russian Federation Vitaliy Mutko, the Chairman of the 34th Session of the General Conference of UNESCO, the Ambassador and Permanent Delegate of Greece under UNESCO George N. Anastassopoulos, the Director of Culture and Cultural and Natural Heritage of the Council of Europe Robert Palmer, the Director of Youth, Sport and Citizenship in the Directorate General for Education and Culture of the European Commission Pierre Mairesse, the Chairman of the Executive Committee – the Executive Secretary of the Commonwealth of Independent States Sergey Lebedev, the State Secretary of the Union State Pavel Borodin, the Secretary General of the Council of the Interparliament Assembly of Member States of the Commonwealth of Independent States Mikhail Krotov, the Secretary of the Public Chamber of the Russian Federation Eugeny Velikhov, the Chairman of the Federation of Independent Trade Unions of Russia Mikhail Shmakov, the President of the Russian Olympic Committee Leonid Tyagachev, the Head of the Federal Agency of Education Nicolay Bulaev, the 53rd Wintering Russian Antarctic expedition and others.
More than 100 representatives of the legislative and executive authorities of the Russian Federation as well as of international organizations, state structures and creative communities from 18 countries, including Austria, Benin, China, Germany, India, Lithuania, Mongolia, the Republic of Uzbekistan, Slovakia, Sweden, Thailand, etc., visited the Games as guests.
The creative component of the Second World Delphic Games was large and diverse. The competitions were held pursuant to the Program Requirements, designed with the division into age groups and rounds, taking into account the specific character of the disciplines and including the evaluation criteria. The competitions in 14 nominations of the competition and festival programs (piano, violin, fine arts, bayan/accordion, academical singing, folk singing, pop singing, folk dance, modern dance, photography, circus, DJ, cooking art, folk arts and crafts) were held direct in Saratov in best venues of the city, and namely: in the Saratov State Conservatoire named after Leonid Sobinov, the Saratov Art School named after Alexey Bogolyubov, the Saratov State Academical Drama Theatre named after Ivan Slonov, the Saratov State Circus, the Saratov Regional Centre of Folk Art, etc. All places, where the performances took place, were full, more than 20 000 spectators visited them during contest days. Competitions in 5 nominations (television journalism, photography, web design, social advertising, animation) took place for the first time in the Internet on the “Delphic Games - Rambler” platform (delphic.rambler.ru), created on the base of the leading Russian net portal with the same name.
The jury, consisted of 3-6 people on each nomination, included 78 reputable art masters in total from different countries: Australia, Estonia, Finland, the Netherlands, Poland, Turkey, etc.
28 sets of awards were bestowed during the Games. Winners and prize-holders were awarded gold, silver and bronze medals, made in Moscow Mint of Goznak of Russia, and special diplomas. Among them are the representatives of the Azerbaijan Republic, Bulgaria, Cameroon, Cyprus, France, the Kyrgyz Republic, Latvia, the Republic of Armenia, the Republic of Belarus, the Republic of Ghana, the Republic of Kazakhstan, the Republic of Moldova, Romania, the Russian Federation, Sri Lanka, Ukraine, the USA.
The Third International Scientific and Practical Conference was held during the Games, where the members of the International Delphic Committee, scientists, professors, postgraduates and students of institutions of higher education, workers in the fields of culture and art, representatives of public organizations from 26 countries of the world took part. The current issues of the development of the Delphic movement on the contemporary stage, the problems of the intercultural dialogue were considered at the Conference.
The working meetings of members of the Delphic Movement took place during the Games, where the prospects for holding the Sixth Youth Delphic Games of the CIS Member States and the First European Delphic Games in 2009 as well as the Third World Delphic Games in 2012 were discussed.
The official opening ceremony (the «Kristall» Ice Arena), closing ceremony, and the gala-concert of winners (the Saratov Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre) became the most festive events in the Games’ program. The flag parade of the countries took place during the ceremonies, the State Flag of the Russian Federation and the Delphic Flag were raised, the Delphic fire was lighted. The performances of the Delphic champions from different countries and the best Russian performers and groups were warmly welcomed. During the closing ceremony of the Games the Prime Minister of the Republic of Belarus Sergey Sidorsky supported the idea of holding the Higher Forum for art and invited young talents to the Anniversary Fifth Youth Delphic Games of the CIS Member States (October 20-26, 2008, Minsk).
10 places of accommodation, 11 public catering enterprises, about 80 cars and passenger transport units were in the service of the participants, jury members and guests of the Games. More than 400 students of institutions of higher education of the city worked as volunteers.
The Second World Delphic Games were announced using outdoor advertising facilities in Saratov: 170 surfaces – billboards, city showcases, pillars and cross street banners were used on August 15 – September 25, 2008. 200 billboards sized 3*6 sq. m per month, advertising the Games, were placed in July as well as in September, 2008 in Moscow by the «News Outdoor» Company; the reels were broadcasted on June 1 - September 25, 2008 on 19 city screens: «3 Stars», «ORION CITY», «Cityvision», «IVM», «Ten Media», «Rasvero», «MMD», on the large-format projection board «PRE», the indoor-TV nets in the «Ostankino» Television Technical Centre, at the «Sheremetyevo» international airport (Terminals 1, 2, C), in the «Coffee House» cafés, the «Intellect Payments» and «Sprintnet» payment terminals, at petrol stations by the «Clear Vision Group» Company, in public surface transportation on the screens of the «Move TV» company (around 1 000 busses, trolleybuses and trams) as well as in supermarkets «Perekryostok», «Ramstor», «Azbuka Vkusa», «Karusel», «Pyatyorochka», «Paterson», in shopping malls «Gorbushkin Dvor», «Atrium», «Zvezdochka», «Gorod», «L-153», «MEGA», «Okhotny Ryad», «Europark», «Waypark», «RIO» – more than 200 shops in total. Furthermore, the social informational promotion campaign of the Delphic Games was held using the outdoor electronic screens in 11 cities of Russia.
The events were highlighted and announced by 28 electronic and print mass media of federal and international distribution, among them are 8 television channels («Pervy», «Rossija», «Vesti», «TVC», «Kultura», «TNT», «Ren TV», «Russia Today»), 6 news agencies («ITAR-TASS», «Interfax», RIA «Novosti», «Lenta.ru», «Vsya Rossija», «Regnum»), 4 radio stations («Radio Rossii», «Mayak», «Golos Rossii», «Europa plus»), 10 newspapers and magazines («Rossijskaya Gazeta», «Parlamentskaya Gazeta», «Komsomolskaya Pravda», «Solidarnost», «Ogonyok», «Voyage», «Smena», «Russkoe Iskusstvo», «Persona», «Zdorovye shkolnika»).