This is the fourth time that Basque comic artists have participated in Fête de la BD – Strip Feest , Europe’s biggest comic strip event. This year’s festival takes place in the Belgian capital from September 14 to 16. Since its inception in 2010, the festival has hosted a varied programme of workshops, presentations, conferences, round tables, and exhibitions, including a forum where publishers from all over Europe present their catalogues and new publications. The event annually attracts 100,000 visitors and 250 authors, among them, Begoña Durruty and Marko Armpach., who will be attending this year’s event.
Basque Music, the platform aimed at raising the international profile of Basque music, will be back at this year’s Mercat de Música Viva which takes place in Vic (Catalonia, Spain) from September 12 to 16. As in previous editions, Basque Music will take advantage of this music industry event to hold the official presentation of the Euskal Herria Sona festival featuring a showcase concert by La Basu.
Basques will once again be at Fira Tàrrega, the international performing arts fair organized every year in Catalonia since 1981. This year, the fair will be held from September 6 to 9 and will include Lasala, a Basque contemporary dance company that will present two short pieces: Microclimate and Female.
Kabia Teatro and Cielo rasO will perform Cena Contemporanea, the most important performing arts festival in Brazil. The even falls within the framework of dFeria Abroad, an initiative promoted by dFeria (Performing Arts Fair of San Sebastián) with support from the Etxepare Basque Institute. dFeria Abroad seeks to support Basque artists and promote Basque artistic endeavours by opening new markets in Europe and the Americas.
Dantzaz, Igor and Moreno, Jone San Martin, Kukai Dantza, La Glo Zirko Dantza eta Lŏkke | Olatz de Andrés are the names of the Basque companies and artists at the twelfth edition of Internationale Tanzmesse, the world´s largest gathering of professionals dedicated exclusively to contemporary dance, and the most important international event for the industry. Tanzmesse will take place in Düsseldorf, Germany, from August 29th to September 1st. Every two years the event brings together more than 500 companies and over 1,500 choreographers, dancers, agencies, representatives, distributors and cultural institutions, providing a unique opportunity to showcase their work to industry audiences, learn first-hand what’s happening in each country and international circuits, and make contacts.
Two Basque companies will participate in Fest´Arts, the street arts festival that has been held in the French town of Libourne for 27 years. The festival will take place from August 2nd to 4th and this year, the protagonists will be Haatik and Akira Yoshida.
Two Basque novels have been released in English this week for the first time: Her Mother’s Hands (Amaren eskuak) by Karmele Jaio and A Glass Eye (Kristalezko begi bat) by Miren Agur Meabe. They come from Parthian, a leading independent publisher based in Wales, specialized in introducing new voices of Welsh and European narrative.
Irene Larraza has had a close relationship with the Etxepare Institute since 2012. First, she was head of communications, then she was Director of Promotion and Dissemination of the Basque Culture and since January has been Director of the Institute. She’s been in the job for just over six months. In this interview we talk with her about her career and the challenges facing the Institute.
For fifteen days, Christopher Dobson, Alessandro Catani and Eider de la Caridad Gonzalez will be studying with Ibon and Janire at Zornotzako Barnetegia. They’ve come to the Basque Country from Scotland, Italy and Cuba to continue a journey they began in their countries of origin. After attending Basque language and culture classes at the universities of Edinburgh, Bologna and La Habana respectively, they’ll now have the opportunity to learn about our culture first-hand. They won’t be the only ones. Throughout the summer 23 international students will study at Zornotzako Barnetegia thanks to scholarships funded by the Etxepare Basque Institute.
Through 15 July, Tenerife will host the South Atlantic Performing Arts Market (MAPAS), an event that gathers together over 170 performing arts programmers from around the world and more than 220 shows.