The Fukuoka Prize 2016 Event Reports
The Fukuoka Prize 2016 Award ceremony
- Friday, September 16
- ACROS Fukuoka
The 27th Fukuoka Prize Award Ceremony opened with a video introducing past laureates and an opening fanfare from the Fukuoka Seiryo High School Orchestra.
In the presence of Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino, and an audience of some 1,100 guests, including distinguished guests from India, Pakistan, the Philippines, Vietnam, and other countries, representatives from various fields, and Fukuoka residents, the laureates walked through the audience seats on their way to the stage, in a manner befitting the Fukuoka Prize, an award bestowed by the people of Fukuoka. They were so close that one could reach out and touch them as they passed by, and the warmth that this style of entry offers, combined with the glamor of the Award Ceremony, created an atmosphere that was typical of Fukuoka, a city overflowing with hospitality.
Mr. TAKASHIMA Soichiro, Mayor of Fukuoka, began by explaining the Fukuoka Prize’s great value as an international award that casts the spotlight on Asia’s academic, artistic and cultural achievements. He added that, as well as the achievements of the more than 100 laureates to date offering hints for understanding Asia, the Prize also makes a major contribution to exchanges between people in the Asian region. He concluded his remarks with the hope that the spirit of the Fukuoka Prize, that is, its contribution to the promotion of culture, mutual understanding, and peace, would permeate the region.
His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino then congratulated the laureates. His address was followed by the Juror’s Statement by Professor KUBO Chiharu, Chair of the Fukuoka Prize Jury and President of Kyushu University. After a congratulatory message delivered by a university post-graduate student and the presentation of bouquets by children from Fukuoka International School, smiles appeared on the faces of the laureates, dispelling their earlier nerves, and the audience gave them a thunderous round of applause.
The second part of the proceedings opened with speeches from the laureates, who expressed their joy at receiving the Prize. They were then interviewed, based on questions that city residents had submitted in advance. The ceremony ended with a wonderful joint performance by Mr. A.R. RAHMAN and the Fukuoka Seiryo High School Orchestra.
The musical world created by Mr. Rahman, which mesmerized both laureates and audience members alike, made this year’s Award Ceremony the most spectacular yet.
Public Lectures 2016
Laureates introduced the ideas and thoughts of their specialized fields in their lectures, talks with panelists, and performances.
School Visits 2016
Laureates visited elementary, junior and high schools in Fukuoka to send valuable messages to the students.
Other Events 2016
Laureates shared their thoughts and views with local experts on their fields.
Download the Anuual Report 2016
You can download the annual report 2016 in Adobe PDF to check all the events and programs of the Fukuoka Prize 2016.