“Today a vibrant city, full of life and light – has been marked by its tragedy and resistance, by its struggle for democracy and freedom and for its painful loss. It has always been a meeting point, but also the origin of political litigation of all kinds, which have transformed it into what it is today: an example of solidarity, integration and peaceful coexistence” – said The King of Spain HM Philip VI yesterday’s evening during the official award ceremony.
Next summer at the European Jamboree 2020 more than 16 000 Scouts and Guides will be immersed in vibrant Gdańsk, the City of Freedom.
The Spanish Royal Family presided over the award ceremony, where they bestowed Princess Of Asturias Awards in numerous categories. They distinguished Peter Brook, for the Arts; Museo Nacional del Prado for Communication and Humanities; Salman Khan and the Khan Academy for International Cooperation; Lindsey Vonn for Sports; Siri Hustvedt for Letters; Alejandro Portes for Social Sciences; Joanne Chory and Sandra Myrna Díaz for Scientific and Technical Research; and the City of Gdansk, for Concord.
This awards ceremony is the main activity carried out by the Princess of Asturias Foundation, a private, non-profit institution. The main objectives of the foundation are to contribute to the promotion of the universal heritage of scientific, cultural and humanistic values, and to consolidate the links between the Principality of Asturias and the title traditionally held by the heirs of the Crown of Spain. The King has been Honorary President of the Foundation since its creation in 1980. After his proclamation as King of Spain on June 19, 2014, His Royal Highness the Princess of Asturias holds the Presidency of Honor of this institution.
Designed to distinguish scientific, technical, cultural, social and humanitarian work carried out by people, institutions, groups of people or institutions in the international arena, these awards are awarded in eight categories: Arts, Letters, Social Sciences, Communication and Humanities, Scientific and Technical Research, International Cooperation, Concord and Sports. The ceremony that is traditionally held at the Campoamor Theater in Oviedo is considered one of the most important cultural events on the international agenda. Throughout their history, these awards have received different awards, such as the extraordinary declaration made by UNESCO in 2004 for its exceptional contribution to the cultural heritage of Humanity.