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  • World Culture Festival comes to India

    The World Culture Festival will bring a rich and diverse celebration to New Delhi, India in March 2016. DESIblitz brings you the full details.

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    "Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s mission of a beautiful and peaceful world is a great vision."

    The World Culture Festival is a celebration of The Art of Living’s 35 years of ‘service, humanity, spirituality and human values’.

    It will take place in New Delhi between March 11 and 13, 2016, and expects to host over 3.5 million people from 155 countries.

    The festival strives itself on creating a ‘stress-free, violence free-society, promoting peace, putting smiles on everyone’s faces and walking the path together’.

    It aims to foster a deep understanding between different people and backgrounds, by showcasing rich cultural traditions of dance, music and the arts from around the world.

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    The three-day event will open with an inauguration and keynote speeches, followed by the Global Leadership Forum over the next two days.

    It will bring together senior leaders from business, government, politics, science, NGOs, faith-based organisations, sports, academia and the media to reflect on the paradigms of leadership needed to manoeuvre the world of today.

    Confirmed speakers include H.H. Sri Sri Ravi Shankar (founder of The Art of Living), Professor Ruud Lubbers (former Prime Minister of the Netherlands) and Dr. Ram Charan (an Indian-American author and speaker).

    The afternoons will be filled with inspiring talks from spiritual and religious leaders, politicians, peacemakers and artists, who will spread important messages of global peace.

    There are also fascinating performances and festivities, such as ‘Cultural Celebrations’ and ‘World Peace through Inner Peace’, as well as end-of-day meditation.

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    Additionally, the Art of Living has organised travel packages to help as many people attend the festival as possible.

    Not only does it include access to the World Culture Festival, it also gives them the opportunity to sightsee in India whilst visiting.

    Offering six different tour packages, they allow visitors to ‘experience the sheer beauty that Southern India has to offer’ and ‘the Shivratri celebrations at Bangalore Ashram’.

    The brochure continues: “Whether it is resting at the seaside in Goa, discovering beautiful nature in Kerala or the beauty and symmetry that the Taj Mahal represents, or visiting a spice market in the back streets of Delhi.

    “It’s all there, it’s all waiting for you. Each tour package includes the magical celebration, the World Culture Festival – A Celebration like no other.”

    This small but wonderful gesture really makes it a festival like no other.

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    Other interesting tours on offer include ‘Kerala – Unite with Nature’, which gives tourists the opportunity to see India’s beauty, and ‘Find your Destiny in Tamil Nadhu’, which include visits to ancient Indian temples.

    The Art of Living, ‘an educational and humanitarian movement’, is founded by Shankar in 1981 and has established its presence in 155 countries.

    It engages in diverse humanitarian and service activities that follow his philosophy:  “Unless we have a stress-free mind and a violence-free society, we cannot achieve world peace.”

    The late Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam says: “Sri Sri Ravi Shankar’s mission of a beautiful, safe, happy, and peaceful world for planet Earth’s whole society is a great vision.”

    For more information about the wonders of the World Culture Festival, or applying for the travel packages or tours, please visit the full website here.

    Katie is a English graduate specialising in journalism and creative writing. Her interests include dancing, performing and swimming and she strives to keep an active and healthy lifestyle! Her motto is: "What you do today can improve all your tomorrows!"

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