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Princess of Asturias Awards

10/07/2011

Programme of cultural events involving the Laureates during the days prior to the 2011 Prince of Asturias Awards Ceremony

Self-portrait of Leonard Cohen. ©FPA

The 2011 Prince of Asturias Awards Laureates are to take part in a cultural, scientific, dissemination and institutional programme, called “Awards Week”, which will take place the days prior to the awards ceremony to be held at the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo on 21st October.

The activities featuring this year’s Laureates will include talks, exhibitions and meetings with young people in Oviedo, Gijón, Avilés, Llanera and La Felguera.

In addition, the scientists Arturo Álvarez-Buylla and Giacomo Rizzolatti, co-laureates of the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research, and the psychologist Howard Gardner, who is to receive the Award for Social Sciences, will participate in three breakfast meetings with experts in their respective fields belonging to research and university centres from different parts of Spain.

Since 1996, the Foundation has scheduled different activities in diverse locations in Asturias aimed at bringing the Laureates and their contributions to the world of science, culture or any other field in which they work closer to society at large. The Laureates will combine the activities with diverse meetings with the press, the schedule for which will be announced in the coming days.

This series of events is sponsored by Banco Herrero-Sabadell, ThyssenKrupp and Cajastur.

Appendix: Programme of activities involving the Laureates

INFORMATION OF INTEREST:

Programme subject to change.  

The breakfast meetings will feature exclusively graphic coverage. (Specific calls to participate will be sent out).

PROGRAMME OF ACTIVITIES

MONDAY, 17TH OCTOBER

12 noon Public opening of the exhibition “Transactions. Spain in the history of The Royal Society”, which will bring together more than one hundred original exhibits of great historical and scientific value, such as the first ever microscope, histological drawings by Ramón y Cajal and the map of Colombia drawn by Felipe Bauza during the Malaspina expedition. The exhibition will be open to the public until 13th November

At the University of Oviedo Historic Building Library. Open: Monday to Saturday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm and from 5:00 pm to 8,30 pm, and Sunday from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm.

TUESDAY, 18TH OCTOBER

10:45 am The Japanese delegation of the Heroes of  Fukushima which will receive the Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, made up of the representatives of the Nuclear Disaster Response Team,  Colonel Shinji Iwakuma and Lieutenant Colonel Kenji Kato (Self-Defence Forces); Superintendents Yoshitsugu Oigawa and Masami Watanabe (National  Police Force) and Captain Toyohiko Tomioka (Fire Brigade) will have a meeting with their Asturian counterparts.

Salon de Consejo of the Hotel de la Reconquista.

7:30 pm  Talk between Howard Gardner, 2011 Prince of Asturias Award for Social Sciences, and Eduard Punset, jury member for the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research. The speech therapist Jorge Ruiz, leader of the musical group “Maldita Nerea”, will also take part in the event. Questions may be submitted via the Avilés City Council website.

Admission by invitation only. At the Palacio Valdés Theatre (Avilés). (Two tickets per person may be collected from the box office of the “Casa de Cultura” in Avilés from Saturday, 15th October on).

7:30 pm  Meeting featuring the three Prince of Asturias Award Laureates for Technical and Scientific Research:  Joseph Altman, Giacomo Rizzolatti and Arturo Álvarez-Buylla. The event will be chaired by Manuel Toharia, scientific director of the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia and member of the jury that conferred the award.

Free admission until all seats are taken. At the Auditorium of the Cajastur Cultural Centre San Francisco 4 (C/ Mendizábal. Oviedo).

WEDNESDAY, 19TH OCTOBER

7:00 pm Official opening of the exhibition “Transactions. Spain in the history of The Royal Society”. The following institution and individuals have collaborated in the organisation of the exhibition: The Royal Society, the City of Arts and Sciences of Valencia, the Cajal-CSIC Institute, the National Geographic Institute, the Hydrographic Institute of the Spanish Navy, the Spanish National Museum of Natural Sciences-CSIC, the Seville Royal Academy of Medicine, the Madrid Royal Economic Society of Friends of the Country, Juan Fernández Santarén, Antonio García Bellido and Santiago Ramón y Cajal’s heirs.

At the University of Oviedo Historic Building Library.

7:30 pm Scientific meeting “The Universe in a nutshell. The major challenges of the science of the future”. Featuring the President of The Royal Society, Sir Paul Nurse (Nobel Prize 2001) and Rafael Rodrigo, President of CSIC. The event will be chaired by César Nombela, jury member for the Prince of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research.

Free admission until all seats are taken. At the University of Oviedo Historic Building “Paraninfo” Hall (C/ San Francisco, 3. Oviedo).

8:00 pm  A Tribute to Leonard Cohen. With the participation of the Spanish guitarist Javier Mas and the Webb Sisters, who accompany Cohen on tour, the Spanish singer-songwriter Nacho Vegas, the flamenco singer Duquende, the Irish singer and guitarist Glen Hansard and the Prince of Asturias Foundation Youth Choir. Also featuring Andrés Amorós and Laura García Lorca.

Admission by invitation only. At the Jovellanos Theatre (Gijón). (Tickets may be collected from the theatre box office from Saturday, 15th October on. Two tickets per person only).

THURSDAY, 20TH OCTOBER

12:30 pm Opening of the exhibition of prints by Leonard Cohen, entitled “Leonard Cohen. The B-side. Drawings and engravings of a multidisciplinary artist”. The exhibition will be open to the public until 13th November.

At the “Aulario A” lecture halls building on the University of Oviedo Humanities Campus.

1.15 pm  Reception at the Regional Parliament of Asturias of the delegation of the “Heroes of Fukushima”, Prince of Asturias Award for Concord, which will be attended by representatives of the Nuclear Disaster Response Team: Colonel Iwakuma Shinji and Lieutenant Colonel Kenji Kato, from the Self-Defense Forces; Superintendents Yoshitsugu Oigawa and Masami Watanabe, from the National Police Force; and Captain Toyohiko Tomioka, from the Fire Brigade.

Regional Parliament of Asturias (C/ Fruela 13, Oviedo).

4:30 pm  Bill Drayton, Prince of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, will visit Villabona Prison Therapeutic and Educational Unit, a pioneering project in the Spanish prison system led by Faustino Zapico, an Ashoka social entrepreneur. Drayton will meet with the inmates participating in the programme.

Exclusive access to media only. Arrival one hour before is mandatory.

5.00 pm  Reception at Gijón City Hall of the delegation of the “Heroes of Fukushima”.

Gijón City Hall (Plaza Mayor, 1).

6:30 pm  Meeting between Bill Drayton and young entrepreneurs belonging to the “Young Social Entrepreneurs” programme developed by Valnalon and established by José Manuel Pérez (Pericles), an Ashoka social entrepreneur. Bill Drayton will also visit an outdoor exhibition depicting the projects developed by students during the past year, the profits of which go to a school in a developing country.

Admission by invitation only. At the “Nuevo Teatro” in La Felguera.

8:00 pm Music Week Finale Concert, presided over by T.R.H. the Prince and Princess of Asturias. Conducted by Riccardo Muti, 2011 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts, with the participation of the Luigi Cherubini Youth Orchestra and the Prince of Asturias Foundation Choir, who will perform Luigi Cherubini’s Requiem in C minor.

Admission strictly by invitation only. At the Prince Felipe Auditorium (Oviedo).

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