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Princess of Asturias Awards

10/07/2016

Programme of cultural events featuring the Laureates during the week leading up to the 2016 Princess of Asturias Awards Ceremony

2016 Princess of Asturias Awards Week

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 The Princess of Asturias Foundation has put together a broad-ranging cultural programme that includes the participation of the Princess of Asturias Laureates in various activities during the week leading up to the Awards Ceremony, which will be held on 21st October in the Campoamor Theatre in Oviedo.

The programme, called “Awards Week”, includes more than twenty cultural activities to be held in Oviedo, Gijón, Avilés, Pola de Siero and Sama de Langreo starting Monday, 17th October. The events featuring the Laureates will include working meetings, exhibitions, visits and talks. These cultural events will also count on the participation of professionals, academics and prominent figures from different fields and disciplines.

As part of Awards Week, an educational project entitled “Taking the Floor” has also been put together aimed at primary, secondary and pre-university pupils in the Principality of Asturias, in which 75 schools have taken part. This constitutes the second edition of a project that will bring together pupils around the figures of this year’s Laureates in the categories of Technical and Scientific Research (Hugh Herr), Social Sciences (Mary Beard) and International Cooperation (United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change and the Paris Agreement).

A representation of pupils who have composed the selected works, accompanied by their teachers, will have the opportunity to attend an event featuring the Laureates they have considered in the classroom. The programme has three lines of action aimed at different ages: “SuperHERRo, the Bionic Man”, for primary school pupils; “The Adventure of the Classics with Mary Beard”, aimed at students in their third or fourth year of secondary education; and “Visual Arts” for primary, secondary and pre-university pupils.

Since 1996, the Foundation has scheduled different activities in diverse locations in Asturias aimed at making the Laureates and their contributions to the world of science, culture or any other field in which they work more accessible 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.

The Regional Ministry of Education and Culture of the Principality of Asturias, the Principality of Asturias Regional Parliament, Oviedo, Gijón, Avilés, Siero and Langreo Municipal Councils, and the University of Oviedo have all collaborated in the organization of this series of events.

APPENDIX: Programme of activities featuring the Laureates (subject to change). Updated information at: www.fpa.es

SCHEDULE OF ACTIVITIES

MONDAY, 17th OCTOBER

  • 12 noon “Wikipedia Editathon”. To mark International Writers’ Day, celebrated on 17th October, the Princess of Asturias Foundation will organize an editing marathon of Wikipedia, 2015 Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation, to generate content on relevant women from the classical world mentioned in Mary Beard’s books, such as Sappho, Myrtis and Corina, among others.

    Some forty women from different groups and associations such as Wikimujeres (Wikiwomen), the Centre for Feminist Research (CIFEM), librarians, faculty members and students from the University of Oviedo Faculty of Arts are to participate in the event.

    Admission by invitation only.
    University of Oviedo Humanities Campus Library (Calle Teniente Alfonso Martínez, Oviedo).

TUESDAY, 18th OCTOBER

  • 11:00am  “The Adventure of the Classics”. Princess of Asturias Laureate for Social Sciences Mary Beard will participate, along with teachers and upper secondary and pre-university pupils, in a workshop to exchange views on passages about classical history written by the students.

    The pupils and teachers taking part in this event will represent the schools that have participated in the “Taking the Floor” programme that the Foundation has developed for primary, secondary and pre-university students in the Principality.

    IES Pérez de Ayala state secondary school (Plaza Guillén Lafuerza, Oviedo).  
  • 12 noon  “SuperHERRo, THE BIONIC MAN”. Princess of Asturias Laureate for Technical and Scientific Research Hugh Herr will open the exhibition containing drawings by primary schoolchildren from schools in Asturias in his honour. The pupils and teachers taking part in this event will represent the schools that have participated in the programme.
    This activity forms part of the “Taking the Floor” initiative, the cultural programme that the Princess of Asturias Foundation has developed for primary, secondary and pre-university pupils in the Principality.

     “Casa Municipal de la Cultura”, Avilés (Plaza de Domingo Acebal, 2, Aviles).
  • 5:30pm  “Visit to the Villa of Veranes with Mary Beard”. The Princess of Asturias Laureate for Social Sciences will visit the Roman Villa of Veranes and discuss general aspects of ancient Rome using certain areas of the villa as references.

    The public accompanying the Laureate will include the winners of the draw held among the participants of the Roman treasure hunt entitled “The Classic Clue”, held the previous Sunday in the city of Gijón, as well as lecturers from the University of Oviedo Faculty of Arts and experts in the field.

    Admission by invitation only.
    Roman Villa of Veranes, Gijón.
  • 7:30pm  “Richard Ford in an Instant. A conversation with book clubs”. Tribute to Richard Ford, Princess of Asturias Award for Literature, in the form of a conversation chaired by editor and founder of the magazine Granta en Español Valerie Miles, during which the Laureate will answer questions from readers.

    More than 1,500 members of 98 book clubs from Asturias, Cantabria, La Coruña, León, the Basque Country, Palencia and Toledo are expected to attend the event.

    Accessible event: audio induction loop system and sign language.

    Admission by invitation for the participating book club members; free admission for the remaining public until all seats are taken.
    City of Oviedo Exhibition and Conference Centre (Calle Arturo Alvarez Buylla, Oviedo).

WEDNESDAY, 19th OCTOBER

  • 11:30am  “Meeting with Photojournalists”. Princess of Asturias Laureate for Communication and Humanities James Nachtwey will attend a meeting with fifty professional colleagues with whom he will share his latest professional experiences and maintain an open dialogue. The event will be chaired by photojournalist and lecturer at the Ramón Llull University Sandra Balsells, 2006 Ortega y Gasset Award for Best Reporting.

    Admission by invitation only.
    Siero Auditorium Theatre (Calle Don Belarmino García Roza, 4, Pola de Siero).
  • 12 noon   “Mary Beard: The Classical Culture of a Historian and Feminist”. Visit by Princess of Asturias Laureate for Social Sciences Mary Beard to the University of Oviedo Faculty of Arts. Lecturers and students from various branches of the humanities, as well as different gender and diversity research groups from the Humanities Campus, will put their questions to the Laureate. The meeting will be chaired by Rosa Cid, director of the Demeter Group Research at the University of Oviedo and lecturer in Ancient History.

     Accessible event: sign language.

    Free admission until all seats are taken (seating for around 300).
    University of Oviedo Humanities Campus Library (Calle Teniente Alfonso Martínez, Oviedo).
  • 4:30pm  Visit to the Ramón Pérez de Ayala Library of Asturias by Richard Ford, Princess of Asturias Award for Literature, who will share with the audience some of the books that have influenced his life in some way or another. Staff from public libraries in Asturias will participate in this event and will be able to put their questions to the Laureate.

    Admission by invitation only.
    Ramón Pérez de Ayala Library of Asturias (Plaza Daoiz y Velarde, 11, Oviedo).
  • 5:30pm Visit by Hugh Herr to the Polytechnic School of Engineering in Gijón. The Princess of Asturias Laureate for Technical and Scientific Research will visit the Polytechnic School of Engineering (EPI) in Gijón and meet with students, who will show him different projects and ideas that have emerged from the centre.

    Admission restricted to EPI Gijón students.
    Polytechnic School of Engineering in Gijón, Aulario Norte (University Campus Plaza, Gijón).
  • 7:00pm  “The Challenges of Bionics”. Princess of Asturias Laureate for Technical and Scientific Research Hugh Herr will give a talk reviewing the milestones of the field of bionic technology in which he works. The event will be presented by lecturers from the EPI Ramón Rubio and Marián García Prieto.

    Half of the seats will be reserved for EPI Gijón students; the rest will be freely accessible until all seats are taken (around 350).
    Laboral Centre for Art and Industrial Creation (Los Prados, 121, Gijón). 
  • 7:30pm  “Gómez Noya with the Asturian Triathlon”. Princess of Asturias Laureate for Sports Javier Gómez Noya will meet with representatives of the 29 existing triathlon clubs in the Principality of Asturias.

    Free admission until all seats are taken.
    Santa Olaya Swimming Club (Calle Lucero, 4, Gijón).
  • 8:30pm Final rehearsal for the 25th Princess of Asturias Awards Concert.

    Free admission after obtaining tickets (seating for 1,650).
    Tickets will be available from the Prince Felipe Auditorium box offices from 15th October onwards, from 10:00am to 2:00pm and 4:00pm to 7:00pm. A maximum of two tickets will be made available per person.

    Prince Felipe Auditorium (Plaza de la Gesta, Oviedo).
  • 9:00pm  “Night at the Archaeological Museum with Mary Beard”. Princess of Asturias Laureate for Social Sciences Mary Beard will visit the Archaeological Museum of Asturias and comment on five pieces belonging to the museum’s collection that will serve to reveal the way of life in the ancient world. Participants may attend the explanation by the Laureate in groups spread over the five points of the tour.

    Free admission after obtaining tickets from the museum box office from Saturday, 15th October onwards during museum opening times.
    Archaeological Museum of Asturias (Calle San Vicente, 3-5, Oviedo).

THURSDAY, 20th OCTOBER

  • 9:30am  “Breakfast Meeting”. Princess of Asturias Laureate for Technical and Scientific Research Hugh Herr will participate in a meeting with representatives of the Royal Academy of Medicine of Asturias, associations and university lecturers and PhD students interested in accessing the technology that the Laureate is developing at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

    Admission by invitation only.
     Royal Academy of Medicine of the Principality of Asturias (Plaza de América, 10, Oviedo).
  • 12 noon  “A Love for Words”. Princess of Asturias Laureate for Literature Richard Ford will visit the University of Oviedo Faculty of Arts and take part in a meeting with students and lecturers in which the Laureate will answer questions put to him by participants.

    The event will be chaired by lecturer in English at the University of Oviedo Esther Álvarez and will also count on the collaboration of Rubén Peinado Abarrio, PhD in English Philology and specialist in the work of Richard Ford, and Javier García Rodríguez, lecturer in Literary Theory and Comparative Literature at the University of Oviedo.

    Free admission until all seats are taken (seating for around 300).
    University of Oviedo Humanities Campus Library (Calle Teniente Alfonso Martínez, Oviedo).
  • 12 noon "The Paris Agreement: an agenda for transformation". Talk by Patricia Espinosa, Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), joint Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation along with the Paris Agreement, presenting some of the major guidelines of her mandate as Executive Secretary of the UNFCCC, which began last July.

    Free admission until all seats are taken (seating for around 310).
    Main Lecture Hall, Faculty of Economics and Business, University of Oviedo, El Cristo Campus (Avenida del Cristo, Oviedo).
  • 12:30pm  “Mary Beard: Lessons from the Past”. The Princess of Asturias Laureate for Social Sciences will visit the Asturian Parliament to take part, together with the Regional Members of Parliament, in a panel discussion on current affairs and their similarities to the classical world.

    Admission by invitation only.
    Principality of Asturias Regional Parliament (Calle Fruela, 13, Oviedo).
  • 5:00pm Visit by Núria Espert to the School of Dramatic Arts of Asturias (ESAD). The Princess of Asturias Laureate for the Arts will feature in a meeting with students from the centre during which she will be paid tribute by way of a production entitled “Espertacular”, in which some students from the school will interpret various texts that form part of Núria Espert’s career as an actress. 

    Admission restricted to ESAD students.
    Alejandro Casona Theatre, ESAD. Laboral City of Culture (Calle Luis Moya Blanco, 261, Gijón)
  • 6:30pm  “Núria Espert: Meeting with the Public”. The Princess of Asturias Laureate for the Arts will feature in a colloquium in which aspects of her life and work will be discussed. The Laureate will also answer questions left by the public attending the “To be, or not to be Espert” theatre cycle, images from which will be screened as a tribute to the figure of Núria Espert. The event will be presented by theatre critic Marcos Ordóñez.

    Admission by invitation only. Tickets will be available from the Jovellanos Theatre box office from Saturday, 15th October onwards, from 12 noon to 2:00pm and from 5:30pm to 8:30pm. Two tickets per person only.
    Jovellanos Theatre (Paseo de Begoña, 11, Gijón)
  • 7:00pm Talk by James Nachtwey. The Princess of Asturias Laureate for Communication and Humanities will give a talk on his work in conflict zones, accompanied by the projection of photos. The event will be presented by photojournalist Gervasio Sáchez from the Heraldo de Aragon newspaper, 2009 National Photography Prizewinner.

    Full House.
     Niemeyer Centre Dome (Avenida del Zinc, Avilés).
  • 7:00pm  Siddhartha Kaul, World President of SOS Children’s Villages, the NGO bestowed with the Princess of Asturias Award for Concord, will hold a conversation with Pedro Puig, president of the organization in Spain, María José González, an SOS mother, and Raquel López, an SOS Children’s Villages beneficiary, in which the background and work of the NGO around the world will be reviewed. The event will be chaired by Isabel Hevia Artime, PhD in Education and lecturer in the Department of Education Sciences at the University of Oviedo.

    Accessible event: sign language.

    Free admission until all seats are taken (seating for around 120).
    University of Oviedo Historic Building Paraninfo Hall (Calle San Francisco, 1, Oviedo).

FRIDAY, 21st OCTOBER

  • 11.00am “Visual Arts”. Richard Kinley, Deputy Executive Secretary of the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change, joint Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation along with the Paris Agreement, will view the selection of works that primary, secondary and pre-university pupils have created using recycled materials to contribute to the sustainability of the planet. As a tribute, artist Israel Sastre will create a composition of recycled materials.
     
    This activity forms part of the “Taking the Floor” initiative, the cultural programme that the Princess of Asturias Foundation has developed for primary, secondary and pre-university pupils in the Principality.

    IES Jerónimo González state secondary school (Paseo de los Llerones, Sama de Langreo).

SATURDAY, 22nd OCTOBER

  • 11:00am “Fun Race with Javier Gómez Noya”. Taking the form of a duathlon, a small number of professional athletes, including Javier Gómez Noya, Princess of Asturias Laureate for Sports, will first participate in a symbolic bike race of 7,860 metres, ending in a transition zone near the starting point, located in Calle de la Cámara, of the fun race of 3,360 metres, in which some 2,500 people are expected to take part. The frontrunners in the race will comprise the group headed by Gómez Noya. This non-competitive race will end at Plaza de España (El Parche), where there will be a stage to pay tribute to Gómez Noya.

    Participation via prior registration on the www.triatlon.org website to obtain one of the 2,500 runner numbers.
    Registration will open at 12 noon on Monday, 10th October.

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