Suns Europe will be held this year from November 29th to December 2nd in Udine, in the Italian region of Friuli. The festival gathers diverse artistic expressions from minority communities in Europe, and for the second time, two Basque projects will be invited on the initiative of the Etxepare Basque Institute: the band Rodeo from Zestoa, and the film Amama (Grandma) by Asier Altuna.
The word “suns” means “sounds” in the Friulian language. Suns Europe started in 2009 as an encounter among minority communities in the Mediterranean Alps, but since 2015 has developed into a place of encounter and exchange between artists of minoritized language groups in Europe active in performing arts, cinema and literature.
The aim of the festival is to foster the creative and cultural sectors of the small European communities, promoting contemporary art above all. Unlike other festivals that support minority cultures, Suns Europe does not see these cultures as mere expressions of folklore and tradition, but as the reflection of constantly evolving societies. In this context, Basque art has had a place in the festival in the last two years with bands like Kasernarat (2016) and rapper La Basu (2017).
This year, Basque creations will also have a place in Udine. First, the stoner-rock band Rodeo will offer a concert on Thursday November 29th at 9.45 p.m. at Yardie hall. And on Sunday December 2nd the film Amama (Grandma) will be screened at 6 p.m. at the San Giorgio theatre. Director Asier Altuna will be there to present his film.