The 3-day festival is a celebration of cultural diversity and Art of Living’s 35 years of service to humanity

New Delhi,  The Art of Living, a global movement founded by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar, has announced the dates for the World Culture Festival. To be held between March 11-13, 2016, the festival will bring together people from different cultures, nations, and faiths as a one world family in a resounding message of peace.

‘World Culture Festival’ (WCF) is expected to host millions of people from over 155 countries in New Delhi. The event is supported by the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Tourism, Government of India, the Sangeet Natak Akademi, the Lalit Kala Akademi and the National School of Drama.   

Speaking on this grand celebration, World Culture Festival 2016, Art of Living founder, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar said, “We are a part of one humanity and we express ourselves differently through music, art and food. Celebrating our diverse cultures binds us together and expands our perspectives. The World Culture Festival emphasizes on co-existence, demonstrating the power of peace by bringing millions of people together. It is an opportunity for world leaders from cultural, social, political, business fields to come together to  rekindle human values in the pursuit of happiness and peace.”

​​The 3-day grand festival will have a massive 7-acre stage to seat thousands of artists, dignitaries and guests with an objective to bring a wide variety of music, dance and other art forms from India and across the globe on one platform and keep it alive for future generations. On all three days of the festival, Art of Living Founder, Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar will lead a ‘Peace Meditation’ which would be joined by millions from across the globe.  

Many eminent guests and global leaders from diverse fields and nationalities have confirmed their presence for the global event – the distinguished guest list comprises of H.E. Shri Pranab Mukherjee, President of India, Hon. Mr. Narendra Modi, Prime Minister, Hon. Mr. Lal Krishna Advani, Former Dy. Prime Minister, Dr. Karan Singh, Hon. Member of Parliament, Hon. Shri Manohar Parrikar, Defence Minister of, Hon. Shri Venkaiah Naidu, Minister for Urban Development, India. The event will also be attended by international political leaders from France, Zimbabwe, Indonesia and other countries.

About Art of Living:

The Art of Living, founded by Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar in 1981, is a global movement, rekindling human values in the pursuit of happiness and peace. It works to bring peace at the level of the individual, society, nation and the world as a whole. Its areas of work cover conflict resolution, disaster and trauma relief, poverty alleviation, empowerment of women, prisoner rehabilitation, education for all, campaigns against female foeticide and  environment sustainability.  Gurudev Sri Sri Ravi Shankar is a universally revered spiritual and humanitarian leader. His vision of a violence-free, stress-free society through the reawakening of human values has inspired millions to broaden their spheres of responsibility and work towards the betterment of the world. 

He is engaged in peace negotiations and counselling in conflict zones around the world. His peace initiatives in Sri Lanka, Iraq, the Ivory Coast, Cameroon, Kashmir and Bihar have been widely acknowledged.  Present in 155​countries, The Art of Living formulates and implements lasting solutions to conflicts and issues faced by individuals, communities and nations.  Gurudev has reached out to an estimated 370 million people worldwide through personal interactions, public events, teachings, Art of Living workshops and humanitarian initiatives