The World Culture Festival in Berlin
Olympiastadion Berlin 2nd & 3rd July 2011
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88 acts with 700 Artists
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Grand Celebration in Olympiastadion
The World Culture Festival in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of The Art of Living
Pavilions from around the World
88 acts with 700 Artists
Yoga Park
The World Culture Festival in celebration of the 30th Anniversary of The Art of Living

The World Culture Festival

Celebrating Diversity for a peaceful tomorrow

The Art of Living Foundation celebrates its 30th anniversary in Germany’s capital Berlin 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.

Performing Artists


Elitsa Todorova

The Idan Raichel Project

Ira Losco

Outlandish

Alpine Horns

Atikamekw Nation

"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

Reception Committee

Prof. Ruud Lubbers
Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands (Co-Chair of WCF Reception Committee)
Prof. Dr Ahmet Akgündüz
President Islamic University Rotterdam
Mr. Khalid Al-Omran
Owner, Omran Corporation, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia
Mr. Danny K. Davis
Hon. Congressman, US Congress
Prof. Peter Eigen
Founder, Transparency International
Mrs. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges
Independent expert and member of the Jury for the European Capitals of Culture, Former Minister of Culture
Prof. Bernd Guggenberger
President, Lessing University, Berlin
Hon. Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal
Minister for Coal, Government of India
His Royal Majesty Nana Odidwour Baah Kokroko III
Tufuhene of Hwidiem, King in the Ashanti Akim, North District of Ashanti Region of Ghana
Mr. Jacek P. Krawczyk
Vice President of European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels
Mr. Ram Labhaya Lakhina
Founder, President of The Netherlands India Chamber of Commerce and Trade (NICCT), Chairman of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial Foundation
Mr. Jo Leinen
German Member of the European Parliament, Chair Committee on the Environment, Public Health and Food Safety
Ms. Erika Mann
Former Member of the European Parliament
Dhr. Luis Moreno-Ocampo
Chief Prosecutor of the International Criminal Court (ICC)
Mr. Christopher Pinto
President Iran-US Claims Tribunal
Mr. Michael Quigley
Hon. Congressman, US Congress
Rabbi David Rosen
International Director of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee; Director of the Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding.
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp
Former President of the European region of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, Dutch chair of the Solidarity Committee for Jews
Prof. Dr. Myron Scholes
Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences
Mr. Wilfried Vanhonacker
Dean, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO
Mr. Madhu Rao
CEO Shangri-La Hotel Group International (Co-Chair of WCF Reception Committee)
Dr. Thuwayba Al Barwani
Dean, Sultan Qaboos University
Rabbi Sergio Bergman
Leader of Argentina’s Progressive community; Founder of the Judaica Foundation, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Mr. Nirj Deva
Member of the European Parliament
Mrs. María Eugenia Estenssoro
Senator, The Argentine Senate
Ms. Monika Griefahn
Board Member, Right Livelihood Award
Ms. Indu Jain
Chairperson, Times of India Group; Bennett, Coleman & Co
Judge Gabrielle Kirk McDonald
Former President International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia, The Hague
Mr. Robert Korzeniowski
Athlet, Gewinner von 4 goldenen olympische Medaillen und 3 Weltmeisterschaften
Mrs. Jolanta Kwasniewska
Former First Lady of Poland (1995-2005), Founder and President of the Foundation "Communication without barriers"; Lawyer.
Prof. Vytautas Landsbergis
Former Prime Minister of Lithuania
Mr. Pedro Jiménez León
Member of Mexico´s Chamber of Deputies
Dr. Mihail Mihailov
Member of Bulgarian Parliament
Mrs. Nancy Pelosi
Hon. Congresswoman, US Congress
Dr. Sanjay Pradhan
Vice President, World Bank Institute, The World Bank
Mr. Peleg Reshef
Director, the Future Generations Division, World Jewish Congress
Dr. Jacques Santer
Former Prime Minister Luxemburg, Former President of the European Commission
Mrs. Janice D. Schakowsky
Hon. Congresswoman, US Congress
Prof. Dr. Gesine Schwan
President, Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance
Mr. Josef Winkler
Member of German Parliament, Board Member Green Party


Messages


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."
Hon. Shri Sriprakash Jaiswal
Minister for Coal, Statistics and Programme Implementation, Government of India
"I am pleased to know that the Art of Living Foundation is planning to organize an event in Berlin in July2011 to mark thirty glorious years of its existence. The Foundation has been playing a defining role in the lives of millions of people all over the world. Though the Foundation has its genesis in India, it has been spreading the message of health, harmony in diversity and promoting inter-cultural dialogue in more than 150 countries around the world. I am happy to note the names of several luminaries contributing their might as members of the Reception Committee for the Art of Living Foundation. I am sure the event will be a rip-roaring success with leaders, peacemakers and renowned personalities from all walks of life making a spirited contribution. I wish for the Art of Living Foundation to grow from strength to strength and spreads its divine message for many more years to come."
Ms. Monika Griefahn
Board Member, Right Livelihood Award
"Having attended the Conference on Human Values during the 25th Anniversary of the International Art of Living Foundation in Bangalore where 2.5 Million people joined the celebration, I have closely observed the work of the organisation and its Founder Sri Sri Ravi Shankar during the last few years. I am highly impressed by the all-inclusive approach towards peace building and intercultural dialogue as the Foundation not only promotes health and wellbeing through Yoga but translates its efforts into outstanding results in the humanitarian field. It is wonderful and timely that on the occasion of the 30th Anniversary of the International Art of Living Foundation. The World Culture Festival will be held in Berlin and will allow participants from around the world to come together in mutual respect and appreciation."
Ms. Erika Mann
Former Member of the European Parliament
"The Art of Living Foundation will organize in 2011 in Berlin a World Culture Festival. This is not the first time that the Art of Living Foundation will organize such kind of event but it will be the first time in Europe - and there couldn't be a better place than Berlin! The idea to show that culture is a way of life for all of us; that national traditions call very well live with international border less goals and ideas; that spiritual desires transcend religious thinking; and that our modern world continuous to be a place of wonder and excitement despite critical developments in many areas. It will be an event full of fun, seriousness and ideas and I am looking forward to be part of it."
Sri Vilasrao Deshmukh
Minister of Heavy Industries and Public Enterprises, Government of India.
"It is a pleasure to note that Art of Living is celebrating their 30 years in Berlin. I am pleased to be invited to the World Culture Festival and congratulate the organisation.The founder H H Sri Sri Ravishankar has worked in 150 countries and through his mission spread love, compassion and peace in the society.My best wishes to the Art of Living for creating harmony in diversity through their cultural festival."
Rabbi David Rosen
International Director of Interreligious Affairs, American Jewish Committee; Director of the Heilbrunn Institute for International Interreligious Understanding.
"The variety of physical species and forms that make up our world reflect the very glory of the One Source of all life. If that is so with the physical world, how much more so must it be the case with the spiritual worlds in which human understanding of the Divine is so variegated and diversified by different and changing cultural and historical conditions?

Respecting this diversity is itself an expression of the appreciation of the inestimable and unfathomable complexity of our world and the inevitably limited human capacity to grasp the totality of the Divine Source. Such respect inculcates in us both an authentic religious humility and capacity to celebrate the other, building a world of mutual understanding, appreciation and cooperation.

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and his International Art of Living Foundation do precisely this, opening eyes and hearts and serving as a source of blessing and inspiration to all. "
Mr. Josef Winkler
Member of German Parliament, Board Member Green Party
"I applaud the International Art of Living Foundation and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for its outstanding service to mankind during the last 30 years. 10 Mio trees planted, lives of 200.000 prison inmates transformed , 61.546 rural youth trained in leadership and vocational skills and 138 free schools and uncountable peace initiatives are an outstanding track record. Sri Sri Ravi Shankars Ghandian` approach of resolving conflicts through non-violence and dialogue is much needed in today's times of domestic violence, religious intolerance and intercultural conflicts. I am pleased, that the World Culture Festival will provide a precious opportunity for the diverse cultures of this world to come together in a ecumenical spirit of belonging and connectedness!"
Mr. Nirj Deva
Member of the European Parliament
"I stand encouraged that across the world there is a growing realisation; an understanding that we must come to accept and embrace one another´s cultures, acknowledging our differences and finding comfort in our similarities. In an increasingly globalised world where we are faced by challenges too great for any one nation or organisation to deal with alone I take heart that so many people from across the world are taking this step forward, recognising the need to promote greater cultural tolerance and a mutual respect that is now more than ever of such critical importance to us all. I congratulate the Art of Living Foundation and Sri Sri Ravi Shankar for the outstanding contribution towards intercultural dialogue and peacekeeping in the last 30 years."
Mrs. Erna Hennicot-Schoepges
Former Minister of Culture, Rapporteur to the European Parliament for the Year of Intercultural Dialogue
"Life is a fact, living is an art. The 30th anniversary of the art of living movement should be a milestone of new thinking in a world of change."
Mr. Jacek P. Krawczyk
Vice President of European Economic and Social Committee, Brussels
"In the past 30 years the Art of Living Foundation has been bringing people together, contributing to the understanding between them, inspiring a way of life, bringing health and harmony. It has been successful in reminding us that mere tolerance is not enough in a multicultural world. The encounter with the other can only be successful if tolerance goes hand in hand with genuine curiosity, responsibility, openness and the respect for the otherness of the other. Well done and congratulations!

As a Vice President of European Economic and Social Committee, I am immensely grateful to the foundation for its actions in favor of ethics in business. At a time when the crisis brought into focus the critical importance of the ethical dimension of business, a thorough reflection on the issue is more important than ever. "
Prof. Ruud Lubbers
Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands
"I congratulate Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and express my gratitude and respect for the immense contribution of the Art of Living to global peace. In the world in which we are so connected due to modern technology and global economy, and which is so affected by conflict, stress and frustration, the Art of Living is the way to harmony. The Art of Living initiatives are so valuable. The breathing techniques and meditation it teaches help us to restore harmony within ourselves and therefore to contribute to the harmony of others, and to the harmony of the society. I completely agree with Sri Sri Ravi Shankar that it’s time for all of us to come together to celebrate life, broaden our vision, deepen our roots and reach out for others."
Rabbi Awraham Soetendorp
Former President of the European region of the World Union for Progressive Judaism, Dutch chair of the Solidarity Committee for Jews
"To move forward we must recognize that in the midst of a magnificent diversity of cultures and life forms we are one human family and one Earth community with a common destiny.” The Earth Charter

“Celebrating diversity goes beyond the theme of „tolerance“ that has become a much used term in interfaith dialogue. We have to move further: from tolerance to respect and from respect to love which expresses itself in the deep understanding that we need the other to complement and enrich our own religious and spiritual identity. The international Art of Living Foundation has over the years contributed immensely to this understanding."
His Royal Majesty Nana Odidwour Baah Kokroko III
Tufuhene of Hwidiem, King in the Ashanti Akim, North District of Ashanti Region of Ghana
"This Festival is in itself a dream of many and ambition of the mighty few where culture builds bridges across borders and embracing peace, unity and love. The International Art of Living Foundation has done what many activists, poets, and reformers alike have been trying to do for centuries by bringing understanding and acceptance of one’s culture with the common aim that we are all one under the sun."
Mr. Neeraj Arora
Executive Vice-President Head of International Business, MSM Asia Ltd
"Sony Entertainment Network is delighted to be associated with the World Culture Festival as the official media partner. Our mission is to bring our viewers international events and give people the opportunity to relive this experience in the comfort of their own homes. It is a commendable feat that the International Art of Living Foundation and His Holiness Sri Sri Ravi Shankar are celebrating 30 years of the success of harmony through peaceful living and Sony Entertainment Network with its reach of millions of viewers around the world in over 125 countries has the ability to showcase this on our channel."
Prof. Ruud Lubbers
Former Prime Minister of the Netherlands (Co-Chair of WCF Reception Committee)
"I congratulate Sri Sri Ravi Shankar and I would like to express my gratitude and my respekt for the immense contribution of Art of Living to worldwide peace."


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