UNESCO culture prizes awarded
Paris, October 25
(N°2001-114) - UNESC0 Director-General Koïchiro Matsuura will present the
first Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture and this year’s UNESCO-Greece Melina
Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of Cultural
Landscapes at Headquarters on Thursday, October 25. In a ceremony on Friday, Mr
Matsuura will present four new intangible heritage prizes to their
a ceremony on October 25 (6.30 p.m. Room XI), Professors Abdulaziz El Makaleh
(Yemen) and Na Zhong (China) will each be awarded US$25,000 as winners of the
first Sharjah Prize for Arab Culture.
prize was created by UNESCO’s Executive Board in 1998 with funds from the
government of the Emirate of Sharjah. It will be awarded every two years “to
honour intellectually distinguished individuals, groups or institutions
world-wide for their activities to promote Arab culture”.
professor of Arab literature, Abdulaziz el Makalah is one of the Arab world’s
leading poets and is deeply committed to promoting and developing Yemen’s
Na Zhong, was born in 1910 into a Muslim family of the Hui nationality in Yunnan
Province. He has worked for over 60
years to promote a better understanding of Arab culture in China and
was the first to teach Arabic in a Chinese University (Central University,
now known as Nanjing University). Professor
Na is the author of more than 20 works on Islamic history and religion.
international jury selected the winners from a list of 33 candidates proposed by 21 countries.
the same day (7 p.m., Room XII), the UNESCO-Greece
Melina Mercouri International Prize for the Safeguarding and Management of
Cultural Landscapes will be presented to the Djebel Murdjadjo planted forest
and old town of Sid El Houari in Algeria, and the Heathland Centre at Lygra
(Norway). Each will receive a cheque for US$10,000.
prize is awarded every two years to an individual or group of persons, working
in a personal capacity or as staff members of a private or public institution,
in recognition of their efforts to conserve and promote cultural landscapes:
sites shaped largely by human hands.
planted pine forest of Murdjadjo and old town of Sid El Houari, overlooking the
Bay of Oran in Algeria, were selected for the “harmonious and close
relationship” between the urban and natural environments, established over
Heathland Centre at Lygra in Norway was set up in 2000 to work with local
farmers to restore the seriously threatened heathlands that once stretched over
the entire length of Europe’s Atlantic coast, from the Polar circle to
Portugal. In a ceremony on October 26 (1.15 p.m., Room XII), the Director–General
will present four new intangible heritage
prizes to organizations working for the safeguard, protection and promotion
of four of UNESCO’s recently proclaimed Masterpieces of the Oral and
Intangible Heritage. The prize money, of differing amounts as provided by Member
States, will be used to continue and improve the work of these organisations.
Arirang Prize, funded by the Republic
of Korea, will be presented to the Dökala Association for the safeguard and
promotion of the cultural space of Sosso Bala (Guinea) and to the National
Commission for Culture and the Arts of Philippines for the safeguarding and
promotion of the Hudhud chants of the Ifugao (Philippines).
Pacha Prize, financed by Bolivia,
will be awarded to the Rustavi State Academic Ensemble of Singing and Dancing
for the safeguarding and promotion of Georgian polyphonic singing in the
Republic of Georgia.
Samarkand Taronasi Prize, funded by
Uzbekistan, will be presented to the Semeiskie Cultural Centre for the safeguard
and promotion of the cultural space and oral culture of the Semeiskie (Russian
Zayed Bin Sultan Al Nahyan Prize, financed by the United Arab Emirates, will
be given to two laureates: The Association Djamaa
el-Fna Square - Oral Heritage of Humanity for the safeguard and promotion of
the cultural space of the Djamaa el-Fna Square (Morocco) and to the Association
for the Zápara Nationality of Pastaza Province in Ecuador for the safeguard and
promotion of the oral heritage and cultural manifestations of Zápara people of
Ecuador and Peru.