September 1980 - October 2016

Princess of Asturias Foundation

Fundación Princesa de Asturias

The Princess of Asturias Awards represent an extraordinary contribution to mankind's cultural heritage. UNESCO. Paris, 2004.

The Foundation
The Princess of Asturias Foundation is a non-profit private institution whose essential aims are to contribute to extolling and promoting those scientific, cultural and humanistic values that form part of the universal heritage of humanity and consolidate the existing links between the Principality of Asturias and the title traditionally held by the heirs to the Crown of Spain. HM King Felipe VI has been the Honorary President of the Foundation since its creation in 1980. Following his proclamation as King of Spain on 19th June 2014, HRH Leonor de Borbón y Ortiz, Princess of Asturias, is now the Honorary President of this institution which annually convenes the Princess of Asturias Awards.
Princess of Asturias Awards
The Princess of Asturias Awards are intended to reward scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out at an international level by individuals, institutions or groups of individuals or institutions. They are conferred in eight different categories: the Arts, Literature, Social Sciences, Communication and Humanities, Technical and Scientific Research, International Cooperation, Concord and Sports.   These have been bestowed since 1981 and are presented at an anual ceremony presided over by Their Majesties The King and Queen of Spain. Each Princess of Asturias Award comprises a Joan Miró sculpture representing and symbolizing the Award, a cash prize of € 50,000, a diploma and an insignia. In 2004, on the occasion of the 25th anniversary of the creation of the awards, the United Nations Organization for Education, Science and Culture (UNESCO) recognized the “extraordinary work done by the Prince of Asturias Awards to promote and celebrate the exceptional achievements of humanity in the fields of culture, science and the humanities”.

Each Princess of Asturias Award comprises a Joan Miró sculpture representing and symbolizing the Award, a cash prize of € 50,000, a diploma and an insignia.

Princess of Asturias Awards, 35 years promoting culture and values.

Arts
Princess of Asturias Award for the Arts: on the individual, institution, group of individuals or institutions whose work in cinematography, theatre, dance, music, photography, painting, sculpture, architecture or any other form of artistic expression constitutes an outstanding contribution to the universal heritage of humanity.
Literature
Princess of Asturias Award for Literature: on the individual or group of individuals whose literary work represents an outstanding contribution to universal literature.
Social Sciences
Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences: on the individual, institution, group of individuals or institutions whose creative work or research represents an outstanding contribution to the benefit of humanity in the fields of History, Law, Linguistics, Teaching, Political Science, Psychology, Sociology, Ethics, Philosophy, Geography, Economics, Demography or Anthropology, including the disciplines corresponding to each of these fields.
Communication and Humanities
Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities: on the individual, institution, group of individuals or institutions whose creative and investigative work in any type of humanistic activity or in any activity related to social communication, within the framework of the sciences and disciplines that both fields of activity encompass, represents an outstanding contribution to universal culture.
Technical and Scientific Research
Princess of Asturias Award for Technical and Scientific Research: on the individual, institution, group of individuals or institutions whose research, findings and/or inventions represent an outstanding contribution to the progress and welfare of humanity in the fields of Mathematics, Astronomy and Astrophysics, Physics, Chemistry, Life Sciences, Medical Sciences, Earth and Space Sciences and Technological Sciences, including those disciplines corresponding to each of these fields and their related techniques.
International Cooperation
Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation: on the individual, institution, group of individuals or institutions whose work with another or others in areas such as public health, universal education, environmental protection and social and economic development, among others, constitutes an outstanding contribution at the international level.
Sports
Princess of Asturias Award for Sports: on the individual, institution, group of individuals or institutions whose lives and work are not only examples to others, but who have also contributed in an extraordinary manner through their efforts to the advancement, nurturing, fostering or dissemination of sport
Concord
Princess of Asturias Award for Concord: on the individual, institution, group of individuals or institutions whose work contributes outstandingly to the defence of human rights, to the promotion of peace, freedom, solidarity, the protection of heritage and, in general, to the progress and understanding of humanity.
Ceremony
The Awards Ceremony is considered one of the most important cultural events on the international calendar. HM The King made his first speech in public as Prince of Asturias at the age of thirteen at the first Awards Ceremony in 1981. Since then, the words, thoughts and ideas he has expressed in the course of the different Awards Ceremonies have become one of our greatest legacies. The ceremony features speeches by prominent intellectuals. Through these speeches, they have revealed fundamental parts of their thinking and life’s work, giving shape to what is nowadays the Foundation’s great moral heritage. Those to have addressed the audience in the Campoamor Theatre include Nelson Mandela, Stephen Hawking, Yehudi Menuhin, Vaclav Havel, Susan Sontag, Tzvetan Todorov, Leonard Cohen, Paul Auster, Martha Nussbaum, Mario Vargas Llosa and Woody Allen.

TM The King and Queen of Spain and HM Queen Sofía at the end of the Awards Ceremony (2016)

Music Department
In addition to the Foundation’s main activity, namely the granting and presentation of the Awards, in 1983 the Foundation created a Music Department as part of its endeavours to contribute to fostering culture at its highest levels of expression. This now boasts three choirs (children, youth and adults), whose honorary conductors are Jesús López Cobos and Krzysztof Penderecki, as well as an International Music School.   This School brings together overtwo hundred students of various nationalities in the summer courses it organizes every year in Asturias.

Students at the International School of Music revisits the "Hallelujah" by Leonard Cohen.

Violinist Ara Malikian at the opening conference of the 2014 International Music School Summer Courses.

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