Prince of Asturias awards
The Prince of Asturias Awards are a major international awards ceremony that have gained increasing international notoriety over the last couple of decades. They are a part of the Prince of Asturias Foundation.
The awards are presented at a ceremony that is held in Oviedo (the capital of Asturias) and hosted by the Crown Prince of Spain, Prince Felipe, who makes the presentations.
The awards came about in 1980 and, although they are a big national event, they recognise luminaries on an international basis. There are many awards and they can recognise those who have achieved or contributed in areas as diverse as entertainment and the sciences.
Furthermore these awards are not only confined to people. They can be given to organisations and companies and this is one of the features that make the Prince of Asturias Awards unique in their recognition of excellence.
The main areas of consideration for the awards are Arts, Sports, Social Sciences, Communication and Humanities, Literature, International Cooperation, Technical and Scientific Research, and Concord.
As an example, past recipients of these awards include, Google (2008), Yasser Arafat and Yitzhak Rabin (1994), and Margaret Atwood (2008). However, even though the awards do take an international outlook, most of the recipients and recipient organisations and companies tend to be Spanish.
Some of the more interesting choices for awards include the city of Berlin in 2009 (Concord category) and the event, the Tour de France cycle race in 1993 (Sports category). Some more obvious choices include Rafael Nadal (2008) in the Sports section and Bob Dylan (2007) in the Arts category.
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