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.

1978: Trainees prepare for dives during training on conserving underwater archaeological objects, held in Thailand between December 11, 1978 - March 9, 1979 (SEAMEO SPAFA archives)

1979: Participants practise on gamelan instruments at a workshop on preserving traditional performing arts, held in Indonesia (SEAMEO SPAFA archives).

1983: Practitioners learn techniques during training on C-14 Dating in Bangkok (SEAMEO SPAFA archives).

1984: Art teachers undergo training in Manila (SEAMEO SPAFA archives).

1994: Performing arts practitioners try their hand at video-filming during workshop on documentary film and video making, in Jakarta (SEAMEO SPAFA archives)

1996: Teachers engage in outdoor team building during training in Chiang Mai on art education curriculum development in Southeast Asian secondary schools (SEAMEO SPAFA archives)

“I am very grateful and honored to be chosen to [represent] my team. It was an amazing and very interesting experience. I really appreciate that experience for the rest of my life.”

Yannie Damit, National Archive of Brunei, who participated in the CollAsia (collections conservation) programme in Brunei Darussalam, 2010 (SEAMEO SPAFA Archives)

2005: Participants visit temple storage spaces during workshop in Bangkok on conservation and exhibition of Southeast Asian Collections (SEAMEO SPAFA archives)

2012: Seminar on Disaster Preparedness and Responses for Cultural Heritage, held at the Siam Society in Bangkok (SEAMEO SPAFA archives)

2015: Dance performance depicting Myanmar’s rice ploughing ceremony, at Srinakharinwirot University, Bangkok, as part of the event, ‘Spiritual Dimensions of Rice Culture in Southeast Asia’ (SEAMEO SPAFA archives)

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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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  PRESS RELEASE: Celebrating SPAFA’s 50th Anniversary in 2021

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