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“In the 21st century, the peaceful interaction between the world’s cultures
is of existential importance. Therefore, the ancient world equips us with
an idea, which is future oriented, especially during the phase of
globalization: The Delphic Games of the Modern Era, as a large forum for
the arts and cultures, similar international as the Olympic Games today,
and even uniting the people in a deeper way.”

J.C.B. Kirsch
Initiator and Founder of the International
Delphic Council / IDC


For the realisation of great ideas it needs persistence and the drive of individuals, despite the many, contributing within their possibilities to the whole. To establish the Delphic Games as a peace striving, arts supporting and cultural heritage preserving forum - Johann Christian Bernhard Kirsch took the challenge since mid of the 80th.

J.C.B. Kirsch was born in Berlin in 1943. He graduated in the art section of the Higher Technical Education College in Steyr, Austria. After military services he started to work as graphic artist and promotion adviser, followed by a financial training becoming a banker to finally settle for 18 years as international finance and economic advisor.

In the 70th Kirsch began to promote artists and started to focus towards artistic education and further education. He developed first thoughts and considerations about a sustainable competition forum for the arts. Researches brought him into many countries consulting scientists, artists, politicians for advice. The idea of an international competition of the arts became more and more reality. Prof. Dr. Hellmut Flashar, Dean of the Classical Philology Faculty of the Ludwig Maximilian University Munich, guided Kirsch into the direction of intensive studies about the ancient Delphic Games.

Greece and antiquity moved into the focus. Kirsch travelled several times to Greece and finally moved even partly to Delphi and Athens to learn and for discussions with Melina Mercouri, Mikis Theodorakis, Tzannis Tzannetakis, Stavros Xarchakos (he worked with him 1989/90 together), Antonio Samaras, Evangelos Arabatzis and many others.

Collecting the experiences from Greece and worldwide, Kirsch was strengthened in his idea, to revive the Delphic Games. In addition he consulted personalities i.e. Lord Yehudin Menuhin, Karan Singh, H.M. Sofia Queen of Spain, Michael Gorbachev, Federico Mayor Zaragoza. The response was encouraging and motivating at the same time.

With all his energy Kirsch initiated and organised the Founding Assembly of the International Delphic Council 1994 in Berlin - the birth date of the Delphic Games of the Modern Era. The 77 founding members are from 20 countries.

From the very beginning the IDC was striving for an intensive involvement of the official Greece, its personalities and institutions. Many meetings took place in Greece, among these places also the European Cultural Centre of Delphi (ECCD) which led to cooperation in 2007.

The format of the Delphic Games is reflecting and honouring the Greek roots, as well as promoting the Greek Cultural Heritage worldwide. This is reflected in the implementation of a Delphic Poet to honour the poet "Pindar" whom we owe the knowledge of the Pythian (Delphic) Games through his poems, the ritual of the Water Ceremony at the Kastalian Spring in Delphi which symbolises "water" as the Delphic Games element, and last but not least the Greek language became next to German, beside English as basic communication of the Delphic Movement, one of the three Delphic languages.

Honoring Awards

MAY 2003: The City Council of Moscow, Russia awards the Secretary General of the International Delphic Council J. Christian B. Kirsch with the Honourable Diploma for cultural achievements.
The document is signed by the Chairperson of the City Duma Vladimir M. PLATONOV (10. from right), since 2002 Delphic Ambassador.The deputy Mikhail MOSKVIN-TARKHANOV (6. from left) is supporting the IDC as Delphic Advisor.

JUNE 2003: The Governor of St. Petersburg, Russia awarded the Secretary General of the International Delphic Council J. Christian B. Kirsch (6. from right) as Ambassador of Honour. Here during the reception at the Smolny together with Vadim A. TULPANOV, Chairperson of the St. Petersburg Legislative Assembly (Parliament) & Delphic Ambassador (5. from right) till July 2010 and the Deputy Alexander I. KUTSHAK, Delphic Advisor (2. from right) of the IDC.

J.C.B. Kirsch - Research studies in Delphi, 1989

Conversation with Tzannis Tzannetakis, Greek Minister of Culture, 1991

Meeting with Melina Mercouri, Greek Minister of Culture, 1993

Meeting with Evangelos Arabatzis, Director ECCD, 1993

IDC-Founding Assembly 1994 in Berlin

IDC Amphictyony Meeting 1999 in Delphi

IV. Session (world congress) 2001 in Berlin