On Monday, June 7, the first institutional event on the occasion of this anniversary will be held, in face-to-face and streaming format, which will take place at the Royal Palace of Pedralbes. The ceremony will be attended by the highest representatives of the four administrations of the Casa Asia Consortium, and by those people who have collaborated with Casa Asia since its creation and have contributed to the success of this project.
The Consortium has confirmed the participation of the Minister of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, Arancha González Laya, and the Mayor of Barcelona, Ada Colau.
At this event, the Casa Asia 2021 Awards will also be presented to the four winners: the publishing house Satori Ediciones in the Economy and Business category, the Afghan parliamentarian, Fawzia Koofi, in the Diversity and Sustainable Development category, the sinologist Xulio Ríos in Politics and Society, and the University of Santo Tomás (UST) of the Philippines in the Education and Science category.
The special programming planned for this commemoration includes, among other activities, the presentation of an Asian Studies Guide, a special edition of the Asian Film Festival Barcelona, an exhibition on contemporary Korean art, concerts, a series of lectures on the transformation of Asia in the last 20 years and future perspectives, and a seminar on the treatment and coverage of the Asia-Pacific region by the Spanish media.
An uninterrupted 20-year career
On November 9, 2001, the constitutional agreement for the creation of the Casa Asia Consortium was formalized in Barcelona, by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, European Union and Cooperation, the Generalitat of Catalonia and the Barcelona City Council. The Madrid City Council joined in 2007.
In all these years, Casa Asia has contributed to bringing knowledge and promoting relations with the countries of the Asia-Pacific region, and has become a reference and a meeting point in our country for one of the most diverse and dynamic regions in the world.
The celebration of Casa Asia’s twentieth anniversary is presented as an opportunity to value the work carried out by the institution, and to give new impetus to the role of Casa Asia as the main public diplomacy body in Spain for the Asia-Pacific region.
Casa Asia is based in Barcelona at the Can Tiana campus of the 22@ technology district, and it has a Centre in Madrid, located at Palacio de Cañete.