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

1980:Workshop on Teaching Techniques for Art Teachers in Schools, Manila Philippines

1988: UNESCO-SPAFA Workshop Principles and Methods of Preservation Applicable to the Ancient Cities of Asia, Chiang Mai, Thailand

1988:Training Course on Conservation on Archival Materials, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

1996:Training Course conducted in Hanoi, Vietnam, on the Management and Monitoring of Historic Heritage Cities in Asia and the Pacific

1997:Conference on Current Developments in Southeast Asian Archaeology and Museum Studies, held in the Philippines

2000: Workshop on Performing Arts Production Design, Technology and Management, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

2003:Underwater Archaeology (Principles & Practices) Training in Chonburi, Thailand

2007:Recreation and leisure after dinner during the SPAFA-ICCROM Seminar on Preventive Conservation in Southeast Asia (in the blue shirt among the dancing party was ex-member of SEAMEO SPAFA Governing Board Dr. Thongsa Sayavongkhamdy, former Director-General of the Department of Museums and Archaeology of Laos)

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

2019:Visit to SEAMEO SPAFA Regional Centre by officers from the Ministry of Education and Culture of the Republic Indonesia who were Leadership National Training trainees on a tour

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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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