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Event Schedule 2014

The Fukuoka Prize 2014 Award ceremony

Award ceremony
Date
Thursday, September 18
Venue
Fukuoka Symphony Hall (ACROS Fukuoka)

The 25th Fukuoka Prize award ceremony was held in honor of the laureates in the presence of Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino, Fukuoka citizens, foreign guests and representatives from various fields.

The bouncing sound of shamisen and the colorful, formative art by projection mapping added uplifting feelings to the opening of the Fukuoka Prize award ceremony and celebrated its 25th anniversary. Three laureates received tremendous applause as they walked from the center of the audience seats up to the stage. At first, Mr. TAKASHIMA Soichiro, Mayor of Fukuoka City, gave a speech and expressed his resolve to facilitate exchange through Asian Party that has advanced its concept from “Knowing Asia” to "Creating Asia". His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino then congratulated the laureates on their winning the prize. His address was followed by the report on the selection process by Prof. ARIKAWA Setsuo, Chair of Fukuoka Prize Jury and President of Kyushu University. After that Mayor TAKASHIMA and Mr. SUEYOSHI Norio, Chair of the Fukuoka City International Foundation, presented award certificates and medals to the laureates. A representative of Fukuoka City citizens offered a congratulatory message, after which children dressed in formal wear from Fukuoka International School presented the laureates with bouquets, followed by thunderous applause.

The second part opened with speeches by the laureates, then they answered questions from the representatives of citizens, expressing their own thoughts on “Expectation toward Fukuoka”, “Interest in Japanese culture”, and “The source of energy for their work”. In the following part, the audience enjoyed the collaborative performance of Gagaku and Kunqu Opera. The beautiful sound of Gagaku played by Mr. TOGI Hideki, who was dressed in full Japanese court dress of traditional fashion, and the splendid dance by Ms. Xu Sijia, created mesmerizing resonances. The award ceremony was then closed in an elegant atmosphere with Mr. TOGI’s celebratory music that echoed far and away.

Public Lectures

Public Lecture by Ezra F. VOGEL

Title
Rapidly Changing East Asia – Now and Its Future Message from Prof. Ezra F. VOGEL
Date
Wednesday, September 17, 2014 (19:00-21:00)
Venue
Main Hall, ELGARA HALL
Participants
350
Coordinator
AMAKO Satoshi (Professor of Waseda University)

Public lecture will be held at ELGARA HALL by inviting Prof. Ezra F. VOGEL, a laureate of the Grand Prize.  Admission is free.  We hope you will join us there.

Public Lecture by Azyumardi Azra

Title
Democratizing and Growing Indonesia: Ties between Japan, the West, and the Islamic World
Date
Sunday, September 21, 2014 (17:00-19:00)
Venue
Event Hall B2F, ACROS Fukuoka
Participants
150
Coordinator
SHIMIZU Hiromu (Professor of Kyoto University)
Panelist
NAKAMURA Mitsuo (Professor Emeritus of Chiba University)
Panelist
OGATA Satomi (Professor of Kyushu International University)

Public lecture will be held at ACROS Fukuoka by inviting Prof. Azyumardi Azra, a laureate of the Academic Prize.  Admission is free.  We hope you will join us there.

Public Lecture by Danny YUNG

Title
Connecting People beyond All Boundaries – a Challenge by Danny YUNG
Date
Sunday, September 21, 2014 (13:00-15:00)
Venue
Event Hall B2F, ACROS Fukuoka
Participants
200
Coordinator
UCHINO Tadashi (Professor of University of Tokyo)
Panelist
SATO Makoto (Artistic Director, ZA-KOENJI Public Theatre)

Public lecture will be held at ACROS Fukuoka by inviting Mr. Danny Yung, a laureate of the Arts and Cultural Prize.  Admission is free.  We hope you will join us there.