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

1979:Workshop on the Preservation of Traditional Performing Arts in Modern Environment, Bali, Indonesia

1981: Seminar on Technical Development and the Traditional Performing Arts, Jakarta, Indonesia

1983:Workshop to Standardize Studies on Ceramics of East and Southeast Asia, at the University of San Carlos, Cebu City, Philippines

1990:Training Course on Promotion and Dissemination of Information on Southeast Asian Cultural Traditions, Universiti Kebangsaan, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2000:Training on Human Resource Development Archaeology and Management, Siem Reap, Cambodia

2002: Seminar on the Way Forward - Changes, Challenge and Consequences for the Future Development of Arts and Cultural Institutions, Singapore

2004:Workshop on Remote Sensing Application for Archaeologists and Cultural Resource Management Personnel: Man and His Environment from Space, Bangkok, Thailand

2005:Partnership Contract Signing Ceremony between SEAMEO SPAFA and ASEAN Foundation

2013:Museum visits during the 28th SEAMEO SPAFA Governing Board Meeting, Hanoi, Vietnam

2019:Workshop (School-based Approach in Promoting Disaster Risk Management for Cultural Heritage) held in Kampong Ayer, Brunei

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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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