National Delphic Council (NDC)


To form a National Delphic Council (NDC) – respective country – a gathering of existing national organisations, federations, institutions in arts, culture, and tourism according the Statutes & Bye-laws of the International Delphic Council is required. Related documents are part of this guideline. Based on these principles, the membership in the IDC can be granted.

The founding of a National Delphic Council (NDC) at national level should take place according national law. The procedure to found a DC could/should be carried out through the following steps:

  • Research to find a renowned initiating person related to the subjects of the NDC willing and able to successfully invite key persons & decision makers of the region/country to invite respective organisations into a meeting.
  • At this information meeting those personalities should be present who are interested in becoming a founding member of the NDC. The success of a future NDC is directly dependent on its acceptance within the society and amongst the far-sighted “founding mothers and fathers”.
  • The NDC founding has to involve personalities of at least 50% of the regions; provinces to assure nationwide representation.
  • The implementation of a DC as public benefit non-governmental organisation (NGO) has to be carried out carefully, in accordance to the IDC statutes and properly registered in accordance to national legal requirements.
  • After registration of the National Delphic Council (NDC) a set of documents, attested by a notary public, i.e. statutes, registration as well as the founding protocol (translated into English) has to be sent to IDC headquarters.
  • On having reviewed those documents, the IDC grants official membership – as long as there are no reasons to the contrary.
  • The most significant rights and obligations are stated in the IDC Statutes and the IDC Bye-laws, i.e. that you are required to acknowledge the Delphic Council at national level as highest authority, to participate in the biannual Delphic Games / Junior Delphic Games and its membership sessions, participation in commissions and meetings.
  • Financial obligations are a membership fee according last IDC Amphictyony resolution

Next Steps

Members as National Delphic Council of IDC which have as aims

  • to perform, promote and preserve different expressions of traditional culture
  • to participate in Delphic Games / Delphiads according IDC Statutes
  • to unite voluntary organizations working in the field of dance, music, costumes, customs and other expressions of traditional culture, as well as individual scientists (scholars), interested persons and institutions, and
  • to coordinate activities according to their national conditions and legislation and to the aims of IDC (conditions are outlined in the internal regulations)
  • to cooperate with the corresponding UNESCO national commissions

IDC recognition – one National Delphic Council per country. Condition is that the country is a member of the United Nations Organization – UNO. National Councils which exist before these Bye-laws become effective will have one year time to adjust themselves until these conditions will become binding to them. (see also Membership Admission)

Design of a National Delphic Council has to involve members of at least 50% of the respective states / provinces and/or local authorities of the respective country – representing the country as a whole. This could range from representatives of Universities, Colleges, and Schools involved in arts, culture, tourism, etc to public and private individuals and/or representing institutions, foundations and organisations, i.e. artists, teachers, theatres, agents, managers, etc.

  • Democratic (Elections)
    • Provide list of elected board members and election procedures (term of election, Voting procedures)
    • Provide Bye-laws (constitution / statutes)
    • To be updated after each election
  • Representative (how many members)
    • A list of categories of members accepted
    • Representing traditional culture, according to the Bye-laws and IDC Statutes
    • Numbers of members; how many members has a Delphic Council
  • Open (open to any interested festival, group, organization or individual to join)
    • List of each category of membership
    • Representation of: Musical Arts / Performing Arts / Language Arts / Visual Arts / Social Arts / Ecological Arts & Architecture
  • Communicative (response to communications)
    • Response to Communication – please reply shortly
    • Thank you / No interest / No group / or forward the message to the relevant person with copy to the sender
  • Monitoring
    • To complete online under the Transparency Program
    • Annual Report to be delivered before the end of April
    • Both to do every year

Rights – each Member has the right to actively participate in the work of IDC:

  • to nominate a delegate at the IDC Session
  • to nominate two members of its Youth Commission as Delegates. FM without Youth Commission may nominate one observer
  • to submit candidatures for the Commissions, Executive Committee, Working Groups and Committees
  • to take part in international events according the event conditions
  • to assist in editing and publishing publications
  • to decide on the acceptance of members
  • to submit proposals and suggestions
  • to claim assistance and support by IDC through:
    • asking IDC to grant patronage for international festivals, practical help for the realization of international events and mediation or exchange of artists groups, suited to the character of the event
    • obtaining documentation, methodological material, analyses and other materials about the work of the IDC

Obligations – each Member is obliged to actively participate in the work of IDC:

  • to observe and realize the aims and decisions of IDC on the basis of the By- Laws and internal regulations
  • to pay the membership fee fixed by the IDC Session by the due date determined in the internal regulations
  • to provide each year the national report of activities within the due date determined by the Amphictyony
  • to update each year the list of festivities/events online on the website to realize the News Report, by the due date determined and announced yearly by the Games Commission
  • to accept that any refusal of membership/association in the Delphic Council that has not been resolved through the mediation can be appealed to the International Delphic Council whose decision the Delphic Council undertakes to apply
  • each member has the obligation to exercise the right of vote and to enrich the work of IDC through its activities

Good Standing – Members who do not fulfil the obligations listed above lose the right to vote and the status of good standing during the IDC Session.

Articles of Associations (draft)

Expertise by legal and tax council (English language)

  • Specifying in detail all legal, tax and other requirements for admission and registration of the DC as a non-profit, public benefit and Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) under the applicable national regulations and confirming that articles of association fulfil all such requirements

Organisation Chart of the National Delphic Council

Financing Plan (3-5 years)

Action Plan (3-5 years)

  • Promotion of the Delphic Idea by informing the education and artistic structure and media in the country
  • Selecting a city for hosting the first national Delphiad within the country to select the “national winners” for international, worldwide Games representing the country