Paco de Lucia wins Asturias arts prize

14th July 2004, Comments 0 comments

14 July 2004, OVIEDO- Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia won this year's Asturias Prize for Art, it was announced Wednesday.

14 July 2004

OVIEDO- Spanish guitarist Paco de Lucia won this year's Asturias Prize for Art, it was announced Wednesday.

The Asturias jury headed by former Spanish minister for trade Jose Llado announced the renowned guitarist was the winner.

Paco de Lucia, born Francisco Sanchez Gomez in the southern city of Algeciras, saw off competition from US rocker Bruce Springsteen, French dancer Maurice Bejart and British composer Andrew Lloyd Webber for the accolade.

Spanish painter Miquel Barcelo won the 2003 award with US filmmaker Woody Allen taking the 2002 plaudits.

Paco de Lucia, 56, will receive the prize in a ceremony in the northern city of Oviedo in the autumn.

Spain's Crown Prince Felipe is the patron of the Asturias foundation which annually hands out eight awards - each worth EUR 50,000.

The awards are made in the fields of communication and humanities, scientific and technical research, social science, arts, letters, international cooperation, international understanding and sport.

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Subject: Spanish news

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