Event Schedule 2008
The Fukuoka Prize 2008 Award ceremony
- September 10, 2008 (18:00-19:40)
- ACROS Fukuoka (Symphony Hall)
- Agnes Chang
Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino attended the Award Ceremony, which was chaired by Agnes Chang and attracted 1,100 people.
First, there were greetings from the organizer, a speech by Prince Akishino, and a report on the selection process, followed by presentations of medals and citations to the prize winners. They gave speeches expressing their happiness and their thoughts on Asian culture, with messages to Fukuoka citizens. Amid great applause, students from Fukuoka International School handed them flowers. Students from Chikushi Jogakuen Univ., dressed in kimono, acted as escorts.
After this, Agnes Chang talked informally to the winners, and then Yuka Taniguchi from Fukuoka Univ. delivered a message of congratulations on behalf of the citizens. The ceremony ended with Baul songs sung by Farida Parveen.
Public Lecture by Ann HUI
- Feminine Flexibility Crosses Borders
- September 13, 2008 (13:30-16:35)
- ACROS Fukuoka
- Kenji Ishizaka (Winds of Asia Programming Director, Tokyo International Film Festival)
- Nobuko Takagi (Writer)
‘The Worlds of Film and Literature’ was a discussion between the Grand Prize winner, Ann Hui and a novelist, Ms. Nobuko Takagi. As each commented on the other’s world, they found many points in common, to the audience’s fascination.
Public Lecture by Savitri GOONESEKERE
- From the Heart of Asia, on International Understanding of Human Rights
- September 14 (16:00-18:00 pm)
- ACROS Fukuoka
- Hiroshi Nakamura (Research fellow, Ryukoku Univ.)
- Chikako Taya (Professor, Hosei Univ.)
- Monte Cassim (President, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific Univ.)
Prof. Savitri Goonesekere gave a lecture entitled ‘Asian Values and Human Rights’ followed by an animated panel discussion with Prof. Taya, Hosei Univ. and Dr. Cassim, the President of Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific Univ., chaired by Dr. Nakamura, Ryukoku Univ.
Public Lecture by Shamsul Amri Baharuddin
- Many Ethnicities, Many Cultures, One Nation: the Malaysian Experience
- September 14, 2008 (13:30-15:30)
- ACROS Fukuoka
- Akira Suehiro (Professor, Institute of Social Science, Univ. of Tokyo)
- Takashi Torii (Professor, School of Commerce, Meiji Univ.)
- Hiromu Shimizu (Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto Univ.)
- Ryo Onoyama (Secretariat, Fukuoka NGO Network)
Prof. Shamsul gave a lecture entitled ‘Many Ethnicities, Many Cultures, One Nation: the Malaysian Experience’, followed by a panel discussion with specialists working on multiethnic countries like Malaysia and Sri Lanka. They presented interesting case studies and opinions, and the audience asked many questions, showing their deep interest in this issue.
Public Lecture by Farida Parveen
- An Evening with ‘Baul Songs’ (UNESCO Intangible Heritage)
- September 13, 2008 (17:00-19:00)
- IMS Hall
- Tomoaki Fujii (Director, International Institute for Culture)
- Farida Parveen (vocals, harmonium)
- Gazi Abdul Hakim (bansuri)
- Shake Jalal (dotara)
- Debendra Nath (tabla)
- Reza Babu (dhol)
With her ‘Baul Songs’, Farida Parveen’s powerful voice and the soft sounds of her harmoniam held the audience spellbound, accompanied by four musicians playing traditional instruments. 7 pieces of music were played and the coordinator, Tomoaki Fujii gave a commentary, interviewed Farida, and introduced the band members and their instruments.