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Event Schedule 2018

The Fukuoka Prize 2018 Award ceremony

Award ceremony
Date
Thursday, September 20, 2018 (18:30-20:00)(Open/18:00)
Venue
ACROS Fukuoka,  Fukuoka Symphony Hall/1F

The 29th Fukuoka Prize Award Ceremony opened with a video introducing past laureates, in the presence of Their Imperial Highnesses Prince and Princess Akishino, distinguished guests from many nations, representatives of various fields, and Fukuoka residents.

The Symphony Hall was filled to capacity, and the audience greeted the laureates with loud applause as they appeared on the stage, creating a warm and friendly atmosphere perfectly suited to the award ceremony.

Mr. TAKASHIMA Soichiro, Mayor of Fukuoka City, addressed the audience on behalf of the organizers. He explained the significance and spirit of the Fukuoka Prize, introducing the more than one hundred past laureates and concluding with the hope that the Prize would serve to deepen exchanges among people of the Asian region and contribute to the promotion of culture, mutual understanding, and peace.

His Imperial Highness Prince Akishino then offered his congratulations to 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. The laureates were then presented with their certificates and medals by Mayor TAKASHIMA and Mr. FUJINAGA Kenichi, Chair of the Fukuoka City International Foundation. The laureates were also presented with bouquets of flowers by children from Fukuoka International School, to resounding applause from the audience that brought smiles to their faces.

The second part of the proceedings began with a powerful rendition of Tsugaru Jongara-bushi by the Wakaba High School Tsugaru Shamisen Club. After acceptance speeches by the laureates, an interview was held, with laureates responding to questions from Fukuoka City residents submitted in advance. In closing, laureate Dr. Teejan Bai gave a performance of Pandavani, singing the climax of the battle scene from India's immortal saga, the Mahabharata. Performed to live music, it swept the audience into a superlative climax to the event.

Public Lectures

Public Lecture by JIA Zhangke

Title
The Core of JIA Zhangke’s Work: Capturing “Contemporary” China in Film
Date
Wednesday, September 19, 2018 (18:30-21:30)
Venue
United Cinema CANAL CITY 13
Commentator
YUKISADA Isao(Film Director), ICHIYAMA Shozo(Film Producer)
Coordinator
ISHIZAKA Kenji(Prof., Japan Institute of the Moving Image; Tokyo Asian Film Festival Asian film director)

After showing Jia Zhangke’s film 'Mountains May Depart',the panel discussion with the presence of Jia Zhangke was held. In this discussion people debated the ' Jia Zhangke's world' widely including the origin of his film making process since his student time and his messages embed in his major works.

Public Lecture by SUEHIRO Akira

Title
Forty Years of My Study on Asian Economy: From Catch-up Industrialization to Digital Economy
Date
Saturday, September 22, 2018 (11:00-13:00)
Venue
Science Hall, FUKUOKA CITY SCIENCE MUSEUM 6F
Commentator
OIZUMI Keiichiro(Senior Economist, Economics Department, The Japan Research Institute, Limited)
Coordinator
SHIMIZU Kazushi(Professor, Graduate School of Economics, Kyushu University)

How are we supposed to understand the Asia which is changing rapidly? His dynamic transition to view the Asian economy and his research with repeated trial and error have been introduced. They include with the 'Catch‐up Industrialization' which modes Japan's manufacturing, how the Korean and Taiwanese companies overtook the Japanese ones, and the current digital theory with the technology of data communication and the mass data of consumers which rule the economy theory to regulate the direction of how things are made.

Public Lecture by Teejan Bai

Title
The World of Pandavani: A Narrative Singing of the <span class="italic">Mahabharata</span>, the Ancient Indian Epic
Date
Saturday, September 22, 2018 (16:00-18:00)
Venue
Science Hall, FUKUOKA CITY SCIENCE MUSEUM 6F
Speaker
MURAYAMA Kazuyuki(Faculty of Policy Studies Lecturer in Hindi & Urdu)
Speaker
OKITA Mizuho(Part time lecturer of Chuo University)
Coordinator
KOISO Chihiro(Associate Professor of the Faculty of Liberal Art, Kanazawa Seiryo University)

The Mahabharata, is a story of a war fiercely fought in the northern Indian plain around 1000 BC between two groups of princes who were cousins. Dr. Teejan Bai is a leading performing artist and a contemporary exponent of the traditional artistic form of Pandavani. When she sings Pandavani lively with her accompanists, it will create a presence as if we are witnessing a battle of princes.

Although she has suffered doubly in Indian society from prejudice, both as a woman and as a member of a tribal society, with her rare artistic gift and powerful determination she has kept singing. Her success has given courage and encouragement to women and those suffering from repression.