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Princess of Asturias Awards

10/08/2009

Institutions and important figures worldwide request invitation to attend the Prince of Asturias Awards grand presentation ceremony

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It is estimated that the number of requests to attend the Awards ceremony will surpass the 12,000 petitions received last year.

With still weeks before the 2009 Prince of Asturias grand presentation ceremony, the Foundation has received a significant number of petitions from institutions and important figures worldwide to attend the presentation ceremony.

It is estimated that the number of petitions will surpass the 12,000 of last year, which would be nine times the capacity of the Campoamor Theatre. Furthermore, important international figures from social, political and cultural spheres have also requested to attend the grand presentation ceremony, which will be held on 23rd October.

This high attendance - as demonstrated at previous ceremonies - seems to increase with each passing year. The prominence of the laureates and the prestige of the solemn ceremony, which according to the media, has become an international cultural reference, have gathered notable social interest for the Prince of Asturias Awards which are growing in popularity and reputation every year.

The guests in relation to each of the different acts of the presentation ceremony are the laureates and their companions, and are in addition to the Prince of Asturias Foundation's Board of Trustees, the diplomatic body, the national, regional and local authorities, the media and several associations and figures.

The Prince of Asturias Foundation has received numerous applications for the credentials to cover the visit of T.R.H. the Prince and Princess of Asturias to the Principality.  More than 1,000 credentials were issued last year to more than 100 national and international media stations.

The laureates of the twenty-ninth year of the Prince of Asturias Awards are: British architect Norman Foster, Prince of Asturias Awards laureate for the Arts; the World Health Organization, Prince of Asturias Awards laureate for International Cooperation; British naturalist David Attenborough, Prince of Asturias Awards laureate for Social Science; the National Autonomous University of Mexico (UNAM) , Prince of Asturias Awards laureate for Communication and Humanities; North American engineers Martin Cooper and Raymond S. Tomlinson, Prince of Asturias Awards laureates for Scientific and Technical Research; Albanian writer Ismail Kadaré, Prince of Asturias Awards laureate for Literature; Russian athlete Yelena Isinvayeva, Prince of Asturias Awards laureate for Sport, and the city of Berlin, on the 20th anniversary of the fall of the Wall, Prince of Asturias Awards laureate for Concord.

Each of the Prince of Asturias Awards, which date back to 1981, is endowed with 50,000 Euros, a commissioned sculpture donated by Joan Miró, a diploma and an insignia. 

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