Basque culture promotion area
The Basque language and culture have occupied their own space in the world, thanks to writers, musicians, film directors, dancers, and, generally speaking, Basque artists. The diffusion of a people’s culture is key to its understanding and it is artists who have extended our name and our being throughout the world.
Those very artists are central to the Etxepare Basque Institute. The Institute is a mediator designed to demonstrate to the world the work being carried out in the Basque Country, bringing together distinct voices with one sole aim. In order to achieve this objective, it maintains close relations with Basque artists and the Basque culture industry in order to promote their creations in the most fitting way and build bridges whenever necessary.
The Institute goes to top-level international fairs – on education, books, audio-visual topics, theatre, dance, and so on – thus establishing its goal of publicising Basque productions and creations; it organises meetings, foments relations between different agents and organises activities in order to disseminate our culture.
Likewise, the Institute brings out publications which serve to help in diffusion and promotion: trilingual works on Basque culture and catalogues about the contemporary Basque art scene in different disciplines, in conjunction with diverse artists and agents.
One of the particular focuses of the Etxepare Basque Institute is collaborating with other agents. It is continually signing agreements with organisations and bodies in order to set up specific programmes and activities. It undertakes productions and co-productions in strategic worldwide cultural spaces, joining forces with local agents. Likewise, it collaborates in various festivals so that they may dedicate some space to Basque culture; for example, the “Basque Window” section which has been created for certain festivals in the Americas and Europe, and the assigning of Euskadi (the Basque Country) as the visiting country at music and theatre festivals.
Moreover, it administers grants for the diffusion of the Basque language and culture abroad – in the areas of music, the performing arts, literature, the plastic arts, and the visual arts – which are aimed at helping artists take part in professional fairs, literary translation subsidies and travel stipends which are offered to Basque authors.
However, the Etxepare Basque Institute assumes its responsibility as a return trip, and for this reason its activity is not limited to just promoting Basque culture. Its wish is that cultural relations work both ways, thereby fomenting relations with other cultures. Following the line of thought, it has created, together with other agents, residence programmes, in order to improve the exchange and internationalisation of Basque artists. Moreover, it will soon establish an initiative to bring experts from all over the world to the Basque Country so that they may get to know our artists’ work first-hand.