Fire of Delphic Games
Sept 26. Kazpravda
By Bektur KADYROV
Yesterday Astana Central Concert Hall “Kazakhstan” hosted an opening ceremony of VII Open Youth Delphic Games of the CIS member states. Baghlan Mailybayev, deputy head of the Presidential Administration read out a welcome speech on behalf of President Nursultan Nazarbayev.
Bakhytzhan Zhumagulov, minister of education and science opened the Delphic Games. Over 800 contestants from 16 countries, and 62 members of the jury from 14 countries, including the presidents of many art schools, representatives of UNESCO and ISESCO, ambassadors and politicians arrived in Astana to take part in the event.
Kazakhstanis prepared a great concert show: performance of Kazakhstan pop stars, a parade of the participating countries and the ceremonial of lighting of the fire – a symbol of the Delphic Games, a laser show with 3D-technology, led-displays, etc.
The first World Delphic Games were held in 2000 in Moscow at the initiative of the National Delphic Council of Russia. Today, the International Delphic Movement involves 65 countries, and now they are fighting for the right to host the 3rd Games.
In Kazakhstan, the Delphic Games are held for the second time (the first time was in 2006), and young talents will compete in 19 categories, including both classic (“Violin”, “Piano”, “Academic Singing”) and modern arts (“Web design”, “DJ”). Besides, a new category – “Poetry” – was included in the list of nominations.
This year the National Delphiade was held in Kokshetau, Kazakhstan as the organizer of the Games has the right to present two teams – about 250 people.
Kazakhstan delegation is headed by Dusen Kaseinov, ex minister of culture of the Republic of Kazakhstan and current TURKSOY Secretary General. The results of the Games will be submitted to UNESCO and the Council of Europe as one of the cultural values of modernity.
Grand closing ceremony of the Delphiade is on Friday, September 28, at the Palace of Peace and Harmony.