The World Culture Festival
Celebrating Diversity for a peaceful tomorrow
The Art of Living Foundation celebrates its 35th anniversary in India’s capital Delhi and spreads the message of global peace.
In a unique celebration of harmony in diversity the World Culture Festival brought together 50,000 participants from 151 countries who took home unique sights, sounds, tastes and the mesmerising variety of all the world continents in one place!
While almost all open air events got cancelled on 2nd July 2011 due to rain and cold, rare for this time of year in Berlin, nothing could dampen the enthusiasm during the Art of Living’s 30th anniversary celebration in the Berlin Olympic Stadium and stop the captivated audience to convert their stadium seats into a big dancing stage.
In a bid to promote peace, intercultural dialog and togetherness, senior governmental representatives, business leaders, academia, leaders of NGOs, religious and spiritual leaders, peacemakers and renowned personalities from across the globe shared their views and spread the message of peace, unity and intercultural harmony.
"30 years of the Art of Living: A big milestone with many achievements, inspiring us to move forward with greater speed and greater enthusiasm. The dream to make life a celebration and the world a family has materialized and become a reality.
Millions of volunteers who have worked with such enthusiasm and love will continue to inspire millions more, reach out to all those areas where we have not reached and wipe all those tears that are yet there.
The 30th anniversary is a celebration of achievement and a vision to do more service.."
Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
Dr. M. Veerappa Moily
Minister of Law & Justice, Government of India
"I am very glad to know that the International Art of Living Foundation is celebrating The World Culture Festival on 2ndand 3rdJuly, 2011 in Berlin. I appreciate the services being rendered by "The Art of Living" organization towards creating a progressive spiritual and humane world by transforming human lives. It is heartening to learn that the organization has done excellent job during the last 30 years towards achieving its wonderful goal 'One World - One Family', which has fostered a sense of belongingness among the people of different cultures.
I wish the event a grand success."
Hon. Shri Praful Patel
Minister of state for civil aviation, Government of India
"I am glad to know that on its 30th Anniversary the International Art of Living Foundation is organizing 'The World Culture Festival' in Berlin on 2ndand 3rdJuly, 2011. For the past three decades, the Art of Living Foundation has done yeoman service to humanity through its community welfare projects, breathing workshops and other programmes bringing about a profound transformation in the lives of millions of people. This Festival will bring together leaders, renowned personalities, peacemakers and other participants from across the world to create a unique platform to spread the message of peace, unity and harmony amidst all the diversity. On this occasion I convey my best wishes to H H Sri Sri Ravi Shankarji, the Founder of the Art of Living Foundation and wish the World Culture Festival a grand success."
Prof. Dr. Gesine Schwan
Founder Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance
"I highly appreciate the tremendous work towards conflict resolution, peace and intercultural dialogue that the International Art of Living Foundation has facilitated in the last 30 years not only in Asia but in over 150 countries in the world. I see it to be very timely, that the World Culture Festival, which aims to foster harmony in diversity and the dialogue between cultures, comes to Berlin in a time when integration of different cultures and intercultural harmony is one of the most important issues. I hearty congratulate the International Art of Living Foundation to its 30th anniversary and welcome the World Culture Festival and H. H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar to Berlin, the historic bridge between East and West."
Prof. Ruud Lubbers
Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands (Co-Chair of WCF Reception Committee)
Mr. Madhu Rao
CEO Shangri-La Hotel Group International (Co-Chair of WCF Reception Committee)
Prof. Dr Ahmet Akgündüz
President Islamic University Rotterdam
Dr. Thuwayba Al Barwani
Dean, Sultan Qaboos University
Mr. Khalid Al-Omran
Owner, Omran Corporation, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Rabbi Sergio Bergman
Leader of Argentina’s Progressive community; Founder of the Judaica Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Prof. Bernd Guggenberger
President, Lessing University, Berlin
Mr. Danny K. Davis
Hon. Congressman, US Congress
Mr. Nirj Deva
Member of the European Parliament
Prof. Peter Eigen
Founder, Transparency International
Mrs. María Eugenia Estenssoro
Senator, The Argentine Senate
Mrs. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges
Independent expert and member of the Jury for the European Capitals of Culture, Former Minister of Culture
Ms. Monika Griefahn
Board Member, Right Livelihood Award
Ms. Indu Jain
Chairperson, Times of India Group; Bennett, Coleman & Co