CELEBRATE with us our 50 years of promoting archaeology and fine arts in Southeast Asia !

Our Regional Centre, SEAMEO SPAFA, has come a long way since SEAMEO identified archaeology and fine arts as important keys in understanding the history and culture of Southeast Asia, as well as focussed on upgrading professional competence in the said disciplines.

Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization Regional Centre for Archaeology and Fine Arts (SEAMEO SPAFA) is celebrating its contribution toward the cultural heritage of Southeast Asia through its core activities of training, professional enhancement, and academic support. Today, the Organization continues to sustain its role as the co-ordination centre in the region for practitioners and professionals; as well as strengthen its commitment to the SDGs in protecting cultural and natural heritage.

Throughout 2021, we will be organizing a series of celebratory activities such as Open House and exhibitions, and connecting with our alumni and the public to share “SPAFA Memories”, and more.

We are reaching out to you to participate in our celebration – JOIN US, CONTRIBUTE.

For comments and enquiries, please email: spafa50@seameo-spafa.org

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Take a walk down memory lane with us as we present a selection of photographs depicting our activities over the decades from our photographic archives and from our participants. The images in this gallery change throughout the year. If you have a photo from a SPAFA event to share, please send it to us (spafa50@seameo-spafa.org) and we will feature it in this gallery.

  January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August

1978: Training Course in Conservation of Underwater Archaeological Objects, Thailand

1983: Site Visit to Surat Thani during the Consultative Workshop on Archaeological and Environmental Studies on Srivijaya, Thailand

1983:Training Programme on the Extension Education for Music Teachers in the Elementary and Secondary Schools, Manila, Philippines

1985:Consultative Workshop on Archaeological and Environmental Studied on Srivijaya (Jakarta, Padang, Prapat, and Medan, Indonesia)

1990:Training Course in the Promotion and Development of Handicraft and Folk Crafts for Social Development, Bali, Indonesia

2001: Regional Seminar on the Socio-Cultural Analysis and Interpretation of Southeast Asian Folklore, Yogyakarta, Indonesia

2001:Regional Workshop on the Role of Museum in Education and Cultural Heritage in Southeast Asia, Hanoi, Vietnam

2005:Closing reception of the International Course on Conservation and Exhibition of Southeast Asian Collections, Bangkok, Thailand

2011:Youth Action on Climate Change - Asia Pacific Forum, 2011 : Bangkok, Thailand

2018:A serial training workshop on Post-Disaster Recovery for the Living Archaeological Urban Complex (Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage in Southeast Asia); a collaboration between ICCROM, RDMUCH, Ritsumeikan University, and SEAMEO SPAF; Bagan, Myanmar

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We have a range of events planned for this year. Follow this space for more details
  Video tour of the SPAFA Building – a unique icon in Bangkok!
  SPAFA50 Commemorative Book
  Celebration Dinner
  Your Photo Memory of SPAFA50 (Facebook/Instagram)
SEAMEO SPAFA celebrates 50 years of contributing to archaeology and fine arts in Southeast Asia, this year, and we would love for you to share with us on Facebook and/or Instagram, a fond memory of SPAFA. It can be a SPAFA event you participated in or a visit to the Centre, etc! For photos selected and posted by us that are contributed by you, we will gift you with a surprise token of appreciation.

Caption your photo with the memory by including:
  • Name of event/programme and year;
  • (Venue/Location; and
  • Why was it memorable for you.
Don’t forget to tag SEAMEO SPAFA (@seameo.spafa) and use the hashtag #spafa50.

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