Art researcher Eneka Fernández and artist Raisa Álava participated in an artist residency in Wroclaw in June and July promoted by the AIR Wro programme (Artists In Residence Wroclaw). Under AIR Wro, European artists and researchers take part in a residence programme in the Polish city, based on a different topic each year. The theme of this year’s residency was self-publishing. We asked them about the experience.
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Basque artists and creators showcase their talent in over 20 events slated throughout 2019. The initiative, supported by Basque institutions, seeks to create bonds through culture, art and language. Within the purview of Euskadi-Basque Country 2020 Strategy, the programme shines a spotlight on Basque language and culture both in Scotland and around the world.
In the past few decades, Basque gastronomy has been on a path to success. Basque restaurants have made their mark not only in Michelin guides but also in competitions around the world. There are many Basque restaurants now known the world over and Basque gastronomy is now the best in the world. This year, four Basque restaurants have entered the list of the world’s top 50. In addition, Restaurante Mugaritz (Errenteria, Guipuzkoa) and Asador Etxebarri (Atxondo, Bizkaia) have now made it to the top 10.
For the third consecutive year, thanks to the collaboration between the Etxepare Basque Institute and Donostia 2016 and the support of Wroclaw 2016, two artists will have the opportunity to develop their projects in an artist residency in the Polish city of Wroclaw. The selected artists will conduct a 6-8 week residency in Wroclaw between May and August 2016. Creators may belong to the following disciplines: performing arts, music, literature, visual and media arts. The deadline for applications is open until 29 February 2016.
The purpose of this stay or residence is that these two artists develop a project that influences artistically and culturally the character of the Polish city, on the axles that inspire the capital of culture projects of Wroclaw / Donostia. Artistic or cultural interventions in neighborhoods or unusual spaces for art, collaborative projects or involvement with agents or specific groups of citizens, initiatives that promote the discovery of covert or ignored realities.
The requirements to participate in the call are:
- To be resident in the Basque Autonomous Community, or in the case of artists who develop their work in Basque, whose residence is in the geographical area of the Basque Language.
- To be artists with a significant career.
- To propose a project or idea that is related to the lines of the capitals of culture 2016 Wroclaw / Donostia and to have the purpose of sharing this project or that idea with other creators. Each artist must present a project.
- Fluency in English and Polish languages will be assessed.
- The involvement of other Polish agents in the project will be evaluated positively.
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The beat of the Basque language can be intensely felt in any spot, in the hearts of those who learn our language worldwide. As Aizpea Goenaga, the Director of the Etxepare Basque Institute stated today in Donostia, on the present Basque Language Day –December 3-, the organization wants to recognize specially the effort of the teachers and students in the Institute network of Basque Language and Culture Lectureships in 34 universities of 17 countries. A network that, as noted by Mari Jose Olaziregi, Director for the Promotion and Dissemination of the Basque Language, has grown significantly over the past 5 years -since the Institute was created-: the number of agreements with universities has increased by 56%; and the number of students, 62%.
Thus, the Institute will celebrate internationally the Basque Language Day: Etxepare has organized or promoted 9 cultural programs in 7 different cities. Some of them have been organized by the lecturers of the Etxepare university network: Moscow (Russia), Birmingham (United Kingdom), Szeged (Hungary) and Poznan (Poland) will host activities such as lectures, concerts, workshops, competitions or Basque film screenings.
At the FIL Book Fair in Guadalajara (Mexiko) and Mexico DF the Institute has organized a number of initiatives to promote the Basque literature; the Basque writer Arantxa Urretabizkaia is already there, actually, working as a representative of our literature. In Montevideo (Uruguay), the Cinemateca Uruguaya, Territorios y Fronteras, Zinebi and Etxepare have organized and Exhibition of Basque Cinema, which will offer 8 feature films and 8 short films, all of them relevant in the last Basque film scene; there will also be an exhibition and a round table.
In Montevideo as well, the Basque Language Day will be celebrated with an extensive program launched by the Center for Basque Studies of Nevada, Reno, and Euskal Erria Eusko Etxea, with the support of the Institute. Various conferences and book presentations are included in the academic program; no less prominent is the institutional schedule, with an official ceremony that will be attended, among others, by the former President of Uruguay, José Múgica.
The support for artistic creation and the promotion of innovation in this field, are two of the main objectives that have been with Donostia 2016, European Capital of Culture, since the beginning. One of the foundations to achieve this goal are artistic residencies and the implication of the public in the creative processes; and with this goal in mind, the Donostia 2016 Foundation and Donostia Kultura are closely collaborating in the design of the work methodology that enables:
1.- To normalise the presence of artists and creatives at the region´s cultural installations, making it possible for part of these creative processes to take place in these spaces.
2.- To organise artistic mediation activities with the social environment of the installations to create links between creatives, installations and the public.
This context has given rise to Labore, a program developed by Donostia 2016, Donostia Kultura and the Network of Museums of Donostia. The agents in promoting this program will choose projects which will later be developed during residencies; that is, the projects of any of the artistic disciplines will be of a site-specific nature -they will be carried out at the museum assigned to each project- and must propose a reinterpretation or a dialogue with the museum´s collection, its building, its public, its environment or its social context. The registration period to be able to participate in the programme is open and will be closed on 16th November.
The seven museums of Donostia -San Telmo Museoa, Aquarium, Museo Diocesano, Eureka! Zientzia Museoa, the Cemento Rezola Museum, Untzi Museoa-Museo Naval and Museo Real 100- are involved in the Labore programme.
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The San Sebastian International Film Festival, the Etxepare Basque Institute, Zineuskadi, the Basque Film Archive (Filmoteca Vasca) and Kutxa Foundation are the institutions that will form part of the cultural ecosystem of Tabakalera.
The old tobacco factory in Donostia reopens on Friday September 11 as an International Centre for Contemporary Culture. The building of 37.000m2, in addition to hosting the cultural project of Tabakalera, will also host various institutional and private initiatives that will form what we call the cultural ecosystem.
The ecosystem is an area of relationship, trying to keep the balance of a living place for people. In this case, the objective will be to strengthen the creative community and to promote opportunities for the collaboration and relationship between the different agents and the audience. Thus, they have defined a map of projects that complements itself and generates an ambitious and diverse cultural practice throughout the territory.
The opening of the building will be staggered. First of all, some spaces of the cultural projects will be opened, and during the autumn months the cultural projects and initiatives that will live together in Tabakalera will be integrated into the building.
Boise is known for being one of the cities with greater Basque diaspora in the world, and every five years they celebrate it organizing Jaialdi, the biggest festival of Basque culture abroad. The seventh edition - the first was organized in 1987- has just begun and will conclude on August 2. Kepa Junkera will offer at concert from the roof of the Iberdrola Tower in Bilbao, which will be broadcast live via streaming and will serve to inaugurate the Jaialdi. The 6 days of Jaialdi are full of different activities: sports, dance, music, exhibitions... but they all have something in common: the relationship with Basque culture. That is precisely the aim of the festival, to celebrate Basque culture and identity.
The highlight of Jaialdi will arrive at the weekend. On Friday, the show Festa´ra will be performed in the theater Morrin Center of the University BSU - where the Etxepare Basque Institute has a readership of Basque Language and Culture-. In this show groups and individuals who have been at the festival will take part: dancers, singers, improvisers, musicians ...
A day earlier, on Thursday evening, the famous Sports Night will be celebrated in Boise. Basque sportsmen and sportswomen arrived from the Basque Country will perform different shows such as "Trontza", "txingas", lifting sports straw ... which we are used to here, but create great excitement in Boise.
Otherwise, the program consists of activities organized by Jaialdi or external ones, but all of them related to Basque culture, and will gather a large number of spectators and participants; among them is the Lehendakari Iñigo Urkullu.
Aipea Goenaga and Mari Jose Olaziregi, from the Etxepare Basque Institute, are also in Boise these days, participating in the conference Mugaz Gaindi - where they will offer different talks today - and to sign the new agreement between the Etxepare Institute and Boise State University.
The web euskalkultura has made a compilation of what we can find in Jaialdi. You can also follow all the news on the blog of GazteAukera.
Iker Arranz, reader of Basque language and Culture in Santa Barbara will take part today in a joint activity with the cook Aingeru Etxebarria: the reader will offer a talk on Basque cuisine while the Etxebarria cooks in Santa Barbara (Presidio Chapel).
This activity is organized within the four-month course "Culinary Arts and Identity" that Arranz is offering in the readership, and will be accompanied by Etxebarria for two weeks. The objective is to publicize the Basque cuisine in Santa Barbara.
Extension (UCSB), Santa Barbara Trust for Historic Preservation, the Basque Delegation and the Consul of Los Angeles have joined the event, and the last one will offer a speech in Basque language.