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Event Schedule 2016

The Fukuoka Prize 2016 Award ceremony

Award ceremony
Date
Friday, September 16
Venue
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

Public Lecture by A. R. RAHMAN

Title
From the Heart: The World of A.R. Rahman’s Music
Date
Saturday, September 17, 2016 (17:00-19:00)
Venue
Event Hall B2F, ACROS Fukuoka

Public lecture will be held at Event Hall B2F, ACROS Fukuoka by inviting Mr. A. R. RAHMAN, a laureate of the Grand Prize. Admission is free. We hope you will join us there.

Public Lecture by Ambeth R. OCAMPO

Title
Memory and Amnesia in Public History: Japan-Philippines Relations Revisited
Date
Sunday, September 18, 2016 (11:00-13:00)
Venue
Event Hall B2F, ACROS Fukuoka

Public lecture will be held at Event Hall B2F, ACROS Fukuoka by inviting Mr. Ambeth R. OCAMPO, a laureate of the Academic Prize. Admission is free. We hope you will join us there.

Public Lecture by Yasmeen LARI

Title
Emerging from Catastrophe: Lari's Barefoot Social Architecture
Date
Sunday, September 18, 2016 (14:00-16:00)
Venue
Event Hall B2F, ACROS Fukuoka

Public lecture will be held at Event Hall B2F, ACROS Fukuoka by inviting Ms. Yasmeen LARI, a laureate of the Art and Culture Prize. Admission is free. We hope you will join us there.