The international dimension of gender studies: this will be the main theme of the summer course Excellence in Basque Studies. This seventh edition, organized by the Etxeapre Basque Institute in collaboration with the University of the Basque Country will be held on July 10 and 11 in San Sebastian’s Miramar Palace. Registration is now open at the following link.
Basque documentary makers will be returning to Sunny Side of the Doc this year with 24 documentary projects bearing the Basque Audiovisual label, created by the Basque audio-visual cluster EIKEN and the Etxepare Basque Institute. Some twenty industry professionals from 13 Basque production companies will meet in La Rochelle (France) to attend one of the year’s most important events for documentary makers. These figures consolidate the upward trend in attendance at the fair and reflect the positive state of the Basque documentary industry currently.
The film festival Different! L’autre cinéma espagnol, now in its 10th edition, will feature two Basque films this year: Demonios tus ojos (2017) by Pedro Aguilera and El Bar (2017) by Álex de la Iglesia. Both directors will be at the festival (June14-21) to present their films.
She is probably the Basque Country’s most international dancer. Dancer, choreographer, and teacher, Iratxe Ansa has been leading the multi-project ´Metamorphosis´ platform for the last 7 years. Metamosphosis International Residency, an itinerant dance residency programme, is one of the platform projects. Its third edition was held in San Sebastian (Basque Country) in 2016 and became the subject of a documentary which was presented at the New Blue Dance festival in Toronto (Canada). We spoke to her about the project.
Seven short films have been selected for promotion this year with the Kimuak stamp. Now in its twentieth year, Kimuak is an annual event in which a jury selects the best short films made in the Basque Country. This year’s winners were selected from a total of 51 entries.
Aitor Gametxo (1989, Lekeitio, Basque Country) is a filmmaker and audio-visual technician. He was one of the ten artists who took part in the Joan Etorriak international art exchange programme last year, an initiative promoted by San Sebastian 2016 – European Capital of Culture, the Etxepare Basque Institute and Donostia Kultura. Gametxo spent two months doing an art internship in Wroclaw, Poland, where he carried out a study on communication through movement entitled ‘Chicha Symfonia’ (A symphony in silence). It was there that he discovered the silent world of deaf people. In May, the Etxepare Institute put out a call for applicants interested in doing an art internship in Wroclaw this year. The application period closes next Monday. We spoke to Aitor Gametxo about his experience.
The aim of the grant scheme is to support the dissemination of theatre, music, dance, art, and other cultural disciplines, including literary translation and travel expenses.
"Dance. A dancing country will never die!" The dancer Jon Maya was excited last night to win the Best Dance Show Award at the Max Performing Arts Awards. And he had every reason to be excited: Kukai Dantza Taldea, the company he directs, won three out of seven nominations. They were not the only Basque winners at the gala held at the Palau de las Arts in Valencia; the company Marie de Jongh and the actress Ainhoa Santamaria were also awarded. The Navarreses Alfredo Sanzol and Ánger Ruiz also won prizes.
Kultura Live, the Association of Concert Halls of the Basque Country, presents Kultura Live Lab, an event created to promote panel discussions, seminars and industry tools. The event will take place on June 6 at Dabadaba in San Sebastian.
The call for the third edition of the Etxepare-Laboral Kutxa Translation Prize is now open, and applications will be accepted until June 30. The aim of this joint call is to grant a prize for the translation of a literary work originally written and published in the Basque language. With this project, the two entities want to promote the translation and publication of literature in Euskera beyond our borders.