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2021 Princess of Asturias Awards: Who are the winners?

This Friday, October 23, the 2021 Princess of Asturias Awards will be delivered at the Campoamor theater in Oviedo, after the parenthesis of 2020 where the restrictions of the pandemic forced a minimalist ceremony to be held at the Reconquista Hotel.

As reported by the Prince of Asturias Foundation, sanitary measures will be strengthened to avoid unpleasantness. The theater capacity is reduced to 60% and distances and the use of a mask will be mandatory.

The week of events and meetings with the award winners, the concert in the Auditorium – also with a capacity of 60% – and the delivery of the Award to the Exemplary People of Asturias, although without the traditional food, is maintained.

As every year the ‘Spanish Nobel’ have highlighted the work of artists, scientists, athletes, NGOs and other personalities. This is the complete list of winners.

This is the third installment since the Awards were renamed “Princess of Asturias” for the accession to the throne of King Felipe VI.

2021 Prince of Asturias Award for Concord: Chef José Andrés and his NGO World Central Kitchen

The Spanish chef José Andrés, not content with becoming one of the most prestigious chefs in the world, founded the NGO World Central Kitchen in 2012 to help in conflict areas or areas affected by natural disasters and other extreme situations. The NGO also distributes meals and organizes events to support the most underprivileged population in the United States. Established in the United States for almost two decades and a citizen of the United States, José Andrés created the NGO after having traveled to Haiti to help after the earthquake that left more than 200,000 fatalities in 2010.

Princess of Asturias Award for Scientific and Technical Research 2021 for developers of vaccines against COVID-19

What the Nobel has not done, reward vaccines against the new coronavirus, the Princess of Asturias do. The 2021 Scientific and Technical Research Award goes to Katalin Karikó, Drew Weissman, Philip Felgner, Uğur Şahin, Özlem Türeci, Derrick Rossi and Sarah Gilbert. All of them have contributed to developing the technology of the messenger RNA vaccines against COVID-19 used by Moderna or Pfizer BioNTech except Sarah Gilbert who worked on the development of the vaccine at Oxford and AstraZeneca.

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2021 Prince of Asturias Award for the Arts: Marina Abramović

The Princess of Asturias Foundation has decided to recognize the risky creations of the Serbian artist Marina Abramović: committed ‘performances’ that explore the limits of the human body, psyche and soul. He left Yugoslavia in the 1970s to begin his career as a performance artist in Amsterdam where he met Uwe Lysiepen “Ulay”, with whom he formed a legendary artistic couple.

Abramović has been appointed doctor honoris causa by the University of Plymouth (2009), and has been awarded, among others, the Golden Lion for best artist at the Venice Biennale (1997), the Niedersächsischer Kunstpreis (2003), the New York Dance and Performance Award (2003 ) and the Cultural Leadership Award from the American Federation of Arts (2011).

The MoMa in New York dedicated a major retrospective to him in 2010.

Princess of Asturias Award for International Cooperation 2021: CAMFED, Campaign for Female Education

The campaign for female education CAMFED (the Campaign for Female Education) is an effort launched in 1993 by English philanthropist Ann Cotton to lift young women from rural Africa out of exclusion. It is based on the involvement of communities to change the social landscape by promoting equity and social justice through the education of girls, the economic development of the most neglected areas, the leadership of women, inverting socio-cultural patterns and action. against climate change.

In two decades, the organization has supported the schooling of almost five million girls and boys and millions more students have been indirect beneficiaries thanks to its investments in improving the educational environment of some 6,700 schools.

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Princess of Asturias Award for Communication and Humanities 2021: Gloria Steinem

The Foundation has decided to recognize the trajectory committed to feminism of the American journalist and writer Gloria Steinem. In 1972 Ms. co-founded the first feminist magazine and the first created and run exclusively by women. Her article “After Black Power, Women’s Liberation” (“After Black Power, Women’s Liberation”) appeared in New York Magazine in 1969 gave her international notoriety.

She is also the author of several literary successes.

2021 Princess of Asturias Award for Sports: Teresa Perales

Zaragozan swimmer Teresa Perales has been part of the swimming elite for two decades. She has collected 43 medals (12 golds, 21 silvers and 10 bronzes) in Europeans, World Cups and in the Sydney 2000 Olympic Games, Athens 2004, Beijing 2008, London 2012 (being the standard bearer for the Spanish team), Rio 2016 and Tokyo 2020.

He practiced karate until a neuropathy made him lose the mobility of his legs. He graduated in Physiotherapy and trained in professional coaching.

She has also found time to be a regional deputy of the Aragonese Party, general director of Attention to the Dependency of the Government of Aragon, advisor to the Department of Social and Family Services and advisor to the Area of ​​Promotion and Sports of the Zaragoza City Council.

He participated in the creation of the Comprehensive Plan for Physical Activity and Sport in Spain 2010-2020 and collaborates with various non-governmental organizations and has published several books.

His example of overcoming has been recognized with numerous awards to which the Princess of Asturias now joins.

2021 Princess of Asturias Award for Social Sciences: Amartya Sen

He has brought the voice of the voiceless to the highest academic circles, being one of the most respected personalities in the field of social sciences and economics. His works on famines and the theory of human development, welfare and poverty have had international repercussions.

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Born in India, he received his doctorate from Cambridge University (UK) and was Professor of Economics at the Indian Universities of Calcutta and Delhi, the London School of Economics, and the Universities of Oxford (UK) and Harvard (USA). USA). He was rector of Trinity College, Cambridge from 1998 to 2003 and founded Nalanda University (India) from 2012 to 2015. He is Professor at Thomas W. Lamont University and Professor of Economics and Philosophy at Harvard University.

He received the Nobel Prize in Economics in 1998.

2021 Princess of Asturias Award for Literature: Emmanuel Carrère

The career of the writer Emmanuel Carrère has always paralleled his activity as a screenwriter and director. His first job as a film critic for the Telerama and Positif magazines set the tone. His first book was dedicated to the unclassifiable German filmmaker Werner Herzog.

Carrère develops a unique style in which he mixes real events and his own reflections and misunderstandings “there are many people who make a direct connection between” literature “and” novel “, who consider that literature can only be fiction”, the writer will say.

Another of his passions is science fiction to which he has dedicated several works such as the fictionalized biography of the American writer Philip K. Dick _ “Je suis vivant et vous êtes morts: Philip K. Dick, 1928-1982”. _

He has been a jury at the Cannes International Film Festival and has received several literary awards, including the Renaudot (2011) for his work Limonov.

Exemplary Town of Asturias Award: Santa María del Puerto, Somiedo

This small town located 1,486 meters above sea level on the border with León has very harsh conditions in winter. Its history is linked to that of the vaqueiros, Asturian cow farmers.

Its location and geography have allowed it to remain highly preserved.


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