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Event Schedule 2008

The Fukuoka Prize 2008 Award ceremony

Date
September 10, 2008 (18:00-19:40)
Venue
ACROS Fukuoka (Symphony Hall)
MC
Agnes Chang
Participants
1,100

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 Lectures

Public Lecture by Ann HUI

Title
Feminine Flexibility Crosses Borders
Date
September 13, 2008 (13:30-16:35)
Venue
ACROS Fukuoka
Moderator
Kenji Ishizaka (Winds of Asia Programming Director, Tokyo International Film Festival)
Interviewer
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

Title
From the Heart of Asia, on International Understanding of Human Rights
Date
September  14 (16:00-18:00 pm)
Venue
ACROS Fukuoka
Coordinator
Hiroshi Nakamura (Research fellow, Ryukoku Univ.)
Panelist
Chikako Taya (Professor, Hosei Univ.)
Panelist
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

Title
Many Ethnicities, Many Cultures, One Nation: the Malaysian Experience
Date
September 14, 2008 (13:30-15:30)
Venue
ACROS Fukuoka
Coordinator
Akira Suehiro (Professor, Institute of Social Science, Univ. of Tokyo)
Panelist
Takashi Torii (Professor, School of Commerce, Meiji Univ.)
Panelist
Hiromu Shimizu (Professor, Center for Southeast Asian Studies, Kyoto Univ.)
Panelist
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

Title
An Evening with ‘Baul Songs’ (UNESCO Intangible Heritage)
Date
September 13, 2008 (17:00-19:00)
Venue
IMS Hall
Commentator
Tomoaki Fujii (Director, International Institute for Culture)
Performers
Farida Parveen (vocals, harmonium)
Performers
Gazi Abdul Hakim (bansuri)
Performers
Shake Jalal (dotara)
Performers
Debendra Nath (tabla)
Performers
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.