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.

1979:A workshop on research into Srivijaya held in Jakarta in March 1979. The final report for this workshop is on our publications website, From the SEAMEO SPAFA image archives

1981:The SPAFA Workshop on Technological Development and the Traditional Performing Arts convened jointly by the Directorate General of Culture of Indonesia and the SPAFA Coordinating Unit was held in Jakarta, in December 1981 at the Sabang Hotel. The final report for this workshop is on our publications website, From the SEAMEO SPAFA image archives

1993: Training Course on Advanced Labanotation, a system for recording and analyzing human movement. This workshop was held in Bangkok and Nakhon Si Thammarat Province in April-May 1993. From the SEAMEO SPAFA image archives

SPAFA Memory shared by Brunei Alumni Hanapi Maidin of the Brunei National Museum. This was the Training Course on Archaeological Pottery Analysis organised at the SPAFA Center. "This training was held for 21 days attended by most ASEAN countries and resource persons were invited like Roxanna Brown, Dawn Rooney and Mr. Pisit Cherowangsa. The training was specially on the study of pottery and ceramics of Southeast Asia. Personally, this was a needed training for me because as a young archaeologist (at that time I just 31 years old), I had limited knowledge on this topic.Personally, I gained knowledges on ceramics analysis and started my interests on the study on ancient ceramic after I am returned home.

2003: Art exhibition "People & Places" by Ajarn Savitri Suwansathit (foreground), held at the SPAFA Center in Bangkok, September 2003. From the SEAMEO SPAFA image archives

2004: Training Project on Conservation of Books & Papers held in January 2004. This was a collaboration with the Centre de Conservation du Livre (Arles, France), held in Bangkok. From the SEAMEO SPAFA image archives

SPAFA Memory shared by Pornnatcha "Jo" Sankhaprasit, archaeologist at the Underwater Archaeology Division of the Fine Arts Department,Thailand. This training was held at the Principles of Underwater Archaeology course held at Chanthaburi and Rayong Provinces in Thailand in 2013.

2014: Site visit to the Grand Palace in Bangkok, during the Workshop on Buddhist Arts in Southeast Asia held in Bangkok on 11 November 2014

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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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